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Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science [DipMLS (PPTC)] 2017 – 2018

Online Distance Learning Programme delivered through POLHN

Structure of the course

The 2017- 2018 PPTC Diploma delivered through POLHN consists of 6 modules in the laboratory sciences and these are as follows:

  1. Laboratory Technology
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Haematology
  4. Microbiology
  5. Transfusion Science
  6. Laboratory Quality Management System

Each module is divided into six sections to cover the basic principles and theory of that laboratory science with emphasis on the ‘how and why’ and the importance and relevance of accurate and reliable laboratory testing in both the initial diagnosis of disease and the monitoring of treatment.

At the end of each section there are a series of multi-choice questions which must be completed and returned to the PPTC for marking. There is also an associated log book with each module (except Laboratory Technology and Laboratory Quality Management System) which the student must complete.

The content of each log book is based on routine procedures currently employed within each discipline and as each log book task is completed, signoff by the charge technician or head of department is required until the log book is fully completed.

Each log book not only details the practical tasks to be carried out, but also contains a comprehensive theory section associated with each procedure and therefore acts as an information resource once completed by the student. Each log book will be returned to the student once completed and marked by the PPTC so as it can be used by the student as a reference.

On successful completion of each module which includes theory and practical requirements, successful students are awarded a certificate of achievement in the discipline studied.

There is an examination based assessment for the DipMLS programme. The examination is divided into two parts, part 1 covering the theoretical contents from the first three modules namely Lab Technology, Haematology, and Biochemistry. The part 1 examinations were held at the end of the year 2017.

Part 2 cover’s the theoretical contents from the second year modules; Microbiology, Transfusion Science and Laboratory Quality Management Systems and will be held at the in early 2019. The examination booklets for part 1 and part 2 will be presented to students by the charge technician in the respective laboratories. The charge technicians will be expected to supervise these exams at the end of the respective year. These examinations will be conducted in the strictest examination environment.

Students who successfully complete all six [6] modules, and the respective end of the year examinations will be awarded a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science granted by the PPTC.

The Diploma course is delivered over a two year period to students who have registered for the programme.

The current diploma cycle started in March 2017.

Modules delivered in 2017:

Laboratory Technology

Part 1 Examinations

2018 Modules:

Microbiology: 23 April – 3 August 2018
Transfusion Science: 20 August to 26 October 2018
Laboratory Quality Management Systems: 12 November 2018 – 15 March 2019

Part 2 Examinations – Wednesday 17 April 2019


The course is promoted by both the PPTC and POLHN through notification on their respective websites. As each module becomes available, additional notices are sent out from the PPTC to all Laboratories and POLHN Country Coordinators notifying them of the starting date and the method of registration. More information about POLHN can be found on: http://www.wpro.who.int/southpacific/programmes/pacific_initiatives/polhn/en/ 

Applications for the 2017 – 2018 cycle is now closed. The next cycle will be delivered in the year 2019.

Current Module being delivered:


Microbiology: 23 April – 3 August 2018
Transfusion Science: 20 August to 26 October 2018
Laboratory Quality Management Systems: 12 November 2018 – 15 March 2019

Part 2 Examinations – Wednesday 17 April 2019

For further information contact: Navin Karan, Programme Manager, PPTC, PO Box 7013 Wellington, New Zealand Telephone: 64 4 389 6294 Email: pptc@pptc.org.nz