Biomedical laboratory techniques

Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaHealth
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The degree program in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques is an extremely innovative course due to its highly experimental nature. It combines a solid theoretical preparation along with an equally strong practical training, and aims to prepare professionals who are fully equipped with the specialized technical competencies necessary for direct entry into the world of work upon graduating. The principal sector is medical technical-diagnostics, in which biomedical laboratory technicians work with complete autonomy in performing the technical procedures necessary to conduct diagnoses on biological materials and findings. They play a key interdisciplinary role in the medical-scientific field, working under time restraints to provide accurate diagnoses and treatment aimed at ensuring the health of patients. Laboratory technicians work both autonomously and in close collaboration with the laboratory staff in charge of various clinical operations.

Course content

During this three-year program, students will be trained to practice their future profession through an intense program of lectures and practical laboratory work, carried out under the supervision and guidance of professional tutors, in conformity with European standards. Since access to the program is limited, students must pass an admission test which normally takes place during the month of September. Class attendance and participation in clinical placements are mandatory. The program provides a solid preparation in both scientific and specialized disciplines which ensures that the graduates have a thorough understanding of pathological processes and equips them with the skills to provide effective diagnostic support. Students are also required to have a command of at least one EU language other than Italian as part of their specific competencies. Practical activities are performed in various laboratories of the University of Modena, the Modena General Hospital and the New Civic Hospital of Sant’Agostino-Estense in Baggiovara.

Career options

Graduates are health professionals in the technical-diagnostic field who can perform laboratory analyses and research activities as employees or self-employed practitioners, in the following areas: chemico-clinical analyses; drug toxicology; endrocrinology; immuno-hematology and transfusional haematology; clinical pathology; microbiology; virology; pathological anatomy (including the dissection room); legal, genetic, veterinary and other types of medicine. They can also find employment with private institutions (biomedical companies, private and diagnostic research labs) which have been authorized under existing laws. Biomedical laboratory technicians work with technical and professional autonomy in close collaboration with laboratory graduates in charge of various clinical operations. In laboratories, they are also responsible for carrying out analytical procedures entrusted to them in accordance with the work protocols prepared by managers. Other duties include: checking to ensure the proper functioning of equipment; participating in the planning and organization of work within the facility; assisting in the training of support staff; directly contributing to updating their professional profile, and research work.

More information

Course Director
prof. Claudio Cermelli
tel. 059 205 5457 - fax 059 205 5483
dott.ssa Lorena Pozzi
tel. 059 4225793 & - fax fax. 059 4224963

The course is managed by the Department of Diagnostics, Clinical and Public Health Medicine