Courses & Units

Bachelor of Health Science/Medical Radiation Science M3L

Launceston

Introduction

A five year combined degree training program in Medical Radiation Science (with specialisation in Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy) in conjunction with Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga NSW. Students undertake the first two years of the Bachelor of Health Science in Launceston, including four units specific to Medical Radiation Science, and then transfer for the next two years, undertaking 2nd and 3rd year subjects of the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine or Medical Radiation Science) on campus at CSU. In the fifth year students undertake workplace learning units in a medical radiation science facility and two distance coursework units. Students will no longer be required to undertake a professional development year as it is now incorporated into the course. This course includes structured clinical practicums in appropriate medical radiation science departments. The degree will provide a recognised professional qualification in radiography.

A quota of twelve (12) students per intake is applied

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Health Science/Medical Radiation Science
Course Abbreviation BHlthSc/BMedRadSc
Course Duration 5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 11 Years
CRICOS code
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Launceston Semester 1

Objectives

This degree is designed to prepare students for work in either Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy departments, which 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.

Career Outcomes

Medical Imaging specialisationGraduates 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 specialisationGraduates 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

This course is currently provisionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Radiography (full accreditation in process) and graduates are expected to be as a Medical Radiation Science Professional in Tasmania.

Additional Information

This course includes professional experience placement units that require students to attend relevant professional workplaces. Any costs incurred by the student whilst undertaking professional experience placement are expected to be covered by the student.

No deferrals will be permitted to students offered places in the course. Students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, a full vaccination record and an Australian Police criminal record check to meet NSW Health Department requirements check, prior to commencing practicum placement. Students will be required to provide evidence of these to UTAS staff for record purposes. Some Clinical Placements are outside normal University of Tasmania hours and semesters.

Prerequisites

Minimum University requirements including Physical Sciences TQA3, plus Mathematics Applied TQA3 or Mathematics Methods TQA3 or equivalent. AnATAR score of 80 will normally be required.In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Human Life Sciences policies relevant to workplace based learning. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct,Safe to Practise Policy and Safety in Practice Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this course. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

On completion of the second year at UTAS, students will transfer to CSU 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 BMedRadSc (Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy) conferred by CSU and BHlthSc conferred by UTAS. If students do not wish to transfer to CSU they may continue to third year BHlthSc units at UTAS to graduate withBachelor of Health Science

A five-year (10 semester) course described in the following schedule. Note: The unit sequence in Years 1 and 2 will vary in different years due to the nature of the alternate year offering of some units.

Course Structure

Year 1 (University of Tasmania)

  • CXA103Health: Determinants and AnalysisDetails

    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

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  • CXA171Cell Biology and FunctionDetails

    Introduces students to the fundamental unit of life, the cell. Concepts in basic biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics are covered in this unit, and form a fundamental core of knowledge to which students will refer throughout their…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA115Physics for Health SciencesDetails

    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

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  • CXA102Introduction to Health SciencesDetails

    This is an introductory unit for students entering the health sciences area or allied health training. This unit introduces students to the nature and importance of written communication skills essential for both study and professional practice within the health sciences.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA172Anatomy and Physiology 1Details

    Introduces a systematic study of the structure and functioning of the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and defence systems.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA176Microbiology and HealthDetails

    This unit gives students a basic understanding of microbiology in relation to disease processes, transmission and treatment. It covers the structure and function of microbes, their role in the infectious disease process within the human body, how microbes can be…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • BMA101Introduction to ManagementDetails

    Provides students with an introduction to management concepts, functions and strategies. The unit outlines the key functions of management. The unit then explores the context surrounding management functioning, including an analysis of the broad environment in which organisations operate, the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • # Offered alternate years

Year 2 (University of Tasmania)

  • CXA273Anatomy and Physiology 2Details

    Continues the study of the structure and functioning of the various systems of the human body begun in CXA172, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, urinary system and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance, reproductive and digestive systems.…

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  • CXA212Pathology of Common DiseasesDetails

    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

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  • CXA200Medical Radiation FundamentalsDetails

    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

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  • CXA202Medical Radiation InstrumentationDetails

    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

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  • CXA232KinesiologyDetails

    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

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  • CXA386Research and Topics in Health SciencesDetails

    Introduces students to the types of research which informs our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. The unit also covers basic pharmacological and toxicological principles, the use and monitoring…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA201Medical Radiation ScienceDetails

    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

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  • CXA309Health Services and Health InformaticsDetails

    This unit aims to broaden students understanding of the Australian Health Care system and its operation. It provides the opportunity for students to critically examine and review the current and emerging trends in health care delivery and includes topics such…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • # Offered alternate years

Years 3 and 5 (Charles Sturt University)

Students transfer to Charles Sturt University and enter year 2 in either the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) or Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine). Details are available at http://www.csu.edu.au/courses/undergraduate/medical_radiation_science/course-overview
  • Years 3 - 5 as per Charles Sturt University curriculum for Medical Radiation Science http://www.csu.edu.au/courses/undergraduate/medical_radiation_science/course-structure

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

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.

Course Rules


See specifications for Bachelor of Health Science M3H.