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Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Biomedical Science


Not available to international students.
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
Not available
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
International on campus
International online
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Can offers be deferred?
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Undergraduate Certificate (Biomedical Science)
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Science and The Environment

The Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Biomedical Science is a one-year, part-time course that offers you the opportunity to upskill, reskill and retrain in medical laboratory work.

This course will equip you with core skills and is a direct pathway into higher education courses in biomedical science, should you wish to continue studying.

Apply by 26 February to save 20% on course fees for 2021.*

During this course you will learn about a range of areas in pathology, preparing you to learn more about performing laboratory tests on blood, tissues and bodily fluids to assist in the diagnosis of disease. The course is designed to support your learning needs and develop your study skills.

On completing the Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Biomedical Science, you'll be eligible to use the credits you've gained towards further study of a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science.

You may also use the Undergraduate Certificate as a pathway for entry into a variety of other higher education courses.

Advanced standing may be granted for some or all of the subjects you successfully complete. If further study is your intention, be sure to check the requirements of your preferred undergraduate degree to determine how many credits you can transfer.

* Discounted course fees for Undergraduate Certificates are only available to domestic students who apply by 26 February 2021 and enrol in Semester 1 2021. Refer to the fees tab for more information.

Note: On current advice the Undergraduate Certificate must be completed by the end of 2021.

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

Contact details

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

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent).
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III 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 125 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

Course structure

This 40-credit point course consist of four (4) core units. This course consists of a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help you develop core knowledge and the necessary skills for successful university studies.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
(4 units)
40cp Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
MLS101 Haematology 1
SBI150 Cellular Biology
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology

  40cp Total Credit Points


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 part time load.

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
MLS101 Haematology 1 CO SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology CO SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology CO


Course fees

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

All commonwealth supported students who apply by 26 February and commence this undergraduate certificate in 2021 will receive a 20% discount on their student contribution. The total cost of this course is $3,180.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee. The undiscounted price for this course ranges is $3,975.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee.

Information about unit fees can be found at Domestic Fees.

Domestic - Undergraduate Certificate studies


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, NSW, VIC or TA





International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.


To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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