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CB25 - Associate Degree of Medical Science


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Associate Degree of Medical Science aims to develop your skills to apply knowledge of pathology to clinical practice in a health professional role. The course is designed to build your technical and evaluative skill so you can assess and implement recommendations for best practice in patient testing, monitoring and and education. The course also aims to develop your communication skills so that you can interact positively with patients, other health professionals or industry leaders and are ready for the clinical or scientific work environment.

Career Information

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) ADMedSc
AQF Level Level 6: Associate Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

Domestic students

International students

Students not born in Australia are required to meet an English Language Prerequisite by: 

  • an academic IELTS completed within the last 2 years (from the term you are applying to start) with a minimum achievement of 7.0 overall; or 
  • a secondary or university qualification which is not more than 5 years old (from the term you are applying for entry into) with a satisfactory level of achievement of at least 2 years in duration from Australia.

The English Language Proficiency requirements may also be satisfied by an Occupational Test Result of 'A' or 'B' (results are to be no older than 2 years from the start of term). 

Security Requirements
Years 2 and 3 of the Medical Science course include work placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical safety and security requirements prior to each placement, including a clear criminal record check, and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement. Students are required to meet all mandatory requirements to attend work placements. Students who have a criminal history check disclosure prior to commencing the course ore recorded in the duration of the course are required to have their fitness for placement assessed on a case by case basis by the University or in conjunction with the placement provider or State Health Department (as appropriate). Where a student has a criminal history check prior to enrolment in the course, the student may be required to apply for clearance through the applicable State Health Department to determine fitness for placement prior to enrolment in the course. A student may be declared ineligible for placement based on the nature of the criminal history disclosure, 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 of the placement site is unable to work with the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placement upon the placement provider 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 may be determined as not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating the enrolment in the course.
Health Requirements
Years 2 and 3 of the Medical Science course include work placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-placement health and safety checks prior to each placement and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public at significant risk whilst on placement. During placement, students will be working in pathology laboratories, hospitals, clinics, or research laboratories. Students are required to ensure that all immunisations as per requirements of the placement provider are completed before they proceed on work placement.
Assumed Knowledge

Recommended study - English (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There are several compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to the following units when taken in the Distance mode. See More Details for more information.
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Practicum/Work Placement

BMSC12005 - Students are required to undertake up to 480 hours of compulsory work experience throughout the course. Refer to More Details for further information.
BMSC12002 - Students are required to undertake up to 480 hours of compulsory work experience throughout the course. Refer to More Details for further information.

Predicted Enrolments

Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Pathology Specialisation Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply knowledge of pathology to practice in the context of your professional role
  • 2. Ethically and professionally interact with clients, medical scientists and other health professionals
  • 3. Evaluate recommendations and standards for best practice in pathology
  • 4. Provide advice and interpretation of laboratory testing to other health professionals
  • 5. Participate actively in discussion of topics relevant to your professional practice
  • 6. Adapt standard protocols effectively to meet novel requirements.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources
3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and/or for further studies in one or more disciplines
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
More Details
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