Vaal University of Technology

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Course & Programmes

National Diploma: Biomedical Technology

Five semester of class attendance at the University, plus one semester applicable in-service training in a laboratory approved for purposes by the HPCSA.

What are the functions of a Medical Laboratory Technologist?

Microscopic, microbiological and chemical examination of specimens from patients to assist the medical practitioner with diagnosis, determination of blood levels of drugs for optimal therapy, tests to determine which antibiotics are the most effective against specific bacteria, tissue sections to determine whether malignancy is present.

Career Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Technology offers a challenging and exciting career in both the public and private sector. There is a continuous demand for trained Technologist. Job opportunities exist at the following institutions – The National Health Laboratory Services with its main branch in Johannesburg and other branch in most of the large hospitals all over the country, private pathologists with laboratories in various cities and town and forensic laboratories.

Research opportunities are available at both industry and research institutions.

Curriculum

Semester 1 Semester 2

Anatomy & Physiology I (Module 1)

Calculations & Statistics

Chemistry I

Introduction to Medical Technology

Physics I

English Development

Anatomy & Physiology I (Module 2)

Biochemistry II

Immunology II

Pathophysiology II

Basic Computer Skills

Semester 3 Semester 4

Blood Transfusion Technology

Cellular Pathology I

Chemical Pathology I

Microbiology I

Communication Skills I

Cellular Pathology II

Chemical Pathology II

Haematology II

Microbiology II

Communication Skills II

Semester 5 Semester 6
Laboratory Practice III

Cellular Pathology III

Chemical Pathology III

Haematology III

Microbiology III

Entrepreneurship

Assessment

Assessment takes the form of written examinations.

Articulation Options

Students may be able to obtain more credits and obtain the Professional Degree: Medical Laboratory Sciences or do the BTech: Biomedical Technology.

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Biomedical Technology

Admission Requirements:

ND: Biomedical Technology

(NB: It is imperative that students wishing to apply for BTech: Biomedical Technology, have an average of 60% for the four main subjects: Cellular Pathology III, Chemical Pathology III, Haematology III and Microbiology III).

Duration:

This a two year part-time course through blended online learning.

Curriculum:

The programme will start off with a block of one to three days on campus in Vanderbijlpark, followed by group and individual assignments which are completed whist working normally.

During this time, students are in regular contact with lecturers and other students through the internet. Lecturers will always be available to guide students’ learning and respond to questions. Online formative assessment will play an important role in preparing students for the final examination, which will be held on campus:

  • Laboratory Management (offered via blended online learning)
  • Research Methodology & Techniques (offered vial blended online learning)
  • Biochemistry/ Research Project
  • Integrated Pathophysiology (recognition of prior learning for the board examination and submission of a portfolio may be considered under certain prescribed conditions).

Work Integrated Learning

Training can be done in any of the following categories: Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology, Haematology, Immunology, Blood Transfusion Technology, Chemical Pathology, Pharmacology, Radio-Isotope Technology, Histopathology Techniques, Cytotechnology, Cytogenetics or Forensic Medical Pathology.

or

A minimum of six months practical training in each of the following categories: Microbiology, Chemical Pathology and Haematology. This combination is collectively known as Clinical Pathology.


The programme will start off with a block of one to three days on campus in Vanderbijlpark, followed by group and individual assignments which are completed whist working normally.

During this time, students are in regular contact with lecturers and other students through the internet. Lecturers will always be available to guide students’ learning and respond to questions. Online formative assessment will play an important role in preparing students for the final examination, which will be held on campus:

  • Laboratory Management (offered via blended online learning)
  • Research Methodology & Techniques (offered vial blended online learning)
  • Biochemistry/ Research Project
  • Integrated Pathophysiology (recognition of prior learning for the board examination and submission of a portfolio may be considered under certain prescribed conditions).

Work Integrated Learning

Training can be done in any of the following categories: Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology, Haematology, Immunology, Blood Transfusion Technology, Chemical Pathology, Pharmacology, Radio-Isotope Technology, Histopathology Techniques, Cytotechnology, Cytogenetics or Forensic Medical Pathology.

or

A minimum of six months practical training in each of the following categories: Microbiology, Chemical Pathology and Haematology. This combination is collectively known as Clinical Pathology.

Professional bodies

Membership to a professional body (HPCSA) is compulsory.




National Higher Diploma: Community Nursing

Two years part-time.

What are the function of Community Nurse?

Conducting family visits, school visits occupational health setting visits e Liaise with nursing administrators.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include Primary Healthcare Provider, Community Healthcare Provider, Health Service Provider / Managers, Nurse Research and Community Development Coordinator/ Consultant.

Curriculum

Complete 320 hours in a comprehensive local health service clinic / health centre inclusive of-

Conducting a family study and do a home visit;

  • Attend a school of health service;
  • Visit an occupational health setting;
  • Complete a physical health assessment under the guidance of a mentor / preceptors assigned by the VUT in conjunction with the Health Directorate.

Semester 1 Semester 2

Community Nursing Practice I

Psychosocial Aspects I

Administration Aspects

Scientific Foundations I

Community Nursing Practical

Community Nursing Practice II

Psychosocial Aspects II

Scientific Foundations II



Semester 3 Semester 4

Scientific Foundations of Nursing

Fundamentals of Nursing Admin I

Nursing Practical Part I

Healthcare Systems in SA

Fundamentals of Nursing Admin II

Nursing Practical Part II

Articulation Options

Baccalaureus Technological: Community Nursing

Admission Requirements:

NHD: Community Nursing

Duration :

This is one year full-time or two years part-time course.

Curriculum:

Semester 1 Semester 2

Community Health V

Nursing Research I

Nursing Management (Module I)

Community Project

Community Health IV

Nursing Research Project

Nursing Management II

Health Service Management Practical