Placement units and activities are designed to enable student exposure to routine standard operational procedures in a pathology laboratory. Students will be assigned to various pathology practices, offered by the pathology proprietors and/or managers.
The pathology facilities that support CDU's clinical placement activities have a wide variety of services and settings, which include public & private hospital-based clinical diagnostic services. There are also forensic services as well as research and veterinary laboratory setting. The primary objective of the clinical placement in the MLS program is for students to apply, develop and integrate relevant knowledge from prior learning in the investigation, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diseases. On completion of a clinical placement unit a student should be able to:
- prepare reagents, standards and equipment in order to be able to perform test procedures
- competently perform 'a range of techniques and test procedures' to the standards appropriate for laboratory diagnosis, with suitable controls
- explain and use the appropriate systems for reporting and issuing results
- suggest further testing, as required, for a definitive diagnosis
- illustrate a familiarity with the organisational structure of the laboratory and an understanding of the importance of professionalism and ethics within the laboratory.
Online placement nomination
Students should monitor their CDU student email account as the notices will be sent shortly before the nomination dates open. Students will need to activate their student email account to receive these emails.
If a student has missed the nomination period they should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are required to nominate for two placement units per semester and enrol themselves in the unit. Prior to being confirmed into a placement, all students are required to meet the pre-clinical requirements. This information can be found under the Pre-Clinical Requirements tab at the top of this screen.
Placements are 6 weeks full time in a lab confirmed to the student by the Placements Team.
The Placements Team endeavour to give students as much notice as possible of their placement location, however, students may only be given as little as four weeks' notice. The Placements Team can be contacted via email at email@example.com or in person in Blue 5.1.12.
Please see below information for students that cancel or do not attend allocated placements: