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

Medical Laboratory Sciences Program (BSc. MLS) at Gulf Medical University aims to provide quality education that prepares future competent Medical Laboratory Technologist with theoretical knowledge; practical, critical thinking, communication skills; and ethics for performing, analysis, and interpretation of clinical laboratory procedures to aid the healthcare disciplines in the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders.

This program is designed emphasizing on the modern trends on theoretical and practical learning experiences that are based on laboratory sciences and focuses on specific areas such as clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, haematology, histology, immunology, and molecular biology, delivered over 4 years duration with program learning outcomes aligned to Level 7 of the National Qualifications Framework – QF Emirates.

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. Graduates are prepared to enter the medical laboratory science profession and to pursue career opportunities in various laboratory settings including medical, research, and public health. The MLS curriculum also provides a solid preparation for those who wish to pursue postgraduate level. Students who successfully complete the degree program and upon fulfilling the requirement are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Technologist (MOH, DHA, and HAAD) national licence. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) international certification exam (ASCPi) after transcript equivalency or evaluation.

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

General Admission requirements:

  • 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 EmSATAchieve (UAE Standardized test in English Language)/ 500 TOEFL (CBT 173 iBT 61)/ 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.
  • 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.

Criteria for applicants after school:

  • The applicants from UAE education system offering General Track/Stream or Abu Dhabi Education Councilcriteria 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 Bsc. MLS  program
UAE UAE

(Advanced/ 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 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% 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.

Pakistan

Bangladesh

Pakistan Board

Bangladeshi 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 a Minimum of:

· Cs in all ‘O’ level subjects and ‘D’ any of the two Science subjects in AS level and ‘E’ in A Level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)

ECTS International

Baccalaureate

Student should secure an overall minimum 24 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. SAT (Chem / Math) required.
  • 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.

Criteria for applicants holding a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology/Sciences:

  • The applicant must have successfully completed a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology/Sciences from an accredited university.
  • The applicant must submit an Equivalency Certificate of their Diploma from Ministry of Education, UAE.
  • The applicant must possess an active License from MOH/DHA/HAAD (preferred)

– if uncertified, then applicant must have documentation of 2 years of work experience in a laboratory technician position within a multidisciplinary laboratory.

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

  • Work as
    • Laboratory technologist 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 technologist is strong in every healthcare setting.
  • Join universities as instructors.
  • Pursue a career as a research assistant.
  • Develop a career as a Medical laboratory manager.
  • Pursue a career in forensic laboratories.
  • Develop career as quality Assurance supervisor.
  • Advance in the career by perusing higher education in specialty areas like Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Histopathology, Cytology and Genetics and  Biotechnology.
  • Work as Program Director of Medical Laboratory Science after completing Ph.D. 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.

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