Bachelor of Clinical Science

Medical Science

Bachelor of Clinical Science

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CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Science has been specifically designed to meet the expectations of graduate entry dentistry, medicine and health programs across Australia.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Clinical Science has been specifically designed to meet the expectations of graduate entry dentistry, medicine and health programs across Australia. Graduates gain appropriate knowledge-base and learning skills to facilitate passage into graduate entry dentistry, medicine or other health sciences; enhanced understanding required to practise in rural and remote clinical settings in addition to standard practice; and a platform understanding for employment in a variety of public health, research and health technology occupations.

    The philosophy of this program is to provide graduates with the options of entering graduate entry health programs at Australian Universities. Alternatively, graduates may utilise the content of the degree as the basis for employment in the health or medical research sector.

    There is potential for transfer into the Bachelor of Dental Science at CSU and into other allied health degrees at CSU or other universities.

    Session 2 admission is only available to applicants receiving appropriate credit, on approval of the Course Director and subject to places being available.

  • Career opportunities

    There are a number of career opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Science:

    • progress to graduate entry Dentistry
    • progress to graduate entry Medicine
    • articulation into allied health programs
    • medical/dental or scientific research
    • employment in the public health system (epidemiology, health system planning, health screening, health promotion, etc.)
    • employment in private clinical and/or hospital technologist positions (renal dialysis, asthma testing, exercise testing, cardiology, etc.)
  • 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 pre-service teachers 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 Education’s Professional Experience Office of a satisfactory Working with Children Check (WWCC) 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 experiences.

    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.

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

    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

  • 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
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
    BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    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

    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 2

    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    SOC108 Sociology of Health and Healthcare
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

    Session 3

    BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
    IKC100 Indigenous Health

    Session 4

    BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    LAW131 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health
    HLT330 Research Methods in Health Sciences

    Session 5

    HLT311 Reflective Clinical Practice (32 points)

    Session 6

    HLT312 Research in Clinical Practice (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 are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.


    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    7960*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2990*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    UAC On Campus Orange CGS Y N N 214238
    Direct On Campus Orange FPOS Y Y N ISCS
    Direct On Campus Orange CGS N Y N KSCS

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: 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) for on-campus study.

    Apply through UAC

    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

  • 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.

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