WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,388 /year
Applications Begin:July 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biomedical Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

The BSc. Medical Laboratory Sciences is a professional course under the umbrella of the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB). KMLTTB was established by an Act of Parliament to regulate Medical Laboratory Sciences training  and practice  in Kenya. The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) BSc.

Medical Laboratory Sciences curriculum was developed in consultation with the KMLTTB guidelines specifying the minimum content of curricular for Bachelors programmes. The developed curriculum also took into consideration the comments and concerns of other stakeholders including current students and alumni as well as opinions from laboratory personnel from Kenyatta National Hospital and potential consumers of the programme.


Course Content
Year 1
First Semester
– Communication Skills
– Development Studies & Social Ethics
– Mathematics for Medical Sciences
–  Physics for Medical Sciences
– Human Anatomy
– Human Physiology I
– Biochemistry I

Second Semester
– Chemistry for Medical sciences
– Medical Diagnostic Imaging Science
– Human Physiology II
– General Microbiology
– Principles of Organic Chemistry
– Experimental Animal Science
– Biomedical Analytical Techniques
– Biochemistry II

Year 2
First Semester
– Introduction to Computing
–  First Aid
– Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy
– General and Systemic Pathology
– Clinical Haematology I
– Principles of Immunology

Second Semester
– General Parasitology
– Food and Water Microbiology
– Clinical Pharmacology
– Clinical Haematology II
– Immunological Techniques
– Human Nutrition, Dietetics & Nutritional Disorders
– Medical Laboratory Practical/Oral I

Year 3
First Semester
– Clinical Chemistry I
– Clinical Protozoology
– Clinical Virology I
– Clinical Cytology
– Clinical Bacteriology
– Principles of Blood Transfusion
– Immunopathology

Second Semester

– Clinical Chemistry II
– Clinical Helminthology
– Clinical Virology II
– Histopathology
– Clinical Mycology
– Biomedical Research Methodology
– Institutional Attachment
– Medical Laboratory Practical/Oral II

Year 4
First Semester
– Entrepreneurship Skills
– Biomedical Research Project I
– Medical Entomology
– Medical Statistics
– Medical Molecular Genetics
– Health Systems Management
– Healthcare Ethics and Law
– Clinical Laboratory Rotation

Second Semester
MLS 2401 Biomedical Research Project II
MLS 2403 Forensic Medicine
MLS 2405 Epidemiology
MLS 2407 Medical Biotechnology
MLS  2409 Health Economics
MLS  2411  Radionuclide Technology

The Upgrading Module For Mature Entry Students
First Semester

MLS  2100 Mathematics for Medical Sciences
MLS  2102 Physics for Medical Sciences
MLS  2104 Human Anatomy
MLS   2105 Human Physiology I
MLS  2111 Biochemistry I
MLS  2101 Chemistry for Medical sciences
MLS  2109 Experimental Animal Science
MLS  2108 Principles of Organic Chemistry

Second Semester
MLS  2203 Food and Water Microbiology
MLS  2204 Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy
MLS  2206 General and Systemic Pathology
MLS  2208 Clinical Haematology II
MLS  2209 Principles of Immunology
MLS  2210  Immunological Techniques
MLS 2211 Human Nutrition, Dietetics & Nutrit. Disorders
MLS  2310 Principles of Blood Transfusion
MLS  2212 Medical Laboratory Practical/Oral I

Third Semester

MLS  2205 Clinical Pharmacology
MLS  2300 Clinical Chemistry I
MLS  2302 Clinical Protozoology
MLS  2304 Clinical Virology I
MLS  2306 Clinical Cytology
MLS  2308 Clinical Bacteriology
MLS  2311 Immunopathology
MLS  2406 Medical Molecular Genetics

