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Your workplace can vary between hospitals, community health
centres, research institutes, the government or private industry
Pathology includes the collection and testing of biological products
such as blood, urine and other fluids and tissue samples. Working in a
pathology lab can be a high-pressure environment, but also stimulating
and exciting as it's so varied.
Do you have the right personal skills, interests and abilities to
make you a great fit for a job in pathology? A natural interest in
science, especially biology is an important one. It's also important
to have a fairly strong stomach. When you deal daily with biological
products such as blood, urine, skin and stool samples, being easily
squeamish won't help you.
You should also be accurate, reliable and responsible as patients'
lives can depend on your work. The ability to work well under pressure
is also desirable.
in pathology means you'll be working closely with medical
professionals such as doctors and pathologists in a clinical setting.
Your workplace can vary between hospitals, community health centres,
research institutes, the government or private industry. Best of all,
you'll be doing your bit to help other people through potentially
difficult or anxious medical situations.
Pathology professionals are at the forefront of healthcare research
and medical science.
TAFE NSW's Certificate
III in Pathology Collection or Certificate
III in Pathology Assistance would get you started as a pathology
assistant and specimen collector. This is an ideal course for anyone
just starting out in the area of pathology as it has no entry requirements.
To further your pathology career, you can go on to study a Diploma
of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing). This Diploma can
also help you gain entry to further study at university.
Medical Lab Technicians work as part of a team with doctors,
scientists and lab assistants. They conduct tests and other procedures
used to diagnose and treat diseases. These include
microbiological, haematological, histological, chemical pathology,
immunohaematology and molecular biology tests and procedures.
Specimen collection officers collect blood and other samples (e.g.
urine, tissue samples and fluids and swabs) from clients and patients.
They're also responsible for the performance of respiratory function
and urea breath tests.
Laboratory aides and pathology assistants prepare samples of body
tissue and fluids taken from patients for analysis. They also make up
chemical solutions, sterilise equipment, label and sort tissue samples
and dispose of chemical or biological waste.
here to find out more about studying laboratory science with TAFE
NSW, and download your free Course Guide.