Medical Laboratory Science as a course is offered in many Nigerian Universities leading to the award of B.Sc. It’s in the Faculty of Allied Medical sciences depending on school’s categorization.
Any students who successfully completed his or her studies in Medical Laboratory Science will eventually become a Medical Lab Scientist with a qualification level of undergraduate.
Qualification Level: Undergraduate Degree
Course Duration of Medical Laboratory Science
The course duration is 5 years for UTME Students and 4 years for Direct Entry Students starting from level 200 (year two).
Admission Requirements for Medical Laboratory Science
Candidates who made the basic admission requirements are offered admission into 4 or 5 years programme deepening on Mode of entry (UTME or DE).
Although, admission requirements slightly differ in many schools, here are the basic admission as well as waiver considerations.
UTME Requirements for Medical Laboratory Science
Candidates who wish to gain admission into Medical Laboratory Science programme at any University in Nigeria must have at least Five (5) SSCE (WAEC/NECO) credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Some schools accepts a combination of O’Level Results to admission consideration.
JAMB-UTME Subject Combination of Medical Laboratory Science
The JAMB UTME Subject combination for Medical Laboratory Science are Use of English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Special Admission Considerations for JAMB UTME Candidates
(i) CALABAR – same as in Medicine and Surgery.
(ii) AAU accepts B.Sc Degree in relevant fields with good grade. Remedial results not acceptable.
(iii) IBADAN accepts five SSCE/GCE credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at one sitting
Direct Entry Requirements for Medical Laboratory Science
Candidates who wish to gain admission into Medical Laboratory Science programme at any of the Universities in Nigeria at direct entry level must have;‘A’ level passes to include Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Zoology
Special Admission Considerations for Direct Entry Candidates
(i) CALABAR accepts ‘A’ level in any two of Chemistry, Biology and Physics, B.SC in Biological Science; AIMLT or FIMLT with O/L requirements.
(ii) MAIDUGURI and IMSU accepts certificate of Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology Science/Technology (IMLS/T) of Nigeria plus ‘O’ level requirements.
(iv) UNIZIK accepts HND/B.SC in Biological Sciences or related fields.
(v) BENIN – Same as in Medical Biochemistry. Accepts degree holders in related Science fields.
(vi) MAIDUGURI accepts Zoology in lieu of Biology.
(vii) JOS accepts First Degree in relevant Biological Science discipline with at least a Second Class Lower Division
(viii) EBSU accepts AIMLS or its equivalent plus relevant UTME ‘O’ level requirements
(ix) UNN accepts:
(a) B.Sc in relevant courses with at least 2nd class lower Div. Plus O’ level credit in English Language, Mathematics. Biology, Chemistry and Physics in not more than 2 sittings.
(b) OND in related courses with an upper credit plus O’ level entry requirement as above.
(c) Advanced level cert in Chemistry, Physics, Biology at credit level or any upper equivalent certificate in addition two relevant O’ level qualification
(d) UNN requires candidates with AIMLS Professional plus O’ level entry requirement.
(x) LAUTECH accepts ‘A’ Level Passes in Chemistry, and Biology with UTME requirements OR ND with Upper Credit /HND or First Degree in relevant discipline. (plus UTME requirements) may be considered.
(xi) NDU requires five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
(x) IBADAN accepts A’ level passes to include Physics, Chemistry and Biology B.Sc. or HND in relevant fields; AIMLT or FIMLT with O/L requirements.
(xi) BAYERO accepts Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science
from a recognized institution
Universities that Offer Medical Laboratory Science in Nigeria
At the time of updating this information, 17 universities offer Medical Laboratory Science course at full time in Nigeria. Here are the schools below;
- Ambrose Alli University – AAU
- AfeBabalolaUniversity – ABUAD
- Babcock University – BABCOCK
- Bayero University Kano – BUK
- University of Benin – UNIBEN
- University of Calabar – UNICAL
- Ebonyi State University – EBSU
- Igbinedion University Okada – IGBINEDION
- University of Jos – UNIJOS
- Imo State University – IMSU
- ladoke Akintola University of Technology – LAUTECH
- University of Lagos – UNILAG
- Madonna University – MADONNA
- University of Maiduguri – UNIMAID
- Usmanu Danfodiyo University – UDU
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University – UNIZIK
- University of Nigeria Nsukka – UNN
Where to Work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in Nigeria
Medical Laboratory Science is one of the most lucrative course to study in Nigeria and other countries. Medical Laboratory Scientist are also one of the highest paid workers in the labour market. The profession also command huge prestige and respect in the society. They are guaranteed of work in the hospital, pharmaceutical companies, research firms, NGOs etc. They can even open their own Medical Diagnostic Lab and make huge money daily by treating patients. So, it’s a very good course to study.