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Laboratory Medicine

Bachelor of Science (Laboratory Medicine) - BSc(Curtin) - 311376

Health Sciences

Medical scientists are vital members of the healthcare team performing clinical laboratory diagnostic procedures and conducting research essential for the diagnosis, treatment, understanding and prevention of disease.

They analyse body fluids and tissues by physical, chemical, biochemical and biological methods, and contribute to procedures such as: blood transfusions and tissue transplants; diagnosis of infectious diseases and cancer; front-line detection of pandemics like H1N1 influenza (‘swine flu’), and diseases such as dengue fever and malaria; biochemical diagnosis of heart disease; and management of diseases like diabetes and haemophilia.

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. 

What the course involves:

Your first year is interprofessional and taken with students from other health sciences degrees. Your second year expands on 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 can focus on three of the major discipline areas:

Clinical Biochemistry: studies metabolic processes at whole body and molecular levels in both health and disease.

Diagnostic Cytology: includes the preparation and examination of cells and/or tissues for malignant changes and the pathology and cytology of common malignant tumours affecting major body systems.

Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science: the study of blood and blood cells for anaemias, leukaemia and blood-clotting disorders, together with blood grouping, compatibility testing and common procedures in blood transfusion.

Histopathology: examines the structure of body tissues by the preparation for and study of material by microscopic examination to allow recognition of abnormalities.

Medical Biotechnology and Immunology: includes the study of cell functions at the molecular level and involves the application of genetic engineering techniques in biotechnology and medical science.

Medical Microbiology: the identification of infectious micro-organisms such as bacteria, parasites, fungi and viruses from body fluids and tissues, and assessment of antimicrobial agents. 

Fieldwork experience
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.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

 
Potential employers
  • Hospital, public and private pathology laboratories
  • Research laboratories in hospitals and academic institutions
  • Forensic science and biotechnological industries
  • Veterinary pathology laboratories.

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Professional recognition

This course is the only degree of its kind in Western Australia accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. This professional body provides recognition for employment in laboratory medicine as a medical scientist.

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.

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 70
STAT entry*: Written English and either Verbal or Quantitative
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

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

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.

Mature age entry:

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Desirable WACE courses:

At least Chemistry 3A/3B and Mathematics 3A/3B and Human Biological Science 3A/3B or Biological Sciences 3A/3B

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Fees (indicative first year only):

2014
Commonwealth supportedCommonwealth supported?
If you have not yet exceeded your Student Learning Entitlement (typically seven years' equivalent full-time study) the Australian Government will contribute towards the cost of your study. The indicative fees shown here are known as the student contribution, or your share of the cost of the first year of this course.

To find out if you're eligible for a commonwealth supported place, please visit the Going to Uni website.
$8,800*

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide for students in 2014 only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

 

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2013 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Biological Sciences strongly recommends Chemistry and/or Mathematics. Human Biology is also desirable.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Fees for 2013:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Biological Sciences strongly recommends Chemistry and/or Mathematics. Human Biology is also desirable.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Fees for 2014:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

CRICOS: 064464E
This page was last updated on 23 January 2014

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