Graduate Diploma in Science Qualification programme

A route to registration as a medical laboratory scientist is via completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science qualification and work experience requirements.

What is the Graduate Diploma Programme?

The Graduate Diploma in Science is a qualification programme offered through the Auckland University of Technology providing registered Medical Laboratory Technicians an alternative route to Medical Laboratory Science registration.

What are the requirements to take the Graduate Diploma?

You can only apply to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Science if you are a registered medical laboratory technician or a  registered medical laboratory pre-analytical technician, and have worked for at least 12 months fulltime in a suitable medical laboratory in New Zealand prior to commencement of the Graduate Diploma Programme.

You will need to complete an application form, and approval to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Science requires sign-off from:

1.     Your employer

You must be employed in an ISO 15189 accredited diagnostic medical laboratory as a registered medical laboratory technician and provide evidence to the Council (prior to the commencement starting the programme) of support from your employer to undertake the practical (laboratory) components of the programme.

Should you change employment during the course of your graduate diploma study programme, you will need to provide the Council with evidence of support from your new employer.  Your new employer (diagnostic medical laboratory) will need to be ISO 15189 accredited.

2.     The university providing the course of study

You must provide evidence of enrolment in the Graduate Diploma Programme offered by the Auckland University of Technology.

Please Note: The University may approve your enrolment in the Graduate Diploma on the provision that you complete some other course of study prior to enrolment in the diploma programme.

3.     The Council

Once you have provided evidence of your employer’s support and evidence of enrolment in the programme you must have the approval of the Council to take route to registration as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. You must submit the Application Form, found below.

What happens when I complete the Graduate Diploma?

Once you have completed the Graduate Diploma in Science course of study and applied on-line to the Council for registration as a medical laboratory scientist; you must be able to show that, post enrolment, you have a minimum of 2 years fulltime (or equivalent) work experience in a ISO 15189 accredited diagnostic medical laboratory.  

You will need to submit the following documentation: 

  • A certified copy of your qualification.  A photocopy may be certified as a true copy by a solicitor, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or an Officer of the Court; and
  • Two Certificates of Standing and Experience (personal and professional) completed by persons unrelated to you. Click here for the certificate of standing and experience; and
  • Evidence of name change if applicable.

Please note, the application fee of $100 must be paid prior to your application being reviewed, and can be paid on-line at the time of completing your application.

Providing your application is received with all the required documentation and the full registration fee payment, your application will be processed within 10 working days.  You can expect to receive confirmation of registration within 15 working days from the day your completed application was received by the Council.

Please Note, a substantial component of that experience (at least 50%) must be in an area directly relevant to the practice of diagnostic medical laboratory science. 

Currently this excludes anybody working in the areas of phlebotomy, specimen services and donor services. 

Any time you are employed in a non-ISO accredited diagnostic medical laboratory will not count towards to this 2-year fulltime (or equivalent) work experience.

Annual Practicing Certificate

Once your registration has been granted you must apply to the Council for an annual practising certificate (APC) in order to practice as a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist. To apply, click on the "apply for APC" button.