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Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

University of Tasmania
3.5 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

In medical laboratories all around the world, bright minds are helping to diagnose and track the treatment of human disease – and bring new discoveries to light. This course gives you the chance to join their ranks.

Formerly known as The Bachelor of Biomedical Science, the newly titled Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine is the perfect degree for anyone looking to work in specialised medical or pathology laboratories. This degree is professionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), so employers will recognise that graduates from the course have been specifically trained for the industry – and are ready to be employed as medical scientists.

The three and half year course consists of six semesters of on-campus study, plus a seventh semester of clinical placement in an accredited lab in Australia.

This program is structured to build your knowledge in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, histology, immunology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, haematology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology.

With this knowledge, you'll be ready to work in diagnostic pathology or medical research laboratories, and start making your own contributions to the medical science field.

Course objectives

The Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine is designed to prepare students to work in specialised medical and pathology laboratories that provide diagnostic services that are an essential part of the health care system. The tests performed provide valuable information that is used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Many graduates continue into postgraduate study and conduct research in the areas of molecular biology, clinical chemistry, medical microbiology and haematology.

Students will gain knowledge and a variety of skills in professional areas such as: clinical chemistry, endocrinology, haematology, blood transfusion science, histopathology, microbiology, human molecular biology, and immunology.

Admission requirements

To be an eligible for an offer, you must have studies or experience equivalent to a satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subjects:

  • General Mathematics (MTG315115) or higher; and
  • Chemistry (CHM415115)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

  • Chemistry 1A
  • Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1A
  • Health: Determinants and Analysis
  • Chemistry 1B
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1B
  • Scientific and Research Literacy
  • Living and Working with Cultural Diversity
  • Discover your potential: Leadership, Service and Employability

Year 2

  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Histology
  • Pathology of Common Diseases
  • Haematology 1
  • General and Medical Microbiology
  • Histopathology
  • Clinical Chemistry 1

Year 3

  • Cell and Molecular Biochemistry
  • Haematology 2
  • Medical Microbiology A
  • Clinical Chemistry 2
  • Human Molecular Biology
  • Transfusion Science
  • Medical Microbiology B
  • Clinical Chemistry 3 (Endocrinology)

Year 4

  • Medical Laboratory Practice
  • Medical Laboratory Placement 1
  • Medical Laboratory Placement 2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Continuing studies

This course provides an excellent foundation if you are hoping to enter undergraduate and postgraduate medicine and other allied health courses across Australia. A number of students use the knowledge they've gained in this course to enter undergraduate and postgraduate medicine courses across the country.

Students interested in pursuing an honours course in Laboratory Medicine.

Career opportunities

On graduation you will be ready to undertake an exciting career at the forefront of laboratory medicine. The opportunities are broad, including roles with diagnostic pathology labs – both public and private facilities, or within the medical research field.

This degree can also be used to launch a career in medical research, veterinary laboratories, diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies or health management.

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University of Tasmania

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