Completion of general upper secondary education or its equivalent. Additional prerequisites: R1/(S1+S2) and one of the subjects FYS1 or KJE1 or BIO1
One year of Biology (Biology 1) and Chemistry (Chemistry 1) from upper secondary school.
The Bachelor Programme in Biomedical Laboratory Science is a unique and exciting combination of health sciences and technology education.
Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for the technical work in the medical laboratories, analysis of biological samples, quality assurance of analytical methods and test results, maintenance of complex technological equipment and testing, development, standardization and adaptation of new methods.
Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are also responsible for procedures for sampling and sample processing, and for training and counseling of patients and other health professionals on how they performed. This means that Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for patient samples from the ordered to the final results are available. Biomedical Laboratory Scientists help in the diagnosis to give patients the correct treatment.
The Bachelor Programme in Biomedical Laboratory Science complies with the National Curriculum Regulations for Biomedical Laboratory Science Education and the Regulations for Biomedical Laboratory Science Education issued by the Ministry of Education and Research on 1 December 2005. The Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Science Degree is awarded on successful completion of the study programme, and provides the basis for applying for authorisation as a Biomedical Labioratory Scientist in accordance with the Health Personnel Act of 1 January 2001, §48.
The program will be professionally updated, future-oriented and in dialogue with the professional community.
|1. sem||ML-114-1 Physiology, anatomy, histology 10 sp||ML-113-1 Introduction to biomedical laboratory science 10 sp||KJ-115-1 Chemistry - The basis for chemical analysis 10 sp|
|ORG001-1 Health, Safety and Environment 0 sp|
|2. sem||ML-210-1 Hematology and immunology 10 sp||ML-115-1 Cell biology and biochemistry 10 sp||MA-143-1 Biostatistics 10 sp|
|3. sem||ML-306-1 Pathology 10 sp||ML-211-1 Biomedical laboratory science and the society 10 sp||ML-208-1 Molecular Biology 10 sp|
|4. sem||ML-319-1 Medisinsk biokjemi og teknologi 15 sp||ML-213-1 Medical microbiology 1 5 sp||ML-316-1 Transfusion Medicine and Clinical Immunology 10 sp|
|5. sem||ML-320-1 Bioingeniørfaglig praksis 1 - Medisinsk biokjemi 10 sp||ML-317-1 Molecular Diagnostics and Bioinformatics 10 sp||ML-318-1 Medical microbiology 2 10 sp|
|6. sem||ML-321-1 Bioingeniørfaglig praksis 2 - Medisinske laboratorier 10 sp||ML-322-1 Bacheloroppgave 20 sp|
The learning objectives are described in the following terms:
A biomedical laboratory scientist must have knowledge within;
Quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis and laboratory techniques
Advanced instruments for analysis and laboratory equipment
Control systems and quality assurance of own work
Limitations and sources of error in analytical methods
Analytical reliability and the statistical and medical probability
Application and test significance in relation to the body's normal function and disease
Safety and ethical issues related to the application, analysis and storage of biological samples
A medical laboratory scientist must possess the necessary expertise for the continuous updating of knowledge and foundation for studies at postgraduate level
A biomedical laboratory scientist must have the skills to:
Master techniques, apply methods, and operate laboratory equipment and analytical instruments used in medical laboratories
Attend pre-analytical conditions and treat biological material correctly
Evaluate laboratory methods, their limitations and sources of error
Master academic expressions well enough to convey relevant subjects in written and oral manner
A biomedical laboratory scientist must possess competence and follow these guidelines;
Work systematically and precisely by established procedures, laws and regulations
Work with a strong knowledge-base and reflect upon professional practice
Follow ethical guidelines
Interact in an interdisciplinary environment and with other professions
Respect individual differences and cultural differences
Master general infection control procedures
Utilize basic tools used in innovation and entrepreneurship
The programme is comprised of topics from three major academic areas, namely natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and medical laboratory practice. The programme is organised in a manner designed to provide students first with a foundation in natural sciences before continuing on to the final three subject areas. Practical instruction will take place in the medical laboratories located at the public hospital in Kristiansand (external practice) as well as in the teaching and research laboratories at Agder University College (internal practice). Project work will be completed by students at the programme's conclusion.
Working and instructional forms lead to an integration of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice the profession of Biomedical Laboratory Science. Working methods are the following: lectures, demonstrations, excursions, literary studies, group work, seminars, project work, independent study, e-learning and oral/written presentations. There will be an increase in the workload with relation to student activities and forms of study during the course of the programme, which consequently requires a high level of student involvement in activities. They must also be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
The practical part of the programme will provide students with the foundation necessary for the practical application of theoretical knowledge. Furthermore, it will provide the skill level necessary for collaborating with professional colleagues and other health-related personnel, and to assume independent duty schedules after training at the appropriate workplaces. The practical part of the course includes planning, executing, reporting and presenting Biomedical Laboratory Science related assignments.
Assessment methods are designed to provide both the university college and students with information regarding their academic progress, including the acquisition of knowledge, skills and positive attitudes. Furthermore, these methods will assure the students' acquisition of the necessary qualifications for practicing the profession as well as contributing to the students' active participation during the learning process.
Assessment methods include:
Students are to be assessed during the programme's practical section with the grades of Pass/Fail.
Students will be informed in writing if there is any doubt regarding assessment approval.
Assessment methods are listed in the separate course descriptions.
Most Biomedical Laboratory Science graduates are employed in medical laboratories in public hospitals. There are also good employment opportunities in research laboratories, private analytical laboratories, medical firms and pharmaceutical companies.
A degree in Biomedical Laboratory Science may also be used as a basis for pursuing further education towards a Master's degree in related disciplines at the university level.
Programme coordinatir Inger-Lise Neslein, Advisor Ingebjørg Aase, Head of Department Hans Wilhelm Weinberger.
Students who do not attend the first laboratory exercise may lose their place if the department is not notified of a valid reason for their absence. Students who do not take the examination in a specified subject after completing its laboratory course/field work/seminar reports will be credited for only that section of the course. However, students may take the examination in this same subject at a later date.
Faculty of Engineering and Science