Laboratory medicine teaches you about pathology (the origin, nature and course of disease) and the diagnosis of disease.
Your first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students. Your second year develops your knowledge of the cellular and tissue aspects of pathology, and the individual disciplines of laboratory medicine.
In your third and fourth years, you'll gain extensive field experience and focus on three of the following major disciplines: anatomical pathology, clinical biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science, immunology and medical microbiology.
You'll learn in Curtin's PC2 laboratory facility, where you can process and analyse clinical samples, identify microbes and report results in the same way as a real pathology laboratory.
You'll also develop your practical skills when you undertake a 24-week professional placement in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Medical scientist.
- Community health
- Health technology
- Private and public hospitals
- Research centres and laboratories.
What you'll learn
- apply general and discipline specified knowledge to the performance of laboratory medicine
- the application of knowledge critically and ethically in the laboratory medicine setting
- obtain and critically appraise information from a range of resources applicable to the practice of medical science
- communicate effectively specialised knowledge relevant to laboratory medicine
- the selection and effective use of appropriate technologies to generate valid data
- recognition of the need for on-going learning in the Medical Science profession
- an awareness of global differences in disease patterns and diagnostic medicine
- recognition of cultural difference and its impact on Medical Science
- recognition of the necessity for probity and ethical behaviour and a professional approach to medical science