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Psychology is a very broad area and I would encourage people to reflect on the field that would suit them best. If you study pharmacy, you will graduate as a pharmacist. It is different in psychology. The role of a Clinical Psychologist differs significantly from the role of an Educational Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist or a Sports Psychologist. A post graduate qualification will be required to practice in any of these fields. Regardless of the area of psychology that interests you, respect for and an interest in people is a key value that is required. Once you have qualifications, networks and professional bodies are a good way to meet prospective employers.

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Medical Laboratory Science - HND

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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to satisfy the increasing demand from students who wish to pursue a career in Applied Biology, Bio-Technology or Bio-Medical Science or continue their studies to degree level in the Sciences.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals
Neurophysiology and Homeostatic control of the Human Body
Laboratory Techniques
Cell Biology 1
Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways 1
Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
Chemistry for Applied Biologists 1
Chemical Laboratory Techniques 1

Year 2:
Cell Biology 2
Biochemistry of Macromolecules 2
Molecular Biology and Genetics. Infectious Diseases
The Immune Response System
Applied Genetics of Industry Agriculture and Medicine
Pharmacological Principles of Drug Actions
Project for Applied Science
Chemistry for Applied Biologists 2
Chemical Laboratory Techniques 2
Managing The Work of Individuals and Terms
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Change Manager   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Geochemist   Genetic Engineer  
Colour Technologist   Chemistry Laboratory Technician  
Biomedical Scientist   Geneticist  
Pharmacologist   Engineer - Biochemical  
Engineer - Petroleum   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Engineer - Chemical   Industrial Chemist  
Molecular Biologist   Analytical Chemist  
Haematologist   Chemist  
Medicinal Chemist   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Regulatory Affairs Manager   Toxicologist  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Engineer - Production & Process   
Fragrance Chemist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Biotechnologist   Biochemist  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Water Treatment Plant Operator  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Metallurgist  
Materials Technician   Clinical Trials Scientist  
Immunologist   Oncologist  
Gastroenterologist   Neurologist  
Optometrist   Orthoptist  
Perfusionist   Genetic Technologist  
Clinical / Medical Technologist   Reflexologist  
Radiologist - Radiation Therapist   Forensic Pathologist  
Embryologist   Neuroscientist  
Cytogenetic Technologist   Epidemiologist  
Surgeon - Oral   Dentist - Periodontist  
Ophthalmologist   Radiologist - Diagnostic   
Naturopath   Orthodontist  
Herbalist   Coroner  
Osteopath   Pharmacist  
Microbiologist   Laboratory Manager  
Psychiatrist   Homeopath  
Audiologist   Obstetrician / Gynaecologist  
Doctor / GP   Laboratory Technician  
Paediatrician   Anaesthetist  
Surgeon    Podiatrist / Chiropodist  
Dentist - General   Phlebotomist  
Dietician   Medical Laboratory Assistant  
Dental Technician   Medical Laboratory Technician  
Radiographer - Therapeutic   Neurophysiology Technician  
Radiographer - Diagnostic   Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist  
Health and Safety Inspector   Anatomical Pathology Technician  
Nurse Tutor   Nurse - Public Health  
Aromatherapist   Respiratory Technician  
Acupuncturist   Spinologist  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Dental Nurse/Surgery Assistant  
Dental Hygienist   Chiropractor  
Physical Therapist   Lactation Consultant  
Vision Rehabilitation Therapists   Nurse - Children's  
Nurse - Advanced Nurse Practitioner   Nurse - Intellectual Disability  

Related Career Sectors

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