Bachelor of Science – Medical Laboratory Sciences (BSc. MLS)

Medical Laboratory Sciences is a healthcare profession concerned with performing various laboratory tests to aid the healthcare disciplines in the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders. Medical Laboratory Technologists analyze clinical samples to detect chemical content, blood disorders, identification of microorganisms and other special investigations. BSc.MLS  program focuses on the imparting knowledge and developing skills to conduct various laboratory tests. This program is designed emphasizing on the modern trends of laboratory sciences and is delivered over 4 years (8 semesters) including internship. Students enrolled in MLS major will develop problem-solving skills, logical reasoning ability and appropriate laboratory science competencies for professional practice through focused coursework and hands-on experience in the medical diagnostic laboratory. On successful completion of this program, the student will be awarded the degree of  BSc.MLS, which would be a stepping stone to a challenging career in laboratory Sciences.

Who is a Laboratory Technologist?

  • Medical laboratory technologists collect and prepare specimens for various laboratory analysis.
  • Perform manual and automated tests by following standard operating procedure.
  • Operates and maintains highly sophisticated laboratory equipment such as Hematology analyzer, Biochemistry analyzer and Microscopes.
  • Performs various tests in the microbiology laboratory to identify the pathogenic microorganisms using highly sophisticated analyzers.
  • Laboratory technicians process the Histopathology samples for the clinical diagnosis of the various tissue diseases.

Vision

BSc MLS program aspires to be recognized nationally and internationally for quality education, excellence in research and innovative practice. This program envisions developing leaders in medical laboratory education whose actions, discoveries and voices strengthen and transform the healthcare of individuals and communities worldwide. 

Mission

  • Advance the profession of medical laboratory sciences in UAE as well as globally by graduating medical laboratory technologists who will demonstrate highly competent, evidence based practice and professional behaviour in a dynamic health care environment.
  • Prepare highly skilled and competent medical laboratory technologists who demonstrate the highest quality of technical, clinical and professional competence that fosters respect for diversity, teamwork and professional growth.
  • Educate future medical laboratory technologists who will respond ethically to the needs and use the critical thinking skills in the workplace to strengthen the professional environment.
  • Promote the graduating medical laboratory technologists into lifelong learning with leadership qualities in the healthcare team in an ever changing society. 

Core values

  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Professionalism
  • Team work
  • Safety standards
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • The applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 years of school education.
  •  All applicants must complete 17 years of age on or before the 31st December in the year of admission.
  • The applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant must have passed any one of the following English Language Proficiency Tests with a minimum score as applicable, of 1100 EmSAT Achieve (UAE Standardized test in English Language)/ 500 TOEFL (CBT 185 iBT 65)/ IELTS Academic 5.0/ PTE A (36-44)/ Cambridge ESOL (41)/ or equivalent in any other standardized internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • The applicants from UAE education system offering General Track/Stream or Abu Dhabi Education Council criteria must have secured an overall average of 70% or above marks as per UAE Secondary School Education Standards and should have scored an aggregate score of 60% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
  •  Applicants from non-UAE educational systems must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% or above and minimum marks in the Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) as listed below:
    Country Education System Minimum Grade requirements as per UAE Grade Equivalence for BBMS/BPT/ BHS  program
    UAE UAE

    (General Track/Stream or Abu Dhabi Education Council criteria)

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 70% (C Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.·Completed all 3 Science subjects ( Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th, 12thGrades)

    ·An aggregate score of 60% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

    India Indian State Board

     

     

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 60% (B Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.·An aggregate score of 55% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
    Indian Central Board/ICSE Student should secure an overall minimum score of 55% (B Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.·An aggregate score of 50% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
    PakistanBangladesh Pakistan BoardBangladeshi Board Student should secure an overall minimum score of 55% (B Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.· An aggregate score of 50%or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
    UK IGCSE/GCE Studied in all 3 Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in O Level, with aMinimum of:

    ·2 Cs in any of the two Science subjects in AS / A Level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) as equivalent to UAE criteria

    ECTS InternationalBaccalaureate Student should secure an overall minimum 25 points,·Must have at least 2 Science subject (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)
    USA American Diploma Student should secure an overall minimum score of 70% (C Grade)and above.·Minimum of SAT II score of at least 550 in Molecular Biology

    Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems not listed above must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% or above as per International Grade Conversion Table published by WES.

  •  All applicants shall be evaluated for cognitive and non-cognitive traits demonstrating their aptitude for the chosen area of study by the Admissions Committee which include personal interview. Admission is finalized on competitive basis.

Upon successful completion of the program and fulfilling the local license/ regulatory requirements, the student can:

  • Work as
    • Laboratory in hospitals, healthcare facilities or diagnostic labs in public or private sectors.
    • Application specialist in bio medical instrument companies.
    • Laboratory technologist in Pharmaceuticals and Food laboratories.
  • Demand for qualified laboratory technicians is strong in every health care setting.
  • Join universities as instructors.
  • Pursue career as a research assistant.
  • Develop career as Medical laboratory manager.
  • Pursue career in forensic laboratories.
  • Develop career as quality Assurance supervisor.
  • Advance in career by perusing higher education in specialty areas like Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Histopathology, Cytology and Genetics and  Biotechnology.
  • Work as Program Director of Medical Laboratory Science after completing PhD in any specialty.

Upon graduation the medical laboratory technologist should be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the following areas of professional practice: 

  • Reflect ethical and moral attitudes and principles essential for gaining and maintaining the trust of professional associates, the support of the community, and the confidence of the patient.
  • Maintain an attitude of respect for the patient and confidentiality of patients’ records and/or diagnoses.
  • Communicate effectively with clients/patients, all members of the health profession and public members through written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic means creating an appropriate interpersonal communication developing a professional rapport in interactions.
  • Develop and establish procedures for collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens and other substances.
  • Perform analytical tests on body fluids, cells, and other clinical substances.
  • Integrate and relating data generated by the various clinical laboratory departments while making decisions regarding possible discrepancies.
  • Confirm abnormal results, verifying quality control procedures, and developing solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data.
  • Make decisions concerning the results of quality control and quality assurance measures, and instituting proper procedures to maintain accuracy and precision.
  • Establish and perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments as well as identifying appropriate sources for repairs.
  • Develop, evaluate, and select new techniques, instruments and methods in terms of their usefulness and practicality within the context of a given laboratory’s personnel, equipment, space, and budgetary resources.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and the public.
  • Establish and maintain continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
  • Provide leadership in educating other health personnel and the community.
  • Exercise principles of management, safety, and supervision.