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Laboratory medicine applies scientific investigations to diagnose, treat and better understand disease processes.
It's estimated that up to 70% of clinical decisions made by doctors are based on information provided by medical scientists.
This is a four-year program with a clinical placement providing you with work-ready skills and experience in diagnostic pathology.
As a graduate of the laboratory medicine program you will be qualified as a medical scientist and play a vital role in the healthcare system. You will use diagnostic and scientific procedures on samples such as blood, urine, tissues, and swabs to investigate, identify and treat disease.
RMIT is the only Victorian university that offers all of the following majors in the clinical discipline streams: haematology, transfusions and transplantation science, cytopathology, histopathology, medical microbiology and clinical biochemistry.
You'll have flexibility in choosing your major course disciplines. In your final year, you'll have the opportunity to study a discipline-focused laboratory medicine project to develop your research skills.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are taught in English.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
You'll undertake supervised professional practice clinical placement across Years 3 and 4 to give you work-ready skills and experience in a diagnostic pathway. You can undertake a10 to 13 weeks overseas laboratory placement.
Laboratory medicine works in partnership with industry, which has input into the program through the Program Advisory Committee. Industry representatives teach practical classes RMIT also has regular meetings with professional bodies, such as the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB), Australian Society of Microbiology (ASM), and Australian Society of Cytology (ASC).
This program provides you with the accreditation needed to qualify to practice in diagnostic pathology.
Medical scientists work as part of a team with doctors, pathologists, scientists, technicians and laboratory assistants. They are in high demand and employment opportunities are excellent in Australia and overseas.
Major employers are diagnostic laboratories in teaching hospitals such as Monash Medical Centre, St Vincent's, Royal Melbourne, Royal Children's, the Alfred and Austin hospitals.
Graduates are also employed in private pathology laboratories and in regional laboratories throughout Victoria.
Professional recognition and accreditation
RMIT's 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.
Program and course information
Learn job-ready skills
With a qualification in laboratory medicine, you will play a key role in the identification and treatment of disease.