Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (M3U)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 3.5 Years, up to a maximum of 8 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

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Every day we're investigating something new, we're finding new things, even here at a local level. I love my job, that's where my passion lies.

Lauren Upston, Bachelor of Biomedical Science
NOTE: This course is now in teach-out, new applicants please refer to the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (53G).

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.

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.

During the final semester of this course, you will participate in a Professional Experience Placement (PEP). This work integrated learning approach enables students to practice newly acquired skills, behaviours and knowledge in a workplace environment. The aim of PEP is to immerse students in a professional healthcare setting, to gain a better understanding of the roles of professionals within the health care system.

This clinical placement is undertaken off campus in an accredited diagnostic pathology laboratory, where you will develop practical laboratory skills and contribute to patient healthcare via diagnostic techniques within the laboratory.

Safety in Practice Compliance

All students enrolling in College of Health and Medicine programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements documentation.

Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement/safety-in-practice-requirements to see what's required.

Career outcomes

Studying at UTAS is good because of the small class numbers, so you receive one on one tutoring which is beneficial. The lecturers in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science [Laboratory Medicine] are very helpful, and student have direct access to lecturers.

Yik Chang Ho, Alumni - Bachelor of Biomedical Science [Laboratory Medicine]

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.

A number of graduates have used their degree internationally, working in pathology laboratories across South East Asia and Europe.

"A career in biomedical science is an exciting and rewarding, yet challenging career, where no two days are ever the same. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science [Laboratory Medicine] is an excellently rounded degree, which allows graduates to work in numerous scientific fields and apply your skills to a diverse collection of jobs."

– Dr Elizabeth Witherden, Post-doctoral research associate, Kings College London (Alumni, Bachelor of Biomedical Science [Laboratory Medicine], University of Tasmania).

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

Graduates from this course meet the academic requirements for direct entry into the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Further study opportunities

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 should contact Dr Cecilia Kitic (Honours Coordinator).

Course structure

Undertaking medical research requires a range of skills and knowledge related to the ways information is generated, evaluated and communicated. Processes like peer review and open evaluation are essential to ensure that the knowledge underpinning medicine, health care and medical…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit equips you with introductory level clinical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge in the disciplines of Haematology, Clinical Biochemistry 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 introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will…

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
HobartHealth Study Period 1
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonHealth Study Period 1
Cradle CoastHealth Study Period 1
Rozelle - SydneyHealth Study Period 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
HobartHealth Study Period 2
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonHealth Study Period 2
Cradle CoastHealth Study Period 2
Rozelle - SydneyHealth Study Period 2

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

Chemistry 1A (Semester 1) and Chemistry 1B (Semester 2) are core units for the Chemistry major, Environmental Science and Biomedical Science students and give an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry. Both units build on the introduction to chemistry given…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Chemistry 1A (Semester 1) and Chemistry 1B (Semester 2) are core units for the Chemistry major, Environmental Science and Biomedical Science students and give an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry. Both units build on the introduction to chemistry given…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is designed to give the student a broad understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: activation and regulation of innate and adaptive immunity and the principles governing vaccination; the molecular basis of antigen specificity; antibody…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. A group project and presentation allows in-depth study of one disease process, its causes…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit introduces you to the pathological processes that underlie various humandiseases. It enables students to recognise common pathological conditions.In addition, the histological methods used to demonstrate bacterial and fungalinfections, amyloidosis, pigments, neoplasia and immunocytochemistry will bestudied theoretically and in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Haematology is the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases. It includes the aetiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of blood diseases such as leukaemia, anaemia, haemophilia and deep vein thrombosis.The first half of the unit covers normal…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

In this unit you will explore how bacterial characteristics can be used as part of an identification strategy in a clinical microbiology laboratory. Module 1 examines how bacteria regulate their behaviour, communicate and multiply using various metabolic & genetic regulation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

The unit CXA 251, Clinical Chemistry 1, is designed to impart a thorough knowledge of: quality assurance, including sources of error; use and establishment of reference ranges; collection, preservation, transportation and storage of specimens for analysis; preparation of laboratory method…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Metabolic biochemistry entails the study of intermediary metabolism and the structures involved. This unit is concerned mainly with the metabolic processes involved in the inter-conversion and storage of metabolic energy, the regulation of these processes and the associated molecules. Specifically,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit extends the student's understanding of the concepts of genetics and molecular biology obtained in CXA315 Cell and Molecular Biochemistry. The unit focuses on medical molecular genetics, providing detailed study of genetic mutations and inheritance patterns of genetic diseases.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Expands on the understanding of biochemistry obtained in CXA261 Metabolic Biochemistry, concentrated at a molecular level. The unit is a comprehensive study of regulation of cellular metabolism and signalling along with a detailed study of the molecular mechanisms of genetic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

In this unit you will integrate and extend prior knowledge and skills about the laboratory differentiation of normal and abnormal haematological health conditions gained in CXA231 Haematology 1. You will systematically investigate the causes, laboratory investigations and treatment of anaemia…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit covers the major blood group systems of relevance to human blood transfusion and the theoretical basis of common transfusion testing practices. We explore the donation of blood products and the management of transfusion services and study in detail,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Introduces students to diagnostic medical bacteriology. Skills taught include: processing of clinical specimens, recognition of normal microbiota, identification of pathogens and the undertaking of appropriate antimicrobial susceptibility tests. Students learn: aspects of laboratory safety, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of infectious…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit has been designed to systematically introduce the students to the common and diagnostically important fungal, parasitic and viral diseases of major organ systems in humans. The unit content is primarily concerned with laboratory diagnostic aspects of the above…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

This unit continues from CXA251 and is designed to extend student theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of clinical biochemistry. The unit covers the pathological changes that occur in tissues and cells and how these changes can be detected…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

Endocrinology is a specialised area of study in Clinical Chemistry and investigates the hormonal control mechanisms and regulation of metabolism and growth within the body. The study of endocrinology builds on many topics studied previously in Clinical Chemistry 1 and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

This is a professional experience placement (PEP) unit, undertaken while off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students develop an holistic view of the role of the diagnostic pathology laboratory…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school (early)

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

Medical Laboratory Placement 1 & 2 (CXA412, CXA425) are two of three professional experience placement units (PEP) undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students experience core and specialised…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
OnlineSemester 1
OnlineSemester 2
OnlineSummer school (early)

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

Medical Laboratory Placement 1 & 2 (CXA412, CXA425) are two of three professional experience placement units (PEP) undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students experience core and specialised…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
OnlineSemester 1
OnlineSemester 2
OnlineSummer school (early)

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

Entry requirements

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

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the 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

Domestic

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior.

For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

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International Students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the International Scholarships website.

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