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Bachelor of Clinical Science

Medical Science and Dentistry

Bachelor of Clinical Science

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Combining investigation, analysis, technology and research, today’s clinical scientists have a critical role in helping to save lives and contribute to the health of our community.

Clinical scientists work behind the scenes to isolate the cause of disease and develop treatments, as well as examining the social and community factors contributing to health. As a clinical scientist, you could be a member of a team undertaking ground-breaking research into a debilitating disease, or interpret test results to ensure people receive crucial medical treatment.

CSU’s Bachelor of Clinical Science combines a broad education in the different branches of biomedical science with knowledge of social sciences. You will develop the skills to independently arrive at evidence-based outcomes that will equip health and medical practitioners to deliver the best possible care to patients.

The course also provides you with a pathway to gain entry to undergraduate and graduate clinical degree courses, such as medicine, dentistry (at CSU through our new pathway), physiotherapy, pharmacy and radiology.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Clinical Science prepares you to:

    • pursue rewarding employment opportunities in the health and medical research sectors
    • transfer to undergraduate health or allied health degrees, such as CSU’s Bachelor of Dental Science (a formal pathway between the Bachelor of Clinical Science and the Bachelor of Dental Science at CSU will be enacted in 2017)
    • enter graduate-entry health programs in fields such as medicine and dentistry.
    The course equips you with:

    • an understanding of the factors affecting the health of rural and remote communities
    • direct knowledge about rural and remote clinical practice, as well as standard practice
    • exposure to a wide range of health professionals through personal visits and an understanding of their roles
    • understanding of the biomedical and social sciences, laying a foundation for employment in numerous public health and research areas
    • the skills to integrate a range of knowledge sources across disciplines, and work and communicate effectively as a member of a team.
    During the final year, the course prepares you to make the move from student to professional through problem-based or experiential learning, including a 12-month project integrating all learning areas.

    Extracurricular activities are also offered to prepare students for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test, UMAT, or the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test, GAMSAT.

  • Career opportunities

    The Bachelor of Clinical Science qualifies you for a range of careers, including:

    • a medical / health research career
    • employment in the public health system
    • health education in public / private organisations
    • scientific officers in public / private organisations.
    You may also progress to graduate-entry medicine or dentistry courses (at CSU or elsewhere) or enter allied health programs, subject to university entry requirements.

    Graduate destinations

    Since 2009, graduates from the Bachelor of Clinical Science have been highly successful in gaining entry to graduate-entry dentistry and medicine, as well as a range of other health courses, such as midwifery, paramedicine or medical radiation science.

    Subject to meeting the entry requirements, you may apply to be admitted to dentistry or oral health, or to transfer to pharmacy or other CSU degrees after the first or second year of the Bachelor of Clinical Science.

  • Workplace learning


    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 18 core subjects, including two 32 point subjects as follows:
    BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
    BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    HLT311 Reflective Clinical Practice (32 points)
    HLT312 Research in Clinical Practice (32 points)
    HLT330 Research Methods in Health Sciences
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    LAW131 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services
    SOC108 Sociology of Health and Healthcare
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Enrolment pattern


    Session 1 (30)
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    IKC100 Reconciliation Education in a Health Context

    Session 2 (60)
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B 
    MCR101  Introduction to Microbiology
    LAW131 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health

    Session 3 (30)
    BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 4 (60)
    SOC108 Sociology of Health and Healthcare
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services
    BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
    HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences

    Session 5 (30)
    HLT311 Reflective Clinical Practice (PBL) (32 points)

    Session 6 (60)
    HLT312 Research in Clinical Practice (PBL) (32 points)


  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR


    Admission to the Bachelor of Clinical Science is based on ATAR.

    While no secondary school subjects are prerequisites for admission to particular CSU courses, the Bachelor of Clinical Science has assumed knowledge of Chemistry and Mathematics.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.


  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusOrangeFPOSYYNISCS
    DirectOn CampusOrangeCGSYYNKSCS
    UACOn CampusOrangeCGSYNN214238

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must successfully complete 192 subject points at pass grade or better.

  • How to apply

    Australian and New Zealand student applications for on campus study commencing in Session 2 are made direct to CSU. Apply online

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    068977C (Orange)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    The School of Biomedical Sciences

    The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students with an opportunity to engage in high quality learning experiences in the areas of clinical practice (paramedic), clinical science, health science and medical science. School staff are well known for both quality teaching and research, a combination that ensures students receive not only a quality education, but a connection to job opportunities in industry and commerce, the professions, and the public sector. Research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment for graduate studies – where students are exposed to cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines. The School delivers courses across five CSU campuses at Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

  • Preparing for Study


    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS008 - Mathematics for the Sciences
    • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS014 - Stepping into Statistics
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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