Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

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The Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) prepares graduates for clinical practice as diagnostic radiographers. Graduates of the course are eligible to apply for registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Diagnostic radiographers work closely with radiologists to employ a range of technologies, according to the information provided in a medical practitioner's request, to create images that can help to provide an accurate diagnosis. They work closely with cardiologists in imaging heart disease, with surgeons during a range of operations, and with emergency doctors in the emergency room.

You will become familiar with varied equipment ranging from small mobile X-ray machines to larger units, from MRI and CT scanners, to multi-million dollar cardiac units.

The degree incorporates significant clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities, providing hands-on experience with real clients in a supervised environment. This allows students to combine the academic components of the course with the practical abilities required of the profession.

Completion of this course and then gaining registration by the Medical Radiation Practice of Australia (MRPBA) will enable you to work as a diagnostic radiographer. Graduates have the opportunity to work in a range of settings, such as small regional clinics, large metro imaging departments, and emergency wards.

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) is a four year full-time course which consists of 174 core units of study and 18 credit points of electives. You will complete 192 credit points to be awarded the degree. The essential component of the course is the clinical education placements commencing in the second year of your study. You will undertake clinical placements in at least one non-Sydney metropolitan clinical placement during the clinical program.

Course opportunities

The essential component of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) is clinical education. It provides an opportunity for the student to integrate the knowledge acquired in the professional units of study with the practical skills attained in the workplace. To broaden the student's clinical skills, candidates are placed in a variety of radiology centres to enable a breadth of experience in procedures, examinations and equipment.

In year 3 semester 2 candidates have the opportunity to take part in the FHS Abroad program which involves academic study and a four to six week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This 6 credit point unit of study offers a hands-on understanding of global health challenges in an overseas community through work with two well established Australian volunteer agencies.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Diagnostic Radiography) are required to apply for registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia before being employed as a diagnostic radiographer. Diagnostic radiographers work in the hospital system and private practice both in Australia and overseas. In the radiology department, graduates will usually work with the radiologist, however, outside the department they may work with a range of medical specialists in a variety of areas. Graduates have the opportunity to work in a range of settings, such as small regional clinics, large metro imaging departments, and emergency wards.

Course accreditation

The course will be accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Further study

Outstanding candidates are eligible to apply for admission to the honours program in year 3 of the pass degree. Honours is your pathway to a higher degree by research in the health sciences. The groundbreaking research conducted by our faculty members has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact on the health and quality of life of local, national and global communities.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) who do not choose the honours pathway and wish to further their study in this area may consider the Master of Molecular Imaging, Master of Health Science (Medical Radiation Sciences) or Master of Imaging Science (pending academic board approval).

About honours

Eligible candidates may pursue their own research interests by undertaking an honours study under the supervisions of researchers working on cutting-edge projects. The honours study allow you to specialise in an area of personal interest, develop your research skills and make a significant contribution to the development of knowledge within the profession.

Honours is available to eligible students, in your third year of study, during which you will conduct a research project and write a thesis under the supervision of a member of the faculty’s academic staff. Admission is competitive, and candidates who are offered a place in the honours year must have demonstrated consistent, high level performance throughout their studies, be eligible for the award of a pass degree at a commendable standard, and be judged to have the aptitude to conduct an independent research project.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Assumed knowledge

None. Recommended studies: mathematics plus one of physics, chemistry or biology.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.