Graduates in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques use their knowledge to understand the functioning of the human body in specific workplace settings. They manage the pre-analytical stage, fully aware that this stage is a first and essential step in the quality of the entire analytical process. They possess the methodological skills and technical diagnostics for the management of the later phases of the analytical process in the areas of laboratory analysis and research as they relate to biomedical and biotechnological analysis. In particular, this includes biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology and virology, pharmacotoxicology, immunology, clinical pathology, hematology, histopathology and cytology and medical genetics. Additionally, they integrate their knowledge and skills by working to maintain high standards of quality and safety in different laboratory contexts. In particular, graduates in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques possess the skills to: 1) identify, prevent and deal with critical events relating to various kinds of risks associated with activities in different areas of the laboratory; 2) identify and prevent those factors affecting the quality of diagnostic information or the production process. In fact, they assess the reliability of the analytical process and production applying their knowledge to biological physiological and pathological phenomena; they verify the functionality and efficiency of biomedical technologies through functional assays, calibration and preventive maintenance, as well as extraordinary maintenance in the case of failure; they manage quality control and assurance and identify appropriate procedures in the event of the unacceptability of results. With a view to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of analytical processes and production techniques, they also contribute to the process of planning and organizing production and diagnostics, which includes cost analysis, the introduction of new materials and technologies and the application of knowledge arising from scientific progress. Graduates in biomedical laboratory techniques apply their skills in direct collaboration with the graduate director of the laboratory staff responsible for the staff’s various operational responsibilities ensuring the proper performance of analytical procedures in accordance with work protocols defined by senior executives. They act in a manner consistent with the principles of the discipline, ethics and deontology of the profession: they recognize, and respect the role and powers of the laboratory staff and other external healthcare workers, establishing relations of cooperation. In addition, they must be able to interact and collaborate actively with inter-groups planning and managing activities relating to centralized and decentralized analysis and production procedures.
Graduates in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostic Techniques carry out their activity in public and private laboratory facilities, authorized in accordance with current legislation, as employees or freelance workers. Within their professional autonomy, they provide technical services in direct collaboration with other laboratory staff, recognizing and respecting the role and powers of internal and external healthcare professionals. Their technical expertise involves the planning and organization of work within the structure in which they operate; they contribute to the training of support staff and their own professional profile and research. They are responsible, within the laboratory, for the proper performance of analytical procedures as part of their duties in accordance with work protocols drawn up by senior executives; they check their work against indicators and standards set by the manager of the facility; they monitor and verify the correct operation of the equipment used, ensuring its maintenance and eliminating defects.
Graduates in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques will find employment in public or private laboratory facilities, whether as employees or freelance workers. In particular, employment opportunities arise:
- In the different specialist areas of the Laboratories and the Hospital outpatients services that are part of the National Health Service and private hospitals and similar bodies for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS).
- In quality control laboratories in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry.
- In the laboratories for analysis and control of regional agencies for the prevention and protection of the environment.
- In manufacturing industries and marketing agencies operating in the field of laboratory diagnostics.
- In academic and extra-university research laboratories in the biomedical sector.
- In experimental zooprophylactic regional Institutes for the prevention of animal diseases surveillance for health and hygiene of workers in the control of animal foodstuffs. The ability to use the English language properly allows them to enter European and overseas workplaces.