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Bachelor's : Bachelor of Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Sciences

B_MLS

Campus

Duration of Programme

Enrolment Option(s)

SAQA Credits

NQF Level

Bloemfontein Campus

4 Years (Full-time)

Semester 1

480

8

Additional Admission Requirements

A National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification.

A minimum of 30 points on the CUT scoring scale.  Applicants with an M-score of 35 and above will be admitted directly into the programme.  Applicants with an M-score of 30 – 34 will be referred for psychometric evaluation, whereafter the programme selector(s) will decide as to selection.  All applicants are subject to a selection process for admission into the programme, and are required to submit proof of job shadowing at a diagnostic laboratory.

For candidates who matriculated in 2007 or before: In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 60% on standard grade or 50% on higher grade in the following subjects:  English, Biology/Physiology, Physical Sciences and Mathematics.

 For candidates who matriculated in 2008 and thereafter: In addition to the general CUT admission requirements, a minimum pass mark of 3 (40 – 49%) in Life Orientation and 4 (50 – 59%) in Mathematics, Life Sciences, English and Physical Sciences is required.

Applicants must have an NCS with endorsement for a bachelor’s degree.

Applicants in possession of a National Certificate Vocational (NCV) will be selected according to the selection requirements as approved by Senate.

Prerequisites

A student must pass 50% of the first-year instructional offerings in order to continue with the second-year instructional offerings; 50% of the second-year instructional offerings in order to continue with the third-year instructional offerings; and 50% of the third-year instructional offerings in order to continue with the fourth-year instructional offerings.  Students are required to pass 100% (i.e. all) of the fourth-year instructional offerings.

 On completion of this qualification, a graduate wanting to practice as a medical laboratory scientist will be required to register with the HPCSA after which they may work in government, private and research health care laboratories. Unregistered medical laboratory scientists may work in non-diagnostic laboratories.  The HPCSA requires a medical laboratory scientist to have an additional 2 years post-registration laboratory experience in order to practice independently. 

Career Opportunities

The skills and competencies reflected in the level descriptors associated with an NQF level 8 qualification enable the qualifying learner to take up the role of medical laboratory scientists in owning or working for laboratory diagnostic services as well as undertaking research. The following positions are possible: 

  • Medical Technologist (existing nomenclature)
  • Laboratory managers
  • Head of Department
  • Quality Assurance Officers
  • Training Managers
  • Academia
  • Researchers and Research Assistants
  • Medical Representatives
  • Forensic scientists
1st Year
2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year
Module Name
SAQA Credits
PRE1A



English Proficiency
9
STAT115



Biostatistics
9
CHEM115



Health Chemistry
9
PHYS115



Health Physics
9
HAPD116



Human Anatomy, Physiology and Disease
18
IMLS115



Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences
12
PIM5011



Personal Information Management
0
RSK11AB



Reading Skills
0
BTC12AT



Computer Skills I
6
CBIO126



Cellular Biology
12
PRE2B



English Proficiency
0
HAPD126



Human Anatomy, Physiology and Disease I
18
IMMU126



Immunology I
12
IMLS125



Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences
12

CCHE216


Clinical Chemistry I
12

HAEM216


Haematology I
12

HIST216


Histology
12

IMHA216


Immunohematology I
12

MMCB216


Medical Microbiology I
12

CCHE226


Clinical Chemistry II
12

CYTO226


Cytology I
12

GENE226


Cytogenetics
12

MMCB226


Medical Microbiology II
12

HAEM226


Haematology II
12


CCHE317

Clinical Chemistry III
12


CYTO317

Cytology II
12


HAEM317

Haematology III
12


IMLS31W

Integrative Medical Laboratory Sciences
9


MMCB317

Medical Microbiology III
12


IMLS32W

Integrative Medical Laboratory Sciences Practical
60


RMTD327

Research Methods
9



CCH408W
Clinical Practice: Clinical Chemistry
78



CPA408W
Clinical Practice: Clinical Pathology
78



CYT408W
Clinical Practice: Cytology
78



GEN408W
Clinical Practice: Cytogenetics
78



HAE408W
Clinical Practice: Haematology
78



HIS408W
Clinical Practice: Histology
78



IMH408W
Clinical Practice: Immunohaematology
78



IMM408W
Clinical Practice: Immunology
78



MMC408W
Clinical Practice: Medical Microbiology
78



VIR408W
Clinical Practice: Virology
78



LMAN418
Laboratory Management
12



RMTP408
Research Project
30

Total:

492


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