Higher National Diploma in Biomedical Science
HND in Biomedical Science is especially designed for anybody interested in science and its practical application, particularly in health care or related research. If you want to open up a the pathway leading to Doctor of Medicine (MD) from recognised universities around the globe , a degree in Biomedical Sciences comes to the picture. In the Biomedical Science programme, the student will study life processes (structure and function of the human body) to gain an understanding of health and the methods for diagnosing, analysing and treating diseases.
Subjects covered in the Biomedical Science Degree programme is broadly similar to the pre-clinical components of a medical degree with the addition of Molecular Biology, Statistics, Information Technology, the Screening and Evaluation of New Drugs, Laboratory Management and Environmental Health.
What is Biomedical Science? Biomedical science is the application of biology-based science to medical use; be it research, health monitoring or treatment. A biomedical scientist (or biomedical doctor) is a scientist educated in the field of biological science, especially in the context of medicine. As 21st century medicine and healthcare becomes increasingly sophisticated, the demand grows for highly skilled biomedical scientists capable of performing and analysing a battery of technical procedures to screen, maintain and improve human health. Their role is to develop or improve treatments, vaccines, equipment, and techniques involving health care.
What is the use of a Biomedical Science degree? Biomedical Science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long-term career prospects including management, research, education and specialised laboratory work. Most of the biomedical scientists around the globe, work in hospitals and medical research institutes to support the work of clinicians and general practitioners, but some are employed in public health (water, foodstuffs), veterinary laboratories (disease monitoring), blood banks, forensics, pharmaceuticals research /development and, of course, basic medical research.
Why study Biomedical Science? Sri Lankan Health sector undergoes certain expansions in recent years to uplift the health facilities in the country. Over the years, Sri Lanka has achieved major gains in maternal and child health services as well as controlling the spread of many communicable diseases. Due to increased life expectancy and changing disease patterns, Sri Lanka now faces a major challenge to provide the health services for non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, heart diseases, and mental health disorders and injuries. The major obstacle for such expansions is due to the lack of Biomedical Scientists in this country. Enhancement of the health sector through applying novel diagnosing methods to identify the diseases and control the spreading of infectious disorders could play a vital role in enhancing the ailing of the health sector in this country.
Sri Lanka research infrastructure is at the forefront of new developments in medicine (especially with private health care providers) and underpins much of the delivery of medical and related training at university level. Many universities in the world offer Biomedical Science programmes to increase their scientific knowledge, and learn how to put it into practical use within medicine or related professions. Highly skilled Biomedical Scientists have an increasing demand in many countries around the globe to work at Universities, Research Institutes and the Health Sector. Therefore, Sri Lanka needs biomedical programmes at any level to fulfil the requirements of the country.
Since Biomedical Science is a continually changing and dynamic profession, it offers a fantastic variety of career opportunities with excellent promotion prospects including specialist laboratory work, expert and consultant roles, research, education and management.Once qualified, many biomedical scientists work in hospital laboratories to support the work of clinicians and general practitioners, Biomedical Science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long-term career prospects including management, research, education and specialised laboratory work. But if working in a hospital laboratory is not for you, there are many other avenues to explore. One of those is the field of Public Health and Community Medicine. The public health officers seek to improve health through the diagnosis, prevention and control of infections and communicable diseases and its scientists will test samples of drinking water, milk and foodstuffs to make sure they are fit for human consumption.
You may decide that you would prefer to work in forensic science, using the latest DNA profiling and forensic techniques to help identify and catch wanted criminals or you may work for the National Blood Authority, which provides support to hospital blood banks and the Blood Transfusion Service or you may work for the Medical Research Institute, where you would carry out research in the medical and biological sciences to help safeguard health and combat and control diseases.
Biomedical scientists are also employed in other roles such as the veterinary service, university laboratories, pharmaceutical and product manufacturers. If you prefer travelling, there is the opportunity for you to use your training and skills in healthcare posts and projects around the world. The skills of a biomedical scientist are highly sought after for international healthcare projects in hospitals, schools and universities. You may want to become involved in voluntary work in developing countries on behalf of international bodies such as the World Health Organisation, or Overseas Voluntary Services.
Students who successfully complete HND in Biomedical Science, can transfer to Northumbria University Biomedical Science Degree which is accredited by the Institute for Biomedical Science (IBMS). It provides the education and training required to become a Registered Biomedical Scientist.