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Summary
Associate Degree of Health Major Biomedical Science (AHEA)

Study Mode
  • External
  • On-campus

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

Duration
  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Be a skilled laboratory technician or technical officer

The Associate Degree of Health (Biomedical Science) provides training for a career as laboratory technician or technical officer in research or teaching laboratories.
You will learn to use computational, statistical and technological approaches to understand biomedical information, understand broad biomedical concepts, generate accurate scientific data and understand more about what it's like to work in research and clinical laboratories.

Throughout the degree you will develop learning in areas such as human anatomy, medical microbiology and immunology, biochemistry of nutrition and genetics.

You will experience laboratory-based residential schools or fortnightly labs for many of your first year courses and in second year will experience a combination of intensive modes of teaching through laboratory-based residential schools supported by online learning.

As a graduate of this degree, you may have employment opportunities as a university and secondary school science laboratory technician. You will have contemporary laboratory skills to assist in roles in both research and teaching laboratories.
Other majors for the Associate Degree of Health: Medical Laboratory Science.
Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Major courses  8
Total 16
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9352
Domestic full fee paying AUD 22600

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

16/64
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (4 SA) 
  • Recommended study: in one of Biology, Chemistry or Science21 (4 SA), or equivalent. 

 

As a part of your clinical experience, you will also need to provide the following documents: 

  • evidence of immunity to notifiable and contagious diseases
  • a signed Qld Health Student Orientation Checklist, Qld Health Placement Deed and a Qld Health Placement Privacy and Consent Deed or a signed SA Health Student Orientation Checklist, SA Health Placement Deed and a SA Health Privacy and Consent Deed
  • a signed USQ Student Clinical Placement Policy Declaration.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 906915
Toowoomba 906911

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018. 

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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