PHILOSOPHY, OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF PROGRAMME
The philosophy of the Department is in line with the philosophy of University Education in Nigeria. It is aimed at exposing the students to sound knowledge of the theory and practice of Medical Laboratory sciences. Students are exposed to the application of Medical Laboratory sciences in key areas such as Medicine, Food and Beverages, and Pharmaceutical Industries as well as utility Departments (e.g. Water Corporations).
The courses offered are designed to expose the student to core areas like Clinical Chemistry, Haematology& Blood transfusion science, Histopathology, Medical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunochemistry, Instrumentation, and Pharmacology.
Students are required to broaden their knowledge in their core areas by taking ancillary courses in Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology and Biology. They are also expected to be able to modify existing techniques; understand the working of laboratory instruments, modify them or fabricate new ones.
The practical aspect of the degree programme prepares the students to fit into any diagnostic laboratory in hospitals, research Institutes, Food Laboratories and other allied fields; e.g. Pharmaceutical Industries, Breweries etc., or equipment fabrication industries, or be self-employed.
On the successful completion of the five (5) year degree programme, students obtain an automatic registration with the Medical Laboratory science Council of Nigeria. This registration enables them take up careers in Medical Laboratory science as Medical Laboratory Scientists, in Teaching and Specialist Hospitals, Government Hospitals, Primary Health Care Centres, Research Centres, Private Health Centres, Private Establishments and Quality control Units of Industries. They have job opportunities as Research Scientists, Teachers in Institutions of Higher Learning or they can become employers of labour, by establishing their own diagnostic/research laboratories or instrument maintenance/fabrication centres. They also ensure quality assurance and uphold accountability to professional practice