Faculty of Health Science
What is Medical Laboratory Science?
Medical laboratory science combines the use of sophisticated instruments and techniques with the application of theoretical knowledge to perform complex procedures on tissue specimens, blood samples and other body fluids. The tests and procedures that Medical Laboratory Technologists perform provide critical information enabling physicians to diagnose, treat and monitor a patient's condition.
What does a Medical Laboratory Technologist do?
Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) are health professionals who perform laboratory analyses and provide information to physicians. They help physicians to diagnose and treat patients, as well as monitor and prevent disease.
Why become a Medical Laboratory Technologist?
Medical laboratory technology is a constantly evolving and rewarding career. The lab of today is a far more complicated one than the lab of just ten years ago. As new discoveries advance scientific knowledge, the Technologist's role will continue to change and expand. Even now, we can see the impact of future tests that may be developed for diagnosing such health problems as cancer or genetic disorders.
Medical Laboratory Technologists are the fourth largest group of health care professionals, and their career outlook is very positive due to an impending national shortage of MLTs.
While most Medical Laboratory Technologists work in hospitals, physicians' offices, and private laboratories, MLTs also find challenging employment in other areas. From industrial research and public health laboratories to forensic and pharmaceutical laboratories, the MLT's analytical, scientific and technical skills are a valuable asset. Other career options include:
Health care services are in demand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Nursing Program Description
The Indian Ocean University nursing program prepares graduates with the education to creatively meet the
challenges and demands of nursing in the twenty-first century. The goal of the program is to educate nurses who, as members of the health care team, address the varied health concerns of individuals, families, and groups and communities. Nurses practice in a wide variety of settings—clinics, schools, hospitals, businesses, long-term care facilities, community agencies, and urgent care centers.
In addition to the very real satisfaction a person gains from helping others in need, the reasons to consider nursing as a profession include intellectual stimulation, continued educational development, and the opportunity to work closely with other allied health professionals. Nurses are concerned with the health of the whole person. They care for the sick and injured as well as help people maintain and improve their health. Nurses are concerned with the physical and psycho-social conditions of the patient as they observe, assess, and record symptoms, responses to treatment, and progress. Hospital nurses are an integral part of the interdisciplinary health care team; they collaborate by means of nursing and medical diagnoses and deliver skilled, compassionate, and holistic care.
In nursing homes and other long term care facilities, they manage all care for the residents while community health nurses care for patients in their homes, in clinics, schools, homeless shelters, and day care settings.
Students in this program receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. The nursing program provides an educational foundation for graduate study in nursing as well as the knowledge and experience necessary for advancement within the nursing profession.
Successful completion of high school biology, high school chemistry, and two years of high school algebra provide the best foundation for students who are entering directly from high school. High school grade point average of 3.00 or above has been proven factors for students to be successful in the program.
Nursing Program Objectives.
Graduates will be prepared to practice professional nursing. Upon completion of the Indian Ocean University nursing program, graduates will