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Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Course Rationale
Worldwide, many people continue to suffer from preventable communicable diseases such as diarrhoea as a classical example. The need for capacity building in the field of Medical Laboratory Sciences has been compounded by the continued increase medical hazards emanating from the rapid urbanization and industrialization due to modern technological advancement; The Diploma programme in Medical Laboratory Sciences aims at producing Medical Laboratory technologists capable of diagnosing infections by responding effectively to health conditions that affect human health with a view to proposing possible solutions thereby enhancing good health and sustainable medical management.

Why Study the Programme
Upon completion of the prescribed course of study for Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences the graduates will have acquired knowledge skills and attitude to be able to: -

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of Medical Laboratory Sciences
  2. Demonstrate the application of methodologies needed for the identification and control of those factors that can adversely affect the health of present and future generations.
  3. Apply the requisite technical, scientific, managerial and interpersonal skills
  4. Undertake the profession and practice of Medical Laboratory Sciences
  5. Service the needs of the commercial ,industrial and public sector where they will be employed
  6. Show competence in the core disciplines of their profession such that they are easily and readily employable
  7. Exhibit the requisite knowledge and skills to develop processes, tools and resolution methodologies associated with the discipline of Medical Laboratory Sciences

Target Groups
The need for diagnosis and management of diseases in the human population calls for improving physical, biological, cultural and social environmental conditions.
The labour market demand for medical laboratory practitioners over the years has not been matched with the existing training opportunities in the country and the region at large, hence ineffectively responding to deteriorating medical conditions that affect human population and health.
The need for capacity building in the field of Medical Laboratory Sciences has been compounded by the continued increase population emanating from the rapid urbanization and industrialization due to modern technological advancement hence filling the existing gaps in Medical Laboratory Sciences training.  The programme intends to produce a medical laboratory scientist/practitioner who will be capable of integrating theory and practice in critically assessing, analyzing, diagnosis and managing health issues affecting the health of the individual and the community. The medical laboratory graduate will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills through lectures, tutorials, group discussion, practicals, research and field work.

Programme Objectives

  1. Play an effective role in the development and expansion of opportunities for individuals wishing to continue their education in the health science disciplines
  2. To prepare students academically and professionally for a career in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  3. To produce high quality graduate capable of critical analysis, problem-solving, research and life-long learning.
  4. Conduct research in Medical Laboratory Sciences issues with a view to providing recommendations to solve health challenges
  5. Provide community service through consultation, advice, training, participation, moral and financial support to the community and other stakeholders
  6. Generate and impart knowledge, skills and attitudes that pertain to effective recognition and response to health challenges.
  7. Train manpower that is adaptable to emerging and re-emerging health challenges.
  8.  Enhance appropriate use of natural and human resources to promote good health and sustainable development

Entry Requirements
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 or Chemistry
                C [plain] in English or Kiswahili
                C [minus] in Mathematics or Physics OR
                C [plain] in Biological Sciences or Physical Sciences
Is a holder of a Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences from an institution or examination body recognized by the University Senate and Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board? Those with CMLT must/should be registered with KMLTTB
Is a holder of any other qualifications accepted by the University Senate as equivalent to any of the above?

Exemptions and Credit Transfers
Credit transfer and exemption are possible depending on the qualification of the applicant as spelt out in the university‘s credit transfer policy.
i) Requirement for credit transfer /exemptions;    

The applicant must have attained the pass mark in the subject to be considered for credit transfer /exemption from an institution recognized by the senate.

The following conditions should be met in seeking an exemption for a particular subject;

  1. The applicant shall pay a non-refundable credit transfer /exemption fee as determined by the school Board and approved by senate.
  2. A formal application on a prescribed form should be lodged with the Dean of school.
  3. The application should include justification and documentary support for the exemption examination.
  4. The school board may require the applicant to sit an exemption examination.
  5. No exemption shall be granted for professional subjects.


Download the most recent fee structure here

Application form

Applications can be downloded here , you can also submit your application online here

Programme Start Dates
Every January, May and Sept

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