Courses and Requirements – Applied
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%
|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)
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:
- 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
- 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
- Cellular Pathology III
- Chemical Pathology III
- Haematology III
- Microbiology III
- 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).
|First Year||Second Year|
Enquiries may be addressed to:
|HoD: Health Sciences||Tel: +27 16 950 9210 / 7592|
|Faculty of Applied & Computer Sciences||Fax: +27 16 950 9794|
|Vaal University of Technology||+27 86 651 4274|
|Private Bag X021||E-mail: email@example.com|