|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Health and Medical Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Pass/Not Pass|
|Version produced :||24 May 2022|
This course is the third clinical placement courses designed for students seeking a career as medical laboratory technicians or medical laboratory scientists. This course provides students with opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge of clinical biochemistry, transfusion science, histopathology, haematology and/or medical microbiology and acquire new practical skills in a clinical environment supported by a team of laboratory professionals.
The assessment in this course is competency-based. Students will achieve either a pass or fail for each assessment. Students need to pass all assessment items to successfully complete the course. These competency items form part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the accrediting organisation/s (where relevant).
This course provides students with an opportunity to apply their specialised theoretical knowledge in a real world clinical setting in preparation for future employment in a pathology laboratory. Students undertaking this clinical placement will gain organisational, time management and practical skills as they observe and participate in the day-to-day running of an analytical pathology department. This course encourages a reflective approach to the development of the students' workplace skills and will enable the student to make valuable professional connections with laboratory staff, potentially enhancing future employment prospects.
Students intending to enrol in this course should communicate with the professional placement office well in advance of the first week of the semester so that the process of arranging a suitable placement with a pathology provider can begin. This course is offered in S2.
The normal workload for this course is attendance of 17 days per semester. The details of the clinical placement are negotiated by the professional placements officer to suit the student's requirements and the pathology provider's capacity to accommodate the student.
1. Pathology Clinical placements
Pathology clinical placements are an integral component of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science program. The Pathology Clinical Placements enable students to gain practical experience in a workplace setting. However, as this is a clinical workplace setting students must be aware of the privacy and confidentiality issues that are associated with working in such an environment. Students undertaking pathology clinical placements must undertake Queensland Health Orientation training and sign deeds relating to placement requirements and privacy. The Students will be provided with a comprehensive pathology clinical placements guide upon enrolment.