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Bachelor of Medical Science (Specialisation) - CG93

Explore health and disease issues and equip yourself with practical skills by studying the Bachelor of Medical Science.

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STUDY MODES

On Campus

RANK CUT OFF

OP:14 SR:70 ATAR:67.95

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:69 ATAR:69

UNITS/CREDITS

19/144

DURATION

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Rockhampton

RECOMMENDED STUDY

English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Science

CRICOS

072157E

The Bachelor of Medical Science is a practical course designed to ensure you graduate with knowledge in sciences, study and research skills and professional health experience. While studying this course you will have the flexibility to specialise and pursue career opportunities in biotechnology, clinical measurement, nutrition or pathology.

The biotechnology specialisation will prepare you for the medical research or biotechnology industries. With an emphasis on cutting-edge technologies in the development and application of therapeutics, you are ideally placed to pursue a career in the biopharmaceutical industry or medical research laboratories.

The work of clinical measurement scientists centres around four primary disciplines: cardiac sciences, neurophysiology, respiratory sciences and sleep sciences.

Choosing to study the nutrition specialisation will enable you to work with individuals or communities to promote healthy lifestyle choices and prevent diet-related disease.

The pathology specialisation will prepare students for employment in diagnostic medical laboratories where haematological, biochemical, microbiological and histological analysis of human blood, urine and tissue samples is conducted.

This unique program has been developed alongside industry professionals and gives you the opportunity to complete placements in real-world settings, allowing you to further enhance your employability and put your learning into practice.

Core Units 8 Major Units 7
Electives None Minor Units 4


COURSE STRUCTURE
You will study eight core units and a major in either Biotechnology, Clinical Measurement, Nutrition or Pathology.

If you choose to study a major in Biotechnology, Clinical Measurement or Nutrition you will also select two minors from a prescribed minors list outlined in the Majors and Minors section below.

If you study the Pathology major you will be required to complete 16 pathology units without the inclusion of minors.

You also have the option to study the Biotechnology major and select a Diagnostic Pathology co-major. Upon graduation, if you opt for this co-major, you will receive the award of Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology and Diagnostic Pathology). With this option, you also may transfer into the four-year accredited CL10 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) degree.

UNIT INFORMATION
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2021Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021Rockhampton
MajorsUnitsDescription
Biotechnology8

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology) can select the Diagnostic Pathology Major as an option of 8 units for their studies. The units involved in this Pathology Major include:

  • MBIO19012 Microbiology
  • BMSC12011 Medical Microbiology 1
  • BMSC12001 Histological and Cytological Techniques
  • BMSC12003 Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • BMSC13002 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry
  • BMSC13001 Advanced Haematology
  • BMSC13003 Medical Microbiology 2
  • BMSC13016 Advanced Histopathology and Cytopathology

Students may wish to articulate into the CL10 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science upon completion of this Diagnostic Pathology major within the Biotechnology course.


Clinical Measurement7

The Bachelor of Medical Science has eight compulsory units. Seven of the compulsory units are studied in the first year of the course; the eighth compulsory unit is studied in the final year of the course.The eighth compulsory unit, BMSC13012 Advanced Work Integrated Learning provides the opportunity of students completing a work placement in a hospital or clinical setting.

The Biomedical Minor is highly recommended for students who choose to practice a Clinical Measurement scientist because the 4 units of study within this Minor are essential to the knowledge required for a Clinical Measurement scientist to practice safely in a work environment.

Students have a choice of studying three minors in a non-cognate discipline.

  • Research Minor - 4 units, 24 credits
  • Entrepreneurship Minor - 4 units, 24 credits
  • Indigenous Health Minor - 4 units, 24 credits
Nutrition8


Pathology16


MinorsUnitsDescription
Biomedical4
Chemistry4
Diagnostic Pathology8The major is only available to the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Biotechnology) students. Biotechnology students that complete this Diagnostic Pathology major will be awarded the Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology and Diagnostic Pathology).
Entrepreneurship4
Indigenous Health4
Pre-dietetics8
Research4
Strategic Communication4
Working with the Media4


MAJOR OPTIONS
Biotechnology
The biotechnology specialisation will explore the ways in which living things and their molecular constituents are used as tools. With an emphasis on medical applications, you will be ideally placed to pursue a career in the BioPharma industry and medical diagnostics.

