Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Dr. HABYARIMANA Thierry
Head of Department
Phone: 07 83025850
Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Aims and Goals of the Program
The aim of the Biomedical Laboratory Sciences program is to prepare candidates to become valuable staff of a medical team as pathologists, technologists and technicians who will be proficient in the procurement and analyses of biological specimens and who are capable of interpreting the results obtained by such analyses.
It is anticipated that graduates of the program will be able to apply their knowledge and acquired skills in a wide variety of laboratory settings in order to make an effective contribution to the prevention, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.
The goals of the Biomedical Laboratory Technology program are to enable the students:
- To acquire competence in the practice of the profession, i.e., in carrying out the tasks and activities and fulfilling the roles and functions related to the profession;
- To develop practices to ensure quality assurance;
- To develop skills related to interacting and communicating with clients;
- To work in collaboration with other health professionals;
- To adapt to technological change;
- To manage their personal and professional development.
a. Carrier opportunities
The graduates will have the job opportunities in the following health facilities and establishments:
- Public and Private Clinical Laboratories
- Clinical and Polyclinic Centres
- Biomedical Research Centres
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance Laboratories
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Public Health Laboratories
- Public Health NGOs
- Volunteering programs
The student wishing to join the program of BLS should have completed six years of Secondary Education with the following minimum qualification:
- Advanced Certificate awarded by the Rwanda Education Board (REB) or its equivalent from a recognized institution with at least two principal passes in any of the following subject combinations:
- Physics-Chemistry-Biology (PCB),
- Mathematics-Chemistry-Biology (MCB),
- Biology-Chemistry-Geography (BCG)
- Advanced Level Certificate of Education (A2), Option in Medical Laboratory Sciences/Technology or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
Having successfully completed the program of bachelor’s of sciences in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, the graduands presented below have developed the following knowledge, skills and attitudes:
Knowledge and Understanding
- Different biomedical laboratory domains such as microbiology (bacteriology parasitology, mycology), molecular biology, haematology, biochemistry, histopathology and cytopathology, immunology and virology, phlebotomy and laboratory safety.
- Methodology of screening/diagnosis and follow up of different diseases, elaboration of Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs), laboratory management, biosafety and bioethics principles.
- Use of a range of established techniques of enquiry or research methods in biomedical and pharmaceutical laboratories.
¨ Use a range of apparatus needed in specialised biomedical laboratory methods and techniques.
¨ Conduct laboratory experiments respecting all the set protocols and quality assurance guidelines
¨ Identify and solve the problems related to unexpected results as well as handling laboratory incidents such as cross-contaminations.
¨ Handle new and unforeseen cases and be able to come up with the right results and interpretations
¨ Evaluate and consolidate knowledge, skills and thinking in different fields of medical laboratory.
¨ Interact with patients empathetically and respectfully, ensuring their protection in the sampling.
¨ Deliver information regarding communicable and non-communicable diseases by respecting professional and ethical considerations;
¨ Use a range of biomedical software to support and enhance work
¨ Take personal responsibility for decision making
¨ Act autonomously and accurately in professional activities
¨ Work in team in laboratory to bring accurate and reliable results
¨ Strictness especially regarding set protocols
Note: English is the only medium of instruction
ATB public lecture on 1st December 2017