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Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science prepares students to work in the diagnostic pathology fields

Graduate as a medical scientist and be responsible for analysing patient samples, assist with disease diagnosis and ensure suitable treatments. You may also choose to complete a PhD and segue into research. 

We have a long association with Menzies School of Health Research, one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes, and the region attracts many high achieving scientists.

Medical Laboratory Science

Dr Natalie Millic - Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Science:

"Hi, welcome to Medical Laboratory Science.

We offer an exciting new way of studying with the use of virtual reality tools as well as the state-of-the-art laboratories.

Join us and develop skills in testing a range of specimens, such as blood, tissues and bodily fluids, to assist with a diagnosis of disease and to provide information around treatment options.

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AIMS Accreditation

Our courses are nationally recognised and accredited with the Australian Institute of Medical Science (AIMS). During your course, you'll receive a free AIMS student membership which gives you access to AIMS resources and networks. Additionally, you will have a qualification that will allow you to work internationally. 

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Placements will be undertaken in approved diagnostic and research laboratories in Darwin and remote and rural areas such as:

  • Royal Darwin Hospital & Palmerston Rural Hospital
  • Western Diagnostics
  • Australian Clinical Labs
  • Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory
  • NT Police Forensics
  • Menzies School of Health Research.

Find out more about placements in Medical Laboratory Science

Career pathways

Our graduates find employment in diagnostic pathology, research, forensic science as well as health management, public health departments, education institutes and the pharmaceutical industry.  We also support structured progression into other professional training, such as medicine and physiotherapy.

Prize giving

The College awards prizes to the highest achieving students in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science.  We look forward to celebrating with students at our annual prize giving ceremony.

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