Responsible faculty or institute:
Health Science (principal) Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum
3.5 yrs, Maximum
Course Contact (faculty or school):
(03) 6324 5491
This three and a half-year full-time course is offered in Launceston by the School of Human Life Sciences.
Admission & Prerequisites
Minimum University requirements, plus minimumATAR score of 75 together with pre-tertiary Chemistry TQA3(CHM315109) or equivalent and any one of the approved Mathematics subjects (Mathematics Applied TQA3 (MTA315109), (Mathematics Methods TQA3 (MTM315109), Mathematics Specialised TQA3 (MTS315109) or equivalent. Students lacking the Chemistry or Mathematics pre-tertiary prerequisites, but who meet the ATAR and have other pre-tertiary science units can complete the Chemistry foundation unit (KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit) or Mathematics foundation unit (KMA003 Mathematics Foundation Unit) offered in summer semester. Alternatively, students who meet the pre-tertiary prerequisites but who do not meet the ATAR should consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Health Science, as a potential pathway to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Human Life Sciences policies relevant to workplace based learning. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct, Safe to Practise Policy and Safety in Practice Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this course. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is designed to prepare students to work in specialised medical and pathology laboratories that provide diagnostic services that are an essential part of the health care system. The tests performed provide valuable information that is used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Many graduates continue into postgraduate study and conduct research in the areas of molecular biology, clinical chemistry, medical microbiology and haematology.
Students will gain knowledge and a variety of skills in professional areas such as: clinical chemistry, endocrinology, haematology, blood transfusion science, histopathology, microbiology, human molecular biology, and immunology.
A number of students have used this degree program to enter undergraduate and postgraduate medicine courses around Australia.
There are various career options open to medical scientists, especially in hospital clinical and pathology laboratories, private pathology services, blood transfusion services and public health laboratories. Other areas of employment are found in universities, veterinary laboratories, diagnostic companies and in medical research.
Articulation to/from Course
Credit for appropriate studies completed in TAFE and other university courses may be granted.
Students interested in pursuing an honours course should contact Cecilia Shing (Honours Coordinator) - Cecilia.Shing@utas.edu.au
Graduates from this course meet the academic requirements for direct entry into the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.
This course includes professional experience placement units that require students to attend relevant professional workplaces. Any costs incurred by the student whilst undertaking professional experience placement are expected to be covered by the student.
If you have any chronic or acute medical conditions that may affect your ability to perform laboratory tasks, or where laboratory work may worsen your condition, you should seek advice from the School of Human Life Sciences or the University of Tasmania disability officer prior to applying to the course.
The School of Human Life Sciences strongly recommends vaccination against Hepatitis B prior to commencing the degree.