This double degree offered by Human Life Sciences (UTAS) and Charles Sturt University trains students to work in public and private hospitals and be accredited as medical radiation scientists in the areas of Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. Medical radiation scientists provide diagnostic services and treatments that are an integral part of the health care system. The course involves study of the principles of radiation science, specialised equipment, patient care, human biology, as well as workplace experience on clinical placements.
Students study the first two years of the double degree at UTAS Newnham campus and the second 2 years of their degree at CSU Wagga Wagga campus. The final year of the degree is a professional development year spent in a private or public hospital. Students choose their specialisation at the beginning of their third year of study.
Medical Imaging specialisation allows graduates to work as diagnostic radiographers/medical imaging technologists either in public hospitals or private radiology practices in any state of Australia. Medical Imaging provides valuable information that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Nuclear Medicine specialisation allows graduates work as nuclear medicine scientists either in public hospitals or private nuclear medicine practices in any state of Australia. Nuclear Medicine involves the use of radioactive substances in the diagnostics and treatment of disease.
Radiation Therapy specialisation Graduates work as radiation therapists either in public hospitals or private practices in any State of Australia. Radiation Therapy involves the design and delivery of radiation treatment plans for people diagnosed with cancer and other pathological conditions.
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. Graduates can also apply to work in any country.
For further information about the Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science, visit the Course and Unit Entry.
Authorised by the Head of Human Life Sciences
3 January, 2014