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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
University of Southern Queensland - Toowoomba

Course outline

Learn how to determine blood groups, identify malarial parasites and diagnose leukaemia and other human diseases through USQ’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science. Graduates are workplace-ready with skills in transfusion science, microbiology, haematology, histopathology and cytology, molecular diagnostics, and clinical biochemistry for a career as a medical laboratory scientist. Medical laboratory scientists perform analyses on blood and other body fluids and tissues to provide information that is vital in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. This degree can be studied online or on-campus, and includes 80 days of hands-on clinical experience in a range of different pathology laboratories. Graduates are eligible to apply for membership to professional organisations including the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists and the Australian Society for Medical Research.


External students must attend residential schools at the Toowoomba campus. Semester 2 entry is only available part-time.

Other requirements

Students must satisfy the requirements of the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland Health for clinical placement. These include evidence of immunity to notifiable and contagious diseases, Queensland Health student checklist and placement, privacy and consent deeds, and a USQ Student Clinical Placement Policy Declaration. All students must complete 52 days of clinical experience in Australia.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for the University of Southern Queensland and for this course, refer to USQ’s website.

Recommended study
Biology or Chemistry
Assumed knowledge

English (Units 3 and 4, C); General Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C)

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Career opportunities

Graduates pursue careers in the public and private pathology laboratory industry or research, technical, advisory and commercial roles in the biomedical field.

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Bachelor degree
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Full time, Part time
Course Duration

3 years Full time or 6 years Part time

Darling Downs & South West QLD
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