Undergraduate Certificate in Laboratory Medicine (50D)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Part time only
Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 1 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Distance Launceston
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses that are offered to international students

Have you ever wondered what happens to your blood test behind the scenes? Generally, there is team of medical scientists in place to assist pathologists in determining a diagnosis from your blood test, with the results then passed on to your doctor.

Medical scientists work in pathology labs across the globe. On average 500 million pathology tests are processed and reported on in Australia each year.   With more than 70% of diagnoses informing clinical decisions and patient care, we can see the huge impact of medical science plays in the healthcare sector.

Medical science is responsible for the diagnoses and treatment of diseases and illnesses, with medical scientists working in consultation with pathologists to perform the testing of a range of specimens from bloods and bodily fluids to tissue as well. This is the science behind modern medicine and is delivered globally, and the skills learned in this area are transferrable for an international career in medical science. As we have seen with the response to COVID-19, medical scientists are at the forefront of testing and monitoring during local, national and global health issues such as a pandemic.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Laboratory Medicine is an introduction to the world of medical science and allows you to gain insights into fundamental areas of human biology, medical laboratory science and health literacy, setting you up for further learning in the field of Laboratory Medicine. You will be introduced to the graduate requirements of an accredited medical laboratory scientist, which is embedded within the related accredited Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine course.

Please visit our Certificates page for answers to frequently asked questions about the Job Ready Certificates.

1. Evaluate knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes required to develop and enhance career opportunities in laboratory medicine

2. Identify and apply human biology concepts, to develop and present skills and information relevant to laboratory medicine

3. Communicate laboratory methods and results as appropriate for a professional laboratory medicine environment using written and technology-supported modes

Career outcomes

The health care and scientific services fields are both expected to experience  15% growth in employment over the next four years according to the Labour Force Survey June 2019. Medical Laboratory Science is the backbone of the medical industry, providing diagnoses and support to the medical profession. This career can take you across the globe, working alongside pathologists across a range of laboratories in private and public health. You can also direct your career to undertake research. Further study in this program can also allow access to a range of postgraduate study in areas of medicine and allied health. By completing further study in this area, you can work in pathology laboratories nationally and internationally.

This course articulates into the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine.

Course structure

Core Units

This unit equips you with introductory level clinical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge in the disciplines of Haematology, Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology. At the end of this unit, you will be competent in a range of basic laboratory techniques, using…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to introduce students to human cells and tissues and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, defence, musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine systems in the human body. The unit will include: (a) the basic facts and concepts relating…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems of the human body. The regulation of body temperature will also be studied in the unit. The unit will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    

Choice Units - Select One

This unit focuses on developing students' health literacy. Health literacy is the capacity to understand, evaluate and apply information to make decisions about health and health care. Students will explore how health information is communicated and how to distinguish evidence-based…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores the chemistry of skeletal muscles - bonding and interactions that allow muscles to work, and nutrient cycles - carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus - reactions and their conditions. Through these themes, this unit covers introductory chemistry for students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)
  • This course does not use ATAR as part of the admission process.
  • To be an eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or an equivalent qualification.
Applicants with previous higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points) at Associate Degree level or higher at any Australian higher education provider. If an applicant has failed any units, the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made.

Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed Certificate III or above.

Applications on the basis of work or life experience

This course does accept applications based on work or life experience. Applicants who have not completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but who have relevant work and life experience can complete a personal competency statement.

Note

Students enrolling in this course must complete by the end of 2021. This course will not be offered after this time. Students who have not completed the course by the end of 2021 will be supported to find an alternative course to transfer into.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
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