Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)Career
Medical laboratory scientists play a critical role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, working as part of a team with doctors, pathologists, scientists, technicians and laboratory assistants.
It's estimated that up to 70% of clinical decisions made by doctors are based on information provided by medical laboratory scientists.
Laboratory medicine is the science of pathology - detecting and diagnosing disease. It involves analysing samples and conducting tests using body tissues (e.g. biopsies, pap smears) and fluids (e.g. blood, urine) to diagnose diseases and provide information about treatment or future prevention.
Medical scientists perform diagnostic tests of biological samples and work with doctors to help them diagnose and enable treatment.
As an RMIT graduate your skills will be in high demand and employment opportunities are excellent throughout urban and regional areas in Australia and overseas.
In Australia, employment opportunities for medical laboratory scientists have grown significantly over recent years and are expected to continue growing.
You may find employment in:
- hospital laboratories
- private pathology providers
- research centres
- pharmaceutical companies
- food and cosmetic industries
- veterinary sciences
- forensic science laboratories
- state health laboratories
- government agencies
Examples of major Victorian hospitals that employ laboratory medicine graduates are Monash Medical Centre, St Vincent's, Royal Melbourne, Royal Children's, the Alfred and Austin hospitals.
We work in close partnership with the healthcare industry through a Program Advisory Committee to ensure graduates are equipped with skills and practical experience that are up-to-date and relevant to their needs.
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).
Professional recognition and accreditation
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.