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- Explore specialised concepts in biochemistry, haematology, transfusion and transplantation science, microbiology, pathology, immunology, cytogenetic and molecular pathology, histopathological techniques, quantitative medical science, quality assurance systems, and health informatics.
- Gain practical experience in our teaching laboratories and during your internship using equipment and analysers used in day-to-day clinical practice.
- In your final year undertake a semester-long work-integrated learning internship in a recognised laboratory.
- Longest running course of its kind in SE Queensland where graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.
|QTAC course code||418201|
|QUT course code||LS47|
Part-time or Full-time
Note: Full-time and part-time mode are only available during the day.
|Course duration||4 years full-time
8 years part-time
|Start month||2015 & 2016 February|
|Deferment||You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.|
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Medical laboratory scientists perform tests on human (and veterinary) specimens including blood, bodily fluids, stool, urine, tissue biopsies and more. They are skilled in the investigation of disease, and interpret data and analyse results in areas such as immunology, haematology, transfusion science, microbiology, biochemistry, cytopathology, cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics. The results of these tests are then used by health professionals to diagnose 100 per cent of cancers as well as contribute to 70 per cent of all clinical decisions including choice of treatment.
Why choose this course?
This degree is the longest running course of its kind in Queensland and is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). Your learning will extend beyond one specific area and incorporate advanced knowledge in all areas of clinical pathology.
Your study will focus on the fundamental concepts that underpin medical laboratory science before advancing to more specialised concepts and techniques. You will be introduced to the local, national and global profession and its role in the Australian healthcare system, health and how this relates to laboratory operations, and Quality Assurance systems.
During practical classes in our laboratories, you will learn some of the latest techniques used in the industry, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills to a professional standard. An essential part of the course is the 12-week work integrated learning internship that allows you to apply your learning, network with, and be mentored by, practising medical scientists and clinical researchers. You will be encouraged to identify your graduate opportunities and choose an elective in an area that complements your career aspirations, for example, pharmacology, business studies, Indigenous and public health, or research techniques and methods.
Medical laboratory scientists work in the pathology industry, generally in hospitals or public and private laboratories. Graduates of this course can choose to work across all areas (multidisciplined), specialise in an area of particular interest or complete postgraduate studies for a career in research. QUT graduates are currently researching in cancer biology, malaria, eye disease, stem cell therapies, transfusion science and infectious disease.
This course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and as a graduate you are immediately eligible for graduate membership and will have completed the academic and work placement requirements for admission as a full member.
Depending on your employment, you will be eligible to apply for membership of various professional organisations including the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists, Australian Society of Microbiology, Australian Society of Cytology, Human Genetics Society of Australasia, Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, and Australian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them.
Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.
Guide to entry cut-offs
Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:
- Maths B
We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).
Did you get an OP 1-5?
If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.
The recent federal budget has proposed a number of changes to the funding of higher education which, if implemented, will impact upon costs to Commonwealth supported students from 1 January 2016. Eligible students will still be able to use HECS-HELP (Higher Education Loan Program) to defer payment. It is important to note that the changes are proposals only, subject to the passage of Commonwealth legislation. QUT will be in a position to consider fees for 2016 and beyond once the legislation has been through the houses of parliament. Proposed changes to tuition fees.
2016: CSP rates will be available from 1 October 2015 (subject to annual review)
2015: CSP $4,500 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
Student Services and Amenities Fee
You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.
HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees
You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments
How to apply for Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.
Are you ready to submit your application?
You're ready if you've:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
- Checked important dates.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements.
- Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.
All done? Then you're ready to apply.
Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (418201) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
After you've submitted your application to QTAC
If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.
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