Profile of the institution
The vision to establish this institution was the brain child of late Reverend Canon Johnny Amaizu who in 2011 muted the idea to the Diocesan through the then hospital Management Board. This vision was strengthened from the fact that since 1938 when the Diocese established the School of Midwifery, the hospital had remained committed in the area of setting high academic standards. The Bishop on the Niger, The Rt. Reverend Dr. Owen Chiedozie Nwokolo set up a committee with the mandate of actualizing the establishment of the school. By 2013, the physical structures of the institution were already in place courtesy of a millennium development goal [MDG] project. In 2016, with Sir Ikechukwu Ejelue as the Board Chairman and Venerable Chris Amaku as Hospital Administrator, the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria responded to the desire of the Diocese to establish the school and on 24th January 2017, the Council carried out the statutory accreditation visit, and gave its approval for the takeoff of the school.
The School started formally on 1st September 2017 with Ifeoma Joy Onuorah as the first Co-coordinator and Head of school while Candy Nnamdi Ofodile – a 1978 Chemical Pathology graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka became the Deputy Co-coordinator.Within the first one month, the school resumed full academic activities with its pioneer intake of forty students.
To say the least, this profile will be incomplete if the enormous contributions of Professor Nwakasi Kanayo Nnamah an erudite Professor of Medical Laboratory Sciences from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka[UNIZIK] and Reverend Samuel Nwankpa of the Anambra State College of Health Technology [ASCOHT], Obosi are allowed to be diminished in any form or guise.
The immeasurable guidance of the Bishop on the Niger the Rt. Rev Dr. Owen Chiedozie Nwokolo, theroles of the Board of the hospital, and the powerful support of the hospital administration are indelible and as a sine-qua-non, cannot be left unappreciated.
As a regulation, all the students live on the campus as both hostel accommodation and feeding are compulsorily provided by the authorities to ensure a conducive and healthy atmosphere for academic activities. World class laboratories and teaching aids for both clinical and tutorials are provided as well as the best and highly qualified lecturers in each discipline.
The curriculum is composed of two semesters of basic sciences for health science students, introductory pharmacology and use of library followed by four semesters of basic medical laboratory science courses of Hematology, Blood Serology and Immunology, Clinical Biochemistry, Bacteriology, Parasitology, Cytology/Histology and Good Medical Laboratory Practices leading to the award of the certificate of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria [MLSCN].
No doubt this is a three year rigorous semester based course that includes a strong practical medical laboratory exposure that requires commitment and studious dedication from all students.
Certainly, the course is not for the weak, truant or gallivanting character.
Our mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge of medical laboratory sciences as a centre of academic excellence which produce graduates equipped to achieve the highest professional standards and provide the next generation of medical personnel for the challenges of the research oriented laboratory medicine.
Our Vision is to develop an acclaimed institution for teaching excellence, student satisfaction, self-esteem, and reaching for the skies of medical laboratory sciences.