The training of Medical Laboratory Scientists in Ibadan started as far back as 1958 in a single room in pathology department of the Adeoyo General Hospital, Ibadan. The system of training at that time up till 1969 was based primarily on evening lectures and attachment to laboratories were organized and systematic instructions were also given. The course then took three years and at the end of the period, students were presented for the old intermediate examination of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology (IMLT), London.
Successful candidates got the Hospital’s sponsorship to complete the final examination of IMLT, in the UK. In 1968, the Federal Military Government enacted a decree establishing the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology in Nigeria. Based on this enactment, the Board of Management of the University College Hospital decided to embark on the building of the today - called School of Medical Laboratory Sciences. This is the first purposely-built school in the Federation for full time training of Medical Laboratory Scientist. It is worthy of note that the first set of Doctorates and Professors who are MLS have been people who were trained as MLS at the present day School of Medical Laboratory Sciences.
Since the inception of the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University College Hospital, Ibadan in 1974, it has become a hub of academic activities in the field of Medical Laboratory Sciences/Biomedical Sciences. The school was accredited and approved for the training of Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLSs) the then Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Technology of Nigeria, now the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN)
Medical Laboratory Sciences entail the study of human and animal tissues, body fluids, excretions and production of biological for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment and research to the extent that they relate to the state of well-being of the person(s) or animal(s) whose tissues or excretion are involved
CORE ACTIVITIES OF DEPARTMENT
- Training and retraining of medical laboratory scientists
- Organizing Continuous Professional Development(CPD) programmes in collaboration with MLSCN
- Hosting of professional examinations organized by the MLSCN
- Organizing update programmes in Medical laboratory Sciences
Trainings for the Fellowship examination are also available in all disciplines of MLS including ;
- Haematology/Blood transfusion medicine
- Chemical Pathology/Immunology
- Medical Microbiology