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CM19 - Graduate Diploma of Laboratory Medicine


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 Graduate Diploma of Laboratory Medicine is an exit-only award within the Master of Laboratory Medicine.

The Graduate Diploma of Laboratory Medicine will provide you with foundational knowledge and technical skills applicable for the diagnostic setting. This course will enable you to develop communication skills to interact positively with colleagues and other health professionals. You will be required to attend a 3 week practical intensive at the Rockhampton campus. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for those students admitted at the Melbourne campus.

Career Information

Graduates of this course are not eligible for employment as accredited Medical Laboratory Scientists, however they may gain employment as Medical Laboratory Technicians. A Medical Laboratory Technician is a health professional who supports the conduct of medical laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. They require technical skills and foundational knowledge to prepare samples for analysis or support the operation of biomedical instrumentation in a diagnostic pathology laboratory. Communication skills and exemplary professional attitude are all critical to success in this field.

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
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 postgraduate 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 Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradDipLabMed
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma

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
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

Not applicable as this is an exit-only award.

Security Requirements

Not applicable as this is an exit-only award.

Health Requirements

Not applicable as this is an exit-only award.

Assumed Knowledge

Not applicable as this is an exit-only award.

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 A intensive practical session of 3 weeks duration will be held at the molecular, biomedical, microbial, histology and pathology laboratories on the Rockhampton campus. Students admitted at Melbourne campus will have the travel and accommodation costs paid by CQUniversity.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 20
Second year 21
Third Year 22
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Develop practical skills as a medical laboratory scientist with foundational discipline-specific knowledge
  • 2. Apply knowledge in laboratory medicine in clinical scenarios
  • 3. Perform medical laboratory science-based research in clinical scenarios.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3
1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

This is an exit-only award for N5417 Master of Laboratory Medicine. Students entering the N5417 Master of Laboratory Medicine course on Advanced Standing are not eligible for this exit award. 

The below course structure is relevant to the exit award of Graduate Diploma of Laboratory Medicine.

Students must complete the SEVEN compulsory units listed below.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
LMED28001 Chemical Pathology 1
LMED28002 Haematopathology 1
LMED28003 Immunopathology 1
LMED28004 Infectious Diseases 1
LMED29001 Genomic Pathology 1
LMED29002 Anatomical Pathology 1
LMED29003 Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 1

Students must have completed ONE unit from the following list:

Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
LMED29005 Chemical Pathology 2
LMED29006 Haematopathology 2
LMED29007 Immunopathology 2
LMED29010 Anatomical Pathology 2
LMED29004 Genomic Pathology 2
LMED29009 Infectious Diseases 2
LMED29011 Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 2
More Details
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