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CL10 - Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

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Overview

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 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) will qualify you to work as a medical laboratory scientist. You will gain theoretical and technical knowledge in the clinical disciplines of laboratory medicine for application in the diagnostic setting. Throughout your study you will build technical and evaluative skills to assess and implement recommendations for best practice in patient testing, monitoring and education. 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. You will develop these skills through opportunities in professional practice, case-based studies and research projects. This course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and you are able to apply for full membership upon completion.

Career Information

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.

Course Details
Duration 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 192
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) BMedLabSci (Hon)
AQF Level Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
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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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

There are compulsory residential schools in Rockhampton and work integrated learning placement in some units in this course.
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

There are compulsory residential schools in Rockhampton and work integrated learning placement in some units in this course.
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold OP 14 | SR 70 | ATAR 67.95
Rank Cut-Off OP 14 | SR 70 | ATAR 67.95
Entry Requirements

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 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 7.0 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

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation

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

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Many units in the course have compulsory residential schools in Rockhampton to ensure students acquire the technical skills of the Medical Laboratory Scientist.
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Practicum/Work Placement

BMSC14004 - 180 hours of work placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity
BMSC13012 - 180 hours of work placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity
BMSC12005 - 180 hours of work placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity
BMSC14002 - 180 hours of work placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 50
2019 46
2018 39
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Treating personal information obtained in classroom, clinical and practice settings as private and confidential.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and taking responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.
  • Being governed by codes, guidelines and policies outlined by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).
  • Complying with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia (UA)) and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (NHMRC).
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Interacting positively and effectively with other students, health practitioners and members of the public while attending activities related to the course.
  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, constructive feedback and direction from academics, clinical staff and practice supervisors.
  • Coping effectively with your own emotions, responses and behaviour when dealing with challenging situations in the classroom, clinical and practice settings.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with relevant child protection and safety legislation including mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • Knowing, understanding and complying with legislative and regulatory requirements which are necessary pre-requisites to clinical placements in order to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Verbally communicating your knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Providing team members with clear concise verbal reports which relate to clients or patients.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of all persons encountered during interactions and activities included in the course and responding appropriately.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, eye contact and gestures while being mindful of interpersonal space.
  • Constructing your assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar and punctuation and structure.
  • Constructing fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • Constructing legible reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicating the intended message.
  • Accurately documenting charts, records and reports to meet legal and professional requirements.
  • Accessing a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying knowledge of policy and procedures in the classroom, clinical and practice settings.
  • Performing your duties within set time frames.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge to understand best-practice when providing care or services.
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic, clinical and practice settings.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting information related to patients and/or clients.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to record data accurately.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of education, clinical and practice settings.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far.
  • Ability to visually distinguish colour in order to interpret results of investigations.
  • Safely operating electronic equipment.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students, academics, clinical staff and practice supervisors during activities related to the course.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to consistently and accurately monitor, access and manage, and respond to patient and client needs.
  • Accurately interpreting verbal communications and directions from staff.
  • Using touch in an appropriate manner when conveying positive messages for emotional support during difficult circumstances.
  • Conducting physical assessments and detecting anatomical abnormalities.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Rapidly building rapport with people from all walks of life, as well as with colleagues and/or research participants and/or clients in the professional context.
  • Maintaining positive working relationships when under stressful circumstances.
  • Maintaining confidentiality in all contexts.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting critically on topics taught during the course.
  • Identifying when your practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions and be able to reflect and learn from this experience.
  • Reflecting on situations that may be difficult and sensitive.
  • Identifying, reflecting and learning from successful situations as well as opportunities for improvement.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Participating in learning clinical and practical laboratory skills and fully engaging in clinical practice activities.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • Maintaining balance while safely transferring delicate equipment.
  • Moving with ease around patients and equipment items while performing delivery of care.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Manipulating delicate, breakable equipment with ease and care.
  • Manipulating syringes and needles with precision and care avoiding harm to self and others.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Demonstrating the skills of collaborating with fellow students and colleagues, modifying and reflecting on practice during a project, or modifying and reflecting on work integrated learning in response to supervisor feedback.
  • Critically self-reflecting on situations that may/may not have gone well, and taking the learning point(s) from that situation.
  • Interacting and engaging with individuals and groups in clinical practice and/or work placement in a respectful and culturally competent manner in a wide variety of contexts.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Accessing a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in on-line learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Using a variety of computer programs to analyse, manipulate and display scientific information applicable to your course of study.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Practice competently as a medical laboratory scientist
  • 2. Apply a broad and coherent body of medical (laboratory) science knowledge to professional practice
  • 3. Behave professionally, using knowledge of quality management, legislation and personal skills, to ensure safe practice as a medical laboratory scientist
  • 4. Perform medical laboratory science-based research and report the outcomes.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 30 Total credit points: 192

N/A

To be eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) students must complete the 30 core units (192 units of credit) and complete professional placement requirements.

Professional Placement
Prior to placement, each student must satisfy specific pre-clinical health, safety, security and licensing requirements, including a clear criminal record check, and must disclose any condition that may put themselves, or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement. Due to limited availability of placements, some block placements have start and/or end dates that fall outside standard term start and end dates. As placements are located throughout Queensland and availability is limited in each community, students may be placed at locations that are not of their choosing. Students will be required to complete the requisite number of professional placement hours. Students must prepare financially and personally to relocate for placements, and are responsible for any associated costs.

Residential School
There are residential schools in this course which students are required to attend. These are based in Rockhampton so students must prepare financially and personally to attend, and are responsible for any associated costs.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11003 Introduction to Medical Sciences
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
BMSC11006 Food, Nutrition and Health
ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Science
BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology
BMSC12005 Work Integrated Learning
BMSC12003 Haematology and Transfusion Science
MBIO19012 Microbiology
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC12001 Histological and Cytological Techniques
BMSC12011 Medical Microbiology 1
BMSC12012 Applied Molecular and Cellular Pathology
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC13009 Immunology
BMSC13001 Advanced Haematology
BMSC13002 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC13010 Pharmacology
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC13011 Advanced Transfusion Science
BMSC13003 Medical Microbiology 2
BMSC13012 Advanced Work Integrated Learning
BMSC13016 Advanced Histopathology and Cytopathology
Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS14001 Medical Science Research 1
BMSC14002 Specialised Work Integrated Learning 1
BMSC14001 Integrated Pathology 1
Year 4 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS14002 Medical Science Research 2
BMSC14004 Specialised Work Integrated Learning
BMSC14003 Integrated Pathology 2
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Work Placement


Students are required to undertake work placements in an accredited Pathology Laboratory for a total of 24 weeks.

Experience in authentic work environments is very valuable as it develops the professional skills and 'work readiness' of graduates.


Work placements are currently required for the following units:


Second Year        BMSC12005        6 weeks

Third Year            BMSC13012        6 weeks

Fourth Year          BMSC14002        6 weeks

                             BMSC14004        6 weeks


Before commencing work placement or Work Integrated Learning units, students must provide evidence of Immunisations as per the CQUniversity Policy for Vaccination of Students in Health Courses.


Residential Schools


Online students will be required to attend residential schools on Rockhampton campus to promote the development of course learning outcomes.


Computing Requirements


It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.


It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.


Recognition of prior learning and application for credit transfer


Course credit may be granted to students who are able to demonstrate appropriate prior learning or experience. Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course, have been successfully completed.


Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.


You can apply for a direct credit against CQUniversity units if an equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (Study guides, unit profiles, etc) to do this. If your study was undertaken more than 10 years ago, you may not be eligible for the credit.