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Laboratory Medicine

Bachelor Degree

B-LABMED

Course
Bachelor of Science (Laboratory Medicine)
CRICOS
064464E
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

An exciting course for aspiring professional medical scientists, focusing on pathology and diagnosing disease.

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Professional recognition

Professionally recognised by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Work experience

Includes a 28-week professional placement in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Laboratory medicine teaches you about pathology (the origin, nature and course of disease) and the diagnosis of disease.

Your first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students. Your second year develops your knowledge of the cellular and tissue aspects of pathology, and the individual disciplines of laboratory medicine.

In your third and fourth years, you'll gain extensive field experience and focus on three of the following major disciplines: clinical biochemistry, diagnostic cytology, haematology and transfusion science, histopathology, immunology and medical microbiology.

You'll learn in Curtin's new PC2 laboratory facility, where you can analyse clinical samples, process pathogenic microorganisms in biosafety cabinets and report results in the same way as a real pathology laboratory.

You'll also develop your practical skills when you undertake a 28-week professional placement in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Choose from six major areas of specialisation.
  • Learn in high-quality laboratories and facilities.
  • Accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.
  • Professional placement in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Professionally recognised by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Career information

Careers

  • Medical scientist.

Industries

  • Community health
  • Education
  • Health technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Private and public hospitals
  • Research centres and laboratories.

What you'll learn

  • apply general and discipline specified knowledge to the performance of laboratory medicine
  • the application of knowledge critically and ethically in the laboratory medicine setting
  • obtain and critically appraise information from a range of resources applicable to the practice of medical science
  • communicate effectively specialised knowledge relevant to laboratory medicine
  • the selection and effective use of appropriate technologies to generate valid data
  • recognition of the need for on-going learning in the Medical Science profession
  • an awareness of global differences in disease patterns and diagnostic medicine
  • recognition of cultural difference and its impact on Medical Science
  • recognition of the necessity for probity and ethical behaviour and a professional approach to medical science

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 6
HKDSE 16
IB 25
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 63
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 73
WAUFP (CPS) 54
India (CBSE) 62.5%
India (HSC) 66.5%
Sri Lanka 6

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $660*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,400*
Total indicative course fee $146,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,700*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $660*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,000*
Total indicative course fee $149,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,500*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: B-LABMED
  • CRICOS code: 064464E
  • Last updated on: August 13, 2020