Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Radiation Science) (53I)

Overview  2019

ATAR

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Launceston
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

"I really love my job... I really enjoy that there’s a lot of variety, every day is different."

Lucy Blake, Radiographer, Launceston General Hospital
Medical Radiation is a field that is constantly evolving – and with that comes a growing need for qualified medical radiation scientists to work in our public and private hospitals.

Those scientists start here.

This professionally accredited double degree, offered by the University of Tasmania and Charles Sturt University (CSU), teaches you the ins and outs of radiation science, specialised equipment, patient care and human biology.

Your first two years of study are at University of Tasmania's Launceston campus, with the following two taking place at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga campus.

At the beginning of your third year, you will choose a specialisation and study units directly related to Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy.

Your final year is a professional development year, where you will put the skills you have learnt into practice in a private or public hospital.

This degree prepares students for work in either Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy departments. These department provide diagnostic services that are an integral part of the health care system.

  • Medical Imaging provides valuable information that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  • Nuclear Medicine involves the use of radioactive substances in the diagnostics and treatment of disease.
  • Radiation Therapy involves the design and delivery of radiation treatment plans for people diagnosed with cancer and other pathological conditions.

Students may use this degree to enter postgraduate courses throughout Australia.

All students enrolling in College of Health and Medicine programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

Please see the Entry Requirements section on this page for further details.

Career outcomes

"I started looking at what I could study at UTAS, because I didn’t want to move away from home yet. That’s where I started with radiation therapy."

Hannah Martin, Medical Radiation Science student

Medical Imaging specialisation:

Graduates work as diagnostic radiographers/medical imaging technologists either in public hospitals or private radiology practices in any state of Australia. Graduates can also apply to work in any country.

Following successful accreditation of the new course by the Australian Institute of Radiography (AIR), graduates will be eligible for a Statement of Accreditation from the AIR and be eligible for registration by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Nuclear Medicine specialisation:

Graduates work as nuclear medicine scientists either in public hospitals or private nuclear medicine practices in any state of Australia. Graduates can also apply to work in any country.

Following successful accreditation of the new course by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) graduates will be eligible for a Statement of Accreditation from the ANZSNM and be eligible for registration by the soon-to-be-formed national registration board.

Radiation Therapy specialisation: 

Graduates work as radiation therapists either in public hospitals or private practices in any State of Australia.

Following successful accreditation of the new Course by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, graduates will be eligible for registration by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Health (Medical Radiation Science) specialisation (linked to Medical Radiation Science at Charles Sturt University) is professionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Radiography(AIR).

Course structure

Year One

Semester One

This unit is designed to introduce students to human cells and tissues and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, defence, musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine systems in the human body. The unit will include: (a) the basic facts and concepts relating…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to introduce you to knowledge relevant to the structure and function of the human body at the chemical and cellular level. Concepts in biological chemistry, cell metabolism, microscopy, cell biology and molecular and descriptive genetics will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject introduces the modalities and instrumentation used in medical radiation science professions. Students are introduced to the modalities and instrumentation in the areas of Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. The unit covers the different types of devices…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject introduces the fundamental principles of radiation science and the medical professions that utilise radiation. Students are introduced to the professions of Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. The unit covers types of radiation and their uses, image…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

     
Semester Two

This unit is designed to introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems of the human body. The regulation of body temperature will also be studied in the unit. The unit will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides a basic introduction to biochemistry for students in health, exercise & marine sciences, complementing studies in cell biology and chemistry for life sciences. The unit also provides an introduction to metabolic biochemistry and molecular biology. It considers the basic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit sets the foundation for the study of food and its components. It will describe the role and function of macro and micronutrients essential for human health, their digestion and absorption, and relevance for the health of populations and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores how historical, cultural and social elements and policy frameworks have shaped the health and wellbeing of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Cultural safety, self-determination and collaboration are central concepts within this unit. You will…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Health service providers in Australia need to respond effectively to diverse populations. This unit will introduce to you the diversity of races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, genders and abilities in Australia. You will examine how belonging to a diverse group can…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    

Year Two

Semester One

This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. A group project and presentation allows in-depth study of one disease process, its causes…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an understanding of the basic principles of physics to biology and the life sciences. It also provides health professionals with knowledge of the scientific basis of modern diagnostic techniques such as diagnostic x-rays, MRI and ultrasound, EEG…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to give Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Health Science students an introduction to analysis of human movement.The focus is on comparative motion analysis and functional musculoskeletal anatomy and the physical laws that control motion.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    
Semester Two

This unit provides an overview of the origins and principles of health promotion and its rationale. Students will develop an understanding of the strategies, methods and theories, used in health promotion, to meet the needs of diverse population groups in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides a structured introduction to the practical aspects of the clinical environments within a medical radiation science department and basic techniques in medical radiation science. The unit introduces general aspects of the clinical environment, patient care, safety including…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Assumes an understanding of the information presented in CXA232Kinesiology and builds an understanding of biomechanical principles and research techniques. Biomechanics is the study of internal and external forces acting on the human body and the movements produced by these forces.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    

Year Three

Studies completed at Charles Sturt University.

