BP147 - Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)

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Plan: BP147P12 - Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


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.  The programme is directly aligned with the IBMS training portfolio and both AIMS and IBMS accreditation.

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Articulation and pathways

Credit agreements between RMIT programs enable you graduating from an RMIT qualification to achieve advanced standing in a higher level qualification.  The table below provide you with information about the credit agreements between these programs.

If you are applying for the BP147P12, Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) and you are a graduate of the AD012, Associate Degree in Applied Science (Biomedical stream) you will be able to claim credit for courses you have already completed.

You will be guaranteed entry into:  BP147P12, Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine):
Notes on GPA:
  • You will be expected to gain a minimum GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 in order to qualify for guaranteed entry and 120 credit points.
You will get credit for: 10 courses, 120 credit points
The courses for which you will get credit are:
  • CHEM1240 Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • MATH1238 Statistics and Epidemiology
  • BIOL2272 Biology of the Cell
  • ONPS2297 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine
  • ONPS2423 Introduction to Medical Biochemistry
  • BIOL2369 Foundation of Human Biology
  • BIOL2257 Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
  • BIOL2159 Microbiology 1
  • 2 University student electives

 Graduates of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing), or Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) (MSL50109) who have been successful in gaining a place in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) will be eligible to apply for exemptions to up to one year, leaving an additional three years to complete the degree.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer are ways that RMIT recognises applicants' skills and knowledge gained through formal and informal education and training, work experience, and/or life experience (including volunteer work, committee responsibilities, family duties, hobbies).

As a successful graduate of this program, you may (upon application) be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs. Please check with the admissions officer of your program of choice.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon graduation you can apply for the BH058 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) program  or MC158 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 (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — chemistry or biology and one of mathematics (any) or physics with a study score of at least 20, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) 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) and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (www.ibms.org).  The program has formal links through the Laboratory Medicine Programme Advisory Committee 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, AACB, 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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