MRS490 Medical Radiation Science Residency (48)

This subject completes the detailed development of student clinical skills that underpin professional practice in both the public and private setting. The subject finalises the students practical training and requirements for professional accreditation. In this subject, students complete supervised medical radiation science practice experiences in their chosen specialisation for a total of 36 weeks (which is approximately 1300 hours). Practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to further refine their clinical skills; demonstrate clinical reasoning and problem solving skills; begin to work independently; build on their team and communication skills; build cultural competence; demonstrate sound radiation safety practices and demonstrate high levels of professional behaviour. Students will also develop and consolidate critical evaluation and reflective practice skills. Students are required to pass each placement and related competency tasks to pass this subject.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS490. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science


MRS370 or MRS322 or MRS351

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to work independently with minimal direction
  • Be able to identify and solve complex clinical problems, demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • Be able to consistently integrate the complexities of patient presentation and other surrounding issues in their practice
  • Be able to exemplify highly developed teamwork and communication skills in all settings
  • Be able to demonstrate skills to enhance communication with Indigenous Australians
  • Be able to demonstrate skills to enhance the health outcomes of Indigenous Australians
  • Be able to demonstrate cultural competence approaches to individual and professional models of health
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership potential and initiative
  • Be able to show advanced understanding of radiation safety in all situations under immediate supervision
  • Be able to model professionalism in all interpersonal interactions


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • This subject will include 36 weeks of clinical practice which includes.
  • further refining of clinical skills to meet the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia's (MRPBA) professional capabilities in the student's specialisation
  • development of clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • working independently
  • building team and communication skills
  • building cultural competence
  • demonstrating sound radiation safety practices
  • demonstrating high levels of professional behaviour
  • Also covered in this subject:
  • Communication theory and practice
  • Productive relationship building and conflict resolution
  • Political and economic considerations
  • Professional leadership
  • Department management
  • Time management and workflow
  • Ethics and standards of practice
  • Reflective practice
  • Portfolio development
  • Practicum preparation
  • Career development

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 162 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

36 week clinical residency to meet accreditation requirements

Special Resources

Travel and accommodation as students attend 2 x 18 week placements.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.