WHAT IS BS MLT?
Medical Laboratory Technology is the health profession that provides laboratory information and services needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Clinical-Laboratory Technologist perform a variety of laboratory tests, ensure the quality of the test results, explain the significance of laboratory tests, evaluate new methods and study the effectiveness of laboratory tests. A Medical Laboratory Technologist performs complex tests that help other healthcare professionals detect, diagnose, and treat diseases. Examples of laboratory tests performed include the detection of the abnormal and cancerous cells, blood and body fluids analysis, investigation of cardiac enzyme activity released during a heart attack, estimation of many different proteins, electrolytes & hormones, the identification of the type of bacteria causing an infection and the detection of chromosomal and DNA markers for genetic diseases.
WHY AT NIU?
The Medical Laboratory Technology department at NIU and Fatima Memorial Hospital has contributed greatly to the country & catalogue of applied healthcare education. It nourishes not only the education sector where leading scholars are provided to various public and private sector universities and medical colleges in Pakistan, but also delivers expert Medical Technologists to the developing healthcare industry with high standards of skilled and holistic approach. Our faculty holds impressive credentials from leading international universities and includes acclaimed experts and scholars with significant publications to their credit, and continue to advance within their respective research interests. Students are trained with professionalism on how to handle the specimen, perform tests and interpretation of results as well as bio-safety management through extensive practical training at well-established Labs. Furthermore, they are provided with the chance to be trained through the structured Clinical Internship program in the high-level Clinical Laboratories of the town too. Students are also given the basic research projects to complete during their studies. The curriculum fulfills all requirements and prerequisites to enable the graduate to get job and admission in further education on National as well as International level.
Medical Lab Technologist plays a crucial role in the treatment of patients; as, a correct diagnosis is the first step that leads towards effective treatment. With the advancement in Medical Healthcare, the field of Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) is also getting advanced with the expansion of medical terms. The demand of Medical Laboratory Technologist is very high these days and in upcoming days, this field is going to get more advanced. So, a demand of skilled Medical Lab Technologist, who constitute 60% of working of total healthcare team, will also be raised further to fulfil patient care needs.
Graduates of the program may be candidates for positions such as Laboratory Managers, Education Coordinators, College or University Medical Technology faculty members, Laboratory Computer Specialists, Research Assistants and Associates, Forensic Lab Scientists, Product Specialists or Technical Advisors for Laboratory equipment or chemicals etc. In public services of Pakistan, they are eligible for direct recruitment in gazetted pay scale (BS-17) in clinical or managerial cadre and (BS-18) in teaching cadres. For further education, the MS/MPhil Programs are available in a variety of fields like Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Human Genetics, Molecular Biology, Medical Laboratory Sciences and many related fields at both National and International Level institutions.