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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

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:69 ATAR:69

UNITS/CREDITS

30/192

DURATION

4 years full-time, 8 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Rockhampton

RECOMMENDED STUDY

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

CRICOS

097144D

While 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. This course will enable you to develop an advanced level of communication skill to interact positively with patients and other health professionals ready for the clinical or scientific work environment. Clinical decision-making and problem-solving abilities are key skills for the medical laboratory scientist.

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.

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

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.

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.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2022Rockhampton
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 BMSC14004200 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.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

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

A Medical Laboratory Scientist is a health professional who conducts medical laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. They require specialised education and skills 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. A Medical Laboratory Scientist has a degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process through the provision of advice to Medical Practitioners on the interpretation of tests, methods for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. They can undertake research and prepare scientific papers and reports. They ensure quality management processes and safety standards are followed in medical laboratories and undertake research in their area of expertise. Communication skills and exemplary professional attitude are all critical to success in this field.

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term Fee$18,030.00
International Indicative First Year Fee$36,060.00

Please note the following important information:

»» Fees are in Australian dollars A$.

»» Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.

»» Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.

»» The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.

»» Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.

»» It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.

»» The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).

»» International students holding an Australian Student Visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.

»» Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.

»» International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).For more information, please submit your enquiry at www.cqu.edu.au/international-enquire

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

This course is available at our regional campuses, and you will automatically be eligible for an International Student Scholarship – Regional

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New South WalesONL: 160915
VictoriaONL: 1700110681
Western AustraliaONL: 150915
South AustraliaONL: 5C4042


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