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Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory Medicine is divided into six major areas of study: clinical biochemistry, haematology and blood transfusion serology, histopathology, diagnostic cytology, medical microbiology, medical biotechnology and immunology.

All disciplines involve the study, examination and analysis of body fluids and tissues to provide information essential for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Leading to

Bachelor of Science

(Laboratory Medicine)

Careers include

  • Biotechnologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Veterinary Pathologist
  • Biomedical Scientist

You Laboratory Medicine Pathway

If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

8 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (Laboratory Medicine).


Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and three elective units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Information and Media Technologies
  • Chemistry

Elective Units (Select three)

  • Accounting
  • Design Skills
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Design Computing
  • Media Culture & Communications
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Physics
  • Project Management
  • Programming
  • Technical Mathematics

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units with a Course Weighted Average of 60%:

Core Units

  • Foundations of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences (unit not available online)
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Indigenous Cultures & Health Behaviours
  • Integrated Systems Anatomy & Physiology
  • Foundations of Bioscience Practice (unit not available online) – Semester 1 only
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry Bioscience (unit not available online) – Semester 1 only
  • Molecular Genetics and Biosciences (unit not available online) – Semester 2 only

Laboratory Medicine Diploma of Health Science (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Foundations of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Students critically appraise public health and clinical epidemiological research literature and perform basic statistical analysis. You will encounter basic statistical and graphical description and analysis of epidemiological and biomedical data with appropriate graphs, tables, and summary measures; statistical inference and statistical hypothesis testing applied to problems in health and clinical medicine using parametric and non-parametric tests; calculation of common epidemiological measures of disease frequency and association such as incidence rate, prevalence, attributable risk, risk ratios and odds ratio; role and significance of inferential statistics such as confidence intervals and probability values.

Foundations of Biomedical Science (unit not available online)

This unit is an introduction to the theory and application of disciplines in the biomedical sciences: microbiology, immunology, histopathology, haematology, biochemistry and molecular genetics. Themes include the basic theory of the cellular and molecular components that form the foundations of biomedical science, the investigation of disease and infectious agents, occupational health considerations, the use of specialised equipment and testing of biological samples in a professional manner. The role and function of medical and research laboratories will also be explored.

Human Structure and Function

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Integrated Systems Anatomy & Physiology

An integrated approach to the study of body systems correlating structure and function of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems together with their endocrine and neural control. Students will investigate the interaction of these systems in normal body functioning and in selected altered body states.

Foundations of Bioscience Practice (unit not available online)

In this unit students will be introduced to the application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to requirements for professional, safe and accurate laboratory practice. Students will learn laboratory techniques to apply introductory Chemistry knowledge, and practise as emerging scientists capable of working individually and in teams. Introduction to ethics in the context of human and animal research. Introduction to careers for health scientists.

Fundamental Chemistry for Bioscience (unit not available online) – Semester 1 only
Molecular Genetics and Biosciences (unit not available online) – Semester 2 only

 

2022 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,950 15,600
Diploma (Stage 2) 2,050 16,400

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,125 25,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,562.50 36,500

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR 60 OR AQF Certificate IV* OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

*Excludes Certificate IV in English qualifications


International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 3 points from 3 GCE A-Level OR 2 points from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 22 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

For more information about entry requirements and pre-requisites for Australian and International applicants:

Entry Requirements Pre-Requisites English requirements

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience:

Entry Options Student & ARAR Profiles

Intakes

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | June | October

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
February

Duration

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake February 2022 (Stage 1 & 2)

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Laboratory Medicine) at Curtin University.

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Why choose Laboratory Medicine?

This is the only degree program in laboratory medicine in Western Australia accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

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