SQU’s Biomedical Science programme gets international accreditation

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The Biomedical Science (BMS) programme offered by the Allied Health Sciences (AHS) department of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has got accreditation from the UK-based Institute of Biomedical Science in a record time.

A press release stated that BMS is being offered at SQU since 2010. “It was earlier called Medical Laboratory, which was a five-year programme shared between the Colleges of Science and College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

“The College of Medicine and Health Sciences adopted the programme and critical changes were made such as the course name, curriculum and duration to suit the training needs of undergraduate students, thereby augmenting the quality of healthcare offered in the Sultanate of Oman.”

Initially, the programme was managed by Biomedical Science Management Committee that comprised staff from different departments, mainly clinical biochemistry, haematology, pathology and microbiology and immunology.

In June 2014, the AHS department was formed to take over the BMS programme.

“Upon its establishment, the department started the accreditation process by exploring internationally accrediting bodies from which the Institute of Biomedical Science was selected.

Although, the accreditation process was rigorous, the AHS department succeeded in obtaining accreditation in a record time. For the first time after establishing the department, the 2015 batch will graduate from an accredited educational programme.”

Founded in 1912 in the UK, the Institute of Biomedical Science is considered to be the world’s oldest leading membership and accrediting body in the field of biomedical science.

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