Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)Program details
This program provides you with the knowledge, skills, experience and accreditation needed to practice as a qualified medical laboratory scientist.The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) is a four-year program with a clinical placement providing you with work-ready skills and experience in diagnostic pathology.
The program is aligned with both Australian Institute of Medical Science (AIMS) and IBMS accreditation.
RMIT is the only Victorian university to offer all of the following majors including haematology, transfusions and transplantation science, cytopathology, histopathology, medical microbiology and clinical biochemistry.
You’ll have flexibility in choosing your major disciplines and will also complete a major clinical placement, providing you with work-ready skills and practical experience.
In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to study a discipline-focused laboratory medicine project to develop your research skills. Graduates are qualified as medical scientists and play a vital role in the healthcare system.
How you will learn
You'll undertake courses designed to provide a strong academic grounding in biological sciences. You'll be introduced to the professional field of laboratory medicine via a hospital laboratory visit and basic studies in clinical disciplines.
The clinical disciplines of haematology, transfusion and transplantation science, clinical biochemistry, histopathology, cytopathology and medical microbiology are introduced in preparation for professional practice.
You'll undertake general pathology, molecular genetics and diagnostics. You’ll also study two major discipline streams.
In the second half of the year you'll complete supervised professional practice in a diagnostic, research or reference laboratory.
This full-time placement runs as a cooperative education year. It involves both the University and your placement laboratory. Students may have the opportunity to do 10 to 13 weeks as an overseas placement.
In the first semester you'll complete further supervised professional practice. On return to RMIT you'll complete courses in Integrative Pathology and Advanced Laboratory Medicine in a clinical discipline stream.
Motivated to improve the health of others, Shabneet Sohi undertook a Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine, which included a placement in anatomical pathology at the Alfred Hospital.
While completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine), Amanda Hong completed a work placement at Box Hill Hospital where she now works as a graduate medical scientist.