BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES)
A candidate shall have attained the minimum university requirement. In addition, the candidate must satisfy one of the following alternative entry requirements:
Mathematics or Physics C+
English or Kiswahili B
Biological Sciences B+
Physical Sciences B+
English or Kiswahili B
Alternative C KACE 2 principals Biology and Chemistry, 1 subsidiary pass.
i) Must have a diploma in Medical Laboratory Science.
ii) Must be registered by Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board, KMLTTB.
iii) KCSE mean grade C (plain).
iv) At least 2 year experience post-registration.
Duration of the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Programme
The B.Sc. (Medical Laboratory Science) is a four (4) year degree programme. A registered candidate must pass all the 52 MLS prescribed units including the three university common units to successfully complete the degree programme. Diploma (MLS) holders may apply for unit waivers in accordance with university policy on credit waivers.
Implementation of the MLS Programme
The MLS programme will be implemented over three terms in a year (Trimester system). Each unit will be run for five hours per week (2 hours lectures and 3 hours practical) during the semester. The skills laboratory units for first, second and third year students will run during the third semester for 8 hours a day for 8 weeks giving a total of 320 hours. In the fourth year, the hospital attachment requires an 8 hour day; 5 working days per week and should run for 16 weeks. This means that the unit has a total of 640 hours of hospital attachment.
Examination Regulations in the MLS Programme
The University and the School Examination Regulations shall apply. Class attendance of 90% is required for candidates to sit any unit examination. Each unit shall comprise of Continuous Assessment Tests (CATS), Practical examinations, Oral examination and End of semester University examination. The distribution of marks shall be as follows: CATS 25%, Practical Examination 15%, Oral examination (Viva voce) 10%, end of semester University examination 50% (comprising question paper with short answer, essay and multiple choice questions for each unit done in the term). The Oral examination shall be conducted by a panel of examiners and may include the external examiners. A pass mark of 50% of the total marks is required for each unit examined. Any candidate who scores less than 50% in the Practical examination shall have failed the examination in that unit even if the final mark is 50% or higher.
A candidate who obtains a final mark of between 46% and 49% in a particular course may be compensated according to the provisions for compensation as determined by the School.
a) Compensation shall be possible but not compulsory.
b) Compensation shall be considered by the departmental Board of Examiners when processing the end of year examinations.
c) Compensation shall apply only if the CAT mark for the failed unit is 50% of CAT score.
d) Candidates who fail with a final mark of 46% and above may be compensated in order to obtain the minimum pass mark of 50%.
e) Marks for compensation shall be obtained by subtracting marks on the basis of two mark for every one mark compensated.
f) Each mark in the failed course will be compensated by a loss of two marks in a passed course up to a maximum of 8 marks from a single course.
g) The courses from which marks will be borrowed are prescribed for the same semester.
Failed candidates shall be recommended to do a supplementary examination (only once) in the unit they have failed provided the total number of units failed are not more than 50% of the units sat in the examination during the academic year. Candidates who fail more than 50% of the units offered in a semester shall be issued with an academic warning in accordance with university regulations. A candidate who fails more than 50% of the units offered in an academic year shall repeat the year and register for all the units offered at that level. Candidates who fail all the units registered in a semester shall be discontinued from the programme. Candidates who fail a supplementary exam will repeat the unit when next offered and will not proceed to the next academic year unless he/she passes the unit. A unit canonly be repeated once, and should the candidate fail after repeating, he/she shall be discontinued from the programme. Appeals against discontinuation shall be addressed to the Vice-Chancellor. The B.Sc. (MLS) degree shall not be classified to conform to the guidelines on medical laboratory science degree programmes globally. In addition, the transcripts shall have grades but no marks for each unit entered.
The grading system, for purposes of admission to postgraduate studies or recommendations for employment in the MLS profession, for the marks scored per course out of 100% shall be indicated as follows for inclusion in the Academic transcripts only:
Letter grade Range of marks (%) Remarks
A 75 and above Distinction
B 65 – 74 Credit
C 50 – 64 Pass
E 49 and below Fail
University Common Units
UCU 100: Communication Skills
UCU 103: Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking
UCU 104: Entrepreneurship
HML 100: Basic Cell Biology
HML 101: Basic Biochemistry I
HML 102: Human Anatomy I
HML 109: Inorganic Chemistry for MLS
HML 110: Organic Chemistry for MLS
SMA 100: Mathematics for Sciences I
HML 103: Human Anatomy II
HML 104: Basic Biochemistry II
HML 105: Human Physiology
HML 106: Basic Virology
HML 107: Medical Bacteriology
HML 108: Basic Immunology
HML 111: Skills Laboratory I
HML 200: First Aid
HML 201: HIV, AIDS and Retrovirology
HML 202: Haematology I
HML 203: Experimental Animal Science
HML 204: Medical Physics I
HML 205: Clinical Pharmacology
HML 206: Haematology II
HML 207: Medical Physics II
HML 208: Transfusion Science
HML 209: Medical Mycology
HML 210: Basic Human Pathology
HML 211: Medical Parasitology I
HML 212: Skills Laboratory II
HML 300: Genetic Disorders
HML 301: Histocytopathology
HML 302: Clinical Chemistry I
HML 303: Medical Parasitlogy II
HML 304: Clinical Virology
HML 305: Clinical Bacteriology I
HML 306: Clinical Immunology
HML 307: Clinical Chemistry II
HML 308: Clinical Bacteriology II
HML 309: Diagnostic Virology
HML 310: Transfusion II
HML 311: Bioethics
HML 312: Skills Laboratory III
HML 400: Fundamentals of Epidemiology
HML 401: Fundamentals of Forensic Science
HML 402: Laboratory Management
HML 403: Basics of Nutrition, Diatetics and Nutritional Disorders
HML 404: Food and Water Microbiology
HML 405: Pharmacognosy
HML 406: Basic Research Methodology
HML 407: Community Health
HML 408: Forensic Pathology and Odontology
HML 409: Forensic Anthropology, Linguistics and Psychology
HML 410: Clinical Laboratory Informatics
HML 411: Practical Epidemiology
HML 412: Hospital Attachment