WHAT LEARNERS WOULD KNOW AND UNDERSTAND AS A RESULT OF COMPLETING THE PROGRAM OF STUDY
• The curriculum is designed to incrementally develop strong scientific foundations in laboratory sciences and professional skills.
• Learner will be able to use good bedside manners to settle clients before getting samples for testing
• Learner will be able to get appropriate samples of various types for testing in the laboratory –stools, blood, sperm, urine etc
• The learner will be conversant with the right storage for different samples
• The learner will be able to perform different laboratory techniques to get diagnosis using microscopes and other laboratory machinery-hematology, chemistry, culture and sensitivity, centrifuge etc
• The learner will be able to interpret the results of laboratory testing, record them appropriately and share them with the appropriate colleague for the treatment/management of the patient’s condition.
• During medical laboratory science practice experiences, learners will get many opportunities to demonstrate and apply these skills in various settings.
• DDTCOM’s BMLS graduate will be a well-rounded medical laboratory science professional able to provide medical laboratory science services at all facility levels in the country and be competent to advise other health team members especially doctors on prompt diagnosis of disease and appropriate treatment. The BMLS graduate as a professional will be able to provide the same high level medical laboratory science service regionally and internationally.
WHAT THE GRADUATE WILL DO AS A RESULT OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE ACQUIRED ON THE PROGRAM
• The program prepares professionals who are competent to perform and interpret laboratory tests
• Explain the appropriate use and meaning of the laboratory tests to other health-care professionals and to patients.
• The graduate will be able to provide medical laboratory science services at all facility levels in the country and be competent to assist other health team members on prompt diagnosis and treatment of diverse diseases.
VALID ASSESSMENT OF OUTCOMES
Each course has a description of assessment criteria. Expected outcomes are clearly delineated in the students log book that states the number of procedures and interventions as required competencies for graduation. These are signed off by their clinical supervisors when they are in the clinical phase who see them do the competencies and also signed off by their department heads for validity.
BACHELOR OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE CURRICULUM
The 4 year curriculum of the BMLS Program is a 12 trimester (138 credits) bachelor’s degree program. It is divided into an 8 trimester didactic phase and a 4 trimester clinical phase of instruction. By the end of the didactic phase, a successful student will have completed several courses and earned 90 trimester credits. On average for each credit a course is worth, it is equivalent to each hour a week a course meets. For example, a 4 credit course usually meets between 3 and 4 hours each week.
By the end of the clinical rotation phase of the curriculum a successful student will have completed several rotations and 48 trimester credits will be earned. During clinical phase, on average each credit is equivalent to one week of clinical experience/rotation. For example, a 4 credit rotation is usually achieved in 4 weeks.