About the course

About the course

Our laboratory technology course will help you gain the skills and knowledge to work in scientific laboratories conducting medical testing, biological, chemical or environmental testing.

You will study in a supportive environment with small class sizes, and you can expect to learn practical scientific knowledge and technical skills that will expand your interest in science. The learning areas include:

  • aseptic techniques and microscopy
  • microbiology
  • histology
  • environmental testing
  • molecular biology and electrophoresis
  • chemical testing

You’ll learn how to plan and conduct laboratory work, use app software, analyse data and report your results.

Throughout your course, you’ll have the opportunity to use relevant instruments in modern laboratories to strengthen your practical experience. In the final year, you can showcase your laboratory skills to potential employers in our work placement program.

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Intake Dates & Course Length


February and July

Full time: 2 years 

Part time: 4 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes


After successful completion, you may wish to apply for a range of employment opportunities as a technical officer, laboratory assistant, and scientific officer. Other industry options may include quality assurance in private and government laboratories such as biological, environmental or chemical testing laboratories, secondary schools, medical research and pathology laboratories and pharmaceutical research and development laboratories.

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Entry Requirements


Successful completion of MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (CRICOS 098116M), or international equivalent. Relevant senior employment experience in a science industry and can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in any of the above qualifications will be considered.

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Applying


VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation


After successful completion, you may wish to apply for entry into the second year (if eligible) of the Bachelor of Biosecurity, which Box Hill Institute offers. You may be offered upto 24 credit points, the equivalent of 6 months.

International students: You may wish to apply or package this course with the Bachelor of Biosecurity Science at Box Hill Institute.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options


This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$9,914$19,829
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$1,620$1,620
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$11,783$21,698
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$5,919$10,779

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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