Year One

Semester One

This unit is designed to introduce students to human cells and tissues and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, defence, musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine systems in the human body. The unit will include: (a) the basic facts and concepts relating…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to introduce you to knowledge relevant to the structure and function of the human body at the chemical and cellular level. Concepts in biological chemistry, cell metabolism, microscopy, cell biology and molecular and descriptive genetics will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an understanding of the basic principles of physics to biology and the life sciences. It also provides health professionals with knowledge of the scientific basis of modern diagnostic techniques such as diagnostic x-rays, MRI and ultrasound, EEG…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    
Semester Two

This unit is designed to introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems of the human body. The regulation of body temperature will also be studied in the unit. The unit will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides a basic introduction to biochemistry for students in health, exercise & marine sciences, complementing studies in cell biology and chemistry for life sciences. The unit also provides an introduction to metabolic biochemistry and molecular biology. It considers the basic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit sets the foundation for the study of food and its components. It will describe the role and function of macro and micronutrients essential for human health, their digestion and absorption, and relevance for the health of populations and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores how historical, cultural and social elements and policy frameworks have shaped the health and wellbeing of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Cultural safety, self-determination and collaboration are central concepts within this unit. You will…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Health service providers in Australia need to respond effectively to diverse populations. This unit will introduce to you the diversity of races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, genders and abilities in Australia. You will examine how belonging to a diverse group can…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

   

Year Two

Semester One

This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. A group project and presentation allows in-depth study of one disease process, its causes…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject introduces the modalities and instrumentation used in medical radiation science professions. Students are introduced to the modalities and instrumentation in the areas of Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. The unit covers the different types of devices…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject introduces the fundamental principles of radiation science and the medical professions that utilise radiation. Students are introduced to the professions of Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. The unit covers types of radiation and their uses, image…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to give Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Health Science students an introduction to analysis of human movement.The focus is on comparative motion analysis and functional musculoskeletal anatomy and the physical laws that control motion.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

     
Semester Two

This unit provides an overview of the origins and principles of health promotion and its rationale. Students will develop an understanding of the strategies, methods and theories, used in health promotion, to meet the needs of diverse population groups in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides a structured introduction to the practical aspects of the clinical environments within a medical radiation science department and basic techniques in medical radiation science. The unit introduces general aspects of the clinical environment, patient care, safety including…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Assumes an understanding of the information presented in CXA232Kinesiology and builds an understanding of biomechanical principles and research techniques. Biomechanics is the study of internal and external forces acting on the human body and the movements produced by these forces.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    

Year Three

Studies completed at Charles Sturt University.

Entry requirements

This course accepts twelve (12) students per year who are residents in Tasmania.

If you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Radiation Science) you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

If you've just finished school

An ATAR score of 80 or higher, and have completed the following pre-requisite units:

  • Pre-tertiary (e.g. year 11/12) Physical Sciences or Physics at AQF level 3
  • Pre-tertiary (e.g. year 11/12) Mathematics Applied or Mathematics Methods or equivalent at AQF level 3

Pre-teriary science and mathematics subjects at AQF level 3 include: Biology, Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Physics, Sports Science, and Mathematics Applied, Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialised or equivalent (e.g. mathematic applications, extension 1 or 2, mathematics B or C).

Alternatively, students who do not meet the ATAR should consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition) or Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise Science) as a potential pathway to the Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Radiation Science).

If you're a mature age student

You will need to meet the following:

  • University general entry requirements (link to this on the UTAS website)
  • Completion of the following Foundation Units (or equivalent):
    • KYA004 Physics Foundation Unit
    • KYA003 Mathematics Foundation Unit

Other tertiary or TAFE qualifications (minimum AQF level 3) considered, case by-case.

Safety in Practice Compliance

All students enrolling in College of Health and Medicine programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

This includes completing/providing:

  • national criminal history check;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the College of Health and Medicine Mandatory Functional Requirementsand
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

The College assesses student compliance in accordance with the Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure. Without this documentation, students may be excluded from participating in their course.

Students must submit documentation complying with the Safety in Practice Requirements before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first placement.

On completion of the second year at University of Tasmania, students will transfer to Charles Sturt University to undertake 2nd and 3rd year of Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science and complete workplace learning practical units in their fifth year.

Students will graduate with Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging OR Nuclear Medicine OR Radiation Therapy) conferred by Charles Sturt University and Bachelor of Health Science conferred by University of Tasmania..

If students do not wish to transfer to Charles Sturt University they may continue to third year Bachelor of Health Science units at University of Tasmania to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2019, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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