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Point of Care Testing G (9846.2)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Diagnostic Pathology


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The use of Point of Care Patient Testing is rapidly increasing in the health sector. This unit will develop student skills so that they can operate these devices within the Australian regulatory framework. The student will develop the technical ability to apply a range of diagnostic methodologies relevant to Point of Care Testing and gain the ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups within the diagnostic environment. They will gain knowledge that allows them to diagnose problems or develop problem solving strategies. This unit will provide the student with the knowledge and practical skills to undertake diagnostic tests using point of care devices to assist in patient management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand how to safely and appropriately collect a range of biological samples including, blood, and urine for analysis;

2. Interact with patients with regard to their personal safety, comfort and wellbeing and consideration of cultural, ethnic and personal privacy issues;

3. Articulate the operating principles of the analytical devices;

4. Accurately perform test procedures using a variety of analytical devices;

5. Validate and confirm the accuracy of test results using quality control and quality assurance techniques;

6. Interpret the significance of test results;

7. Communicate test results and interpretation where appropriate, to the treating healthcare provider and record in the patient and laboratory file; and

8. Perform all procedures with due regard to regulatory requirements covering worksafety, accreditation standards, privacy and ethical issues.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

5 hours per week.




Must be enrolled in one of the Post-Graduate programs of Diagnostic Pathology.

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