Clinical Measurement

Clinical Measurement involves diagnosing disease and fine-tuning therapeutic management of already established disease by performing physiological tests such as electrocardiography (ECG) and 24-hour halter monitoring. Upon completion of the Clinical Measurement specialisation, you will be ready to pursue a role as a Medical Scientist in clinical measurement laboratories. Medical Scientists form a vital link in the chain of medical services and assess the physiological functioning of the cardiovascular, nervous and respiratory systems.

Nutrition

Nutrition is an important and diverse field in today's society. Choosing to study Nutrition will enable you to work with individuals or communities to promote healthy lifestyle choices and prevent diet-related disease. Completing the Nutrition specialisation will prepare you for a career in nutrition education, advocacy, food advertising and communication, research, nutrition science, nutrition behaviour, sport and exercise and biomedical nutrition.

Pathology

The pathology major will prepare you for employment in diagnostic medical laboratories where haematological, biochemical, microbiological and histological analysis of human blood, urine and tissue samples is conducted.

Unit NameCodeDescription
Work Integrated Learning BMSC12005This unit is specific to students enrolled in the Pathology and Clinical Measurement majors. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 360 hours of compulsory work experience throughout the course. Refer to the More Details section within the Handbook for further information.
Advanced Work Integrated LearningBMSC13012All students enrolled in Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Specialisation) are required to undertake this unit. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 360 hours of compulsory work experience throughout the course. Refer to the More Details section within the Handbook for further information.
There are several compulsory residential schools attached to the following course when taken in the Online mode. See More Details for more information.

Rank Threshold
SR 69 | ATAR 69.0

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

Rank Cut-Off - minimum unadjusted
OP 16 | SR 71 | ATAR 68.60

Rank Cut-Off - minimum adjusted
OP 14 | SR 73 | ATAR 70.60

 The rank cut-off score is the competitive entry score that was needed to gain entry to this course in Term 1 2020. There is an unadjusted score before any adjustment schemes or factors are applied and an adjusted score if these were applied. Entry to courses is competitive and the cut-off score will vary from year to year and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.


Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2020.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years or:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 6.0 in each subset; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

Years 2 and 3 of the Medical Science course include work placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical safety and security requirements prior to each placement, including a clear criminal record check, and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement. Students are required to meet all mandatory requirements to attend work placements. Students who have a criminal history check disclosure prior to commencing the course ore recorded in the duration of the course are required to have their fitness for placement assessed on a case by case basis by the University or in conjunction with the placement provider or State Health Department (as appropriate). Where a student has a criminal history check prior to enrolment in the course, the student may be required to apply for clearance through the applicable State Health Department to determine fitness for placement prior to enrolment in the course. A student may be declared ineligible for placement based on the nature of the criminal history disclosure, the inability to perform required tasks, or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders. A student may be determined ineligible for placement of the placement site is unable to work with the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placement upon the placement provider by the State Health Department or assessment unit within a private organisation. If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student may be determined as not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating the enrolment in the course.

Health Requirements

Years 2 and 3 of the Medical Science course include work placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-placement health and safety checks prior to each placement and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public at significant risk whilst on placement. During placement, students will be working in pathology laboratories, hospitals, clinics, or research laboratories. Students are required to ensure that all immunisations as per requirements of the placement provider are completed before they proceed on work placement.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended study - English (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science

Graduates of the Bachelor of Medical Science course from CQUniversity have developed the expertise and skills to work as health professionals in pathology, clinical measurement, biotechnology or nutritional areas.

