Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations)

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Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations)

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CSU's Bachelor of Medical Science is an internationally recognised and accredited course with a proud history extending over 20 years. This course offers diverse career options in the health care industry.

  • Why study this course?

    Have you ever had a blood test ordered by a doctor? Has any member of your family ever had a pap smear? Has any family member ever had a blood transfusion? Do you know anybody who suffers from respiratory, cardiovascular or nervous system disorders? Do you ever require medication? If so, it is certain that the skills, specialist knowledge and expertise of a medical scientist have played a role in your life and the lives of those around you.

    Medical scientists with training in pathology form the vital link in the chain of medical services through their work in hospital laboratories, private pathology laboratories and universities. They conduct laboratory analysis on blood, body fluids and tissues to provide vital scientific information for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

    Medical scientists in clinical measurement laboratories form another vital link in the chain of medical services by assessing the physiological functioning of the cardiovascular, nervous and respiratory systems. Results of these clinical measurements are used in accurate diagnosis and management of diseases such as atherosclerosis, epilepsy and asthma.

    Medical scientists are seen as an integral part of the total healthcare team within hospitals, liaising with other health professionals and patients. They also form the key elements of research teams examining the efficacy of new treatments or developing new medicines and health care products.

    What will I learn?

    A common first session program includes units in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, statistics and microbiology. According to specialties, students will then diverge into subjects relevant to their areas of interest. Specialisations are available in Biotechnology, Clinical Physiology and Pathology.

    There is potential for movement between specialties within the first year, providing flexibility for students. Academic Advisors will be available at all times to provide guidance on subject choices. There is also potential for transfer from the Bachelor of Medical Science into the Bachelor of Pharmacy during the course (based on grade point average (GPA)).

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology) has accreditation from the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

    Articulation agreements

    Although no official approved articulation agreements exist, there are credit packages available to recognise prior learning.

  • Career opportunities

    This broad-based course offers you diverse career options in the healthcare industry, including a number of alternative paramedical and medicotechnology-based programs, and gives you the flexibility to choose an area of specialisation. The programs available and employment opportunities include:

    Biotechnology specialisation

    Graduates of the Biotechnology specialisation will be prepared for careers in areas such as biotechnology and pharmaceutical research, forensic DNA analysis, plant biotechnology in fields like grains research, or as a patent attorney.

    Clinical Physiology specialisation

    This area of study will qualify you for entry into clinical measurement laboratories involved in assessment of physiological functioning of the nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Clinical measurement involves performance of physiological tests to diagnose and ‘fine tune’ therapeutic management of already established disease.

    Careers in clinical research are also available within hospital and university research teams and these often focus on development of new measurement techniques and gaining a better understanding of the processes of specific diseases. There is an emphasis on cardiorespiratory and nervous system anatomy and physiology, fundamental physiological testing techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), electrocardiography (ECG) and spirometry as well as more advanced testing modalities for each of these three vital body systems, pharmacology, immunology, micro and molecular biology and will allow involvement in a critical areas of Australian public health.

    Pathology specialisation

    Graduates can gain employment in many areas of clinical medical science, particularly in the evolving pathology industry. Potential employment will be found in the following areas of medical science: anatomy, biochemistry, biotechnology, blood bank, cell biology, cytogenetics, genetics, haematology, histology, immunology, immunohaematology, and microbiology. Potential employment also exists in medical research in hospitals, medical research institutions and IVF clinics. This specialisation has accreditation from the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

    Generic course

    By choosing groups of subjects from a number of significant disciplines, you have the option of gaining a broad knowledge in any two of the specialities above. This will be especially attractive to those seeking a flexible undergraduate science program that provides a broad background as an option for entry into research programs.

  • Workplace learning

    Students will complete one or two workplace learning subjects (BMS237 and BMS351) depending on their specialisation. Students in the generic stream may also elect to take BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1 if they wish.

    Students with appropriate concurrent employment may seek credit (recognition for prior learning) for BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1.

    Immunisation

    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

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

     

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

    BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
    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 192 points comprised of:
    compulsory common subjects (12 subjects; 96 points)  and either restricted elective subjects (96 points) or a specialisation in one of the following areas:

    • Biotechnology
    • Pathology
    • Clinical Physiology

    Core subjects (96 points)
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS308 Immunology
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Restricted elective subjects for generic course (96 points)
    Students can choose subjects from the two specialisations and can also select any of the following subjects:
    BMS208 Human Nutrition
    BMS233 Nutritional Physiology
    BMS243 Nutrition, Metabolism & Human Disease
    BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
    BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods
    BMS406 Human Reproductive Biology
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    SCI301 International Practical Experience
    PSY214 Health Psychology


    Biotechnology specialisation (96 points)
    BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology
    BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology
    BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16)
    BMS344 Molecular Immunology
    BMS345 Therapeutic Proteins
    BMS346 Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics


    Pathology specialisation (96 points)
    BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
    BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    BMS229 Histotechniques
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    BMS352 Molecular Pathology
    BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
    BMS337 Histopathology
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
    BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2

