Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory Medicine is at the heart of healthcare. Start your career in diagnostic pathology or medical research laboratories and start making your own contributions to the medical science field in Tasmania and beyond.

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Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

Gain professional accreditation

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

Globally relevant skills and knowledge

Medical scientists work in pathology labs worldwide, fighting global challenges

Professional experience placement

Undertake a whole semester clinical placement in an accredited diagnostic pathology laboratory

This degree is designed to prepare students to work in specialised medical and pathology laboratories that provide essential diagnostic services.

Your studies are structured to build your knowledge in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, histology, immunology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, haematology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology.

You'll 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.

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.

Find out more about what you'll study, entry requirements, fees and scholarships - and to apply.

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Career opportunities

You will gain knowledge and a variety of skills in Laboratory Medicine professional areas such as: clinical chemistry, endocrinology, haematology, blood transfusion science, histopathology, medical microbiology, human molecular biology, and immunology. A Medical Scientist carries out laboratory investigations which assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Graduates of the course should be eligible to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists once they have completed appropriate practical laboratory experience.

There are various career options open to biomedical and medical laboratory scientists, especially in hospital clinical and pathology laboratories, private pathology services, blood transfusion services, veterinary pathology laboratories and public health laboratories. Other areas of employment are found in universities and diagnostic companies.

You will be prepared to undertake further postgraduate training in biomedical research, leading to potential career options in research organisations.

Laboratory Medicine skills are in high demand. Here are some of the careers projected to grow into 2025:

14.4%

Medical
Technicians

Projected increase by 2025^

Strong

Laboratory Manager:
Future Demand

National Skills Commission - 2021 Skills Priority List (June 2021)^

Strong

Medical Laboratory
Technician: Future Demand

National Skills Commission - 2021 Skills Priority List (June 2021)^

^ National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

Student experience

Brianna Atto, Laboratory Medicine (Honours) graduate

"To think my research may improve the quality or even length of life for affected individuals is incredibly motivating. Because Launceston is small, there are strong connections between the University, local hospital and medical researchers. This provides students like me with great opportunities.”

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