Department of Medical Laboratory Technology

BACKGROUND

It was established in 2016. It is registered with the ministry of education and sports (MOES), and has examination Centre Number UAHEB/087.

Courses licensed

Course Duration Basic Entry Requirements Award Admission Time
Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology 3 years ‘A’ level sciences with one Principal pass in either chemistry or biology and a subsidiary pass other plus any other subsidiary pass. Diploma August/ September
Certificate in Medical Laboratory Technology 2 years ‘O’ level standard with five passes in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English & Biology. Certificate August/ September.

Number of Seats

  • 3 Yrs Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technician : Seats 25
  • 2 Yrs Certificate Course in Medical Laboratory Technician : Seats 40

Teaching staff

  • Medical laboratory ……………………………………………… 7

Non Teaching Staff

  1. Non Teaching Staff ………………………………………………10

Student’s Practicum Attachment Sites / MOU’s

  • Rubaga Hospital
  • Butabika Hospital
  • Kisubi Hospital

Role of School to Learners

School of medical laboratory technology is designed to develop skills in investigative, scientific research and diagnostic laboratory practice for health centers, hospitals and research centers. The Examination Centre Number is UAHEB/087.

Examination Board

The school runs certificate (2years) and diploma (3years) in Medical Laboratory Technology on semesterised system which is examined by Uganda Allied Health Examination Board. When students complete certificate or diploma in medical laboratory technology they are called medical laboratory
technicians or technologists respectively.

Curriculum Guiding Training of Learners

The students are trained using competency based education curriculum that helps students to acquire 70% practical and 30% theory. Competencies are developed in critical areas such as Microbiology, Parasitology, Clinical chemistry, Haematology, Immunohaematology, Histopathology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Socio-Psychology, Primary Health Care, Information Communication Technology (ICT),General Laboratory Methods, Laboratory Management, Entrepreneurship, First Aid, Research Method, Counseling, Laboratory management, and pharmacology.

Assignments, Practical Work, Research

Projects, directed self study, active learning and attachments are used to build student’s competencies. Those seeking to upgrade, often take unique undergraduate allied health courses at the Indian Institute.

Student do practicum attachments and site and study tours. The students usually have two months attachment every semester.

AFFILIATION

The school is affiliated to:

  • Butabika Hospital,
  • Lubaga Hospital and
  • Kisubi Hospital.

The school has also applied for practicum attachment with

  • Mulago national referral Hospital,
  • Kampala capital city authority Health centers and Cancer institute.

Usually students have study tours at:

  • Buluba leprosy center,
  • Nakasero Blood bank,
  • T.B culture laboratory wandegeya and
  • Joint clinical research council.

Student Intake and Minimum Qualification

Student recruitment is done once between months of June and August. The students must meet the MOES minimum criteria. Certificate in medical laboratory, passes in English, Math, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, diploma in medical laboratory and one principle pass in biology and one subsidiary pass in either chemistry or physics.

Up grading: applicant should possess certificate in medical laboratory technology. One can enroll immediately after completing the certificate in medical laboratory technology.

Teaching hours for upgrading learners only

Evening program: 3pm – 9pm (every day)

Weekend program: (8am – 9pm) every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities after completion of medical laboratory course

  • Make cultures of tissue samples and body fluids to determine if parasites, bacteria,fungi or other microorganisms exist.
  • Evaluate samples for chemical content or a chemical reaction and ascertain the concentrations of particular compounds.
  • Type and cross-match blood samples for transfusions.
  • Perform tests such as metabolic panel, electrolyte panel, complete blood count and liver function tests.
  • Examine the chemical content of fluids.
  • Perform urinalysis, renal function, lipid profile, thyroid function and coagulation profile tests.
  • Perform tests on routine cultures.
  • Test drug levels in patient’s blood to determine how a patient is responding to treatment.
  • Prepare specimens for examination.
  • Check for abnormal cells in body fluids.
  • Analyze test results.
  • Detect and remove contaminated or sub-standard specimens.
  • Monitor, screen and troubleshoot analytical equipment.
  • Calibrate laboratory equipment.
  • Utilize automated equipment and computerized instruments to simultaneously perform numerous tests.

Staffing:

  • The school is appropriately staffed with qualified and experienced professional trainers.
  • Minimum qualification is bachelor in medical education or medical laboratory technology.

Students Association:

  • Students have an association namely Indian Institute of Health and Allied Sciences Medical Laboratory Students Association.
  • This Association organizes students’ seminars, presentations, study tours like laboratory students to other laboratory students.

Training Facilities:

The school has three laboratories: immunoheamatology, clinical chemistry and hematology, parasitology, entomology and microbiology and Histopathology for enhancing competency acquisition