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Associate Degree of Medical Laboratory Science (AMLS) - AssocDeg MedLabSc

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Toowoomba campus: 906921; External: 906925

CRICOS code (International applicants): 098993K

Start:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:2 years full-time, 4 years part-time 
Program articulation:

To: Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

^Semester 2 entry is only available part-time, therefore is not suitable for international students who wish to study full-time on-campus.
@The external offering is available to international students residing in Australia but there are mandatory and highly recommended residential schools at a USQ campus.

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Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
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Program aims

The Associate Degree of Medical Laboratory Science aims to provide education and training for medical technicians and or technical officers to service the public and private medical 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.

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Program objectives

On completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • apply a broad theoretical and practical knowledge in the medical laboratory sciences.

  • collect, organise, analyse and interpret foundational medical laboratory science literature and basic laboratory data using appropriate experimental, computational, statistical and technological approaches.

  • exhibit foundational scientific literacy and oral, written and digital communication skills to explain broad medical laboratory science concepts to a range of audiences.

  • apply practical laboratory and technical skills to generate accurate scientific data.

  • work independently or collaboratively in teams to analyse issues and develop appropriate solutions to problems across a range of cultural, institutional, national and global contexts.

  • apply fundamental ethical, professional and workplace health and safety standards in clinical and research laboratories.

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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 06. Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional/highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

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Program Information Set

View UniSQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 62.7, or equivalent qualification.^
  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.

Applicants are advised to also note the following:

  • Assumed knowledge expectations: English; General Mathematics

  • Recommended prior study: One of Biological Science or Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.


These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2021 ATAR and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Adjustment factors may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your entrance rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about UniSQ's Adjustment Factors carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Requirements for professional experience placements

Practical experience is an integral component of the program and each student is required to undertake and satisfactorily complete 48 days of practical experience in Australia.

Progression into practical courses is dependent upon a pass grade in theoretical and other practical courses which have been set as prerequisites.

Applicants must be willing to undertake and submit the requirements of the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland Health for practical placement. Please refer to the applicable Professional Practice Experience Handbook for Associate Degree of Medical Laboratory Science students.

Mandatory documents required prior to commencing ANY clinical placements in the program:

  • USQ Student Declaration

  • Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist

  • Queensland Health Student Deed Poll

  • Queensland Health iLearn Modules

  • Pathology QLD Visitor Confidentiality Protocol

  • AUSLAB Clinical WILS Student Access

  • QML Online Induction Certificate

All students must also provide the following immunisation evidence prior to commencing clinical placements:

  • Hepatitis B seroconversion

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella immunisation evidence

  • Varicella immunisation evidence

  • Pertussis immunisation evidence

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedules.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedule

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedules.

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Program structure

The program comprises 16 core courses.

Course  Semester(s) offered  Mode 
BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1*  1,3  ONC, EXT (Semester 3 EXT only) 
BIO1103 Pathology Studies  1,2  ONC, EXT (Semester 2 EXT only) 
CHE1110 Chemistry 1*  ONC, EXT 
BIO1204 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences*  1,2  ONC, EXT 
BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1+  ONC, EXT 
CHE2120 Chemistry 2*  ONC, EXT 
STA1003 Fundamental Statistics  1,2,3  ONC, ONL (Semester 3 ONL only) 
BIO1205 Pathology Clinical Placement 1^  2,3  ONC 
BIO2104 Molecular Diagnostics 1~  ONC, EXT 
BIO2105 Pathology Clinical Placement 2^  ONC 
BIO2106 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 2~  ONC, EXT 
BIO2108 Haematology 1~  ONC, EXT 
BIO2214 Pathology Clinical Placement 3^  2,3  ONC 
BIO2215 Clinical Biochemistry 1~  ONC, EXT 
BIO2216 Histopathology and Cytology 1+  ONC, EXT 
BIO2217 Transfusion Science+  ONC, EXT 

*Highly recommended residential school
+Mandatory residential school
^Clinical placement
~Mandatory residential school (ONC students and EXT students attend Residential School)

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. To find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

The following courses include residential schools:

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The Associate Degree of Medical Laboratory Science will articulate into the BMLS Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science if students have followed the recommended enrolment pattern.

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Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

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Students are advised to consult with student support in situations where their progression is affected either by failure in pre-requisite courses, or where they choose a part-time study pattern.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedResidential schoolEnrolment requirements

Year 1

CHE1110 Chemistry 1*1111HR
BIO1103 Pathology Studies~1111,2M
BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1*1111,3HR
BIO1204 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences*11,211,2HR
BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1+1212M
CHE2120 Chemistry 2*1212HRPre-requisite: CHE1110
BIO1205 Pathology Clinical Placement 1^12,3Pre-requisite: BIO1103 Co-requisite: BIO1104
STA1003 Fundamental Statistics11,211,2,3Enrolment is not permitted in STA1003 if STA2300 or STA8170 has been previously completed.

Year 2

BIO2215 Clinical Biochemistry 1~2121MPre-requisite: BIO1103 and CHE2120
BIO2105 Pathology Clinical Placement 2^21Pre-requisite: BIO1205
BIO2104 Molecular Diagnostics 1~2121MPre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO1203 and BIO1204
BIO2108 Haematology 1~2121MPre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO1104
BIO2214 Pathology Clinical Placement 3^22,3Pre-requisite: BIO2105
BIO2216 Histopathology and Cytology 1+2222MPre-requisite: BIO1103
BIO2217 Transfusion Science+2222MPre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO1104 and BIO2108
BIO2106 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 2~2222MPre-requisite: BIO1104

*Each of these courses has highly recommended residential schools. Candidates with evidence of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) may seek exemption from some courses and/or residential schools in the 1st year of the program.
~Mandatory residential school (On-campus students and external students attend Residential School).
+Mandatory residential school.
^Current employees of pathology service providers with a minimum of 2 years full-time or equivalent relevant technical experience may seek exemption from Pathology Clinical Placements courses 1 to 3 on the basis of approved industrial experience.