Offering Info

Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology)

  • National Course Code: MSL50118
  • TAFE NSW code: MSL50118-06V03-22ULT-008

Location – Ultimo, Main Campus (focused on Pathology)


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

19 Jul 2022

Study Commitment

16 Hours per week


1 year

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

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.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Enter Advanced Standing or Fast Track specific details ONLY from the LOCAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS/MANDATORY WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS fields

To be enrolled in this course offering, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have:

  • Enter any evidence required details ONLY from the LOCAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS/MANDATORY WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS fields

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


This is a full time, on campus course. You must attend approximately 16 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 3-4 days a week for 1 year.

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 with morning classes and Wednesday and Friday with day classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


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

  • fully enclosed low heeled shoes.
  • a laboratory coat or hospital gown and safety glasses for use in practical classes
  • stationary and a scientific calculator
    Students must dress appropriately for practical classes.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
UOS VSL - MSL50118-22ULT-014 UOS VSL - MSL50118 19 Jul 2022 23 Sep 2022 05 Sep 2022 $1,438.00
UOS VSL - MSL50118-22ULT-015 UOS VSL - MSL50118 10 Oct 2022 02 Dec 2022 07 Nov 2022 $1,438.00
UOS VSL - MSL50118-23ULT-001 UOS VSL - MSL50118 06 Feb 2023 07 Apr 2023 06 Mar 2023 $1,438.00
UOS VSL - MSL50118-23ULT-002 UOS VSL - MSL50118 24 Apr 2023 23 Jun 2023 05 Jun 2023 $1,436.00

Applying 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. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

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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Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus (focused on Pathology)
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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