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Course Information and Fees

BHSc: MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE (EXTENDED) ***do not use ** bachelor degree - bhsc


BHSc: (bachelor degree - bhsc)

Qualified medical laboratory scientists are specialised health professionals who play an integral role in the healthcare of society by providing vital information about a patient’s state of health. Their input is necessary in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. The analytical and diagnostic services provided by medical laboratory scientists require a strong scientific knowledge, as well as trained reasoning ability and empathy for humanity.

The four-year programme includes clinical practice in an accredited Training Laboratory for the last 18 months of the programme. In the fourth year of studies, the student needs to select an area of specialisation in which they will practice from one of the following disciplines: Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Pathology, Cytogenetics, Cytopathology, Haematology, Histopathology, Immunohaematology, Immunology, Microbiology and Virology. The offering of a specialisation will depend on the number of students and the needs of the profession. Students need to pass a National Board Examination in their area of specialisation before they graduate. The qualifying learner will be able to apply principles and techniques in the routine and specialized analysis of biological specimens and other substances in an area of specialization. They will be able to organize laboratory operations in clinical diagnostic laboratories and related fields, in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). They will be able to integrate laboratory tests and results with pathophysiological conditions and conduct research grounded in a deep knowledge of the subject area and based on sound scientific principles. Within the programme, management skills are developed with a view to applying good business management and encouraging entrepreneurial development. They will be able to implement training programmes within medical laboratories. The outcomes of the qualification are underpinned by compliance with statutory requirements including quality, ethics and safety.

In order to practice as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, the learner will have to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the area of specialisation in which they obtain their qualification.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements


The first year subjects of this extended curriculum, will be offered over a period of 2 years.

Extended Programme Year 1 of FIRST YEAR:
Health Chemistry
Health Physics
Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences
Computer Skills

Extended Programme Year 2 of FIRST YEAR:
Human Anatomy, Physiology and Disease
Laboratory Instrumentation and Techniques
Cell biology

Clinical Chemistry
Human Genomics

Clinical Chemistry
Integrative Medical Laboratory Science
Laboratory management
Clinical Practice 3

Research project
Clinical practice 4*
*For this subject the student needs to choose one of the specialisations listed:
1. Clinical Pathology
2. Clinical Chemistry
3. Haematology
4. Microbiology
5. Immunohaematology
6. Cytology
7. Histology
8. Immunology
9. Virology
10. Cytogenetics

Job Opportunities:

Laboratories in blood transfusion services
Private pathology practices
National Health Laboratory Services
Medical Research Council
Forensic Science laboratories
Veterinary practices
Pharmaceutical companies

HPCSA registration:

This is the only course that enables registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) within the field of Medical Laboratory Science/Technology.

Syllabus and fees

First Year ECP

Compulsory subject(s):
20070 ZAR

First Year

Compulsory subject(s):
22630 ZAR

Second Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
41200 ZAR

Third Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
25650 ZAR

Fourth Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Select one of the following electives:
87790 ZAR
Total number of subjects: 25

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / The first year of the Extended Curriculum is done over two years

Course is offered on Bellville Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Ntombizodwa Mbili
Telephone: 021 959 6034
Fax: -
Email: mbilin@cput.ac.za

Contact: Wendy Solomon
Telephone: +27 21 959 6492
Fax: -
Email: solomonw@cput.ac.za

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2021 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.