MRS452 Diagnostic Radiography Residency (64)

This subject is a capstone residency that consolidates learning (knowledge and skills) across the entire degree into practice based capabilities. The subject formalises the learning, development and assessment of MRPBA defined capabilities as the minimum standards for general registration with AHPRA. The residency is underpinned by professional practice in diagnostic radiography in the clinical setting (1 x 18 week plus 1 x 15 week and 7.5 hour days = 1200 hours). Students further hone their clinical skills to demonstrate work ready capabilities in; professional and ethical conduct, communication and collaboration, evidence based practice and professional learning, radiation safety and risk management, practice of medical radiation science generally, practice in diagnostic radiography specifically, literacy in academic, numeracy, information, research and digital domains, cultural safety, global citizenship, and sustainable practices.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 (Diagnostic Radiography)


MRS120 and MRS121 and PHY107 and PHY115 and BMS192 and SOC108 and IKC100 and MRS204 and MRS212 and MRS275 and MRS371 and MRS367 and MRS342 and MRS333

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate critical, analytical, and reflective skills in a range of contexts including clinical problem solving, research and empirical practice, and academic and professional discourse (MRPBA Domains 1-5);
  • be able to implement professional practice, demonstrating critical thinking and analytical skills, with specific reference to applying anatomy, physiology and pathology, applying the principles of physics and instrumentation, utilising patient information management systems, determining appropriate procedures, manage / manipulate 3D datasets, and applying knowledge of pharmaceuticals (MRPBA Domain 5);
  • be able to describe and apply understanding of practice in diagnostic radiography, demonstrating critical thinking and analytical skills, with specific reference to implementing and evaluating general radiography examinations for a range of patient presentations and complexities, implementing fluoroscopy in a range of settings, implementing diagnostic computed tomography (CT) imaging (MRPBA Domains 5A.1, 2, and 3);
  • be able to apply understanding of practice in diagnostic radiography with specific reference to explaining the principles and clinical applications of angiography and interventional techniques, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, ultrasound imaging, and of mammographic imaging within the clinical context (MRPBA Domains 5A.4, 5, 6 and 7 respectively);
  • be able to evaluate and implement outcomes of patient assessment and due diligence, deliver appropriate care inclusive of appropriate management in the event of deteriorating patient condition, urgent and/or unexpected findings (MRPBA Domain 5.6);
  • be able to apply the principles of radiation safety and risk management with specific reference to safe radiation practice, protecting/enhancing patient safety, ensuring safe operation of equipment, maintain safety of self and others and safely managing radiation and radioactivity (MRPBA Domain 4);
  • be able to explain and apply the principles of evidence based practice and professional learning with specific reference to critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges and identifying professional learning needs / life-long learning (MRPBA Domain 3);
  • be able to demonstrate communication and collaboration skills with specific reference to clear, sensitive and effective communication and collaborating with other health practitioners (MRPBA Domain 2);
  • be able to identify, explain and implement professional and ethical conduct with specific reference to global citizenship, ethical, professional and legal practice, providing appropriate care, assuming accountability and responsibility, and patient advocacy (MRPBA Domain 1);
  • be able to understand, explain and apply principles of Indigenous cultural competence and safety within the context of patient care and advocacy (MRPBA Domain 1 and 2); and
  • be able to synthesise and critically evaluate information to implement social, economic and environmental sustainable practices.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Clinical internship:
  • Clinical block (1 x 18 week, 1 x 15 week)
  • Reflection
  • Professionalism
  • Global citizenship, ethics and law
  • Sustainability, social and environmental justice
  • Radiation safety
  • Quality assurance
  • Patient care and communication
  • WHS
  • Technical competence
  • Reflective practice

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 165 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertake 2 blocks of clinical placement, 1 x 18 weeks and 1 x 15 weeks (of 7.5 hour days, 5 days per week for 33 weeks) at approved clinical sites mapped with AHPRA.

Special Resources

Students undertake 2 blocks of clinical placement, 1 x 18 weeks and 1 x 15 weeks which require students to undertake travel at their own expense (including travel, accommodation and uniforms). Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships available from clinical sites.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.