The Diploma in Laboratory Technology is a two-year programme offered by the Institute, and is focused on imparting middle level technical expertise in Chemical Analysis and Research to students. The programme commenced as “Laboratory Technicians’ Certificate Course in Chemistry (LTCC)” in 1973. Recently, the syllabi were revised and upgraded, and subsequently, the title of the course was changed to “Diploma in Laboratory Technology”. It is still the only course of its kind available in any field of basic science in Sri Lanka.
In the first year, students are introduced to the fundamentals in Basic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Electronics, Statistics, Management, Information Technology and Laboratory Practice. During the second year, students have the option to choose either the Food and Material Technology (FMT) stream or Clinical Laboratory Technology (CLT) /Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) stream.
The course units offered in the FMT stream are designed to cater to students aiming at an industry-based career. Fundamental of Chemical Engineering, Food Microbiology, Food Analysis, Polymer Science and Petroleum, Industrial Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Technology are several course units that make up the FMT syllabi. On the contrary, the course units in the CLT/MLT stream are structured to assist students succeed in clinical and medical laboratories in the private and public sectors. Introduction to Medical Laboratory, Clinical Biochemistry, Diagnostic Microbiology and Diagnostic Parasitology provides a glimpse of the modules that constitute the CLT/MLT stream.
Course units which are common to both streams are Quality Assurance and Accreditation, and Laboratory Practice. The subject matter covered in these modules is crucial for the overall understanding of how laboratories and industries function. Regardless of the field selected, the students are required to undergo a six-month internship training at a selected industry or a medical laboratory. As a whole, students are required to complete a total of 60 credits. Lectures will be held full day on Friday and Saturday for first year students, and on Saturday and Sunday for second year students.