CL10 - Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

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 undergoing accreditation by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists to enable you 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
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 097144D
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 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study. 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 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study. 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 Requirements

Pre-requisite

Course entry through QTAC is based on Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

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
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

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

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) has applied for accreditation by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

Learned Society Accreditiation 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

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

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 41
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
10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

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

To be eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (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
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences
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 Clinical Microbiology
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 Advanced Clinical Microbiology
BMSC13012 Advanced Work Integrated Learning
BMSC13016 Advanced Histopathology
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 2
BMSC14003 Integrated Pathology 2
More Details
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