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Head of Department

Mrs. Cole


Medical Laboratory Sciences entail the study of human and animal tissues, body fluids, excretions 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. The main objective for the establishment of the School of Medical Laboratory Science is to train Scientists who will be able to:

  • Use the acquired knowledge and skills to function as medical laboratory scientists anywhere in Nigeria and abroad.
  • Become leaders in the training and practice of Medical Laboratory Science.
  • Be globally relevant

The training of Medical Laboratory Technologists (as it was known then) in Ibadan, started as far back as 1953 in a single room in the Pathology department of the Adeoyo General Hospital, Ibadan. The system of training at the time was based primarily on evening lectures and attachment to laboratories. This continued till 1969. 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. This decree (Decree No. 56 in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Gazettee No. 77 Vol. 55, page A 775) gave permission for the establishment of the Nigeria’s Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology.

Subsequently, the Board of Management at its meeting of 30th May, 1974 decided to award the building of the School of Medical Laboratory Technology to Messrs L. D’Alberto. This is the first purposely-built school in Nigeria for full-time training of Medical Technologists (as it was known then). When the building was completed, it was envisaged that the sessional student intake would be 120 students annually i.e. 60 students per set in order to meet the growing needs of the nation in line with the goals of the Third National Development Plan. However, the Hospital has since graduated a total number of 1300 students. This number is resultant from the fact that the hospital admits students only to established posts.

At the initial stages, the programmes run by the School were the AIMLS and FIMLS. Subsequently however, the Federal Government gave approval for the school to be affiliated to a university for the award of the Bachelor’s of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS) degree. The affiliation which was a tripartite arrangement between the Ambrose Alli University and the Ekpoma Medical Laboratory Science, was sealed in the 2000 academic session. A change in Government policy subsequently led to the discontinuation of the affiliated BMLS programme. The students of the School in UCH, Ibadan were thereafter transferred to various Universities that offer Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science as a course across the nation for the completion of their programme. The students have since completed the programme and are full-fledged professionals contributing to the growth of the economy in different sectors including healthcare, research and academia among others. This development later gave room for higher and more specialized trainees who run the Fellowship Programme of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria. Today, the School has produced over one thousand (1000) graduates inclusive of Nigerians and foreigners.

The Federal Government of Nigeria in 2003, enacted  the new Act (Act11 of 2003) establishing the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) which is responsible for regulating the practice and  training  of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Medical Laboratory Scientists respectively in the country. This also implies the repeal of the old Decree(s) hitherto being operated.

Headship of the Medical Laboratory Science Education Unit from Inception

S/NNamePeriod of Headship
1.Mr. J. E. O. Durowoju1974-1985
2.Mr. E. A. B. Mould1985-1989
3.Mr. G. O. Odusanya1990-2006
4.Mrs. S.  M. Anifowoshe2006-2016
5.Mrs. A. O. Olateru-Olagbegi2016- 2017
  1.         Dr. Augustine Onyeaghala                                         Jan 2018- Date .


Since inception in 1974, the School 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) by the then Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Technology of Nigeria, (now the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria {MLSCN}). The school trains and prepares students for the first and final professional examinations in MLS. Trainings for the Fellowship and Special Fellowship examination are also available in all disciplines of MLS including;

  • Haematology/Blood transfusion medicine,
  • Virology,
  • Chemical Pathology/Immunology,
  • Histopathology
  • Medical Microbiology.
  • Parasitology

With the dynamic nature of Biomedical Sciences, the School is currently poised to update medical laboratory scientists with regular hosting of update courses.

The school has also constantly hosted professional examinations organized by the MLSCN. Professional examination hosted by the School has been above board. This fact is further supported by the reports that have thus far been received in this regard. The School is also proposed as the Centre for West Africa Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science.

The current activities of the department are further listed below:

  • Training of students for the award of Fellowship of MLSCN  in different specialties of  medical laboratory science
  • Training and supervision of  Medical Laboratory Scientists Interns
  • Retraining of Foreign trained Medical Laboratory Scientists for national MLSCN certification  and licensure examination
  • Training and retraining of Medical Laboratory Scientists and all Laboratory Support Staff
  • Organizing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes in collaboration with the MLSCN
  • Hosting of professional examinations organized by the MLSCN
  • Organizing update programmes in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
  • The Department is the hub of training/supervision of Interns


The school as a reputable training institution has trained students who have excelled in their chosen careers. These include Professors in different fields, Senators, Members of House of Representatives/Members of State House of Assemblies, Chief Executives Officers, Business Tycoons, Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice – Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists, Fellows of the Royal College of Chemists, among others. Many of the Alumni of the School were recently inducted as Foundation Fellows of the West Africa Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science.

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