The pathology specialisation will prepare students for employment in diagnostic medical laboratories where haematological, biochemical, microbiological and histological analysis of human blood, urine and tissue samples is conducted.

The clinical measurement specialisation will prepare students for employment as clinical measurement scientists. The specialisation offers multidisciplinary training in diagnostic physiological measurement in cardiac sciences, respiratory sciences, neurophysiology and sleep science.

The nutrition specialisation is targeted at students who will pursue a career in nutrition related health promotion and food and nutrition industries and provide a pathway for postgraduate study in health education, research and public health.

The biotechnology specialisation will prepare students for the medical research or biotechnology industries. With an emphasis on cutting-edge technologies in the development and application of therapeutics, the student is ideally placed to pursue a career in the biopharmaceutical industry or medical research laboratories.

Work integrated learning units are included in each specialisation to facilitate work readiness of graduates.

Please note that the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) will not be accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) after 31st December 2019. The Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) is in the process of being taught-out with closure of this major predicted for 2020. Students interested in a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist should apply for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) degree which has applied for AIMS accreditation.

The Clinical Measurement specialisation course of study has been developed in conjunction with the relevant professional societies. The Nutrition specialisation plan has been developed in accordance with guidelines of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Please note that the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) will not be accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) as of the 31st December 2019. Students interested in a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist should apply for the CL10 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) degree which has AIMS accreditation.

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

This course is available at our regional campuses, and you will automatically be eligible for an International Student Scholarship – Regional

South AustraliaONL: 5C4043
Western AustraliaONL: 150491
VictoriaONL: 1700110491 
New South WalesONL: 160491
QueenslandONL: 851705; ROK: 851701


If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

YOUR COURSE
The Bachelor of Medical Science offers you a choice of major in Clinical Measurement, Nutrition, Pathology (for clinical practice in a health professional role), or Biotechnology (in support industries and medical research.) You will study a common first year across all majors and complete foundation units in anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biochemistry. This foundational study gives you valuable knowledge and skills that you will build upon as you progress with your chosen major. As you progress through your studies your units become more advanced and deepen your discipline knowledge and skills.

Explore your interests

Pathology: The pathology major prepares you for employment in diagnostic medical laboratories where haematological, biochemical, microbiological and histological analysis of human blood, urine and tissue samples is conducted. If you are interested in a career as a medical laboratory scientist, the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) (CL10), accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, is the ideal option for you.

Clinical Measurement: A major in clinical measurement is ideal if you are seeking employment as a clinical measurement scientist. You will complete multidisciplinary training in diagnostic physiological measurement in cardiac sciences, respiratory sciences, neurophysiology and sleep science.

Biotechnology: With an emphasis on cutting-edge technologies in the development and application of therapeutics, a major in biotechnology allows you to pursue a career in the biopharmaceutical industry or medical research laboratories.

Nutrition: The nutrition major leads to career opportunities in nutrition-related health promotion and food and nutrition industries and provides a pathway for postgraduate study in health education, research and public health.  

REAL-WORLD OPPORTUNITIES
Throughout your studies, you will have opportunities to learn in a safe and simulated environment in purpose-built medical science laboratories. Within the Clinical Measurement and Pathology majors, you will complete two six-week placements, totalling 360 hours. The Nutrition or Biotechnology majors include one six-week placement, totalling 180 hours. Your placements provide you with opportunities to apply your discipline knowledge to authentic scenarios so that you graduate work-ready with valuable connections and networks.

INDUSTRY RELEVANT
Our medical science team work closely with industry bodies to develop and review the course, ensuring that it meets industry needs and you graduate with a strong and valuable skillset.

You will learn from an experienced team of medical science lecturers who have vast national and international experience. Experience ranges from in medical research in medical fields, such as cardiovascular, immunology, and musculoskeletal research, and practitioners with relevant industry experience including medical lab scientists and medical doctors.

Our teaching team is committed to sharing their experience and knowledge with you giving you access to valuable perspectives, learnings and insights of active researchers and real practitioners.

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.

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