Since the enactment of the new constitution the Kenyan public has become more aware of their health needs hence increasing the demand for laboratory services, which also includes use of technology and techniques that were not available previously. Therefore the course aims at providing health care professionals who will serve at both the public, private sector and non- profit making organizations.
ROLES AND FUNCTIONS
The graduates of the diploma/certificate in medical laboratory sciences will be adequately prepared to perform the following roles and functions:
Carry out laboratory tests
Analyze, interpret and report laboratory results
Manage laboratory resources
Initiate and participate in the improvement of diagnostic procedures
Create awareness and appreciation of laboratory services to the general public.
Plan and set up a laboratory
Participate in the training of laboratory personnel
Supervise other laboratory personnel
Carry out quality control and quality assurance.
Participate in continuing medical education.
Conduct operational research.
The course is intended to equip trainees with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them provide health services at all levels of health care services.
At the end of the course the trainee will be able to:
Apply the principles that form the basis of Medical Laboratory practice.
Practice safety precautions in a Medical Laboratory.
Select, set up and operate laboratory equipment.
Carry out standard procedures to obtain quality results
Interpret laboratory results.
Carry out research.
Manage health care services and resources.
Participate in the multidisciplinary planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of healthcare of the individual and community.
Contribute to the development of Science and Technology through creativity and application of acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Demonstrate the ability to evaluate own performance.
Plan continuing education for self and others.
Observe the professional code of conduct and ethics.
Professionals in medical laboratory sciences can work in the following areas:
Public and Private hospitals at various levels, that is, from dispensary level, level 2,level 3,level 4, and level 5.
Research institutions,for example, KEMRI (Kenya Medical and Research Institute), AMREF e.t.c, and also University/college medical laboratories.
Industries, especially in microbiology food laboratories to ensure food products are free from microorganisms and other contaminants.
Self employments; Qualified and registered professionals (with Kenya Medical Laboratory Technician and Technologist Board) can establish private medical laboratories upon approval with the relevant board.
KMLTTB (Kenya Medical Laboratory Technician and Technologist Board)/KNEC
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS DIPLOMA
Trainees entering diploma course should have the following minimum requirements:- Minimum entry requirement
Mean grade of C at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) level or its equivalent.
MUST have attained;
1. English or Kiswahili – C Plain
2. Biology – C
3. Chemistry – C
4. Physics or Mathematics- C
Or Credit Transfer
A candidate holding a Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences from a recognized institution, with at least two years working experience in relevant field And Registered by KMLTTB as technician.
The course is designed to take duration of three years distributed as follows: – 4250 contact hours where 2554 hours spent on campus (Classroom and laboratory demonstrations) and 1696 hours are spent on clinical placement.