Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Medical Laboratory Science) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Medical Laboratory Science) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

What is Medical Laboratory Science?

A medical laboratory scientist or clinical laboratory scientist or medical technologist performs diagnostic testing of blood and body fluids in clinical laboratories.

Bachelor of Science Medical Laboratory Sciences (BSc MLS)

The programme is designed to develop knowledge, technical skills and professional attributes to perform testing in clinical, public health, forensic and veterinary laboratories.

Entrance Requirements

a) Admission into Level 100 shall be according to performance at BGCSE or equivalent as stipulated by the University with a the specific requirement of a grade B or better in mathematics, chemistry, and biology or physics
and a grade C or better in English, or must have obtained grade A for double science in lieu of the subjects listed here.
b) An applicant who holds Advanced Level passes in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology/Physics with a grade C or better will be admitted into Level 200 but will be required to take GEC courses COM101 and COM102.
c) An applicant who holds a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology obtained from the Institute of Health Sciences or Its equivalent plus two years relevant experience and registered with Botswana Health Professions
Council as a medical laboratory technician will be exempted from Level 100 and 300 courses. However, they will be required to take GEC courses COM101 and COM102.
d) An applicant who holds a BSc degree in biological science/biochemistry or equivalent will be admitted into Level 200 and may be exempted from equivalent courses prescribed in the degree programme, subject to the recommendation of the Department.

Programme Structure

Semester 1

BIO111 Principles of Biology (4)
MAT111 Introductory Mathematics (4)
CHE101 General Chemistry I (4)
COM101 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills (Health Sciences and Pre-Med) (3)
ICT121 Computer Skills Fundamentals I (2)

Optional Course

PHY112 Geometrical Optics, Mechanics, Vibrations and Waves (4)

Semester 2

BIO112 Diversity of Plants and Animals (4)
MAT122 Introductory Mathematics II (4) [Prerequisites MAT111]
CHE102 General Chemistry II (4) [Prerequisites CHE101]
COM102 Health Communication (Health Sciences and Pre-Med) (3)
ITC122 Computer Skills Fundamentals II (2) [Prerequisites GEC121]

Optional Course

PHY122 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Semester 3

PHY161 Physics for Nurses (3)
BIO211 Cell Biology (3)
BIO212 Genetics (3)
BIO231 Human Anatomy (3)
MLS201 Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation (3)

Semester 4

BIO232 Human Physiology (3)
MLS202 Laboratory Quality Management Systems (3)
MLS203 Medical Virology (3)
MLS204 Introduction to Immunology and Serology(3)
MLS205 Medical Parasitology (3)

Semester 5

MLS206 Medical Bacteriology I (3)
MLS207 Haematology I (3)
MLS208 Immunohematology and Blood
Transfusion Techniques (3) [Prerequisites MLS204]
MLS209 Clinical Chemistry I (3)
MLS210 Principles of Molecular Diagnostics (3) [Prerequisites BIO212, MLS203]

Semester 6, Winter Semester and Semester 7

MLS301 Bacteriology, Serology and Parasitology Practicum (10) [Prerequisites MLS205, MLS206]
MLS302 Virology and Flow Cytometry Practicum(6) [Prerequisites MLS203, MLS204,MLS210]
MLS303 Haematology and Blood Bank Practicum (10) [Prerequisites MLS204, MLS207, MLS208]
MLS304 Blood Transfusion Practice Practicum (4) [Prerequisites MLS204, MLS208]
MLS305 Clinical Chemistry Practicum (10) [Prerequisites MLS201, MLS209]

Semester 8

MLS401 Medical Bacteriology II (3) [Prerequisites MLS207, MLS301]
MLS402 Haematology II (30 [Prerequisites MLS208, MLS303]
MLS403 Clinical Chemistry II (3) [Prerequisites MLS 210, MLS305]
MLS404 Introduction to Biostatistics (3)
MLS405 Research Methods and Proposal Writing (3)

Semester 9

MLS406 Clinical Immunology (3) [Prerequisites MLS205]
MLS407 Laboratory Management and Education (3)
MLS408 Special Microbiology and Medical Mycology (3) [Prerequisites MLS206,MLS401]
MLS409 Research Project (3) [Prerequisites MLS404, MLS405]

Optional Course (3)

Optional Course Menu

ENH222 Epidemiology (3)
FHS200 Health Informatics (3)
LAW441 Law and Health Care (3)
ELC451 Resource Management in Africa (3)
ECO474 Health Economics (3)