Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science

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Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science


Program summary

Fast-track your career as a laboratory technician

This two-year program provides you the opportunity to become an entry-level medical laboratory technician and gain employment in Australia’s expanding pathology industry, working in hospital and private pathology laboratories.

Medical laboratory technicians conduct clinical investigations dealing with an understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. In this program, you’ll learn to perform medical laboratory tests on blood and other bodily fluids and tissues, which assist clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and clinical disorders.

Being a medical laboratory technician might suit you if you:

  • are good at observing, receiving, and obtaining information from all relevant sources;

  • can communicate well, giving your full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made and asking questions as appropriate;

  • want to keep up-to-date technically and apply new knowledge to your job.

Most medical laboratory technicians are generalists, skilled in all areas of the pathology laboratory. In this program, you’ll develop technical skills in physiology, pathophysiology, haematology, histology, biochemistry, clinical chemistry, blood banking, and medical microbiology.

You’ll undertake industry placements where you’ll be trained by experienced medical laboratory scientists and technicians to handle human specimens and use modern laboratory equipment for conducting pathology testing.

As a graduate of this program, you will receive full credit towards the Bachelor of Biomedical Science which you can complete with only one additional year of study, further expanding your career opportunities.

Post-admission requirements

Before undertaking industry placement courses, students must obtain and provide evidence of hepatitis B immunisation and a BlueCard. Refer to Program requirements.

Career opportunities

Medical laboratory technician positions in pathology services and laboratory technicians in scientific and educational technical services.


The 2017 Australian Federal Budget proposes changes to fee arrangements for higher education students. If these changes are passed by the Federal Parliament, domestic students who have a completed higher education qualification and are studying Diploma or Associate Degree programs may not be eligible for Commonwealth Support from Semester 1, 2018. We will provide further information on any changes to fees as soon as it is available.


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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure.

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100) coded courses.

In order to commence industry placement you must:

  • Before undertaking industry placement courses, students must provide proof of vaccination against Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertussis and Varicella (Chickenpox).
  • Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state/territory authority).
  • Hold a valid USC Blue Card for working with children.
  • Students must undertake mandatory online orientation courses for the organisations where they will be placed, and will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding patient information.
  • Students will be required to complete placement(s) in rural/regional locations. Students will be required to fund the cost for travel, accommodation, fuel etc. associated with placement. USC scholarships and bursaries are available for students to apply to supplement these costs.

For information about how to complete Post-admission requirements, visit Medical Laboratory Science (Placements) - Mandatory requirements.

Program notes
  • Follow the program structure for your year and semester of commencement unless advised otherwise
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses). Please be aware that if commencing in semester 2, the duration will be 2.5 years and some semesters can only be taken part-time.
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods.
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider.
  • Refer to the 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
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How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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