Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences
The Diploma of Medical Laboratory Sciences programme prepares graduates to work in the area of management, administration, research and development of clinical/medical laboratories. The course is structured to provide the graduate with theoretical, practical skills and attitudes in medical/clinical laboratory techniques especially disease diagnosis and research.
Goals of the programme
1. To provide an avenue for training for technologists and technicians of Medical laboratory sciences.
2. To improve training in the area of clinical/medical Laboratory to encourage research and innovation.
3. To extend the capacity of medical laboratory graduates to include aspects of investigative medicine.
To train students to:
• appreciate the challenges posed by the common, emerging and re‐emerging diseases
• think broadly on how to solve medical problems as presented in medical laboratories
• develop basic skills in administration and supervision of staff in medical laboratories
• acquire and operate laboratory equipments
• acquire good laboratory practices and to impart them on other laboratory workers
• ensure health and safety in medical laboratories
• communicate with peers and other professional in the health industry
• be innovative in entrepreneurship and to understand basic concepts in economics
• be conversant with the basics of research methodology, being able to design projects, carry out experiments, and report findings competently
• be able to pass on the acquired knowledge to others
For admission into the above programme, a candidate must satisfy any of the following minimum requirements,
Be a holder of K C S E certificate with a minimum aggregate of C (Plain) And C [plain] in Biology and Chemistry C [plain] in Mathematics or Physics
Or C [plus] in Biological Sciences , C [plain] in Physical Sciences
Be a holder of a Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences from an institution or examination body recognized by the University Senate.
Be a holder of any other qualifications accepted by the University Senate as equivalent to any of the above.
Programme structure and duration
a) The Diploma Medical Laboratory Sciences shall be offered over a minimum period of nine trimesters or three academic years.
b) Each academic year will consist of three trimesters.
c) A candidate must complete a minimum of twelve (12) weeks or six (6) months of attachment in a recognized Medical/clinical laboratory after which he/she shall submit a written report for grading. In addition an examinable research project must be carried out in the final academic year in a specialized area selected by the candidate.
d) To qualify for the award of the Diploma, a candidate must take and pass a minimum of 50 departmental courses and the mandatory university courses.
UNIT UNIT TITLE
DML 1300 Introduction to parasitology
DML 1200 Laboratory Practice I
DML 1301 Laboratory Practice II
DML 2100 Laboratory Practice III
DML 2200 Laboratory Practice IV
DML 1302 Proteins and Enzymes
DML 1201 Cell & its External Environment
DML 1202 Basic Metabolism I
DML 1303 Basic Metabolism II
DML 1203 Bio‐Instrumentation
DML 1100 First Aid
DML 1101 Mathematics
DML 1102 Entrepreneurship
DML 1204 Communication Skills
DML 1205 Chemistry
DML 1304 Biostatistics
DML 1103 Social Studies
DML 1104 Anatomy I
DML 1111 Anatomy II
DML 1105 HIV
DML 1106 Computer Application
DML 1112 Laboratory Animal Care
DML 2201 Immunology I
DML 2300 Immunology II
DML 3200 Immunology III
DML 3300 Immunology IV
DML 2101 Haematology I
DML 2202 Haematology II
DML 2301 Haematology III
DML 3201 Haematology IV
DML 2302 Blood Transfusion I
DML 3202 Blood Transfusion II
DML 3302 Blood Transfusion III
DML 2102 Histology I
DML 2203 Histology II
DML 2303 Histology III
DML 3203 Histology IV
DML 2103 Protozoology I
DML 2204 Protozoology II
DML 2304 Helminthology I
DML 3204 Helminthology II
DML 2104 Bacteriology I DML 2205 Bacteriology II
DML 2305 Bacteriology III
DML 3205 Bacteriology IV
DML 2105 Clinical Chemistry I
DML 2206 Clinical Chemistry II
DML 2306 Clinical chemistry III
DML 3206 Clinical Chemistry IV
DML 2106 Research Methods I
DML 3303 Research Project
DML 3304 Entomology
DML 3305 Mycology
DML 3306 Virology
DML 3307 Molecular Biology
Award of Diploma
To be considered for the award of the Diploma, a candidate must have taken and passed in the 56 required units. A candidate who satisfies the Board of Examiners in all the examinations and other course requirements shall, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval of the Senate be awarded the Diploma MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES of Mt Kenya University.