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EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification
Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.
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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are knowledge, skills and competences acquired during a certain period of learning.

In Latvia, learning outcomes are stipulated by state education standards and occupational standards (for the professional qualifications).

Learning outcomes of higher education are defined by higher education institutions.


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Learning outcomes are formulated in accordance with the relevant occupational standard and the strategic objectives of educational programmes outlined in the state standard of first level professional higher education. For more information, see the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 141 “Regulations on the state standard of first level professional higher education” (adopted on 20.03.2001): Read standard. Occupational standards: Occupational standards register

Biomedical laboratory assistant

  • Knowledge

    1. Basic understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
    1.1. financial accounting system;
    1.2. public health system organization;
    1.3. personality psychology.
    2. Advanced understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
    2.1. human anatomy and physiology;
    2.2. pathological physiology;
    2.3. inorganic and organic chemistry;
    2.4. analytical chemistry;
    2.5. biological chemistry;
    2.6. environmental health, its influencing physical, chemical and biological factors; evaluation and influencing opportunities;
    2.7. pharmacology;
    2.8. Latin medical terminology;
    2.9. public health;
    2.10. health promotion;
    2.11. pedagogical principles in the work of a of Biomedical Laboratory Technician;
    2.12. introduction to cell biology;
    2.13. introduction to medical physics and engineering;
    2.14. general pathology (internal diseases);
    2.15. professional terms in the official language and two foreign languages.
    3. Thorough knowledge of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
    3.1. cytology;
    3.2. genetics;
    3.3. environmental tests and procedures;
    3.4. nutritional tests and procedures;
    3.5. ecology;
    3.6. microbiology and microbiological tests and procedures;
    3.7. parasitology and parasitological tests and procedures;
    3.8. epidemiology and basic knowledge of infectious diseases;
    3.9. histology and histological tests and procedures;
    3.10. hematology and hematology tests and procedures;
    3.11. immunohematology and immunohematology tests and procedures;
    3.12. coagulation and coagulation tests and procedures;
    3.13. clinical chemistry – clinical and biochemical tests and procedures;
    3.14. fundamentals of ethics;
    3.15. communication psychology;
    3.16. computing;
    3.17. two foreign languages;
    3.18. organization of information processing;
    3.19. research, research methods in the specialty;
    3.20. laboratory organization and laboratory work documenting principles;
    3.21. record-keeping;
    3.22. laboratory quality system principles;
    3.23. emergency medicine;
    3.24. legal aspects of the patient’s human rights;
    3.25. fundamentals of transcultural communication;
    3.26. environmental protection;
    3.27. occupational health and safety protection;
    3.28. employment relationship;
    3.29. official language.

  • Skills

    1. To educate other health care professionals and patients on proper collection and transportation of samples to the laboratory.
    2. To plan his/her work when working in a team.
    3. To ensure accurate taking of the necessary blood samples, biopsies and other materials from the patient for laboratory testing; if necessary, ensure their proper preparation for transportation to the laboratory and organize proper transportation.
    4. To ensure proper taking of samples of soil, air, water, food and other environmental materials for laboratory testing; if necessary, ensure their proper preparation for transportation to the laboratory and organize proper transportation.
    5. To evaluate the received samples, label them, carry out tests accurately and pursuant to the applicable methodology and standards, participate in internal and external laboratory quality system programs.
    6. To document the test results, assessing the possible impact of the pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical phases and other factors on the testing results.
    7. To take corrective actions when the control material test results are outside acceptable limits.
    8. To use computers and other electronic devices of the laboratory, to carry out testing, summarize the obtained results, and create diagrams.
    9. To take responsibility for his/her professional activities.
    10. To comply with occupational health and safety and fire safety regulations.
    11. To master operation of laboratory instruments and equipment (analyzers, apparatus) and be able to apply them in practice.
    12. To adhere to technology operation regulations.
    13. To draw up documents in compliance with record-keeping requirements.
    14. To adhere to confidentiality requirements.
    15. To adhere to fundamental human rights standards, ethical standards and communication principles.
    16. To maintain his/her professional competence.
    17. To provide emergency medical assistance.
    18. To communicate fluently in the official language.
    19. To communicate in at least two foreign languages.
    20. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
    21. To comply with occupational hygiene requirements.
    22. To comply with employment laws and regulations.
    23. To comply with environmental protection regulations.

  • Competences/ autonomy

    1. Ability to provide quality performance of work tasks in accordance with the job description, regulatory requirements and the company’s internal rules of procedure.
    2. Ability to plan and organize work and workplace, both working independently and in a team, in order to ensure accurate and quality performance of tasks.
    3. Ability to organize friendly customer service and provide true, correct, easily understandable professional information.
    4. Ability to collaborate with other laboratory and company staff members.
    5. Ability to communicate with customers orally, through business correspondence, electronically, by telephone.
    6. Ability to train and organize training for students and non-certified employees.
    7. Ability to make full use of laboratory applications, appliances, hardware, electronic means of communication in order to ensure high-quality and independent performance of professional duties.
    8. Ability to prioritize his/her work.
    9. Ability to apply theoretical knowledge in practice.
    10. Ability to think critically and resolve problem situations.
    11. Ability to clearly and accurately collect and present the obtained information.
    12. Ability to adhere to the principles of professional ethics and confidentiality.
    13. Ability to comply with environmental and occupational health and safety laws and regulations.
    14. Ability to communicate in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
    15. Ability to comply with employment laws and regulations.

Qualification acquisition requirements

Previous education
Certificate of general secondary education or Diploma of vocational secondary education
Ways to acquire 
Qualifications can be acquired in the framework of education programs or in the evaluation and recognition of non-formal knowledge, skills and competences acquired (in vocational education LKI Levels 2-4).
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Formal (through education programmes)
ECTS credit points 
The unit of the volume of Latvian higher education studies - 1 credit point corresponds to one week of study work in full-time studies (40 credit points per study year).

1 The credit point of Latvia corresponds to 1,5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credit point.
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120
Duration of study 
Duration of qualification in full-time studies
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2-3 years

Qualification document

Awarding body

College:

- P.Stradiņš Medical College of the University of Latvia

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EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification

Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.


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Qualification field, stage and type

Thematic field (ISCED 2013)
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) developed by UNESCO.
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Health (091)

Detailed field: (ISCED 2013)

Medical diagnostic and treatment technology (0914)

Education
Stages of Latvian education system included in the LQF:
- basic education
- secondary education
- higher education
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Higher education

Qualification type
ITypes of Latvian education:
-General education
-Professional education
-Academic education
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Vocational

Full or partial

Full qualification

Other information

National Education Information System

National Database of Education Opportunities

Active qualification

Period for issuing qualification: 2013-2021

Last changes: 27.11.2019

Posted: 07.05.2016