    Clinical Physiology specialisation (96 points)
    BMS239 Clinical Measurement
    BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
    BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
    BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic
    BMS321 Clinical Neuroscience
    BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology
    BMS332 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy and Physiology
    RSC301 Asthma Management
    RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
    RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

    Enrolment pattern

    Bachelor of Medical Science (generic)

    By full time study

    Session 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    [restricted elective]
    [restricted elective]

    Session 4
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    [restricted elective]
    [restricted elective]
    [restricted elective]

    Session 5
    BMS308 Immunology
    [restricted elective]
    [restricted elective]
    [restricted elective]

    Session 6
    [restricted elective]
    [restricted elective]
    [restricted elective]
    [restricted elective]

    By part time distance education study

    Session 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

    Session 4
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2

    Session 5
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

    Session 6
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    [restricted elective]

    Session 7
    BMS308 Immunology
    [restricted elective]

    Sessions 8-12
    Student complete a total of 8 restricted electives

    Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology)

    By full time study
    Session 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    BMS229 Histotechniques

    Session 4
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
    BMS337 Histopathology
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

    Session 5
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2

    Session 6
    BMS338 Clinical Baceteriology
    BMS352 Molecular Pathology
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    BMS324 Immunohaemotology and Blood Transfusion

    By part time distance education study
    Session 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3
    IKC100 Indigenous health
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

    Session 4
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2

    Session 5
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

    Session 6
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1

    Session 7
    BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    BMS229 Histotechniques

    Session 8
    BMS337 Histopathology
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology

    Session 9
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

    Session 10
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion

    Session 11
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2

    Session 12
    BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
    BMS352 Molecular Pathology

    Bachelor of Medical Science (Clinical Physiology)
     By full time study
    Session 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS239 Clinical Measurement
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy & Physiology

    Session 4
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS321 Clinical Neuroscience
    RSC301 Asthma Management
    BMS332 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology

    Session 5
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1*
    BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology

    Session 6
    BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
    BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic
    RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
    RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

    By part time distance education study

    Session 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3
    IKC100 Indigenous health
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

    Session 4
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2

    Session 5
    BMS239 Clinical Measurement
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

    Session 6
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    RSC301 Asthma Management

    Session 7
    BCM210 Foundations and  Techniques of Biochemistry
    RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy & Physiology

    Session 8
    BMS321 Clinical Neurophysiology
    BMS332 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology

    Session 9
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1

    Session 10
    BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
    BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic

    Session 11
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology

    Session 12
    RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
    RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

    Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology)
    By full time, on-campus study
    Session 1

    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    IKC100 Indigenous Health

    Session 2
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology

    Session 4
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
    BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting

    Session 5
    BMS308 Immunology
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology

    Session 6
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)
    BMS345 Therapeutic Proteins
    BMS344 Molecular Immunology
    BMS346 Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

    By distance study
    Session 1

    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    IKC100 Indigenous Health

    Session 4
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

    Session 5
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

    Session 6
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS235 Protein Biochemistry

    Session 7
    BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology

    Session 8
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting

    Session 9
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology

    Session 10
    BMS344 Molecular Immunology
    BMS345 Therapeutic Proteins

    Session 11
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
    BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology

    Session 12
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)
    BMS346 Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
    BMS229 Histotechniques
    BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
    BMS308 Immunology
    RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy and Physiology
    BMS352 Molecular Pathology
    BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
    BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
    BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology
    BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA Fingerprinting
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Whilst there are no HSC subjects specified as a prerequisite for admission, school leavers are advised to include 2 unit Mathematics and 2 unit Chemistry in their HSC studies or recognised equivalent.

    Successful applicants who believe they do not have an appropriate high school chemistry background are strongly recommended to undertake the chemistry subject offered in the University's Studylink supplementary program prior to commencing study in the course.

    Students entering the course mid-year may not be able to complete full-time study in their first session of enrolment.

    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.

    Options:

    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
    8468*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
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2400*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
    Direct On Campus Wagga Wagga CGS N Y N KSLR
    Direct Distance Education Wagga Wagga FPOS Y Y N JSLR
    UAC On Campus Wagga Wagga CGS Y N N 214554
    Direct Distance Education Wagga Wagga CGS Y Y N ESLS
    Direct On Campus Wagga Wagga FPOS Y Y N ISLR

    LEGEND
    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

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply

    Domestic student applications for on campus study commencing in Session 2 are made direct to CSU via the 'Apply online' button.

    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 (non-school leavers only), distance education and postgraduate study.

    Apply online

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    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)

    029251J (Wagga Wagga)

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  • About the School

    CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in health-related areas across the Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses. It is committed to providing a quality learning experience for our students and graduates for the professions who understand the journey of lifelong learning.

    Our courses are characterised by hands-on learning and commitment to rural health. Our graduates are highly regarded by industry and regularly gain employment before graduation and receive prestige industry awards.

    Visit the School of Biomedical Sciences 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.

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