Associate Degree of Health (Medical Laboratory Science)
Your entry into a career as a medical technician
The Associate Degree of Health majoring in Medical Laboratory Science 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.
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|
|Plus 39 days clinical practice|
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.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|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.
This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
- 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.
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
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.