Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Course code

70310

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Post-admission requirements

Current Provide First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Students must hold a current Provide First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

The new Medical Laboratory Science graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate integrated theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles across the range of pathology science disciplines

  • Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply scientific evidence and process to a range of social and economic contexts

  • Apply recognized methods and tools of medical laboratory science to the process of enquiry and discovery, particular in a clinical/medical investigative context

  • Communicate scientific information and philosophies clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, to a range of audiences for a range of purposes using a variety of modes

  • Demonstrate personal and social responsibility and accountability through an awareness of ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments

  • Critically reflect upon the role of pathology investigation and medical research in tropical, rural and remote and indigenous communities

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs, relevant to the pathology and working as a professional medical laboratory scientist.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BM1001:03 Introduction to Biomedicine

BM1002:03 Anatomy: Principles and Systems

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

Teaching Period 2:

BM1003:03 Biomedicine in the Tropics

BM1004:03 Anatomy: Structure and Movement

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

BM2001:03 Epidemiology

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology 1

Teaching Period 2:

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

BC2024:03 Cell Regulation

MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

PP2201:03 Medical Physiology 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

BC3101:03 Genes, Genomes and Development

MI3021:03 Clinical Microbiology

MI3061:03 Advanced Immunobiology

PP3151:03 General Pathobiology

Teaching Period 2:

MI3051:03 Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

ML3102:03 Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

PP3251:03 Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

Plus

Select 3 credit points of specified level 3 subjects:

BC3201:03 Biotechnology

MI3071:03 Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes

PP3201:03 Contemporary Research in Physiology

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

ML4305:03 Immunohaematology

ML4307:03 Haematology 1

ML4308:03 Haematology 2

ML4303:03 Clinical Placement 1

Teaching Period 2:

ML4301:03 Clinical Biochemistry 1

ML4302:03 Clinical Biochemistry 2

ML4304:03 Clinical Placement 2

ML4309:03 Histology and Cytology Techniques

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Yes

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Students may be required to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled at their own expense.

Students must hold a current Provide First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements.

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BMedLabSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available within this course

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean

Students will be invited to apply for the honours program during the final teaching period of level 2.

Normally an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across is required across levels 1 and 2 of their undergraduate degree.