Biomedical Laboratory Technician

BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

The only college in Latvia training specialists in this field!

Qualification: Biomedical Laboratory Technician
Code of the study programme: 41722
Study duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Studies on budget resources provided by the state
Level of Education: 1st level of professional higher education
Studies take place: Jūrmala (Vidus prospekts 38, Bulduri)
Mode of studies: full time studies
Previous education: secondary education
Head of study programme: Mg. biol. Rūta Melbārde-Vāvere

Speciality description

Biomedical Laboratory Technician is a medical person, who organises and prepares workplace for examination, informs the patient or patient’s care staff, how to take material or prepare for doing test; if necessary, takes, accepts and evaluates this material; laboratory assistant participates in evaluation of all examination materials within the limits of his /her competence, evaluates and records the acquired test results. Biomedical Laboratory Technician’s speciality is a topical and significant medical speciality, because without help of laboratory examinations a doctor cannot make an accurate diagnosis for a patient.

Biomedical Laboratory Technician continuously contributes to the development of his/her branch, improves his/her knowledge and skills, as well as is engaged in professional education in the speciality.

Biomedical Laboratory Technician’s main professional tasks

  • To ensure the conformity of practical skills, abilities, theoretical knowledge and professional attitude to the professional standard of biomedical laboratory technician, labor market requirements and international practice.
  • To ensure the acquisition of students' professional knowledge and skills in laboratory diagnostics: investigation of biological, biochemical, microbiological, clinical, biophysical, immunological, serological, immunohaematological, haematological, coagulogical, immunochemical, cytological, histological, genetical material and other investigation.
  • To improve student’s self-competence, social and value competence, responsibility and innovative competence, in order to prepare for active citizen’s life in a democratic society, to develop communication and teamwork skills.
  • To promote the responsibility of the future specialist for the maintenance and improvement of his/her professional qualification, continuously improving his / her knowledge and skills, as well as promoting the development of his/her profession.

Study programm goal

To prepare highly qualified, modern educated Biomedical Laboratory Technician, who are competent and competitive in the labor market, by using professional, theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, creating a free and responsible personality.

Practical implementation of study programme

The practical implementation of study programme “Biomedical Laboratory Technician” takes place in the laboratories and on the premises of the college, as well as in practice bases in clinical conditions. The main practice bases are: Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University hospital, Jūrmala hospital, LTD “Central laboratory” and LTD “E. Gulbja laboratory”, as well as other laboratories in Latvia.

Study courses

There are different general education courses, branch courses and professional courses in the study programme. The general education courses are Anatomy, Physiology, Foreign language, Chemistry, Research and others.
Study courses for professional competence are Biochemistry, Haematology, Microbiology, Immunology, Clinical research methods.
All study courses included in the program are developing professional and general knowledge, skills and competences.

Co-operation partners

The cooperation is implemented in different directions. In order to ensure the compliance
of graduates' knowledge, skills and competencies, the college collaborates with employers and professional associations, e.g.: Latvia laboratory assistant association, “Central laboratory” LTD,“E.Gulbja laboratory “ LTD, Jūrmala Hospital, Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital and other laboratories in Riga and regions.
To promote student and staff mobility, agreements are signed with different colleges and higher education facilities in Europe. Cooperation partners are Lithuania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Portugal, Spain and Finland.
There is a co-operation with different companies that are delivering analyzers and laboratory equipment, in order to improve professional competence.

Opportunities in labor market

The laboratory research methods are developing very fast, the use of new technologies and material investigation increases in everyday work.
Due to the rapid development, specialists trained in accordance with professional requirements are needed, and they have job opportunities in the public sector, and in private laboratories.

Further study opportunities

The graduates of the study program “Biomedical Laboratory Technician” have the opportunity to continue education in health care study programs.