Responsible faculty or institute:
Health Science (principal) Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum
1.5 yrs, Maximum
Course Contact (faculty or school):
Stephen Tristram 6324 5469
The Graduate Diploma will allow students with an undergraduate background in Science or Health Science to broaden and extend their areas of potential employment or expertise. The program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical skills in Clinical Chemistry, Haematology and Medical Microbiology.
Admission & Prerequisites
Successful completion of a first degree in Biochemistry or a Medical Science, Health Science, Science or other related discipline, with a credit average, including studies of Biochemistry/Physiology at second year and some introductory understanding of immunology and microbiology.
The Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary for employment in Medical Pathology Laboratories that provide diagnostic services that are an essential part of the health care system. The program will provide a formal qualification in Medical Laboratory Science for students with an undergraduate background in Science or Health Science.
The programme will equip students to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists when they have the appropriate practical laboratory experience.
A Medical Scientist carries out laboratory investigations which assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. 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
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 and diagnostic companies.
Graduates will be eligible to join the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) as Intermediate Members and once they have completed 2 years relevant work experience will be eligible to sit the AIMS Professional Membership Examination to become full Professional Members.
Mid-year commencement is usual for this course and would be required in order to fulfil prerequisite requirements, making the duration of the course 1.5 years. Programs of 1 year duration are possible, depending on previous qualifications. Applicants should contact the School to discuss a possible program.