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Bachelor of Health BHEA

Laboratory Medicine


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

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

3 years full-time, 8 years part-time maximum

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Health (Laboratory Medicine) aims to provide
education and training for medical scientists to service the public
and private pathology laboratory industry. A secondary aim is to provide
graduates that will be able to play a role in the biomedical arena
including research, technical, advisory and commercial roles.

The Bachelor of Health (Biomedical Science) aims to provide
education and training for a career in pharmaceutical and diagnostic
companies, medical research, pathology services, public health laboratories,
diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates will have a broad
education allowing them to diversify after graduation, including seeking
entry into professional programs in the health sciences.

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Program objectives

Graduates from the Bachelor of Health (Laboratory Medicine)
will:

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

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and practical skills to function
    as a medical scientist 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

  • be capable of interacting with people trained in other disciplines
    towards the solution of common problems in biology, biomedical science
    and pathology

  • 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 prepare concise, accurate reports of experimental
    work

  • be competent in the use of statistics and data analysis

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

  • be able to access appropriate scientific literature and understand
    and apply the results of scientific research at a level appropriate
    to a new graduate

  • be skilled in the communication of ideas and concepts

  • be motivated to sustain life-long learning

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

  • be qualified for admission to an appropriate professional body

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


Graduates from the Bachelor of Health (Biomedical Science) will:

  • 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

  • understand the principles underlying key disciplines in biomedical
    science, in particular in physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry,
    microbiology, immunology and molecular biology

  • be capable of applying these principles to problem-solving

  • be capable of interacting with people trained in other disciplines
    towards the solution of common problems in biomedical science

  • 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 biomedical sciences

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

  • be able to prepare concise, accurate reports of experimental
    work

  • be competent in the use of statistics and data analysis

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

  • be able to access appropriate scientific literature and understand
    and apply the results of scientific research at a level appropriate
    to a new graduate

  • be skilled in the communication of ideas and concepts

  • be motivated to sustain life-long learning

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

  • be qualified for admission to an appropriate professional body

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


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Program structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Health (Laboratory Medicine)
or Bachelor of Health (Biomedical Science), a candidate must complete
or be exempted from courses with a total value of at least 24 units
according to the following recommended enrolment pattern.

Candidates may take an option of exiting the Bachelor of Health
(Laboratory Medicine) after successful completion of 2 years full
time study or equivalent (16 units) with an AHEA Associate Degree of Health (Laboratory Medicine).
Candidates wishing to undertake this option should consult the program
coordinator. This option does not apply for students enrolled in Bachelor
of Health (Biomedical Science).

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