Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
We offer a Diploma in Medical laboratory sciences that takes 3 years to complete. A medical laboratory technician trained in our school is eligible to work in public and private hospitals, medical research institutions e.g. KEMRI and AMREF, medical industries and self-employment as well
Medical laboratory sciences (MLS) is a health care profession with special expertise in laboratory medicine.
The members of this profession are responsible for providing accurate and reliable medical laboratory information for monitoring health, diagnosing and treating diseases.
In the recent past, medical laboratory discipline has witnessed more advances and revolutionary growth in new technologies. The current upsurge in HIV/AIDS, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases (including COVID-19), have enforced a major paradigm shift in the practice of laboratory medicine; putting more emphasis on quality laboratory services that are more timely and accurate.
Moreover, the Kenya public has become more aware of their health needs hence increasing the demand for laboratory services, which also includes use of technology and techniques that were not available previously.
Therefore, the course aims at providing health care professionals who will serve at both the public, private sector and non- profit making organizations.
It is intended to equip trainees with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them provide health services at all levels of health care services.
The exam body is KMLTTB (Kenya Medical Laboratory Technician and Technologist Board)/KNEC
One must have a mean grade of C plain or its equivalent in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) or from any other school recognised by the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians Board and with the following grades in the listed subjects:
English/Kiswahili C plain
Biology C plain
Chemistry C plain
Physics/Maths C plain
Or Credit Transfer
A candidate holding a Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences from a recognized institution, with at least two years working experience in relevant field and Registered by Kenya Medical Laboratory Technician and Technologist Board (KMLTTB) as technician.
Responsibilities of a medical laboratory technologist
The graduates of the diploma in medical laboratory sciences will be adequately prepared to perform the following roles and functions:
Areas of Work
The graduates of diploma in medical laboratory sciences can advance their career in the following areas: