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Registration with the HPCSA as an INTERN Medical Technologist
PBMT examination: enrolment, prerequisites and syllabus
MTIN examination information
Examination Rules and Re-mark process
Registration with the HPCSA as a QUALIFIED Medical Technologist
The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) Professional Board for Medical Technology (PBMT) examination is administered by the Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists of South Africa (SMLTSA) and is a prerequisite for registration with the HPCSA as a qualified Medical Technologist. Candidates must therefore familiarise themselves with the registration requirements as prescribed by the HPCSA.
The National Administrative Office of the SMLTSA is based in Cape Town and all correspondence regarding the Examination and enrolment as an Intern Medical Technologist Intern should be addressed to:
Please ensure that all documents are submitted by registered mail. The SMLTSA accepts no responsibility for items lost in the post. All documents will be returned by registered mail.
Please note that original or notarised copies of the necessary documents must accompany your application. CERTIFIED COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AND WILL BE REJECTED.
(Refer to the section GENERAL under the Examinations tab for further general information)
Medical Technologist Examination Disciplines
The PBMT examination is offered in the following categories:
Immunohaematology | Haematology | Histopathological Technique | Microbiology | Chemical Pathology | Immunology | Clinical Pathology | Pharmacology | Cytogenetics | Virology | Cytology
Registration with the HPCSA as an Intern Medical Technologist
Graduates in possession of the National Diploma in Biomedical Technology are required to complete a one (1) year internship at an HPCSA accredited training laboratory before writing the PBMT examination. Students are responsible for finding employment in a suitably registered training laboratory. Once a student has found employment he/she must register with the HPCSA as a Intern Medical Technologist (MTIN) (Form 26 MTIN) (HPCSA banking details)
Note that the MTIN registration period is valid for a period of 3 (three) years only and allows for a maximum of 4 (four) attempts at the PBMT examination. Extensions to the registration period may be granted only under exceptional circumstances.
Graduates from South African or foreign universities who wish to register as Intern Medical Technologists must approach a South African tertiary education facility currently approved to offer the National Diploma in Biomedical Technology or Bachelor of Health Sciences – Medical Laboratory Science (BHSc MLS) degree to obtain confirmation that the content of their degree course meets the requirements of the above-mentioned diploma course in all respects. For further information, please visit the following hyperlink (HPCSA BSc regulations Form 176-MT).
Enrolment for the PBMT ExaminationMTINs must apply to write the PBMT examination with the SMLTSA before the 31st May of each year. It is imperative that interns note that original or certified copies of the necessary documents must accompany their application.
Prospective candidates for the PBMT examination must submit the following documents to the Registrar, SMLTSA, in support of their application for entry to the PBMT examination:
- A certificate of registration with the HPCSA as an Intern Medical Technologist covering the period of their training.
- A National Diploma in Biomedical Technology or equivalent documentation. A letter of appointment as a full time Intern Medical Technologist at an HPCSA accredited training laboratory in the discipline they are going to write.
- A copy of their identity document
- The examination fee. This can be deposited directly into the Standard Bank account indicated on the registration form and the deposit slip attached to the application form.
On receipt of applications the SMLTSA will issue candidates with an examination registration number in writing.
NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Candidates for the examination must:
- Have registered with the HPCSA as an Intern Medical Technologist from the inception of their internship training.
- Be in possession of the National Diploma in Biomedical Technology.
- Complete one year of practical training as an Intern Medical Technologist in the relevant discipline in an HPCSA accredited training laboratory.
- Register with the SMLTSA for entry to the examination.
As the examination will be based on the content of the syllabus, it is the responsibility of each MTIN to ensure that:
- The laboratory in which they will complete their internship training is recognised by the HPCSA as a training facility in the relevant discipline.
- They are issued with a copy of the syllabus of the discipline which they are going to study.
- They are conversant not only with the content, but that all aspects of the syllabus for the particular discipline in which they wish to specialise, are covered.
Examination Information for Intern Medical Technologists
- The PBMT examination will be held in March and September of each year.
- Candidates must return the completed application form, together with the examination fee to the Registrar of the SMLTSA before the closing date. Please note that no late entries will be accepted. Closing Dates: 31st May of each year.
- Candidates whose applications are received after the closing date will be notified and registered for the next examination.
- The Administrative Office of the SMLTSA will advise candidates of the examination date, times and venue in writing.
