Rank 2019 (more)
OR VET qualification
Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
If you receive an OP 1-6 or equivalent and meet subject prerequisites, you are guaranteed a place in this program.
Medical scientists perform diagnostic tests of blood, tissues and other bodily fluids to help doctors diagnose diseases such as glandular fever, diabetes, swine flu and even cancer. Medical scientists can also recommend treatment options and help manage clinical trials.
In this degree, you will develop the knowledge and skills to work as a medical scientist. In your first year, you will take courses in chemistry, cell biology, anatomy and physiology. You will learn about the body's structure, how it functions under normal circumstances and general health challenges.
From your second year, you will start to focus on specialist courses in medical laboratory science and learn how the body functions under diseased conditions.
In your third year, you will gain more in-depth knowledge of medical laboratory science and undertake full-time clinical placements in each of the areas of medical science.
This program will be offered full-time and on-campus at the Gold Coast. The program is completed in eight trimesters.
From 2017, to be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.
Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.
Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.
Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.
The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science shares a common foundation first year with a number of other Health Group programs. Core courses in this program involve more than 400 hours of laboratory work ( WiL) plus approximately 400 hours Clinical Placement in fourth year. Laboratory work and research projects will provide you with a significant period of time in a professional workspace to develop technical knowledge and skills appropriate for work in research or commercial laboratories.
Students will participate in the Health Foundation Year courses which include over 80 hours of laboratory work and computer laboratory work in 7 of the 8 core courses. The second year of the program includes over 120 hours of WiL in laboratory environments. In third year, students are expected to complete more than 300 hours WiL.
Fourth year includes 40 credit points of Practical Clinical Placement in Trimester 1. It is envisaged that this clinical placement experience will be in excess of 400 hours.
You will be able to work in hospital laboratories, private pathology laboratories, state health laboratories, universities, veterinary sciences, forensic laboratories, food and cosmetic industry. In larger hospitals and private laboratories, you will also have the opportunity to specialise in professional disciplines including microbiology, blood transfusion, clinical biochemistry and histopathology.
There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.
Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.
These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:
|Year of study||Fee category/Band||Fee per CP||Tuition fee 80cp|
|2019||Fee Band 31.5||$393.75||$31,500.00|
Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.