Course and Subject Handbook 2017 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science [Indigenous Health Careers Access Program]

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science [Indigenous Health Careers Access Program]

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science [Indigenous Health Careers Access Program]

Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Special admission requirements

Nominate with QTAC as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

Post-admission requirements

Current Apply 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.


Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B and that they have been vaccinated or evidence that they are not susceptible for the vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella and Pertussis. Professional experience placement is a requirement of this course and students may be engaged in roles where there is contact that would allow transmission of a VPD. Students are required to comply with the above requirement prior to commencing their first Professional Experience Placement or by the end of the first teaching period of their studies, otherwise their enrolment will be terminated.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course. For more information, refer to:

Blue Card Services

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. Students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement. Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police check

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

108 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


Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

BM1001:03 Introduction to Biomedicine

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

Teaching Period 2:

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

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

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


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







Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or 9 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


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

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

Special assessment requirements

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

Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


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

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


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


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 candidate 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


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Embedded honours available


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

Require a minimum GPA of 5.0 calculated over level 1 and 2 subjects.