Medical laboratory science is a medical course that deals with the study of patient diagnosis and treatment as well as in disease monitoring or prevention by an accurate analysis of samples taken from patients.
Medical Laboratory Science is a five year undergraduate course in Nigerian universities. The awarded degree after completion of the undergraduate training in any accredited Nigerian university is the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science(BMLS)degree or BSc.
During their second year, they are taught courses in basic medical science like anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. They further receive lectures in courses like clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, pathology, molecular biology etc, this being their core courses.
A medical laboratory scientist is responsible for generating accurate laboratory data that are needed to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, as well as in detecting drugs of abuse. A medical laboratory scientist makes analyses on body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid and some other specimen related to any viral infection, bacterial infection and fungal infection.
After the undergraduate training in a Nigerian university, the newly graduated medical laboratory scientists are inducted into the profession and are given license of practice. They are to go for the compulsory one year internship programme. During this period, they will be working under the supervision of a senior medical laboratory scientist or consultant in the field.
After a successful completion of internship, the scientists are to go for the one year National Youth Service Corps programme compulsory for all graduates in Nigeria. After service, they are eligible to look for a job. A Medical Laboratory scientist can work in a hospital laboratory. They can also work in reference laboratory, as well as biotechnology labs. They can also choose to go into private practice and setting up their own laboratory( this is the best recommendation) if they have the funds available.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE
Students aspiring to study medical laboratory science in Nigeria must have a complete o’level result with at least 5 credit passes in Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
JAMB SUBJECT COMBINATION FOR MLS
JAMB subject combination for medical laboratory science is Use of English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Anything other than this in jamb will denied the candidate admission for that particular academic year. Students must be careful to input the correct JAMB combination during utme registration.
Students must endeavor to score very high in jamb because medical laboratory science is a very competitive course in Nigerian Universities. The admissions pattern is different per school. Some schools will conduct post utme after jamb, so candidates should try to get genuine info from the school they are applying for. Some schools will conduct screening, here students documents will be screened and admission will be based on their o’level grades and Jamb scores respectively. They also have appropriate respective channels where students can access their admission status or through JAMB CAPS.
UNIVERSITIES OFFERING MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE
Below are the universities in Nigeria offering an undergraduate training in Medical Laboratory Science.
- University of Lagos
- Babcock University Ilisan-Remo
- Ladoke Akintola University, Osogbo
- Madonna university, Elele
- Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi
- University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
- Imo State University, Owerri
- University of Calabar, calabar
- Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
- University of Benin
- Niger-Delta University
- Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
- University of Jos
- Rivers State University of Science and Technology
- University of Maiduguri
- Achievers University, Owo
- Igbinedion University, Okada
- Bayero University, Kano
- Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti
- Abia State University, Uturu
- Kwara State University, Malete
- Edo University, Iyamho
- University of Ibaban
- Enugu State University of Science & Technology
- Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
- Lead City University, Ibadan
- Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt
Medical Laboratory Science is a very lucrative course and we recommend it to Nigerian students who are interested in studying it.
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