Biomedical laboratory technician
First level professional higher education study programme Biomedical laboratory technician
2 years or 4 semesters full time studies 80 Latvian credit points, 120 ECTS
Full time studies
Obtained degree Qualification: Biomedical laboratory assistant
Programme director Mg.paed. Aelita Koha
Biomedical laboratory technicians as a specialists are required also in laboratories of other scientific branches, e.g. food and environmental examination laboratories and different type genetics laboratories.
Various interactive study methods are used in order to ensure acquisition of the professional knowledge and skills, as well as practical application of the theory. Essential part of the study programme is devoted to practice in different profile laboratories: clinical, haematological, clinical chemistry‟s, microbiology‟s, etc.
The aim of the study programme: training of highly qualified, competent and competitive in the labour market biomedical laboratory technicians, including acquisition of professional theoretical and practical knowledge and skills and creating free, responsible and creative individuality.
The structure of the programme Biomedical laboratory technician is composed obligatory part (A part) including:
general study courses (30 ECTS) where, according to regulation No.141 issued by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia are incorporated: module about the development of professional competency in business; study courses improving knowledge of foreign languages;
acquiring skills to utilize information technologies for processing; storage and presentation of data;
obtaining comprehension about ethical guidelines; providing knowledge in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biology and genetics as well as imparting necessary knowledge for better understanding of the profession and quality systems in medical laboratories;
mandatory study courses (21 ECTS) courses in the field of specialization forming understanding about general pathologies and pathological physiology. Students obtain knowledge in procedure technique and first aid; acquire bases of infectious diseases and immunology, environmental health, ecology and occupational medicine, medical physics and engineering. Students obtain basic knowledge in cytology and histology;
clinical practice (24 ECTS) in the framework of the study programme are planned two practices. During the first practice students are introduced with the role, duties, tasks and responsibilities of laboratory technician in different branch laboratories. They learn how to collect, register, label and transport different kinds of specimens. Students improve their knowledge in various examinations. During the second practice students under the control of their supervisor improve their theoretical and practical skills in laboratory diagnostics;
qualification work and qualification exam (12 ECTS) qualification work and exam is a final test acknowledging student‟s professional competence in laboratory diagnostics, ability to apply and interpret obtained theoretical knowledge and skills;
obligatory choice part ( B part) including: professional specialization study courses (30 ECTS) students develop understanding about interaction between microorganisms and human body; composition, functions and diseases of blood and blood forming organs, characteristic alterations in blood composition due to different blood abnormalities, functions of different chemical components in organism, chemical transformation of nutrients in metabolic processes. Students acquire bases of theoretical and practical skills utilized in clinical, biochemical, haematological and microbiological laboratory diagnostics;
free choice courses (C part) including: (3 ECTS) free choice courses allow students to acquire subjects that widen their knowledge and skills in chosen speciality.