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In 2008, due to restructuring, the Biomedical Technology and the Clinical Technology programmes were amalgamated into one department called the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Technology. Prior to this they existed as two separate departments with separate Heads of Department etc.

The department is managed overall by the HOD. Each programme has a programme co-ordinator who deals mainly with academic management of the programme.

Departmental Mission

The Department of Biomedical and Clinical Technology develops skilled and competent learners by providing high standards of teaching, learning and research, whilst promoting and upholding professional values and ethics in response to the needs of the community and industry nationally as well as being committed to the continuous empowerment of staff.


The vision of the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Technology is to be the leading department nationally by producing proficient graduates that provide quality patient care.

Biomedical Technology comprises 4 specialist disciplines, viz microbiology, chemical pathology, cellular pathology and haematology.

Microbiology is the study of micro organisms, viz bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi; the diseases they cause and their laboratory identification.

Chemical pathology concentrates on the study of chemical metabolites in the body and the effect of varying levels of these metabolites on human health.

Cellular pathology determines the status of human health at the cellular level; both gynaecological and non gynaecological specimens are examined and all abnormalities identified.

The cellular components of blood are the focus of haematology; all changes in shape, function, form and amounts are identified and linked to specific disease states.

In each discipline, students are thoroughly trained and prepared for industry. Our students are taught by academic staff with many years of industrial experience, using relevant practical sessions that are hands on. The department prides itself on providing quality industry appropriate training such that our students have consistently produced the highest pass rates in the HPCSA Board Examinations every year.


Head of Department: Dr R Prakaschandra
Tel: 031 373 6885

Secretary: Mrs B Nene
Tel: 031 373 5411

Biomedical Technology
Programme Coordinator: Ms TS Ndlovu
Tel: 031 373 5298

Clinical Technology
Programme Coordinator: Mr M Memela
Tel: 031 373 5293