WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$625 /year
Applications Begin:June 2021
Final Award:Diploma in Health Laboratory Science
Start Date:October 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Medicine
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: August 2021
Programme Overview

The establishment of a Diploma program in Health Laboratory Sciences at KCMU College is intended to raise the number of well-trained Laboratory Technologists that are in great demand to fill in various positions at the different levels of public health care and research system.

The graduates are expected to be competent enough for starting and running private laboratory services to complement the efforts of the government to provide quality laboratory services all over the country.

As a side benefit, the program will produce graduates who are potential applicants to enrol for BSc in Health Laboratory Science Programmes that are currently being conducted at the KCMU College and MUHAS.

Programme learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Diploma programme in Health Laboratory Sciences, the student should be able to:
1)Perform routine clinical laboratory procedures within acceptable quality control parameters.
2)Demonstrate technical skills, social behaviour, and professional awareness.
3)Apply problem-solving techniques to identify and correct procedural errors, identify instrument malfunctions and seek proper supervisory assistance, and verify the accuracy of laboratory results obtained.
4)Operate and maintain laboratory equipment, utilizing appropriate quality control and safety procedures.
5)Participate in activities which will provide current knowledge and upgrading of skills in laboratory medicine


Course Content
The course shall be conducted on a semester basis. There will be two semesters for each academic year.  The subjects to be studied shall be divided into introductory subjects, which will be taught during the 1st year, while principal subjects will be taught during the 2nd year and 3rd years.

During the third year, the student will do a fieldwork attachment to a Zonal or Regional reference laboratory and write a report.

There will be departmental rotations covering the principal subjects of microbiology and immunology, biochemistry, haematology, blood transfusion, parasitology, and psychopathology during the second and third years.

Admission Requirements

Direct Entry
Holders of Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with four (4) Passes in non-religious Subjects including two (2) credit “C” Passes in Chemistry and Biology and “D” in Physics, a Pass in English Language and Basic Mathematics is an added advantage.

Equivalent Entry
Holders of Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with one (1) credit and two (2) passes in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Basic Mathematics.

A certificate in Medical Laboratory Assistant trained through knowledge-based Curriculum and successful passed bridging program (NTA level 5 semester 1 module)

Application Process
Application Fees for Tanzanian Students: $22
Application Fees for International Students: $50

How to Apply:
Every Applicant should prepare documents which include:
– Relevant certificates
– Birth Certificate, among others (Contact School =

All of the documents should be attached to an application form which can be gotten with a fee of:
** 50,000 TZS for local students
** 115485 TZS for International students

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities for this programme include:
– Academic researcher
– Biomedical scientist
– Clinical research associate
– Clinical scientist, biochemistry
– Clinical scientist, genomics
– Clinical scientist, haematology
– Clinical scientist, immunology
– Research scientist (medical)

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Tuition Fees for Tanzanian Students: $625
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,194

Tuition Fees for Tanzanian Students = 1,450,000 TZS
Tuition Fees for International Students = 5,088,600 TZS

– Fees paid will not be refunded if the student leaves or withdraws or leaves the college without permission
– Actual costs will vary depending upon the specific year and needs of the student.
– Foreign students shall be required to pay for a resident permit, and must check the prevailing amount as may be determined by the Government from time to time.
– The University College reserves the right to change any fees, deposits, and other charges or any other provisions of this section at any time and without prior notification to the student or their sponsor and any such changes shall have immediate effect.

Relevant Contact

School Office
General Enquiries
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries