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Diploma in Clinical Embryology & Assisted Reproductive Technology

Overview

The successful birth of the world’s first baby conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer occurred on July 25, 1978, in the UK. Since then, over five million babies conceived by Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) have reportedly been born throughout the world.

 The advent of any new technology that affects mankind raises several ethical and technical challenges. ART is no exception. In the Indian context, where barrenness is looked down upon, infertile couples look up to ART as the last resort to parenthood. Some of them are prepared to go to any extent to achieve their life’s ambition. Unfortunately, ART has not reached a stage where all forms of infertility can be treated, nor can any clinic offer a 100% success if the couples were to undergo any of the ART procedures.

 The increasing demand for ART has resulted in mushrooming of infertility clinics in India. There is a huge dearth of skilled embryologists and the skills involved in embryology are complex, delicate, and require adequate hands-on practice. The know-how of an expert embryologist is crucial for the success of IVF treatments and the proficiency of an embryologist contributes a great deal for the success of infertility treatment.

Thus the “Diploma in Clinical Embryology & Assisted Reproductive Technology” by REVA University in collaboration with MOMSOON Academy is designed keeping in mind the subject specific academic needs and industry requirements, with the help of subject experts. At the end of the course, the students will be equipped to work competently in human IVF services by providing them with essential theoretical and practical knowledge in Human Embryology. To make this course more holistic, stress is also given to the existing guidelines, regulations and protocols that enable the candidates to perform embryology procedure ethically as well as accurately.

Course Curriculum

4 Months (240 hrs)

1Andrology

2Embryology

3Practical I - Andrology

4 Months (240 hrs)

1Practical II - Embryology

2Dissertation

Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs)

PEO-1: Become a proficient Assistant Embryologist with the ability to assist and perform all the required procedures in andrology and embryology labs and work in tandem with senior embryologists, gynaecologists and andrologists in an ART clinic.

Programme Outcomes (POs)

  1. Technical knowledge: Demonstrate the knowledge in the nature of spermatozoa (vitality, motility and morphology) and the composition of seminal fluid, all aspects of cryopreservation, morphology of oocytes, zygotes and embryos, different culture media, handling oocytes and embryos, factors that impact on fertilization, scoring of oocytes and embryos, perform IVF and ICSI with precision.
  2. Safety guidelines: Use sterile materials and follow safe handling techniques; follow protocols for handling and storage of high-risk samples.
  3. Ethics: Follow ethical guidelines and institutional policies established by the organisation; maintain patient confidentiality and privacy
  4. Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member in teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
  5. Documentation: Follow guidelines established to obtain consent wherever required prior to carrying out procedures in the lab; follow institutional policy for record keeping and labelling the samples.

Career Opportunities

With the increase in the incidence of infertility around the globe, there is a huge dearth of embryologists thus making it one of the highly sought after career option for science and medical graduates and post graduates. Due to the high percentage of people who are experiencing infertility issues, it is expected that embryology is a field that is going to continue to see career growth in the future.

 On successful completion of the course, candidates can seek employment as assistant embryologists with health care providers such as IVF centres / fertility clinics / ART clinics / hospitals. They can also work as consultants with multiple organisations.

 

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