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Why Biomedical Science @ Singapore Polytechnic?



Singapore Polytechnic is recognised by the healthcare and educational communities as the premier educational institution and resource centre for lifelong learning in the applied health sciences.


Students are given a choice of three areas of specialisation: Medical Technology, Cardiac Technology and Biomedical Research.


First established in 1986, our Medical Technology specialisation has a strong focus on testing, diagnosis, management and prevention of diseases. The curriculum integrates biological sciences with clinical and research aspects of clinical laboratory sciences. This programme is recognised by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) UK.


Singapore Polytechnic, in partnership with National Heart Centre Singapore, offers the only formal diploma with Cardiac Technology option in Asia. Our cardiac technology students engage in face-to-face and work shoulder-to-shoulder with leading technologists and physicians in providing technical services in the investigation, diagnosis and management of heart diseases.


The Biomedical Research option is an interdisciplinary program which offers students multi-faceted training across a broad spectrum of scientific and technology fields, with emphasis on the topical field of biological and medical research and development.


Diploma Plus

Students have the opportunity to pursue an additional Certificate in Phlebotomy or Certificate in Biorisk Management within the three year of their study at the polytechnic. Phlebotomy is a valuable skill in primary healthcare as well as in R&D settings. Recognised by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, this certificate will enhance the employability of graduates. A Biorisk Management certificate will provide valuable skills for graduates to work as a biosafety coordinator or officer.


Clinical and Research Attachment

Our medical technology option students will be posted to medical laboratories in hospitals and related healthcare establishments for their industrial training attachment. Students in biomedical research option will have the opportunity for a meaningful engagement with scientists at various research institutions and R&D centres of pharmaceutical institutions. Cardiac technology option students will be posted to the National Heart Centre Singapore and National University Heart Centre, Singapore for their clinical attachment.


Course Highlights



Medical Technology Suite

The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approves biomedical science educational programmes in the UK to ensure that students are suitably trained before they enter the profession.

International credentials through the American Society for Clinical Pathology International (ASCPi ) certifies professional competency among new and practicing medical laboratory personnel in an effort to contribute globally to the highest standards of patient safety. The ASCPi credential is administered by the ASCP Board of Certification, Chicago, IL, USA.


Science that saves lives

"The comprehensive clinical-based curriculum coupled with an abundance of well-designed practical sessions, provided us with a strong foundation in the biomedical sciences and laboratory competencies. I feel I can confidently make comments on laboratory results to help make a diagnosis. The internship placement in the phlebotomy programme built my confidence in patient care."


Goh Wei Sheng
Low Guan Onn Gold Medallist 2016
Biomedical Science Course Medallist 2016
All Eights (Singapore) Gold Medal recipient
Alfred Robert Edis Prize recipient
The Diploma-Plus Book Prize winner
SP Model Student Award winner
Accepted to read Medicine at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


DBS in the News

 Nurturing teachers of tomorrow

Biomedical Science alumnus, Lim Yu Jie, is one of 176 recipients of the Ministry of Education’s teaching scholarships and awards.

 Moment of near-failure spurred him to succeed

Biomedical Science alumnus Ridhwan Muzaki overcame a challenging childhood to become a three-time Dean’s lister and a postgraduate scholarship recipient.

 December Children camps

Biomedical Science and Biotechnology students, in collaboration with Lakeside Family Services, organised a two-day camp for primary school children in December 2015.