M.Sc. MLT is a 2-year full-time postgraduate course which is divided into 4 semesters. This field is majorly concerned with the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of diseases by means of clinical laboratory tests. Students must have obtained Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Technology or in any science stream with a minimum mark of 55% to be eligible to apply for this course.
Admission process for this course is based on the entrance exams conducted by reputed colleges. Some of the common entrance exams are as follows:
Those students who cleared these exams can join the course in recognized colleges or institutes. Some of the colleges admit students directly without conducting entrance exams based on their bachelor’s degree marks. Some of the colleges which offer Master of Science in Medical Lab Technology course are:
The average annual fee for this course ranges between INR 20,000 to INR 3 lacs based on merit. In this course, students learn to perform the tests that help in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. This course also equips candidates with the skills required to handle advanced equipment to perform accurate laboratory tests.
The course curriculum focuses on knowledge of hematology and laboratory proficiency. Students learn the formation of various hematology disorders including anemia. This course provides instructions about procedures in semi-conducted, automated, and blood count cells. Topics include metabolism and genetics, basic immunology, microbial morphology, cultural characteristics and theory of disease process.
Medical Lab Technology professionals may work as technicians or technologists at medical laboratories. Private hospitals, government hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics having medical labs are known to recruit medical technicians. Commercial medical labs and pathology labs have also recruited these professionals. The average salary for these graduates per annum ranges between INR 2 to 2 lacs as per their expertise in this field.
Mentioned below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester system|
|Eligibility||Bachelor’s degree in medical lab technology and related streams|
|Admission Process||AUCET, CUCET, CG PAT, NEST, GSAT|
|Top recruiting organizations||Metropolis healthcare limited, Skylab clinical laboratory, DNA labs, Narayana Hrudyalaya limited, Columbia Asia Hospital Private Limited|
|Top recruiting areas||Hospitals, clinics, Nursing homes, Public health facilities, Pharmaceutical laboratories|
|Top job profiles||Medical lab technician, Lab In-charge, Medical officer, Medical technologist, Drug Safety Associate|
|Course Fee||INR 20,000 to 3 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 20 lacs|
M.Sc. in Medical Lab Technology teaches students about procedures for diagnostic testing in a laboratory and also helps them analyze and identify substances, and microorganisms using common instruments found in a laboratory.
Some major concepts covered by the program in this course are Chemistry, Human Biology, Organic Chemistry, Haematology, Bacteriology and Medical Technology
Students in this course gain experience in laboratory procedures, learn to analyze various substances including glucose, enzymes, and electrolytes. They also work with instruments, including learning theory procedure, spectrometer, laboratory mathematics, and clinical applications. Coursework covers identification of pathogenic microorganisms and their disease processes.
Given below are the college names, location and the average structure of the fees which will be taken by the college for this course.
|College Name||City||Average Annual Fee in INR|
|NIMS School of paramedical sciences and technology||Jaipur||1, 48,000|
|Dolphin PG Institute of biomedical and Natural sciences||Dehradun||1,35,000|
|Uttaranchal College of biomedical sciences and hospital||Dehradun||1,70,000|
|Sai Institute of paramedical and allied sciences||Dehradun||1,34,000|
|Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University||Jaipur||90,000|
|Mahatma Gandhi University||Kottayam||30,000|
|Manipal school of allied health sciences||Manipal||2,68,000|
|Bharath College of paramedical science||Kottayam||43,000|
|BIS college of sciences and technology||Punjab||60,000|
|Guru Gobind Singh medical college and hospital||Punjab||1,00,000|
|Institute of medical and technological research||Kolkata||1,24,500|
|Kerala University of health sciences||Trissur||24,000|
|Maharishi Dayanand University||Rohtak||1,46,000|
Interested aspirants for the course must possess the below-mentioned eligibility criteria:
Admission process for this course is based on the marks obtained in entrance exams. It is conducted as a single paper test of objective model. There will be 200 questions asked in this exam. Topics for the same include:
Students who have cleared this entrance exam can join this course in reputed colleges or universities.
Semester – wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given below.
|Semester I||Semester II|
|Human anatomy and physiology||Medical microbiology|
|Haematology||Blood bank lab|
|Molecular biology lab||Microbiology lab|
|Clinical biochemistry lab||Research methodology|
|Haematology lab||Community medicine|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|Urine analysis||Non-invasive techniques|
|Human disorders||Separation techniques|
|Stool examination lab||Pharmaceutical chemistry|
|Sputum analysis lab||Histopathology|
|Hospital management||Modern diagnostics|
|Modern medical practices||-|
A career in Medical Lab Technology offers opportunity to have significant impact on patient care. These professionals can find themselves employed in private laboratory, hospitals, blood donor centres, minor emergency centres, clinics and doctor’s office. They can also find jobs in crime laboratories, research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, universities, and military.
Other major roles in this field are:
These graduates may also conduct research supervised by medical researchers. These professionals are responsible for conducting complex tasks, maintaining report accuracy, training, and testing under stipulated conditions. They will help to prepare specimens, operate automated sample analysing machines, keep the lab clean, set up testing equipment, and maintain tools.
Working areas of these professionals are as following:
In addition with technical skills, graduates of the course should have some other skills to get better opportunities in this field which are:
Listed below are the top professional positions that were taken as the career by the graduates:
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Medical lab technician||Medical Lab technicians are responsible for providing information for patient diagnosis and treatment by performing laboratory tests in chemistry, toxicology, haematology, microbiology laboratories, and immunology. They maintain quality results by running standards, verifying equipment function, equipment maintenance, and monitoring quality measurements.||3,80,000|
|Medical lab in-charge||Medical lab in-charges train lab technicians and assistants on the correct use of lab equipment, to mentoring and disciplining staffs. They are also responsible for purchasing lab supplies or preparing ordering lists. They work in all aspects including employees, equipment, software, supplies and documentations.||3,00,000|
|Drug safety associate||Drug safety associates are responsible for ensuring that the safety reports are identified and reported based on the standard operational procedures. They should communicate with clinical physicians in drug safety and report forms. They must distinguish the ratios of risk and benefits of a drug.||3,12,000|
|Medical technologist||Medical technologists are responsible for determining normal and abnormal components of body fluids by conducting chemical analysis. They protect patients by identification procedures, adhering to infection control and hazardous waste policies and protocols.||2,08,000|
|Medical officer||Medical officers will organize laboratory services for the cases within the scope laboratory for proper diagnosis of cases. They will make arrangements for the treatment of minor ailments at PHC through health workers and assistants. They will coordinate and cooperate with other institutions providing medical care services in their areas.||6,44,000|