Department of Medical Laboratory Science

About Department of Medical Laboratory Science

The establishment of Bachelors programme in Medical Laboratory Science was approved by the senate at its 207th meeting held on Tuesday 16th of February, 2010. The programme commence fully with the admission of the first set of intakes during 2019/2020 academic session after passing NUC resource verification exercise.


Medical Laboratory Science is the application of scientific techniques and methods in the analysis of body fluids, tissues and human waste products as it relates to the state of health of individuals. It deals with the production of biological reagents and vaccines. Also, it involves the recovery of microorganisms from human and animal specimens, the identification of changes in the body that are characteristic of specific diseases, identification and quantitation of toxic substances in the body and determination of appropriate therapeutic agents for treatment.

The introduction of the medical laboratory service as a component of the hospital establishment furthered the use of scientific approach in health care delivery. New approaches to the diagnosis of human diseases such as gene mapping and the use of molecular probes have extended the effectiveness of diagnosis and management of disease conditions. The B.MLS. degree programme will prepare the candidates for effective service in Diagnostic Laboratories in hospitals and private laboratory establishments, University Research Institutes, Food Laboratories and other allied fields or be self-employed. On the successful completion of the five-year degree programme, candidates will be registered as Associate Members of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (AMLSCN) subject to meeting other prescribed requirements.

The inclusion of Community Based Education and Service (COBES) component at 400 Level and Basic Communication in French skill at 500 Level makes this curriculum unique and shall integrate B.MLS. graduates to the community and the West African sub-region.


The broad philosophy of Medical Laboratory Science education is to provide an in-depth scientific and professional background for the production of Medical Laboratory Scientists who will be able to function independently or in collaboration with other members of the health team in the care of individuals and groups in the community at all levels of health service. They will also be capable of producing biologicals such as vaccines and diagnostic reagents, and will be able to maintain laboratory equipment.


The main objectives of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (B.MLS.) degree programme are to:

(i)   Produce skilled personnel in the specialty area of Medical Laboratory Science,

(ii)  Improve the productive capacity of the youth (youth empowerment) as practitioners in Medical Laboratory Science,

(iii) Produce graduates for gainful self-employment, and

(iv) Produce graduates in Medical Laboratory Science for the relevant state and federal government hospitals and research establishments.

RATIONALE OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME There is need to produce Medical Laboratory Scientists that will contribute to the development and implementation of policies and programmes that will strengthen the national health system. This should result in effective, efficient, quality and affordable health service to Nigerians.


Direct Entry UTME UTME Subjects Remarks
Three  GCE ‘A’ Level (or equivalent)  chosen from Biology , Chemistry and Physics  or a First degree (B.Sc) in related Biological and Biomedical Sciences such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Zoology not below Second class lower grade  in addition to UTME requirements. Candidates must have at least  credit passes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English Language at ‘O’ Level. English Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  


The B.MLS. degree programme shall run for 5 years for UTME Entry candidates and 4 years for Direct Entry candidates. The maximum duration for UTME students will be fourteen semester or Seven (7) academic year

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