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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?

This Mediacal Laboratory Science 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.
This is a two year course leading to a Higher National Diploma in Applied Bioplogy awarded by the UK.

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

Related Career Sectors

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Medical & Healthcare
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
MedTech & Biochemical Engineering
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