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Degree programme in Biomedical Laboratory Science

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Operating Environment and Health Care Client
Orientation to Studies and Social and Health Care Profession 5
Social and Health Care and Rehabilitation Environment 3
Professional Ethics and Development 7
Language Studies
Professional English for Biomedical Laboratory Scientists 3  
Professional Swedish for Biomedical Laboratory Science, Oral 2  
Professional Swedish for Biomedical Laboratory Science, Written 1  
Preanalytics, Point of Care Testing and Client Service
First Aid, Nursing Skills and Patient Safety 3
Preanalytics and Sampling 7
Point-of-care Testing and Health Technology 5
Basics of Microscopy and Cell Identifying 3
Client Service and Guidance in Biomedical Laboratory Science 5
Basics of Biomedical Laboratory Science
Practical Course of General Laboratory Practice 5
Analysis Techniques and Basics of Automation and Sample Logistics 3
Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics 5
Anatomy and Physiology 4
Immunology and Immunological Methods 4
Pathology and Clinical Medicine 3
Basics of Pharmacology 3  
Biochemistry and Cell Biology 5
Field-Specific Studies in Laboratory Examination Processes
Introduction to Haematology and Basic Tests 3
Automation in Clinical Haematology Work and Examination of Haemostasis 3  
Diagnostics of Anaemias and Malignant Blood Diseases 3    
Immunohematology and Blood Services 4  
Examining Enzymes, Lipids and Carbohydrate Metabolism 3  
Electrolytes, Blood Gases, Proteins and Waste Products 3  
Special Tests in Clinical Chemistry 3    
Introduction to Clinical Microbiology 3  
Bacteriology 3  
Special Fields of Clinical Microbiology 3    
Histotechnology and Histology 3  
Introduction to Clinical Cytology 3  
Histological Stains, Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Pathology 3    
Examination of the Heart and Circulation 3
Pulmonary Function Tests, Nuclear Medicine Procedures and Radiation Protection 4  
Clinical Neurophysiological Examinations and Patient Examination Seminar 3    
Genetics 3  
Molecular Biology 5  
Cell Culture Methods and Clean Room Work 3    
Supervised Clinical Training 1
Basic Clinical Training in Preanalytics and POC Testing and Patient Examinations 5
Blood Centre 4    
Clinical Haematology 4    
Clinical Chemistry 4    
Clinical Physiology and Neurophysiology, Supervised Training 4    
Supervised Clinical Training 2
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Pathology 4    
Microbiology 4    
Molecular Biology 4    
Development of the Operating Environment
Statistics and Analytical Quality 3  
Structured Acquisition of Information 3  
Introduction to Research 3  
Health Service Organizations and Working Life Skills 3      
Optional Professional Studies
Vocational Development in Specialities 3      
Speciality Practice 9      
Bachelor's Thesis
Thesis Plan 5    
Implementing Thesis 5    
Reporting Thesis 5      
Elective Studies
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Elective Studies 5  
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The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Studies of syllabus is planned so 60 credits are studied in academic year and length of studies is 3,5/4/4,5 years. Planned syllabus may change during studies.

The title of the graduates of the Degree Programme in Biomedical Laboratory Science is Bachelor of Health Care. The degree is a higher education degree and it is comparable with equivalent degrees in other EU countries (EQF 6). Bachelors of Health Care are authorized by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health as health care professionals (biomedical laboratory scientist).

Competences developed
The core competence field of Biomedical Laboratory Scientist is to master and develop the health care laboratory test process and to implement it both independently and as members of multiprofessional teams. The work includes collecting, processing and analysing laboratory samples, performing diverse point of care tests, guiding clients, and conducting patient examinations. Client safety, responsibility for the reliability of test results, and reporting the test results in terms of further measures are important. In addition, supervision of other health care professionals in sampling and point of care testing as well as in use of laboratory tests and patient examinations belongs to the core competence.

The laboratory test process consists of guidance of clients, collecting samples, sample processing and analysis, as well as assessment of reliability. Implementation of the laboratory test process requires know-how in client service, methodology, information technology, occupational safety, quality control, and self-evaluation. Bachelors of Health Care are required to have information management skills, communication and language skills and readiness for lifelong learning. Biomedical Laboratory Scientist must master the used analytical methods, equipment, and technical performance, as well as the manual skills and visual recognition methods needed in the work.

Professional status
Biomedical Laboratory Scientists work in primary health care, special health care, private laboratories, and other laboratory service production tasks requiring health care laboratory expertise, such as medical and biomedical research institutions and production plants, companies in the field, and animal laboratories. Biomedical Laboratory Scientists participate in validation of equipment and methods, quality control and in education, supervision and consulting services. Biomedical Laboratory Scientists develop sampling services and point of care testing multiprofessionally. Participation in international and multicultural work duties requires good and extensive professional skills, language skills, knowledge of different cultures, and the ability to work in diverse clinical and research laboratories.

Basic values
Basic values of the degree programme are respect for patients’/clients’ human dignity, autonomy and rights. Reliability of laboratory test processes, service availability, client orientation, and cost- effectiveness are important in clinical laboratory work.

Implementation of teaching
The degree programme is implemented according to the legislation concerning universities of applied sciences and it consists of basic studies, professional studies, optional professional studies, elective studies, bachelor’s thesis, and clinical training to enhance professional skills. The supervised clinical training (75 credits) is part of the professional studies and it takes place in the teaching laboratory and clinical and research laboratories which have a clinical training agreement with the universities of applied sciences. The laboratories are required to provide higher education level supervision during the clinical training. The basis of the professional skills of Biomedical Laboratory Scientist is formed by the theoretical knowledge of clinical laboratory science and other related sciences and its application into practice. The key contents of the degree programme are

studies in clinical physiology, clinical neurophysiology, haematology, immunology, immunohaematology, histology and cytology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, sample collection, molecular biology, genetics, point of care testing, equipment and automation technology, and radionuclide imaging. It is important that students learn to produce practical information. The aim of the clinical training is to familiarize the students with the key practical duties from the viewpoint of the professional studies in a supervised manner as well as application of knowledge and skills in working life. Part of the studies may also be completed in international student exchange.

Learning outcomes of programme / academic year
After the first year, students can act in the learning and operational environment of the university of applied sciences and know their degree programme and future profession in the health care system. Students can use their mathematical and natural scientific knowledge and skills as basis in the professional studies. After careful orientation, students can take blood samples needed for the most common laboratory tests, while taking into consideration the preliminary preparations of sampling, privacy protection, professional secrecy, and occupational and patient safety. Students can record an electrocardiogram reliably.

After the second year, students have familiarized themselves with the scientific bases of health care laboratory work and can perform the most common laboratory tests in diverse laboratory fields.
After orientation, students are able to work independently in sampling. Students have expanded their know-how in all fields of the professional studies in a client-oriented manner taking quality issues, privacy protection, and occupational safety into consideration. Students can use their information acquisition and English language skills and can utilize their working life experiences in deepening their theoretical knowledge.

After the third year, students can work independently in diverse clinical laboratories. Students can guide patients and other personnel in diverse fields of laboratory work and work according to the quality criteria. Students can make their bachelor’s thesis independently utilizing supervision. Biomedical laboratory science students can temporarily work in authorized biomedical laboratory scientist duties after they have completed two-thirds of their studies.

After the fourth year (3,5 years), graduated students can after orientation work in the basic tasks of diverse laboratory fields and have deepened / extended their know-how in some special fields.
Students can use research information in the bachelor’s thesis and optional professional studies and complete diverse development assignments in working life in accordance with the chosen research approach in multiprofessional teams and projects.