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Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) - 319JA

Course Code: 319JA
Course Version: 2
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Medical Radiation
UAC Code: 365273
CRICOS Code: 087833F
Lowest Selection Rank: 77.4
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS of 7.0 overall, or equivalent, with no band score below 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Becomes an experienced qualified diagnostic radiographer – fast

If your career goal is to become a qualified diagnostic radiographer, but you’re also looking for a competitive edge, then this course will give you the skills, knowledge, and experience to confidently apply for employment both in Australia and overseas – six months ahead of other diagnostic radiographer courses.

This course offers an accelerated four-year degree which completes all training in only 3.5 years allowing you enter the job market earlier and giving UC graduates a definite competitive advantage when it comes to looking for future employment opportunities.

Packed with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) choices, this unique course can include an embedded honours program, allowing you to study the bachelor’s degree on its own for three and a half years, or undertake a research project in your third and fourth year to graduate with Honours.

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for registration from the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA) to practice as a Diagnostic Radiographer and can explore career opportunities in general radiography, angiography, mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and medical ultrasound.

Study a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) at UC and you will:

  • gain a high level of ethical and interpersonal skills for interacting with patients from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • learn to effectively function as part of a healthcare team
  • acquire and apply clinical reasoning, treatment and evaluation skills to basic and life sciences
  • develop skills to undertake all routine diagnostic radiographic procedures
  • learn to operate diagnostic radiographic instrumentation to optimise image quality and minimise radiation dose or other potential patient hazards
  • develop skills in designing, implementation and management of quality assurance programs for medical imaging applications
  • acquire professional attitudes and attributes as a reflective practitioner.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is a key part of the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) program and has been created to give students valuable hands-on experience using a broad range of x-ray units within a simulated and controlled lab environment.

This approach builds confidence and has been created to ensure that all UC students are familiar and experience with real-world technology by the time they reach their first clinical placements.

Students will also participate in a variety of placements throughout the course including two five-week clinical placements during the second and third years of your studies and have the chance to take part in longer residences too.

Each placement can occur across several different local and/or national healthcare settings, including regional, rural, large teaching hospitals and private practice placements.

Career opportunities

A Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) is a globally recognised and respected qualification that will enable to pursue a career in any of the following positions.

  • general radiographer
  • mammographer
  • angiographer
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) radiographer
  • computed tomography (CT) radiographer
  • clinical educator
  • clinical researcher
  • research manager
  • vendor application specialist
  • sonographer*

To gain accreditation in this field*, further postgraduate study is necessary.

Course-specific information

The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) is an approved program of study by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA), and graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practice in Australia as a Diagnostic Radiographer.

Assumed knowledge for entry is the HSC equivalent of Biology, Physics, and Mathematics.

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible, you must have an academic IELTS of 7.0 overall, or equivalent, with no band score below 7.0.

Before undertaking any clinical practice or clinical laboratory experience, you must:

•    provide your immunisation history
•    apply for a National Police Check
•    have qualifications in first aid/CPR.

Eligible students who wish to complete the degree’s embedded Honours option must attain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5 in the first two years of the course and obtain approval stating that their supervisor has availability to oversee the project.

Graduating students will be able to gain registration to practice as a diagnostic radiographer, as well as being able to apply for a Statement of Compliance with the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASIMRT) and eligible for membership.

 

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email student.centre@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry

Applicants
may be required to participate in an interview process.

Additional Admission Requirements

Police clearance checks
Immunisation
Current First Aid certificate

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge for entry is to HSC equivalent of Biology, Physics and Mathematics.

Inherent Requirements:
Clinical practice and/or clinical laboratories during the medical imaging course require students to:
- be involved in encounters where students must physically interact with patients and/or other students coming from a range of ethnic, age, gender and disability backgrounds;
- be physically capable to independently lift and move patients and equipment and to wear lead gowns (heavy) for extended periods of time;
- be involved in patient encounters where patients may be severely injured or be at the end stage of terminal illnesses;
- work in environments which may be highly stressful;
- have vision able to visualise detail within medical images;
- due to government requirements, wear clothing during clinical placements that does not cover the elbows and forearms;
- attend clinical workplaces, for extended periods of time, in interstate, metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

This course is only available for full-time enrolment.

Notes for International Applicants

This course is only available for full-time enrolment.

Course Requirements

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For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) B MRS(MI)
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) (Honours) B MRS(MI)(Hons)

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $35,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) through the Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee (MRPAC), the accreditation committee of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA). Graduating students will be eligible to apply for registration as a Diagnostic Radiographer with the MRPBA.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates of the course will be expected to possess knowledge of: -
The scientific principles and concepts of all medical imaging techniques currently used in diagnostic radiographic clinical practice;
The protocols and associated techniques associated with diagnostic and interventional radiographic examinations procedures;
Anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant to the practice of diagnostic radiography;
The normal and abnormal imaging appearances within current diagnostic radiographic procedures;
Sociological aspects of illness and health-care;
The role of the diagnostic radiographer in the health-care team in Australia and internationally;
Patient information management systems and digital imaging principles including their effective application in medical imaging; and
Radiation protection, biology and dosimetry applicable to diagnostic radiography.
Professional:
Up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; and
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict.

Global Citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; and
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Graduates will be able to demonstrate: -
A high level of ethical and interpersonal skills with patients from diverse background/cultures and with other health professionals so to effectively function as part of a health-care team;
Skills in undertaking all routine diagnostic radiographic procedures including the selection of protocol consistent with the patient's medical condition to optimise image quality and minimise radiation dose or other potential patient hazards;
Skills in the operation of diagnostic radiographic instrumentation to optimise image quality and minimise radiation dose or other potential patient hazards;
Skills in designing, implementation and management of quality assurance programs for medical imaging applications;
Professional attitudes and attributes as a reflective practitioner;
A willingness to maintain professional development and be proactive in the profession of diagnostic radiography; and
Effective communications, problem solving and critical analysis.
Professional:
Communicate effectively;
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity;
Up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

Global Citizens:
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

Lifelong Learners:
Evaluate and adopt new technology;
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware; and
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Graduates of the honours component of this course will:
1. Obtain a coherent and advanced understanding of the key values, theories, perspectives and concepts that underpin the profession of medical imaging.
2. Be able to use their advanced knowledge, skill, understanding and professional application of the clincal and educational tools relevant to the ethical practice of medical imaging.
3. Be able to communicate clearly and coherently in a diverse and varied range of medical imaging settings with a range of stakeholders.
4. Have the cognitive ability to read, critique, evaluate, apply and gain evidence from research and science into the practices of health care and health services.
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Course Duration

This course is an accelerated course and can be completed in seven semesters and winter terms full-time. Maximum eighteen semesters. This course is only available for full-time enrolment.

Honours

Eligible students who wish to complete honours will enrol in and complete honours units for the embedded 4th Year Honours option. Entry Requirements: Attain a GPA of at least 5.5 in the first 2 years of the course and Obtained supervisor project approval and availability to supervise the Honours project.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View course numbers for previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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