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Bachelor of Health Major Laboratory Medicine (BHEA)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook

Explore the world of medical laboratory science

Have you ever wondered how blood groups are determined or what malarial parasites or leukaemia look like under the microscope? With USQ’s Bachelor of Health (Laboratory Medicine) you will graduate with job-ready skills in transfusion science, microbiology, haematology, histopathology and clinical biochemistry for a career as a medical laboratory scientist. Medical laboratory scientists perform analyses on blood and other body fluids and tissues to provide information that is vital in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. You can choose to study your degree online or enjoy the USQ on-campus experience.

You'll need a lab coat

Your Laboratory Medicine degree will include 52 days of Clinical Experience where you will gain hands-on pathology professional experience.

Additional requirements

To study Laboratory Medicine at USQ, we have some additional requirements in place for your health and safety:

  • evidence of Hepatitis B immunity
  • a signed Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist, Queensland Health Placement Deed and a Queensland Health Placement Privacy and Consent Deed ​or ​a signed SA Health Student Orientation Checklist, South Australia Health Placement Deed and a South Australian Health Privacy and Consent Deed
  • a signed USQ Student Clinical Placement Policy Declaration.

The Laboratory Medicine major will prepare you for employment in private pathology laboratories and hospital pathology laboratories. Other potential employment opportunities include medical research institutions, IVF clinics, blood banks and forensic science laboratories just to name a few. 

Other majors include: Biomedical Science

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 24
plus 52 days clinical experience
Total 24
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.

This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics A (4 SA)
  • Recommended prior study: in one of Biological Science, Chemistry or Science 21, 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
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

Notes: not all courses in the Laboratory Medicine major are available on-campus

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External/Online 906135
Toowoomba 906131

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester commencing on 26 February 2018.

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.