BSc in Clinical Laboratory Science

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The Bachelors of Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science, is a programme which encompasses medical biology, clinical chemistry, histopathology and areas such as molecular biology, genetics and forensics, which were not previously offered in the Associate Degree programme in Medical Laboratory Technology.


Programme Overview

The BSc in Clinical Laboratory Science will be offered as a four year degree programme by the Division of Health Sciences. The curriculum includes disciplines which are characteristic of those undertaken in the clinical laboratory for example Haematology, Clinical Chemistry, Immunohaematology (Blood Banking) and Clinical Microbiology. Cytology, previously a component of Histopathology, has been included as a separate discipline, to provide the graduates with the preliminary skills necessary to screen gynecological samples for cellular abnormalities. Other courses that will be offered include Disease and Public Health, Medico-Legal Ethics and Introduction to Statistics.

The programme has been designed to ensure that all graduates attain the skills and competencies consistent with international standards, thereby enabling the graduate to provide an increased value in service to facilitate the management and maintenance of patient care. This will be assured through the performance of laboratory investigations relative to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases, thus enabling students to demonstrate their competencies through their clinical experiences.
This process will be guaranteed through the provision of a holistic approach to teaching and learning, ensuring that students are provided with the opportunities to attain a broad theoretical knowledge of the various disciplines in Clinical Laboratory Science and acquire the specific skills and competencies associated with these disciplines.


Programme Objectives 

The training provided in the BSc in Clinical Laboratory Science will produce competent graduates who are technically skilled and highly professional members of the health care team. The programme has been designed to:

  1. Develop the practical skills and techniques necessary to testing required methodologies, by the implementation of a competency curriculum.
  2. Provide avenues of learning whereby students can acquire critical thinking, investigative and diagnostic skills through the analysis of case studies and other instructional methodologies.
  3. Encourage the personal development of the student by the provision of opportunities for peer- review and self-assessment through the incorporation of student based seminars.
  4. Provide students with the opportunity to enter into other health related fields, including medicine and clinical research through the delivery of a diverse curriculum.
  5. Promote the development of professionalism in the student, by continuous enforcement of the importance of the clinical scientist in patient care.
  6. Provide laboratory based research opportunities in areas of medical interests such as that associated with new and emerging diseases.
  7. Address concerns of health related issues inclusive of the testing and monitoring of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  8. Ensure that there is an awareness of the practice and application of ethical behavior within the profession through continual focus on the patient and the rights of the patient to care.
  9. Emphasize the concepts of quality assurance and quality control in the laboratory as it relates to the laboratory accreditation and the implementation of the laboratory standard ISO 15189.

Admission Requirements 

The minimum requirements for entry into the proramme are:

  • Five (5) passes at CSEC General Proficiency Level Grade, 1, 2 or 3 (from June 1998 only) OR
  • Five (5) passes at GCE Ordinary Level with Grades A, B or C OR
  • The Certificate in Pre-Health Sciences OR
  • Any qualification considered by the College to be equivalent to the above mentioned.


NB: English Language, Mathematics, Biology/Human or Social Biology and Chemistry are compulsory. Persons with higher level qualifications will also be considered.

All qualified applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants must have attained their 17th birthday by December 30th of the year of entry.

Graduation Requirements

Students require a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 for graduation. Students must have attained the assigned 126 credits, with a B- in all fundamental courses and a C in the Cores and Electives by the completion of the programme. 

Career Pathways

At the end of the programme, the Clinical Laboratory Scientist would be able to enter into the field of:

  • Clinical, Veterinary or Industrial Laboratory Technology
  • Teaching
  • Medical Sales
  • Laboratory Equipment Sales
  • Clinical and Applied Research 


Application forms may be collected from the Office of Student Affairs, Barbados Community College between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm or can be downloaded here


Application fees are non-refundable. Programmes of study which are undersubscribed will not be offered.

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