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Laboratory Medicine

Bachelor of Science (Laboratory Medicine) - BSc(Curtin) - B-LABMED Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 73 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

Medical scientists are vital members of the healthcare profession who perform clinical laboratory diagnostic procedures and conduct research essential for the diagnosis, treatment, understanding and prevention of disease.

This course offers exciting opportunities if you are seeking a challenging career as a professional medical scientist, and also provides an avenue to pursue a career in forensic laboratory science.

Your first year is interprofessional and taken with students from other health sciences degrees. The second year expands your knowledge of the cellular and tissue aspects of pathology, and the individual disciplines of laboratory medicine.

In your third and fourth years, you gain extensive field experience and focus on three of the following major disciplines: clinical biochemistry, diagnostic cytology, haematology and blood transfusion science, histopathology, diagnostic cytology, immunology, and medical microbiology.

You will gain practical experience in areas of medical science through completing a 28-week full-time clinical placement in a hospital or private pathology laboratory.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses


Desirable WACE courses

Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics Applications ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

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Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

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Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Medical Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Laboratory Worker
  • Medical Laboratory Technician

This course can help you become a Medical Scientist, Forensic Scientist, Laboratory Worker and Medical Laboratory Technician.

Why Laboratory Medicine?

  • Choose from six major areas of specialisation.
  • Learn in high-quality laboratories and facilities.
  • The only degree program in laboratory medicine in Western Australia accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.
  • Includes 28 weeks of professional practice in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.
  • This course can provide a career path in forensic science.