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BIO2216 Histopathology and Cytology 1

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 27 January 2023


Pre-requisite: BIO1103


Medical laboratory scientists trained in histology and cytology generate and interpret clinical data by examining human tissues and cells for evidence of disease. The process of preparing specimens such as tissue sections or films of cells exposes students to a range of routine and specialised laboratory tests that enable microscopic differentiation between normal and abnormal conditions. This course builds on the foundational knowledge and understanding provided in first year Pathology courses and will provide the necessary training required to process tissue samples for Histological examination

The course will prepare students for their first Clinical Pathology Placement in a histopathology department of a clinical pathology laboratory. As part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS), students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in this course. Students are also required to obtain at least 50% of the marks allocated to the practical/laboratory skills assessment in this course.

This course provides students with an opportunity to further their theoretical knowledge and practical skills with a focus on laboratory assessment and interpretation of pathological changes detected in specimens of human tissues and cells. Students will augment their theoretical knowledge with practical training in the use of manual and automated systems such as preparation of tissue sections, slide films, routine and specialised staining methods, as well the application of advancing immunohistochemical procedures.

The course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 External
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 27 January 2023