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What will I learn?

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.

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.

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 will be offered 24 credit points, the equivalent of 6 months. Alternatively pathway options may include Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) at RMIT where you will be eligible for 96 credit points, equivalent to 1 year credit transfer.



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$15,600.00 (8,58,086) per year
Annual Material Fee: AUD $810; Annual Service Fee: AUD $166
Start date

July 2022


Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Campus - Elgar,

465 Elgar Road,



3128, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

International students must have successfully completed MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (CRICOS M) or international equivalent.

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accept enrolments from international students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.

A minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 (Academic). A minimum TOEFL score of 530 for paper examination; 179 for computer based and 71 for internet based, or approved equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.