Department of Medical Laboratory Science Brief History


Dr. Innocent Sidney Ogbu

Department Brief Information

Medical Laboratory Science is a dynamic profession that provides broad-based fundamentals of scientific knowledge and its applications. Graduates of Medical Laboratory Science are well equipped to face the challenges of modern scientific knowledge and advances in health care generally and are able to proceed for further postgraduate training in all the fields of basic and applied sciences to which they were exposed. They find employments in Health care facilities, pharmaceutical industries, utility departments, ( e.g. Water Corporation), research institutes, food industries, as well as diagnostic kit/machine design, production and repair.

They are also trained to be self-employed as well as employers of labour.
After advanced level courses in the basic sciences; biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, pharmacology and general studies in social sciences; philosophy and logic, use of English and entrepreneurship, students are exposed to knowledge in the following professional areas; Clinical Chemistry, Haematology/Blood Group Serology, Histopathology / Histochemistry, Microbiology/Parasitology, Molecular Biology/Molecular Diagnostics and Immunology. Students receive adequate training in Laboratory Instrumentation and Entrepreneurial Skills.
The practical aspect of the Programme prepares the students always to think in terms of diagnostic criteria in the assessment and management of clinical cases. Graduates so trained will fit into any medical/diagnostic laboratory and other allied facilities or are self-employable.
On the successful completion of the five year BMLS Programme and the compulsory one year internship, preceding participation in the National Youth Service programme, graduates are registered as Associate members of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, (AMLSCN). However, such graduates would have registered with the Council as Student members and passed the ensuing first and final professional examinations of the Medical Laboratory Science Council (MLSCN; the Professional Regulatory Body for the practice of the profession in Nigeria)
This Senate approved Programme was drawn by Evangel University, Akaeze, in consultation with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), to conform to the guidelines for Minimum Academic Standards of both the NUC required for the running of the BMLS Programme in Nigerian Universities and that of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.

The broad philosophy of training in Medical Laboratory Science is as follows:
To provide sound academic and professional background for the production of Medical Laboratory Scientists who would be capable of working anywhere in Nigeria and abroad.
To produce Medical Laboratory Scientists who would satisfy internationally recognizable standards and could undertake further training towards specialization.
To produce Medical Laboratory Scientists with sufficient management ability to play leadership roles and entrepreneurship in establishing self, employing others and also in training and general practice of the profession.

The aims of the BMLS (Honours) Programme in Medical Laboratory Science are:

To instill in students a sense of enthusiasm for the profession; an appreciation of its application in different contexts (in areas such as Health Care, food and beverages and pharmaceutical industries, utility departments (eg water corporations), research institutions, etc.

To involve the students in an intellectually and satisfying experience of learning, studying and research.

To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of medical laboratory knowledge and practical skills; to perform effectively in clinical diagnostic services, academics and quality assurance; to function effectively in collaboration with other members of the health care team in the care and management of individuals and groups at all levels of health care.

To develop in students the ability to apply their medical laboratory knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems in laboratory medicine.

To develop in students through an education in medical laboratory science, a range of transferable skills of value in medical and non-medical employment.

To provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas involving medical sciences.

To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of Medical Laboratory Sciences in an industrial, economic, environmental, health and social contexts.

To graduate student with the ability to produce biological and diagnostic reagents as well as being able to fabricate and maintain laboratory equipment.

To empower graduates of Medical Laboratory Science with skill that will enable them engage in income yielding ventures, that is, a re-orientation from the take-a-job mentality to create-a-job mentality.

The BMLS Programme shall run for five (5) years (or a maximum of 7.5 years) for UME admission and for four (4) years (or maximum of 7 years) for direct entry candidates.