Fourth Semester
MLS  2301 Clinical Chemistry II
MLS  2303 Clinical Helminthology
MLS  2305 Clinical Virology II
MLS  2307 Histopathology
MLS  2309 Clinical Mycology
MLS  2312 Biomedical Research Methodology
MLS  2400 Biomedical Research Project I
MLS  2407 Medical Biotechnology
MLS  2411 Radionuclide Technology
MLS  2314 Medical Laboratory Practical/Oral II

Fifth Semester
HRD  2401 Entrepreneurship Skills
MLS  2408 Health Systems Management
MLS  2402 Medical Entomology
MLS  2404 Medical Statistics
MLS  2409 Health Economics
MLS  2410 Healthcare Ethics and Law
MLS  2403 Forensic Medicine
MLS  2405 Epidemiology
MLS  2401 Biomedical Research Project II

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
1.1.1 The common regulations for all Bachelors degrees in the JKUAT shall apply.
1.1.2 The common regulations for admission requirements in all Bachelors degrees in the ITROMID shall apply.
1.1.3 The candidate must have a minimum KCSE mean grade of C+. In addition, a student must have either of the qualifications listed below: Have the following combinations of cluster subjects at the minimum grades shown:

Alternative A
Biology C+
Chemistry C+
Mathematics or Physics C
English/Kiswahili C+

Alternative B
Biological Sciences C+
Physical Sciences C+
English/Kiswahili C+ Have a minimum of 2 principal passes in science subjects in IGCE/GCE. Have a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology or any other relevant Diploma from an institution recognised by the University Senate, and registered with the KMLTTB. Have a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Medical Laboratory Technology or any other relevant HND from an institution recognised by the University Senate, and registered with the KMLTTB. Have any other qualifications accepted by the University Senate as equivalent to to above.

1.1.4 Credit Transfer System Students who have successfully completed one or two years of a B.Sc. MLS level study in any institution recognized by the Senate may be allowed to transfer to the JKUAT B.Sc. Programme, and shall be considered for appropriate credits based on the years of study in the institution(s) they are transferring from.

1.1.5 Exemption Applicants, who hold the qualifications from a middle-level institution recognized by the JKUAT Senate, may at the discretion of Senate be admitted directly to the upgrading module. Applicants, who hold the qualifications from a middle-level institution recognised by the JKUAT Senate, may at the discretion of Senate be admitted directly into the upgrading module.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $14
Application Fees for International Students: $45

How to Apply
Application Requirements for qualified students:
– A dully filled registration form – to be obtained from the offices/website upon payment of non-refundable fee.
– Two passport size photos.
– Copies of relevant certificates

Application Procedure
Applications for the courses are on official application forms.
1. click to download JKUAT IT Department application form. or obtain a hand-copy from the office.
2. Pay a non-refundable application fee as follows:
– Certificates: Kshs500
– Diplomas: 1000
– Degrees: Kshs1,500
– Masters: 1,500

Bank Account Numbers:
– Standard Chartered Bank Account number 0108023434900
– Barclays Bank Account Number 0775001216
– Co-operative Bank of Kenya Account Number 01129098952900
– National Bank Account Number 0100359580600
– Equity Bank Account Number 0090291251426

3. Proceed on with filling the application form, ensuring all mandatory fields are filled, attach photocopies of required certificates and submit when done.
– You will be required to present certified copies of the relevant certificates, Result slips, National Identity Card, Birth Certificate for verifications when reporting.
– IT Department will call or send an SMS to request successful candidates to pick An official admission letter.
Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities for this programme include:
– Medical Technologist
– Generalist Clinical Laboratory Scientist
– Laboratory Manager
– Medical Technologist
– Generalist Laboratory Supervisor
– Microbiology Technician
– Microbiology Supervisor

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $1,388
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,666

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs152,806
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs183,367
**EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
NOTE: The tuition fees charged, may vary from programme to programme and from time to time, with foreign students paying 20% more that the Kenyan students.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Daniel W Kariuki
Dean School of Biomedical Sciences
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries