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Associate Degree of Health AHEA

Program focus


The Associate Degree of Health (Laboratory Medicine) aims to
provide education and training for careers as medical technicians
or technical officers in the private and public pathology laboratory
sectors. The associate degree will also provide training for a career
as a biomedical technician with a research capability and/or in a
biomedical science support role. All theory courses will be available
online by flexible delivery with a number of courses offered in dual
mode, that is, on-campusand by external mode. Practical
experience will be gained by structured placement in a pathology laboratory
or by attendance at residential schools.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

2 years full-time, 6 years part-time maximum

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Program aims

The Associate Degree of Health (Laboratory Medicine) aims to
provide education and training for medical technicians and or technical
officers to service the public and private pathology laboratory industry.
A secondary aim is to provide graduates that will be able to play
a support role in the biomedical arena including research, technical
and commercial spheres.

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Program objectives

Graduates from the Associate Degree of Health will:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and practical skills to function
    as a medical technician in a general pathology laboratory

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and practical skills to function
    as a medical technician in the disciplines of haematology, transfusion
    science, histology, clinical biochemistry and microbiology within
    a pathology laboratory

  • be able to demonstrate a sound grounding in biological sciences
    with a major emphasis on human health and disease

  • have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of Chemistry

  • be capable of applying these principles to problem-solving

  • possess skill in drawing upon the growing content of knowledge
    in these disciplines

  • have demonstrated competence in laboratory techniques and the
    use of instrumentation relevant to the pathology laboratory services

  • have an awareness of the principles of laboratory safety as
    applicable in the areas studied in the program

  • be able to use computers to assist them to obtain and analyse
    data and solve problems in the areas studied in the program

  • be motivated to sustain life-long learning

  • be aware of the social, moral, and legal responsibilities of
    professional medical technicians

  • possess skills and knowledge that allow successful career diversification
    on graduation.


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Program structure

To qualify for the award of Associate Degree of Health (Laboratory
Medicine) a candidate must complete or be exempted from courses with
a total value of at least 16 units according to the following recommended
enrolment pattern.

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