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2014 Bachelor of Health Science/Medical Radiation Science(M3L)  Download to Zip

Responsible faculty or institute:
Health (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Launceston:
Course Duration: Minimum 5 yrs, Maximum 8 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):

(03) 6324 5491


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

Admission & 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.

Course 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 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.


Articulation to/from Course


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

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.

Miscellaneous 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.

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