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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) - CL10

Gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and technical knowledge in the clinical disciplines of laboratory medicine for application in a diagnostic setting.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus, Online

RANK CUT OFF

OP:14 SR:70 ATAR:67.95

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:69 ATAR:69

UNITS/CREDITS

30/192

DURATION

4 years full-time, 8 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Rockhampton, Online

PRE-REQUISITES

No pre-requisites required

RECOMMENDED STUDY

Senior English, Mathematical Methods, Biology, Chemistry

CRICOS

097144D

Whilst completing the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours), you will build technical and evaluative skills to assess and implement recommendations for best practice in patient testing, monitoring and education.

You will also develop an advanced level of communication skill to ensure positive interactions with both patients and other health professionals.

Through opportunities in professional practice, case-based studies and research projects, you will develop clinical decision-making and problem-solving abilities to enable you to successfully perform your duties as a medical laboratory scientist upon graduation.

Core Units 30 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE
You are required to complete 30 core units and all professional placement requirements.

UNIT INFORMATION
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2021Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2020Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Work Integrated Learning BMSC12005180 hours of work placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity
Advanced Work Integrated LearningBMSC13012180 hours of work placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity
Specialised Work Integrated Learning BMSC14004180 hours of work placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity
Many units in the course have compulsory residential schools in Rockhampton to ensure students acquire the technical skills of the Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Rank Threshold
SR 69 | ATAR 69.0

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

Rank Cut-Off - minimum unadjusted
OP 4 | SR 73 | ATAR 71.9

Rank Cut-Off - minimum adjusted
OP 2 | SR 75 | ATAR 73.9

The rank cut-off score is the competitive entry score that was needed to gain entry to this course in Term 1 2020, it will differ from year to year as it is based on the applicant scores that were considered. There is an unadjusted score before any adjustment schemes or factors are applied and an adjusted score if these were applied. Entry to courses is competitive and the cut-off score will vary from year to year and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.


Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2020.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years or:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 6.0 for Reading and Writing and 6.0 for Speaking and Listening, or
  • an Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

Course years 2 – 4 include periods of clinical placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical safety and security requirements prior to each placement and must disclose any condition that may put himself or herself, or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement. Students are required to meet all mandatory requirements to attend Clinical Placements and Clinical placements are a requirement for the award of the Degree. A student may be determined ineligible for placement based on the inability to perform required tasks or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders. A student may be determined ineligible for placement if the placement site is unable to work within the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placed upon the work site by the State Health Department or Assessment Unit within a private organisation. If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student is determined not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating enrolment in the degree.

Health Requirements

Course years 2 – 4 include periods of clinical placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical health, safety, security, requirements and must disclose any condition that may put himself or herself, or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement. Students will need to be physically fit, able to stand and walk for extended periods, lift, stretch, carry heavy loads and have sufficient manual dexterity to perform specific tasks and visual acuity and contrast sensitivity to assess fine detail. A student may be determined ineligible for placement based on the inability to perform required tasks or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders. A student may be determined ineligible for placement, if the placement site is unable to work within the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placed upon the work site by the State Health Department or Assessment Unit within a private organisation. If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student is determined not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating enrolment in the degree.

Assumed Knowledge

English (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science

Completion of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (Honours) will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. A Medical Laboratory Scientist is a health professional who conducts medical laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).
Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution?

Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.

The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 3.

Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.

You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

South AustraliaONL: 5C4042
Western AustraliaONL: 150915
VictoriaONL: 1700110681
New South WalesONL: 160915
QueenslandONL: 851685; ROK: 851681


If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

YOUR COURSE
The accredited Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) qualifies you to work as a medical laboratory scientist.

As a medical laboratory scientist, you will be prepared to work in private or public pathology, in a hospital or clinic-based laboratories. You will conduct medical laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience to prepare tissue sections for microscopic examination, analyse samples to study the effects of microbial infections and develop techniques to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. This course prepares you for an important role in the diagnostic process where you will provide advice to medical practitioners on the interpretation of tests, methods for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Your final year incorporates two research units that develop your ability to undertake research and prepare scientific papers and reports. These units prepare you for further research if you are interested in undertaking a research higher degree.

This course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and you can apply for professional membership upon completion.

REAL-WORLD OPPORTUNITIES
Throughout your studies, you will have opportunities to learn in a safe and simulated environment in purpose-built medical science laboratories. You will complete three six-week block work placements, in an accredited pathology laboratory throughout your course. You will complete your placements in your second, third and fourth year of study.  

Your placements provide you with opportunities to apply your discipline knowledge to authentic scenarios, allowing you to develop your professional skills and valuable industry connections and networks. Placements are located throughout Queensland, and while we aim to keep you close to home, your placements may require you to travel, and any travel required is at your own cost.

INDUSTRY RELEVANT
The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) ensuring that it meets industry needs and you graduate with a strong and valuable skillset. You will learn from an experienced team of lecturers who have relevant diagnostic pathology or research experience. You will also connect with and hear from industry experts through guest lectures. Our teaching team is committed to sharing their experience and knowledge with you giving you access to valuable perspectives, learnings and insights of active researchers and real practitioners

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Perfect for returning CQUni students, if you are changing your CQUni course, or you are a current or previous CQUni SUN, STEPS or VET student.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre
View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania Apply via VTAC
South Australia; Northern Territory Apply via SATAC
Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.


Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni
Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.

ApplyCQUNI


Option 3: Are you a returning CQUni student or changing your CQUni course? Apply directly to CQUniversity
You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:

  • have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course. (*A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.)
  • are applying for a change of course or readmission.
Apply direct