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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
  114861
Course Duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Part-time
8 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
CDU Reference
CRICOS codes
072958E
CDU Course Code

BMLSC

Award
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Clinical and Behavioural Sciences

As a medical laboratory scientist, you are qualified for research roles in diverse fields including health care, veterinary care, forensic laboratories and research laboratories.

During this globally recognised and accredited course, you will cover key areas such as:

  • chemistry
  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • microbiology
  • biochemistry
  • microbiology
  • immunology
  • haematology
  • histology
  • biotechnology.

This course combines theoretical and laboratory-based study along with industry work placements in world-leading institutes.

Assumed knowledge

Stage 2 Chemistry or equivalent

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

International full fees

International course fees are provided on the International Office Fee Schedule: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.

International applications

StudyLink

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in the identification and diagnosis of disease and pathogens, medical research, forensic pathology, public health and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Pathways for VET to Higher Education
    Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


    Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    Credit transfer

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • This course may be deferred up to 1 year.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science is a vocational and professional oriented degree designed to prepare students for a career as a medical laboratory scientist. In the first year, students study chemistry, anatomy, physiology and microbiology and the second year includes biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, haematology, histology, and biotechnology.

In their third year, students will study transfusion medicine, clinical biochemistry, clinical microbiology and cell pathology before learning about various clinical applications in health care, veterinary care and forensic science. The final year of the program is focused on clinical placements in diagnostic, forensic and world leading research laboratories within Darwin.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.
 

Unit type Credit
Points
Specific requirements
Common
(2 units)
 
20 Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below:

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
Plus either:
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title from 2016) or
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Compulsory Core
(24 units)
270

Compulsory Core units totalling 270 credit points as detailed below:

MLS100 Medical Laboratory Science
MLS101 Haematology 1 (replaces SBI105 from 2014)
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SBI173 Microbiology
SCH101 Chemical Concepts
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
MLS202 Haematology 2 (previously MLS201 Haematology)
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry (replaces SBI245 from 2014)
PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics (previously Medical Chemistry and Pharmacogenetics)
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1
SBI283 Immunology
SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry
MLS300 Cell Pathology
MLS301 Transfusion Medicine
MLS311 Laboratory Placement 1 (20cp)
MLS312 Laboratory Placement 2 (20cp)
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry (previously Therapeutics 1)
SBI302 Clinical Microbiology 2
MLS410 Professional Practice Consolidation
MLS411 Laboratory Placement 3 (20cp)
MLS412 Rural Placement (repeatable) x 2
 

Specialist Electives
(0 units)
  There are no Specialist Electives for this course

 

Electives
(3 units)
 30 Units totalling 30 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.
 
  320 Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 320 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 80 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Students who commenced prior to 2013
Of the total 320 credit points:
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 40 credit points must be taken from 300 level units
* not more than 40 credit points shall be included with a grade of "PT" or "PC" or "PS"

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2017

MLS412 Rural Placement is repeatable from 2017.

SBI322 DNA Analysis and Profiling has been removed as a core unit. Students who have already completed both SBI322 and MLS412 once prior to 2017 should continue with their study plan and are not required to complete MLS412 a second time.

Students who have not completed SBI322 but have not completed MLS412 prior to 2017 are required to complete MLS412 twice.

The changes are summarised in the below table:

Prior to 2017
2017
SBI322 DNA Analysis and Profiling MLS412 Rural Placement x 2 (repeatable)
MLS412 Rural Placement

 

Course Changes - 2016

Unit Code Previous Title New Title (2016)
CUC100 Academic Literacies Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Transitional Arrangements - 2015

Students enrolled into BMLS prior to 2015 and have yet to complete any of the previous placements units must complete

  • MLS311 Laboratory Placement 1 (20 cp)
  • MLS312 Laboratory Placement 2 (20 cp)
  • MLS411 Laboratory Placement 3 (20 cp)
  • MLS412 Rural Placement (10 cp)
  • Plus three elective units (30 cp)

Students who have already completed one or more of the following Prior to 2015 units should not complete the unit in corresponding 2015 column.

Continuing students who have not already completed Prior to 2015 units should complete the units listed in the 2015 column.
 

Prior to 2015 2015
SBI105 Life of Cells MLS101 Haematology 1
SBI245 Medical Biochemistry MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
MLS302 (20cp) MLS311 (20cp)
MLS303 (20cp) MLS312 (20cp)
MLS404 (20cp) and MLS405 (20cp) MLS411 (20cp) + MLS311 (20cp) or MLS312 (20cp)
MLS404 (20cp) but not *MLS405 (20cp) Either MLS311 (20cp), MLS312 (20cp) or MLS411 (20cp)
MLS405 (20cp) but not *MLS404 (20cp) Either MLS311 (20cp), MLS312 (20cp) or MLS411 (20cp)
MLS406 (20cp) **MLS412 (10cp) + 1 elective (10cp)

*Students who have completed either of MLS404 or MLS405 but not both must complete any one of MLS311, MLS312 or MLS411 (each worth 20cp).
**Students in their final year in 2015 may complete MLS406 (20cp) in Semester 1, 2015 in place of MLS412 (10cp) + one elective (10cp)

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.

Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan. When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SBI284.
 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit E = Elective
P = Practicum/Placement/Professional Practice  


Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title 2016) CU SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry CO
SCH101 Chemical concepts CO SBI173 Microbiology CO
MLS100 Medical Laboratory Science CO MLS101 Haematology 1 CO
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry CO
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry CO MLS202 Haematology 2 (previously MLS201 Haematology) CO
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1 CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
SBI283 Immunology CO Elective E
Year 3 
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
MLS300 Cell Pathology CO Elective E
SBI302 Clinical Microbiology 2 CO Elective E
MLS301 Transfusion Medicine CO MLS412 Rural Placement (repeatable) P
Year 4
MLS311 Laboratory Placement 1 (20 cp) P MLS411 Laboratory Placement 3 (20 cp) P
MLS312 Laboratory Placement 2 (20 cp) P MLS410 Professional Practice Consolidation CO
    MLS412 Rural Placement (repeatable) P

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.

Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SBI284.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit E = Elective
P = Practicum/Placement/Professional Practice  

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
    SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry CO
    SBI173 Microbiology CO
    MLS101 Haematology 1 CO
Year 2
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title 2016) CU SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry CO
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO MLS202 Haematology 2 (previously MLS201 Haematology) CO
SCH101 Chemical concepts CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
MLS100 Medical Laboratory Science CO Elective E
Year 3 
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry CO Elective E
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1 CO Elective E
SBI283 Immunology CO MLS412 Rural Placement (repeatable) P
Year 4
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry CO MLS311 Laboratory Placement 1 (20 cp) P
MLS300 Cell Pathology CO MLS312 Laboratory Placement 2 (20 cp) P
SBI302 Clinical Microbiology 2 CO    
MLS301 Transfusion Medicine CO    
Year 5
MLS410 Professional Practice Consolidation P    
MLS411 Laboratory Placement 3 (20 cp) P    
MLS412 Rural Placement (repeatable) P    

 

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