Courses and Requirements – Applied

Biomedical Technology

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.

4.1 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.

4.2 Career Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Technology offers a challenging and exciting career in both the public and private sector. There is a continuous demand for registered Biomedical 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.  

4.3 Admissions Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) Entry Requirements:

Subjects National Diploma: Biomedical Technology Note
NSC Endorsement: Eligibility for Diploma, or BTech degree 3 = 40 – 49%

4 = 50 – 59%

5 = 60 – 69%

6 = 70 – 79%

7 = 80 – 89%

8 =90 -99%

Compulsory Subjects:



Physical Sciences

Life Sciences






Life Orientation Max 3
Any other 2 Subjects 7

 Senior Certificate (SC) Entry Requirements:

Compulsory subjects (with minimum requirements)

Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Biology HG (D) or SG (C) and English HG (E) or SG (D)

Recommended School subjects (not compulsory)


Bonus Points

Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Biology HG 2, SG 1

Bonus points only allocated for HG (D) and SG (C) and higher symbols

Minimum points for this course is 26

National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)) Entry Requirements:


4.4 Curriculum

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  • Anatomy & Physiology I (Module 1)
  • Calculations & Statistics
  • Chemistry I
  • Introduction to Medical Technology
  • Physics I
  • English Development


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  • Anatomy & Physiology I (Module 2)
  • Biochemistry II
  • Immunology II
  • Pathophysiology II
  • Basic Computer Skills


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  • Blood Transfusion Technology
  • Cellular Pathology I
  • Chemical Pathology I
  • Microbiology I
  • Communication Skills I


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  • Cellular Pathology II
  • Chemical Pathology II
  • Haematology II
  • Microbiology II
  • Communication Skills II


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  • Cellular Pathology III
  • Chemical Pathology III
  • Haematology III
  • Microbiology III
  • Entrepreneurship


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  • Laboratory Practice III


4.5 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.
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.

4.6 Professional bodies

Membership to a professional body (HPCSA) is compulsory.

4.7 Articulation Options

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

5 Baccalaureus Technologiae: Biomedical Technology

5.1 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).

  • Curriculum
First Year Second Year
  • Research Methodology & Techniques
  • Research Project
  • Molecular Biology
  • Integrated Pathophysiology
  • Laboratory Management



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