The aim of  this curriculum harmonization is to train competent clinical laboratory service personnel to meet present and projected service needs in primary secondary health care services in ECOWAS members States.

This is a three (3) year intensive semester based program with a strong practical medical laboratory exposure component. At the end of the training programme, the Medical Laboratory Diploma holder should have the basic competences in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge- At the end of each course, the graduand should have acquired basic knowledge that will enable them to work under the supervision of qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists.
  2. Skills- The graduand should be able to handle, process, and perform simple systematic analysis of routine specimens he/she receives.
  3. Attitude- The graduands should appreciate the inmportance of his/her role in the chain of activity within the diagnostic laboratory. He/She should know the proper reporting procedure and action for any sample received in a professional manner that ensures the spirit of team-work and skillfull communication with his/her peers and supervisory laboratory personnel.
  4. Competency and professionalism- The graduand should be fully competent in planning and managing the work load. This comprises organizing the work flow and proper utilization of space, instrumentation and resources in ensuring the production of accurate and reliable results for effective diagnosis.



Students who successfully  complete this programme should be able to:

  1. Seek employment in a clinical laboratory setting with the ability to perform routine laboratory procedures in each department with accuracy and precision.
  2. Re-cognize normal and abnormal test results and take necessary action with critical values.
  3. Perform and interpret basic quality control procedures
  4. Operate and perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting of laboratory equipment.
  5. Recognize and adhere to safety policies and practices.
  6. Demonstrate sound work ethics in interactions with patients, co-workers and other personnel.

This programme is to train competent medical laboratory personnel at middle manpower level. It  entails exposing the students to basic knowledge and the practices of medical laboratory science.

This is three years intensive semester based programme with a strong medical laboratory exposure component.

  1. Prospective students for this programme must possess a minimum of four (4) credits passes at senior secondary school certificate Level/GCE/NABTEB O-LEVELS in the following subjects : English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and least a pass in physics at not more than two sittings.
  2. Prospective students will be selected through a competitive entrance examination where applicable.
  3. Candidates with MLA or OND in SLT certificate in addition to the requirements in sub-section (a) above may be considered for admission into the 200L of the programme.



Management of Pilar College of Health Technology will register the students within the first year of admission with the MLSCM. This is for the purpose of indexing . The registration is recognized as the effective date of commencement of the course and it also determines when the student is due for the Council Professional Examinations.

  1. Registration with the Medical Laboratory Council entails registration/enrollment form which must be endorsed by The Head of Department who should be a member of the council.
  2. Payment of fees entails presentation of screening of credentials for eligibility.
  3. Eligible students are then enrolled as Medical Laboratory Technician with students registration number.
  4. Students’ enrollment letters are sent through the Head of Department.
  • Students who fail the screening would be advised to withdraw from the programme forthwith.




Teaching students the materials of each course should be according to the best known educational techniques. Examples of teaching techniques should include but not limited to:

  1. Classroom lectures.
  2. Demonstration using models and phantoms.
  1. Reports, logbooks and presentations.
  2. Computers and Audio Visual Instruments.
  3. Health facility visits/placements

All 3 credit hours comprise 2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of practical or hour of tutorial per week of the semester.

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