A need for lab tech­ni­cians

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

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.

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