AIMS Professional Exam, Become a Medical Laboratory Technician/Scientists in Australia
AIMS Exam Miles: Become a Medical Laboratory Scientists | Medical Laboratory Technician in Australia
✓ The AIMS Medical Laboratory Scientist Professional Examination is a standardized test implemented in Australia to determine if a candidate is ready to be licensed as an entry-level- Medical Laboratory Scientists/Medical Laboratory Technician in Australia. Passing the exam confirms that you know enough to practise safely and effectively in an Australian setting.
✓ AIMS Medical Laboratory Scientist/ Medical Laboratory Technician- Miles’s program is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the full KAPS curriculum as per the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS) test plan.
✓ There is a need to obtain AIMS license for every laboratory technician who desires to work in Australia.
✓ We provide the best AIMS Medical Laboratory Scientist/ Medical Laboratory Technician Exam coaching class providing all the facilities for you to give you enough training to make you fully confident before appearing for the Exam.
- Students 70 students
- Max Students500
- Duration12 week
- Skill levelall
- Re-take courseN/A
Module 1: Introduction to AIMS Professional Examination – Medical Laboratory Scientist
AIMS examination is mainly designed to test the basic knowledge and understanding of medical laboratory sciences. This exam is used to assess the candidate’s ability to demonstrate safe and effective practice in Australia where the candidates are required to apply their knowledge and practical skills.
The AIMS Professional Examination is a Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) paper consisting of 150 single response questions to be completed in three (3) hours.
The major areas of knowledge expected of candidates are as follows: The examination consists of seven (7) sections covering the following professional disciplines: Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Genomic Pathology, Haematology, Immunopathology, Medical Microbiology and Transfusion Science.
Module 2: Anatomical Pathology
- ✓ Preparation of specimens for light microscopy including fixation and tissue processing, decalcification technique and general staining methods such as Haematoxylin and Eosin stain, Van Gieson stain and MassonTrichrome stain.
- ✓ Normal histology especially basic tissue types
- ✓ Histochemical methods as applied to light microscopy such as PAS and Perls Prussian Blue for Iron
- ✓ Fixation of cytological specimens
- ✓ The Papanicolaou staining technique
- ✓ The cytological features of inflammation and neoplasia in cervical smears
- ✓ Normal cell types in cytological specimens
Module 3: Chemical Pathology
An understanding of the underlying techniques utilised and methodology behind the measurement of common chemistry analytes and their clinical utility including:
- ✓ Blood gas and electrolytes measurement
- ✓ Urea, creatinine, and creatinine clearance, uric acid
- ✓ Glucose, glucose tolerance, HbA1c
- ✓ Liver function tests
- ✓ Lipid analysis
- ✓ Plasma proteins and protein electrophoresis
- ✓ Specific plasma proteins e.g., CRP
- ✓ Principles of enzymatic analysis
- ✓ Calcium, phosphate, magnesium
- ✓ Enzyme tests e.g., amylase, creatine kinase
- ✓ Myocardial function tests
- ✓ Common tumour markers e.g., Prostatic specific antigen, CEA
- ✓ Basic virology tests now performed in core laboratory settings
- ✓ Endocrinology such as Thyroid function tests and Adrenal function tests
- ✓ Bioinstrumentation including Immunoassay, spectrophotometric assays and Point of Care Testing
- ✓ Quality Control concepts as they apply to the automated biochemistry laboratory.
Module 4: Genomic Pathology
- ✓ Basic understanding of inheritance
- ✓ Structure of DNA and all forms of RNA
- ✓ Mitochondrial DNA
- ✓ Transcription and translation
- ✓ Influence of epigenetics on phenotypes
- ✓ Chromosome structure and common pathologies associated with chromosomal abnormalities
- ✓ Common mutations in oncology, inborn errors of metabolism
- ✓ Principles of basic thermal and isothermal PCR techniques including sample preparation and use of controls
- ✓ Principles of reverse transcriptase PCR, real-time PCR and multiplex PCR
- ✓ Sample integrity for DNA and RNA based techniques
- ✓ Awareness of next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques
Module 5: Haematology
- ✓ Principles of automated cell counting
- ✓ Macrocytic anaemia
- ✓ Microcytic anaemia
- ✓ Normocytic anaemia
- ✓ Myeloproliferative disorders
- ✓ Lymphoproliferative disorders
- ✓ Production of erythrocytes, leucocytes and platelets
- ✓ Iron metabolism
- ✓ Intrinsic and extrinsic coagulation pathways and methods of testing
- ✓ Anticoagulant therapy and methods of monitoring this therapy
- ✓ Bleeding disorders
- ✓ Natural anticoagulants
- ✓ Fibrinolysis
- ✓ Malaria testing and species
- ✓ Quality control in haematology and coagulation
- ✓ Pre-analytical factors in haematology and coagulation
Module 6: Immunopathology
- ✓ Basic understanding of the structure and function of the immune system
- ✓ Adaptive and acquired immune mechanisms
- ✓ Cellular and humoral immune responses
- ✓ Immunoglobulin properties and functions
- ✓ Key cytokines i.e., IL-1, IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-17, TNF and their functions
- ✓ Monoclonal antibodies their production, properties and uses
- ✓ Mechanisms of hypersensitivity and their laboratory investigation
- ✓ Acquired and inherited immune deficiency conditions, major autoimmune conditions and their laboratory investigation
- ✓ Principles of immunology-based assays e.g., immunophenotyping using flow cytometry, immunochromatographic techniques, solid-phase immune assays, immunohistochemical techniques.
Module 7: Medical Microbiology
- ✓ A basic knowledge of infectious diseases and organisms most commonly associated with these diseases. There will be a greater emphasis on bacterial diseases, but some knowledge of parasitic, fungal and viral disease is also expected.
- ✓ Collection, handling and processing of samples including the minimum criteria for acceptance of samples.
- ✓ Knowledge of normal flora (indigenous flora) of major body sites or absence of normal flora in sterile body sites.
- ✓ Presumptive identification of major groups of bacteria based on microscopic and colonial morphology on a variety of common media including chromogenic media and the use of key basic identification tests such as catalase, oxidase and atmospheric growth requirements.
- ✓ Principles of major methods of susceptibility testing i.e., disc diffusion, agar dilution and broth dilution and the relationship between breakpoints, MIC and susceptible / resistant categories.
- ✓ Microscopy: Function and maintenance of a modern binocular microscope, including setting up and using for bright-field, phase-contrast and dark-field microscopy.
- ✓ Staining techniques: Gram stain, Ziehl Neelsen stain, Modified ZN stains.
- ✓ General principles of quality control and quality assurance as it applies to microbiology
- ✓ Safety in the microbiology laboratory, Biosafety Cabinets, Biosafety levels.
Module 8: Transfusion Science
- ✓Antibody structure and function
- ✓Antigen / antibody interaction
- ✓Antibody production
- ✓Blood donation testing
- ✓Blood components
- ✓Antibody detection and identification
- ✓Pre transfusion testing
- ✓Blood group systems
- ✓Haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn
- ✓Quality assurance in the blood bank laboratory
- ✓Internal quality control and external quality assurance in the blood bank.
Module 9: Laboratory Safety and Quality Control
Module 10: Principles of Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Module 11: Basic Laboratory Procedures and Equipment