Bachelor of Biomedical Science - Laboratory Medicine

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

Using your knowledge and analytical skills, you'll perform diagnostic and scientific procedures on samples such as body fluids, tissues, and swabs to investigate, identify and treat disease. You will learn about quality control and assurance, accreditation and total quality management of a diagnostic laboratory. As a graduate you will play a critical role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease, working in a team with doctors, pathologists and other healthcare professionals. This course is the only degree in Victoria professionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). You'll undertake two semesters of supervised professional practice across your third and fourth years to give you work-ready skills and experience in a diagnostic lab. You can undertake some of this in an overseas laboratory. In third year, you'll major in two discipline specialities and undertake a discipline-focused advanced laboratory medicine in your final year.

Structure

Year 1 - You'll undertake courses designed to provide a strong academic grounding in biological sciences. You'll be introduced to the professional field of laboratory medicine via a hospital laboratory visit and basic studies in clinical disciplines. Year 2 - The clinical disciplines of haematology, transfusion and transplantation science, clinical biochemistry, histopathology, cytopathology and medical microbiology are introduced in preparation for professional practice. Year 3 - You'll undertake general pathology, molecular genetics and diagnostics. You'll also study two major discipline streams. In the second half of the year you'll complete supervised professional practice in a diagnostic, research or reference laboratory. Year 4 - In the first semester you'll complete further supervised professional practice. On return to RMIT you'll complete courses in Integrative Pathology and Advanced Laboratory Medicine in a clinical discipline stream.

Subjects

  • Biochemistry, Biomedical science, Chemistry (forensic and analytical), Chemistry (medical), Clinical biochemistry, Cytopathology, Diagnostic laboratory operations, Haematology, Histopathology, Immunology, Laboratory medicine, Laboratory technology, Medical laboratory science, Medical microbiology, Medical science, Molecular medicine and biotechnology, Molecular pathology, Pathology, Professional practice, Transfusion and transplantation science.

Standard entry requirements

  • Y12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
  • And a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology or Chemistry
  • And a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or Physics

Recognition

RMIT's Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) is the only degree in Victoria that is professionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) and the only Australian degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) in the UK. This grants RMIT graduates automatic membership of AIMS and assists with employment potential as medical scientists. You'll be eligible for membership of the New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Study pathways

Graduates of the RMIT Associate Degree in Applied Science who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with one year of credit (up to 120 credit points). Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 are eligible for apply for admission and, if successful in gaining a place, may be eligible for credit. Graduates of the RMIT Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) or Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) are eligible for apply for admission and, if successful, may also be eligible to apply for credit of up to one year.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Bundoora International: $145,920 No No information available

Further information

This full-time placement runs as a cooperative education year. It involves both the University and your placement laboratory. Students may have the opportunity to do 10 to 13 weeks as an overseas placement. The type of careers this qualification leads to may include medical research, medical scientists, medicine (after further study), pharmaceutical industry.

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