n Medical Technology SA - New degree for medical laboratory scientists - : editorial

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-5528


A need for highly skilled and suitably qualified medical laboratory scientists in South Africa has resulted in the development of an internationally comparable 4-year professional degree: Bachelor of Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Science which will replace the National Diploma: Biomedical Technology. In contrast to all international qualifications investigated, assessment of the South African professional degree is strengthened by incorporation of the professional body requirements into a final practical board examination which is under the authority of the professional body, the Council for Higher Education, by virtue of the registration with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a professional degree (NQF level 8) and registered higher education providers. In addition, the South African qualification is further strengthened by the incorporation of a substantial research project undertaken by learners and may lead to study towards higher degrees.

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