To me, this may be the most important post i would make in this forum not only for the students who want to choose a career in any of the two but to the general public and employers of labour both government and private who have used the word interchangeably when advertising for job vacancies.
May, I categorically state that I am an insider who have passed through the two courses and the curriculum because I mistake them to be the same the way students and the general public do today. To the students the two courses are good but it is better to learn now and make your choice earlier to avoid the
mistake I and many other students have made because it is said that you learn from the mistake of others for you may not live long to do all the mistakes
yourself. Now let’s digest the differences.
FACULTY/SCHOOL Medical Laboratory Science is a Medical Science course studied in university or College of Health Sciences only. In the university, it is studied in the College of Medicine under the Faculty of Health Sciences. Medical Laboratory Assistant and Technicians are trained in the College of Health technology while Medical Laboratory Scientist are trained in the universities.
NOTE: None of the Medical Laboratory Science professionals are trained in the Polytechnics as many Polytechnic graduates and students of Science Laboratory
Technology claim to belong to the Medical Laboratory Science Profession as one can only mistake them to be the same if one does not belong to medical/
health profession or has not been admitted to study any of the course. Whereas, Science Laboratory Technology is studied in the faculty of Biological or Natural Science in the universities and under the school of science in the polytechnics, graduates of Science Laboratory Technology from the polytechnic are called Technician while their counter part from the universities are called Laboratory Technologist.(NOTE No medical here)
COURSES OFFERED AND DURATION
The courses offered by medical laboratory science students include Medical Biochemistry, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Haematology, Pharmacology,forensic analysis, Embalment techniques, Clinical pathology, Biostatistics, virology, Medical Microbiology and Parasitology public Health and Epidemiology etc. The
duration of study for medical laboratory Assistant and Technicians are 2 and 3years respectively, hence the duration of study for medical laboratory scientist is 5 years in the university leading to the award of Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS) degree plus 1 year internship programme and 1 year NYSC making a total of seven years (7) training.
While the course offered by students of Science Laboratory Technology are pure and applied Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics, Electronics, Photography, Plants
and animal taxonomy etc. The duration of study in the polytechnic is 2 years National Diploma and 2 years leading to the award of Higher National Diploma
(HND), while those in the university is 4 years leading to the award of B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) degree plus 1 year National Service (NYSC) making a
total of 5 years training.