Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Why study Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) at JCU?

Studying in cutting-edge custom laboratories, you'll be educated and supported by JCU's world-class educators. You'll be offered opportunities to gain practical public hospital and private laboratory experience, build professional networks and hear expert industry speakers. You could even experience a clinical placement in Papua New Guinea! JCU ensures you are work-ready when you graduate.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English, Maths B, Chemistry
OP/Rank
15/67

Career opportunities

Medical Laboratory Science is a career option where you'll be at the forefront of rapidly advancing scientific discoveries, so your job will constantly grow and diversify.

This critical health profession will see you laboratory test blood, body fluids and tissues. Then clinicians will use your test results to diagnose, treat and prevent disease.

Your career choices include working in:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Private laboratories
  • Clinics
  • Government agencies and laboratories

Course highlights

Your JCU studies will prepare you to meet the current demand for professionally qualified scientists to work in public hospital, private and government pathology laboratories. Your academic studies and the practical experience you gain will give you a unique understanding of the inter-relationship between microbiological and chemical testing and the resulting clinical manifestations in clinical, scientific, and industrial settings.

Our degree carries full accreditation from the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, so you’ll be professionally qualified to work anywhere in Australia or overseas. Cutting-edge custom laboratories, field leading tutors and broad industry networks set JCU apart.

Work-ready skills are at the heart of our degree program, so you will benefit from work integrated learning within public hospitals and private pathology laboratories. Such practicums also offer invaluable industry networking opportunities.

Flexible Entry. JCU offers flexible entry into this sought-after degree. So if you hold level 1-3 in the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, or you have relevant experience in medical technology, you're welcome to apply. JCU will make every effort to accommodate you in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours).

Course overview

This JCU course equips you with a broad foundation that prepares you for a fulfilling career. Included in your studies are:

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Microbiology and infectious diseases
  • Immunology
  • Haematology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Quality assurance
  • Laboratory management
  • Clinical placements, including those in Papua New Guinea.

Special note

Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates before undertaking a placement. These requirements should be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period. Please see pre-placement requirements:

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316121) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

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

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared - Bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist you in your pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).

Handbook

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.

Immunisations:

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

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.

Honours

Students will be eligible to be offered a position in the research major by the Head of Academic Group if they have achieved an average GPA of 5.5 across level one and level two. Students that are not offered a position in the research major, or that are offered a position in the research major but decline this offer, will continue in the professional major for levels three and four. A quota on entry into the research major may be applied depending on the availability of supervisors.

What is Medical Laboratory Science?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.