Medical Laboratory Science Placement


Placements are organised and managed by the Placement Office. The 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 the 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.

Clinical placement Supervisor or Trainers will provide students with exposure to real-life clinical cases.


Online placement nominations for Medical Laboratory Science

Nominations closed for Semester 1&2 2018.

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

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 Placement Office.

The Placement Office 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 Placement Office can be contacted via email at or in person in Blue 5.1.12.

Please see below information for students that cancel or do not attend allocated placements:

Extenuating Circumstances Guidelines for non-attendance at allocated placements (PDF 264KB)

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at Charles Darwin University (CDU) who are undertaking units which involve a placement must meet all pre-placement requirements set by the University. This ensures compliance with State/Territory legislation and Facility requirements.

Information and checklist by State and Territory

Select your State or Territory

NB: The above links will direct students to the School Of Health website, however the information is correct for Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science students.

All mandatory documentation is to be submitted during nominations. Some requirements will take longer to obtain so you are to advise the Placement Office of what you are missing and provide evidence of having commenced the process to obtain these documents. Students already enrolled in a placement unit will not have placements found for them until they have met the pre-clinical requirements.

Some of your required documents will expire during your studies.

It is your responsibility to provide updated/current documents PRIOR to the expiry date of the documents you have previously provided.

All documentation needs to be submitted as certified copies by post to the following address:

Charles Darwin University
EHSE Placement Office, Blue 5
Darwin NT 0909

The Placement Office can be contacted via email at or in person in Blue 5.1.12.

Contact Us

Placement Office
P: 08 8946 6666 – ask for the Medical Laboratory Science Placement Officer

Course Coordinator
Dr Natalie Milic
P: 08 8946 7559

Frequently Asked Questions

Students that have questions about Pre-Clinical Requirements or Placements should refer to this tab before contacting the Placement Office.

Further questions about pre-clinical requirements and placements can be directed to the Placement Office at

When contacting the Placement Office or the Pre-Clinical Coordinator, students must always include their full name, student ID, home state and the unit code they are referring to.

Extenuating Circumstances Guidelines for non-attendance at allocated placements (PDF 264KB)
Information for students that cancel or do not attend allocated placements