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Bachelor of Medical Science / TAFE Diploma of Laboratory Techniques (Pathology)


The double award of Bachelor of Medical Science/TAFE Diploma of Laboratory Techniques (Pathology Testing) provides opportunities for improved vocational outcomes, and the development of practical skills through simultaneous enrolment in the university degree and the TAFE diploma.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge

Domestic School Leavers are assumed to have completed any two units of English, plus four units of Science and/or Maths. International students are required to have achieved an IELTS score of 6, with a level of 6 in reading and writing, and 5 in speaking and listening.

Students in the Bachelor of Medical Science can elect to enter this combined program after 2 years of study.

Recommended study: English Advanced

Course Requirements

The Bachelor of Medical Science/TAFE Diploma of Laboratory Techniques (Pathology Testing) degree requires 4 years of full-time study. Students need to complete the first two years of the Bachelor degree at the University of Wollongong. The third year can be undertaken at TAFE. Students will then complete the remaining subjects of the dual program in their fourth year of study at the University.

Course Program

Note: ITALIC type indicates TAFE component

Subjects   Credit Points
Year 1
BMS101 Systemic Anatomy 6
BMS103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6
CHEM101 Chemistry 1A: Physical and General Chemistry (or CHEM104) 6
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6
BMS112 Human Physiology 1: Principles and Systems 6
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Organic and Physical Chemistry (or CHEM105) 6
STAT151 Introduction to the Concept and Practice of Statistics 6
Year 2    
BMS202 Human Physiology II: Control Mechanisms 6
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6
BMS200 Histology 6
plus a further subject from the following:
BMS211 Foundations of Biomechanics 6
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6
STS215 Science, Technology and Progress 6
BMS204 Introduction to Pathophysiology 6
BMS214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6
plus a further two subjects from the following:
MGMT110 Introduction to Management 6
MGMT321 Occupational Health and Safety Management 6
Or other approved subject
Year 3
6849AG Laboratory Testing & Procedures 2 72 hrs
6849AH Laboratory Testing & Procedures 3 45 hrs
6849AA Calibration & Data Handling 27 hrs
6850AA Quality Improvement 18 hrs
6850AD Instrumental Tests 1 - Spectroscopy 45 hrs
6850AE Instrumental Tests 2 - Chromatography 36 hrs
6850AF Instrumental Tests 3 18 hrs
1822F Hisotechnology 45 hrs
1822A Microbiology 45 hrs
1822D Heamatology 1 54 hrs
1822H Clinical Chemistry 1 54 hrs
1822B Medical Microbiology 45 hrs
1822G Histotechnology 2 45 hrs
1822K Immunohaematology 45 hrs
1822E Heamatology II 54 hrs
1822C Parasitology and Virology 18 hrs
1822J Clinical Chemistry II 54 hrs
1822L Workplace Practice 4 - Pathology 27 hrs
1822M Workplace Practice 5 - Pathology 27 hrs
Year 4    
BMS352 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 8
Plus a further two subjects from:
BMS302 Research Topics 8
BMS311 Nutrients and Metabolism 8
BMS344 Cardiorespiratory Physiology 8
CHEM350 Principles of Pharmacology 8
Or other approved subjects:
BMS300 Regional Anatomy 8
Plus a further two subjects from:
BMS302 Research Topics 8
BMS345 Advanced Topics in Pathophysiology 8
BMS346 Motor Control and Dysfunction 8
PHIL380 Bioethics 8
or other subjects approved by the Head of Department.


Students wishing to proceed to Honours enrol in the Bachelor of Science (Honours). Students should consult the information listed under the Bachelor of Medical Science.

Professional Recognition

Graduates may become members of AIMS.

Other Information

Students are advised to consult the course coordinator about subject selection and enrolment in the TAFE component.


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