Medical Laboratory Technology

The Kabete National Polytechnic

Certificate 2 years Fee: on application

Overview

Medical laboratory technology is the branch of medical science responsible for performing laboratory investigations relating to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Medical laboratory technicians play an important role in the prevention and diagnosis of diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and AIDS. Medical lab technicians work under the supervision of a physician, lab manager or medical technologist and perform laboratory tests on specimens.

The tests that lab techs conduct assist doctors in verifying the causes of an illness, making medical decisions and determining treatment options. Some of the areas in which medical lab technicians may specialize include:

  • Microbiology
  • Hematology
  • Blood banking
  • Immunology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Cytotechnology

The role of a medical laboratory technician include:

  • to collect, process, and analyze specimens.
  • perform lab procedures and maintain instruments. 

Career prospects:

  • Technician in medical and bio-medical laboratories and Research Institutions,
  • Instructor in Vocational Training Centres

Progression path:

  • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology

Objectives

This medical laboratory technology program trains students in all areas of the clinical laboratory procedures, students will learn the operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply to the qualifications for medical laboratory technicians’ work.

Entry requirements

The Minimum Entry Requirements are:

  • KCSE Mean Grade D (Plain), or;
  • Pass in a relevant Artisan course, or;
  • An Equivalent qualification approved by KNEC.

The duration for the course is two (2) years which includes a compulsory industrial attachment.
This program is examined by KNEC at the end of the two years training period.

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Entry requirements

The Minimum Entry Requirements are:

  • KCSE Mean Grade D (Plain), or;
  • Pass in a relevant Artisan course, or;
  • An Equivalent qualification approved by KNEC.

The duration for the course is two (2) years which includes a compulsory industrial attachment.
This program is examined by KNEC at the end of the two years training period.


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