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Associate Degree of Health (Laboratory Medicine)

Summary
Associate Degree of Health (AHEA)

Study Mode
  • External
  • On-campus

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

Duration
  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook

Your entry into a career as a medical technician

The Associate Degree of Health majoring in Laboratory Medicine aims to provide you with the education and training necessary for a career as a medical technician or technical officer in the private and public pathology laboratory sectors. It will also provide you with training for a career as a biomedical scientist with a research capability and/or a biomedical science support role. You will gain practical experience by the structured placements in a pathology laboratory and/or by attendance at residential schools.

As a graduate you will have the opportunity for employment as a medical technician or technical officer in the medical pathology industry; a medical or clinical research technician in the university, health or biotechnology sectors, or health, medical and scientific product marketers.

Clinical experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this program.

Courses to be studied1,2 Units
Core courses 16
Plus 39 days clinical practice
Total 16


1
Only part-time candidates with approved prior learning of industrial experience may commence in Semester 2.
2 A number of courses are offered in dual mode, i.e. on-campus and externally. 

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9048
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21530

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

16/64
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (4 SA) 
  • Recommended study: in one of Biological Science; Chemistry or Science in Practice, or equivalent. 

As a part of your clinical experience, you will also need to provide the following documents: 

  • evidence of immunity to notifiable and contagious diseases
  • a signed Qld Health Student Orientation Checklist, Qld Health Placement Deed and a Qld Health Placement Privacy and Consent Deed or a signed SA Health Student Orientation Checklist, SA Health Placement Deed and a SA Health Privacy and Consent Deed
  • a signed USQ Student Clinical Placement Policy Declaration.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External/Online 906915
Toowoomba 906911

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2017 - applications close Monday 20 February 2017, with Semester commencing on 27 February 2017.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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