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

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
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 International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses 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 other countries.  Other graduate opportunities include management, research, industry (application specialists) and higher education.

Graduates from this course can qualify for further study and training to enter a career in ultrasound or MRI.

The course is accredited by the AHPRA Medical Radiation Science Practice Board and graduates will be eligible for registration by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Nuclear Medicine specialisation:

Graduates work as nuclear medicine scientists or CT radiographers either in public hospitals or private nuclear medicine practices in any state of Australia. Graduates can also apply to work in other countries.  Other graduate opportunities include management, research, industry (application specialists) and higher education.

Graduates from this course can qualify for further study and training to enter a career in ultrasound or MRI.

The course is accredited by the AHPRA Medical Radiation Science Practice Board and will 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 radiation oncology practices in any State of Australia.  Graduates can also apply to work in any country.  Other graduate opportunities include management, research, industry (application specialists) and higher education.

Graduates from this course can qualify for further study and training to enter a career in tomotherapy and IMRT.

The course is accredited by the AHPRA Medical Radiation Science Practice Board and graduates will be eligible for registration by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (linked to Medical Radiation Science at Charles Sturt University) is professionally accredited by the AHPRA Medical Radiation Science Practice Board. This accreditation is granted to Charles Sturt University.

Course structure

Students complete 12 core units. Note: the order students will study the units will depend on year of entry (eg Odd/Even year)

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 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

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 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

An introductory physics course for health science professionals. This subject provides an introduction to the topics of mechanics, waves, fluids and thermodynamics, sound, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. CXA115 aims to provide a basic understanding of physical processes and physical…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

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 provides a structured introduction to the practical aspects of the clinical environment within a medical radiation department and to basic techniques in medical radiation science. You will be introduced to the techniques and instrumentation used in Diagnostic Radiography,…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
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 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 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 an introduction to analysis of human movement. The focus is on functional musculoskeletal anatomy and the physical laws that control motion. The unit focuses both on the application of kinesiology to physical activities of daily living and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit explores how historical, cultural and social elements, as well as previous and contemporary policy frameworks, shape the health and wellbeing of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Cultural safety, self-determination and collaboration are central concepts within…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartAccelerated Study Period 3
HobartNursing Study Period 3
LauncestonAccelerated Study Period 3
LauncestonNursing Study Period 3
Cradle CoastAccelerated Study Period 3
Cradle CoastNursing Study Period 3
Rozelle - SydneyAccelerated Study Period 3

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

     

Students choose three elective units of any level from any College or discipline area.

Studies completed at Charles Sturt University

Need help choosing you first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

This course is available on campus only. Due to a technical issue in the application system you will see an option for “off campus”. Please do not select this option. Only select “on-campus”.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

Domestic applicants who recently completed secondary education (completed in the past two years)

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. In 2020, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 77.20 The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.

Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your individual subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

To be eligible for an offer, you must also meet the subject prerequisites listed below.

Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

This course does not admit students on the basis of VET / TAFE study. You can enquire online for advice on pathways or alternative course options.

Domestic applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

  • Partially completed an undergraduate course at Diploma level or higher (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made

You must also meet the subject prerequisites listed below.

Domestic applicants with work and life experience

This course does not admit students on the basis of work and life experience. You can enquire online for advice on available pathways and alternative course options.

Subject Prerequisites

To be an eligible for an offer, you must have studies or experience equivalent to a satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subjects:

  • General Mathematics (MTG315120) or equivalent or higher

You can enquire online for information on interstate and international equivalents to the Tasmanian senior secondary subjects above. If you have not met any of these prerequisites you will need to complete a UTAS foundation unit before you start your course.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

SAFETY IN PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

This course includes compulsory work placements. All students must meet the course’s Safety in Practice Requirements before their first placement.  The safety in practice requirements are completed separately to the course admission application.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

This course is not available to international students. Please enquire online for advice on alternative course options.

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.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

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.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

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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