A need for lab technicians
The health care industry is in the midst of one of the most significant shortages of trained personnel in its history, and it is a trend that will continue.
In the Journal for Clinical Laboratory Science, a survey indicated that within the next seven years, 50% of the current practitioners will retire, and that not enough programmes exist to meet the needs of the industry.
According to the Malaysian Medical Resources, the Ministry of health has listed 136 public hospitals. To date, Malaysia has nearly 400 existing and soon-to-be-completed public and private hospitals.
This figure excludes the numerous clinics, medical laboratories and pharmacies.
Therefore, holders of qualifications relating to the industry need not worry about the shortage of job opportunities.
Whether they are seeking positions locally or overseas, there will be ample companies seeking their expertise.
health care is a multi-billion ringgit industry in Malaysia. however, this industry is facing a shortage of qualified personnel.
This means that there is a strong demand of graduates and holders of the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technician or higher qualifications.
Thus, PTPL Group of Colleges is offering a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (MTL) to those interested in venturing into this industry.
The programme prepares students with a well-balanced diploma programme that comprises academic knowledge with hands-on practical skills that will enhance the student’s knowledge. The curriculum combines the knowledge of integrated education, health and education science lab. This will serve the community well in the health professions.
An MLT’s tasks include both theory and practical exposure. The programme is a comprehen- sive educational experience with training and education in all levels of laboratory medicine, including hematology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Transfusion Medicine, Cytology and Chemical Pathology.
The three-year programme aims to produce medical laboratory technologists competence in line with the mission to produce graduates who are capable and meet the human resource needs of the country.
MLTs use their knowledge to perform tests that help physicians diagnose, monitor and treat disease, identify the source of infection and chemical analysis.
Upon completion, students may progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree at Management and Science University (MSU) under the Faculty of health and Life Sciences (FhLS), in areas such as Nutrition, Medical Sciences, Biomedical Science, Forensic Science and Bioinformatics.
For those who seek careers as doctors, MSU offers progression into Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme at MSU’s International Medical School (IMS) Shah Alam campus or in MSU offshore campus, Bangalore, India.
For more details, log on to www.ptpl.edu.my or call 03-5513 6688.
Alternatively, send a text message by typing INFOPTPL <space> name <space> e-mail to 013-243 3677, 017-399 3034 or 016-630 8966.