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Medical Laboratory Science

Find out how to determine ABO blood groups and provide compatible blood products for critically ill patients needing transfusion by studying Medical Laboratory Science at USQ. Learn to identify malarial parasites and leukaemia under the microscope and how to diagnose life-threatening medical conditions. 

Graduates of USQ’s Medical Laboratory Science degrees have work-ready skills and knowledge to begin careers in public hospital or private pathology laboratories.  

  • The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science develops practical skills in the key clinical areas of medical microbiology and immunology, haematology and transfusion science, clinical biochemistry and molecular diagnostics and histopathology and cytology. 
  • USQ’s Medical Laboratory Science degrees were designed in collaboration with Pathology Queensland (Qld. Health), the major employer of our graduates. USQ's links with Queensland Health and commercial pathology providers ensures you will receive the most current knowledge and access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities with 48-65 days of structured placements in operational pathology laboratories throughout Queensland.
  • USQ's new $2.5 million study complex and laboratories will give you the opportunity to learn with modern equipment in world-class facilities. 
  • Lecturers in all key pathology courses have extensive experience as medical laboratory scientists and are specialists in the subjects they teach.

Professional membership opportunities

After successfully completing the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, you will be eligible to apply for membership to professional organisations including the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Australian Society for Medical Research.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree are qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists. Graduates of the Associate Degree of Medical Laboratory Science are qualified Medical Laboratory Technicians. Job opportunities can be found in the private or public hospital pathology sectors, medical or clinical research laboratories, or in health, medical and scientific product development and marketing.

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