- When reporting for the examination, candidates will be required to provide proof of identity (ID document) as well as the HPCSA Intern Medical Technologist number.
- Candidates who fail to adhere to the examination rules will be disqualified.
- The examination in all categories, except Cytology, is comprised of two 3-hour papers held on the same day. One paper will be theory based and the second will be a written practical.
- The pass mark, except for Cytology and Clinical Pathology, is 50% for each paper.
- In the case of Clinical Pathology, students are required to obtain 50% in each discipline across both papers and an overall pass mark of 50%.
- Cytology includes a practical examination written on the day following the theory examination. To pass, candidates must obtain 60% in the practical and 50% in the theory (see Cytology exam information below).
- The examination will be set in English only.
- Examination results will be posted to each candidate. No discussion/ correspondence will be entered into between the candidate and/or supervisor and the examiner and/or moderator.
- Successful candidates will be awarded the Professional Board Examination Certificate in the relevant discipline. This will be required for registration with the Professional Board as a Medical Technologist as detailed later.
Both papers will be broad based and will cover the entire field of study. The intern will be required to draw from all knowledge gained to date, both at the University of Technology and during their 4th year internship. The emphasis will however, be on problem solving and the application of knowledge concepts expected of a fully competent Medical Technologist. Candidates will be expected to know principles as well as result interpretation.
Examination content: Candidates should expect a mixture of essays, short questions (6-10 marks) and possible tables/charts/graphs to complete or for comment. No reference material or cell phones will be allowed into the examination room.
Examination Information for Cytology Students
Both theory and practical papers will be broadly based on the entire field of cytology as covered in all syllabi up to and including the final year. The student will be required to draw on all knowledge gained to date in order to answer these papers. This means that the final paper will not be limited to non-gynaecological cytology. The emphasis will however be on problem solving, and the application of knowledge, concepts and skills expected of a fully competent cytotechnologist. Specific details of stain components, times and quantities will not be asked.
Candidates will be expected to be able to supply specific information related to differential diagnosis.
The final examination will be held over two days:
- Day 1 - Three hour: Theory paper
- Day 2 - Three hour: Practical slide screening
All examination rules are applicable to both papers.
Examination THEORY content:
- The Theory paper will be out of a possible 180 marks. Candidates should expect a mixture of multiple choice as well as essays and short questions.
- The topics supplied as assignment choices should all be regarded as possible examination questions, whether or not they have been selected by the intern as course topics. Questions on these topics, however, may not be in the original format.
- Please note: As course assignments count 10% towards the final theory mark, candidates must submit their marked assignments (not later than one month prior to the examination) to the examiner for moderation.
- A THEORY PASS MARK OF AT LEAST 50% MUST BE ACHIEVED BY THE CANDIDATE.
Examination PRACTICAL content:
- Twenty (20) smears with appropriate clinical histories will be provided, which will be equally divided between gynaecologic and non-gynaecologic material. Candidates must screen and report on each slide in nine (9) minutes, using a standard format (See syllabus guide).
It is recommended that the Bethesda system of reporting be used for gynaecologic slides. A statement of adequacy, specific information on the degree and type of abnormality will be expected, as well as a comment on further recommendations where appropriate.
- A PRACTICAL PASS MARK OF AT LEAST 60% MUST BE ACHIEVED BY THE CANDIDATE.
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Registration with the HPCSA as a Qualified Medical Technologist
To register as a Medical Technologist with the HPSCA the following documents must be submitted to:
The Resistrar | Heath Professions Council of South Africa | PO Box 205 | Pretoria 0001
- The prescribed HPCSA registration Form 24 MT.
- Original diploma/degree (a copy will only be accepted if certified by an attorney in his/her capacity as Notary Public and bearing the official stamp, or HPCSA Form 23, duly completed. Copies certified by a Commissioner of Oaths will not be accepted.
- Current registration fee as indicated on Form 24 MT or a copy of the proof of payment (HPCSA banking details).
- Copy of certificate issued by the SMLTSA indicating that the PBMT examination was passed.
- HPCSA Form 25 duly completed.
- A copy of identity document or birth certificate.
- A copy of marriage certificate (should you wish to register in your married surname).
- A copy of registration certificate as a student with the HPCSA.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ORIGINAL OR NOTARISED COPIES OF THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR APPLICATION.
CERTIFIED COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AND WILL BE REJECTED.