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Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology)

  • National Course Code: MSL50118
  • TAFE NSW code: MSL50118-06V03-22GRV-019

Location – Granville


Full Time



Course Start Date

18 Jul 2022

Study Commitment

18 Hours per week


36 weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology) prepares you to work unsupervised as a qualified laboratory technician in pathology labs. Test for medical diagnoses, contribute to important medical and scientific studies, and help people make informed health decisions.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Process and interpret data
  • Use laboratory application software
  • Analyse data and report results
  • Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • Monitor the quality of test results and data


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Effective communication
  • A collaborative team spirit
  • The ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail
  • An honest and reliable nature
  • An interest in scientific details


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Experience working in a real laboratory on high value pathology tasks
  • Industry networks and connections
  • The skills to practise unsupervised as a qualified laboratory technician in the medical field
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level

Career opportunities:

  • Technical officer - pathology
  • Biotechnology technical officer
  • Food laboratory technical officer
  • Medical laboratory technician


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food)
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Chemistry)

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To be eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • That you have achieved the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate, or
  • That you have achieved a Certificate IV, or higher level qualification, in a relevant science discipline, as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate, or
  • Equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant science discipline to any of the above qualifications, as outlined in your resume

TAFE NSW also offers the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology) as a traineeship. In addition to meeting the above requirements, trainees must:

  • Be employed in the biomedical and pathology industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An intermediate level of physical fitness to complete course tasks in the laboratory and outdoor settings
  • An awareness that you may be working with food allergens and other actively biological materials

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a full time, combination course. You must attend approximately 18 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 5 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 3 days a week for 36 weeks.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with day classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

Purchase your laboratory coat $35 and safety glasses $10 prior to the class start.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
MSL924003 Process and interpret data
MSL924004 Use laboratory application software
MSL925004 Analyse data and report results
MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
MSL935007 Monitor the quality of test results and data
Elective Units
Number Title
MSL975029 Perform histological tests
MSL975030 Perform immunohaematological tests
MSL975034 Perform molecular biology tests and procedures
MSL975035 Perform microbiological tests
MSL975036 Perform haematological tests
MSL975037 Perform chemical pathology tests
MSL954003 Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples
MSL974021 Perform biological procedures
MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques
MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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