BP147 - Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)

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Plan: BP147P12A - Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Overview

Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)
Award abbreviation: BBiomedSc(LabMed)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time, 7 years part-time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 019901
CRICOS code: 074926G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) provides training and education in the major disciplines of Laboratory Medicine.  This program with its professional practice component is designed to provide a qualification which will fully prepare you for employment in diagnostic pathology or medical research locally, nationally and internationally.  Delivery mode is face to face and requires on campus attendance.

During Year 3 and 4 of the program you will undertake the following capstone experiences:

MEDS2187 Professional Practice 1 Laboratory Medicine 
MEDS2188 Professional Practice 2 Laboratory Medicine
MEDS2153 Advanced Laboratory Medicine

The program is also a pathway to postgraduate studies in Laboratory Medicine, such as PhD by research.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the RMIT AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science will be guaranteed entry into the BP147P12A Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) program and receive credit to a value of 120 credit points (Note: A standard year of full-time undergraduate study at RMIT University is 96 credit points) 

NB: While the total value of the credit offered exceeds 1 standard year of full time study, the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed 3 years. 

The courses for which you will get credit, having completed the Associate Degree in Applied Science, are:

Course Code Course Title CP
CHEM1240 Chemistry for Life Sciences 12
BIOL2272 Biology of the Cell 12
ONPS2297 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine 12
ONPS2423 Introduction to Medical Biochemistry 12
BIOL2483* Systems Physiology 12
BIOL2257 Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics 12
MATH1238 Statistics and Epidemiology 12
BIOL2416 Diagnostic Microbiology 12
  TWO University Electives 24

*Credit for ONE course of anatomy and physiology is offered only and because of constraints in the degree program students would be disadvantaged if this was BIOL2480 Introduction to Human Biosciences rather than BIOL2483 Systems Physiology. This is a specific circumstance only and takes into consideration the specifics of the laboratory medicine program. 

Graduates of the RMIT C5388 Diploma of Laboratory Technology program will be guaranteed entry into the BP147P12A Bachelor of 
Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) program. 

Graduates of the RMIT C5388 Diploma of Laboratory Technology program who successfully complete certain option courses, are guaranteed entry into the BP147P12A Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) with 96 credit points of credit. To be eligible to enter the BP147P12A program with 96 credit points of credit, graduates of the C5388 program must meet the following requirements: 

As per agreement Course Title Course Code
Must complete one of to get credit for BIOL2272: Perform tissue and cell culture techniques (MSL975033) BIOL5255C
Perform histological tests (MSL975029) BIOL5250C
Must complete one of to get credit for BIOL2257:  Perform immunohaematological tests (MSL975030)  BIOL5251C
Perform molecular biology tests and procedures (MSL975034) BIOL5253C
Must complete one of to get credit for ONPS2423:  Apply routine chromatographic techniques (MSL975040)  BIOL5256C
Perform chemical pathology tests (MSL975037) BIOL5249C
Appl electrophoretic techniques (MSL975039) BIOL5257C
Must complete one of to get credit for ONPS2297:  Perform haematological tests (MSL975036)  BIOL5248C
Perform histological tests (MSL975029)  BIOL5250C
Perform molecular biology tests and procedures (MSL975034) BIOL5253C

(Note: A standard year of full-time undergraduate study at RMIT University is 96 credit points). 

NB: While the total value of the credit equals 96 credits points (= 1 year of study), the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed 3 years. 

The courses for which you will get credit, having completed the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology) or Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology), are:

Course Code Course Title CP
CHEM1240 Chemistry for Life Sciences 12
MATH1238 Statistics and Epidemiology 12
BIOL2272 Biology of the Cell 12
ONPS2297 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine 12
ONPS2423 Introduction to Medical Biochemistry 12
BIOL2483* Systems Physiology 12
BIOL2257 Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics 12
  ONE University Elective 12

*Credit for ONE course of anatomy and physiology is offered only and because of constraints in the degree program students would be disadvantaged if this was BIOL2480 Introduction to Human Biosciences rather than BIOL2483 Systems Physiology. This is a specific circumstance only and takes into consideration the specifics of the laboratory medicine program.

Graduates of the RMIT MSL50016 C5362 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) or MSL50016 C5363 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) program will be guaranteed entry into the BP147P12A Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine).

Graduates of the RMIT MSL50016 C5362 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) or MSL50016 C5363 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) program and have completed the course HWSS6065C Recognise healthy body systems, will be guaranteed entry into the BP147P12A Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) with 96 credit points (= 1 year of study).

NB: While the total value of the credit offered is 1 standard year of full time study, the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed 3 years. 

The courses for which you will get credit, having completed the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology) or Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology), are:

Course Code  Course Title CP
CHEM1240 Chemistry for Life Sciences 12
MATH1238 Statistics and Epidemiology 12
BIOL2272 Biology of the Cell 12
ONPS2297 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine 12
ONPS2423 Introduction to Medical Biochemistry 12
BIOL2483* Systems Physiology 12
BIOL2257 Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics 12
  ONE University Elective 12

*Credit for ONE course of anatomy and physiology is offered only and because of constraints in the degree program students would be disadvantaged if this was BIOL2480 Introduction to Human Biosciences rather than BIOL2483 Systems Physiology. This is a specific circumstance only and takes into consideration the specifics of the laboratory medicine program.

As a successful graduate of BP147P12A Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine), you may (upon application) be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs. Please check with the admissions officer of your program of choice. For example, on graduation you may wish to apply for BH058, the Bachelor of Health & Biomedical Sciences (Honours) or MC158, the Master of Laboratory Medicine.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry or Biology; and study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematics (any) or Physics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

The program is accredited with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (www.aims.org.au).

The program was accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for students commencing studies between 2014 and 2018. Graduates who commenced the program from 2019 onwards can apply directly to IBMS for recognition of their degree. 

The program has formal links through the Laboratory Medicine Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) as well as to the broader organisation and industry links eg: the School's broader industry engagement strategy.

Industry links include hospital pathology laboratories, private pathology laboratories, research institutes, commercial companies, Department of Health, and professional bodies including AIMS, Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB), Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM).

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.

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