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The Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) is a multi-campus experience where it combines the strengths of five polytechnics’ curricula and aims to equip participants with the knowledge and technical skills to support the needs of the biomedical science industry, particularly in medical laboratory science.  This course is relevant for individuals who are keen to pursue a career in diagnostic clinical laboratories or other related fields in biomedical research and technology.
Apply Skills
Demonstrate an understanding in the concepts and fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology, cell and molecular biology, and the disorders and diseases affecting the human body.  Apply practical knowledge for working proficiently in diagnostic laboratories, including preparation of chemical reagents, collection, safe handling, processing, and analysis of biological specimens.  Apply the test principles and methodologies used in laboratory investigations to detect diseases and disorders, and assess and troubleshoot common errors in laboratory investigations.  Ensure and maintain excellence in quality and standards in the medical laboratory science industry
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The course is suitable for working adults currently employed within the relevant biomedical science sector who wish to upgrade their skills and qualifications, and those who are keen to join the relevant biomedical science industry. 
Course Information At A Glance
Course Date Oct 2018
Class Time 6:30pm to 10pm. (Exact days TBC)
Application Period 15 Jun 2018 to 14 Jul 2018
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SkillsFuture Credit Eligible. For more details, please click here.
Venue Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Assessment(s) Quizzes, Projects, Continuous Assessments and Final Examinations


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Quizzes, Projects, Continuous Assessments and Final Examination
Quizzes, Projects, Continuous Assessments and Final Examination
Quizzes, Projects, Continuous Assessments and Final Examination
What You Will Learn
You are required to complete 5 modular certificates within a five-year validity period to be awarded the Diploma qualification.
Modular Cert 1

This module introduces the fundamentals of cell biology, molecular biology and genetics. Topics covered include cellular organelles, membrane trafficking, cell cycle and division, chromosome structure, study of genes, eukaryotic gene expression, epigenetics as well as molecular events of replication, transcription and translation. This module is conducted at NP.

Modular Cert 2

This module is designed to equip students with knowledge and molecular techniques that are used to analyse samples. Students will learn about the isolation of nucleic acids and gel electrophoresis, applications of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR (RT-PCR) in molecular testing, restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping, and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). This module is conducted at NP.

Modular Cert 3

This module is an advanced module that focuses on applications of bioinformatics, molecular testing assays and techniques, which enable accurate and precise detection of biomarkers as well as infectious pathogens found in clinical samples. This module is conducted at NP.

Modular Cert 4

This module is designed to equip students with knowledge and molecular techniques that are used to analyse samples. Students will learn about the isolation of nucleic acids and gel electrophoresis, applications of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR (RT-PCR) in molecular testing, restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping, and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). This module is conducted at NP.

Modular Cert 5

This module is designed to equip students with knowledge and molecular techniques that are used to analyse samples. Students will learn about the isolation of nucleic acids and gel electrophoresis, applications of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR (RT-PCR) in molecular testing, restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping, and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). This module is conducted at NP.

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Entry Requirement

Applicants should possess one of the following combinations of qualification and work experience: 

  • The following GCE 'O' Level grades and with at least 3 years of relevant work experience:
    • English Language (Grade 1-7)
    • Mathematics (Grade 1-6)
    • Science Subject (Grade 1-6)

  • NITEC with GPA >= 3.5 with at least 2 years of relevant work experience.

  • Higher NITEC with at least 1 year of relevant work experience.

  • NITEC in Technology or Services with GPA >= 3.5 and with at least 2 years of relevant working experience AND successful completion of Bridging Programme offered by ITE.

  • Higher NITEC in Technology or Services with at least 1 year of relevant working experience AND successful completion of Bridging Programme offered by ITE.

  • Relevant WSQ Diploma qualifications with at least 3 years of relevant working experience 


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

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