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Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) provides you with the knowledge and skills to use the latest technology to produce high-quality medical images that can assist medical specialists and practitioners to describe, diagnose, monitor and treat a patient’s injury or illness.

During this four year degree, you will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of radiography including imaging technology, radiographic science and radiographic evaluation.
  • Undertake significant clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities, providing hands-on experience with real clients in a supervised environment.
  • Develop the advanced technical skills required to operate high tech medical imaging equipment - ranging from small mobile X-ray machines to sophisticated cardiac units.

Why study with us?

Global outlook: Join an influential community of students, staff and alumni who lead and shape healthcare delivery around the world. As a student, you can undertake study in many parts of the world.

Leading clinical partners: Gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of top-tier hospitals and primary and community healthcare facilities across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW.

Expert educators: Learn from highly respected researchers, practitioners and clinicians who are dedicated to teaching the next generation of leaders.

Multidisciplinary focus: Graduate with specialist and generalist healthcare knowledge and skills. The changing healthcare system needs workers who understand the bigger picture and know that solutions often require health professionals working together.

Cutting-edge facilities: Enjoy access to our purpose-built laboratories, on-site health clinics and high-calibre equipment across our dedicated health facilities to develop your practical experience.

Research strength: Learn from world-leading experts who are shaping the national and international health and social policy agendas. We have a broad range of research strengths and are world leaders in allied health and education.

Leadership development program: Improve your leadership skills and enjoy the best possible start in the employment market with our leadership development and mentoring program. Offered to all undergraduate and graduate entry masters students.

Student support: Get the support you need to succeed in your studies. At Cumberland Campus, Yooroang Garang provides a range of support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to support their study on campus.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) is a four year full-time course which consists of 174 credit points of core units and 18 credit points of electives, including one International Health unit of study. You will complete 192 credit points to be awarded the degree.

An essential component of the course is the 48 week clinical education program commencing in the second year of your study, and continuing in the third and fourth year. You will undertake at least one rural or regional (non-metropolitan) clinical placement during the clinical program.

As a diagnostic radiography student, you will learn to work closely with other medical and allied health practitioners and to employ a range of technologies to produce medical images that can help provide an accurate diagnosis and sound patient care.

Units of study

Transition to Camperdown

We're moving to the Camperdown campus in 2021, and we've begun the transition.

In some semesters, students will have classes at both the Cumberland and Camperdown campuses. Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day, where possible.

For example, the following units of study will be taught at the Camperdown/ Darlington campus in 2019:

  Year 1
  Sem 1    
  BIOS1155 Structure, Function and Disease A
  BIOS1167 Foundations of Biomedical Science
  HSBH1003 Health, Behaviour and Society
  MRTY1030 Medical Radiation Physics
  Year 1
  Sem 2
  BIOS1158 Structure, Function and Disease B
  MRTY1036 Health Physics and Radiation Biology
  Year 2
  All units of study based at Cumberland campus
  Year 3
  Sem 2
  HSBH3001 Health and Indigenous Populations
  HSBH3009 International Health
  Year 4
  Some electives may be offered at Camperdown campus   


For further information about unit of study teaching locations, please refer to the Health Sciences Handbook.

 

Sample Study Plan

Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Foundations of Biomedical Science Foundations of Work Integrated Learning Health, Behaviour and Society Health Physics and Radiation Biology 
  2 Imaging Technology 1  Medical Radiation Physics  Structure, Function and Disease A Structure, Function and Disease B 
2 1 Image Optimisation and Processing  Imaging Technology 2  Radiographic Evaluation 1  Radiographic Evaluation 2 
  2 Radiographic Science 1  Radiographic Science 2  Radiography Work Integrated Learning 1  Radiography Work Integrated Learning 2
3 1 Health and Indigenous Populations  Imaging Through the Lifespan  Professional Issues and Leadership  Radiographic Science 3 
  2 Radiography Work Integrated Learning 3  Radiography Work Integrated Learning 4 Select one from: FHS Abroad, Health and Globalisation; or International Health Elective (as approved)
4 1 Comparative Imaging  Radiographic Evaluation 3  Radiography Work Integrated Learning 5  Radiography Work Integrated Learning 6 
  2 Radiography Work Integrated Learning 7  Radiography Work Integrated Learning 8  Elective Professional Project (Capstone)

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics as well as one of either Biology, Chemistry or Physics is recommended.  

Applying for honours

Honours is available to diagnostic radiography students, integrated as a pathway through the final two years of the degree. Students will receive an invitation from an academic coordinator to express their interest during the second semester of their second year.

Entry into honours is competitive and based on students' past academic performance. More information about honours.

About honours

Honours is your pathway to a higher degree by research in the health sciences. Honours study allows 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. You will study under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) course does not have a guaranteed ATAR. The ATAR information provided is an indication only and the actual required ATAR for entry may be higher or lower depending on student demand and availability of places in the course each year. 

Admission pathways: Open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Inherent Requirements: To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in diagnostic radiography.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. The University will make reasonable adjustments to assist students in meeting the inherent requirements.

Bridging course: The bridging course in physics may be beneficial for students commencing this course.

Course opportunities

An 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.

Professional accreditation

This degree program is accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia and is an approved program of study for general registration: Approved Programs.

'Diagnostic Radiographer' is a protected title in Australia. Graduates of diagnostic radiography programs are required to register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. Visit for more information about registration.

The current registration conditions for this degree program do not require any period of supervised practice after graduation.

Members of the public may make a notification to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) about the conduct, health or performance of a practitioner or the health of a student enrolled in this degree program.

Practitioners, employers and education providers are all mandated by law to report notifiable conduct relating to a registered practitioner or student. More information about notification registration.

Career pathways

Diagnostic radiographers have the opportunity to work in a range of settings, such as small regional hospitals, large metro imaging departments and private radiology centres. Career opportunities include:

  • imaging departments
  • intensive care departments
  • emergency departments
  • surgery theatre
  • private practice
  • research
  • education.
 
Future study options

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. 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 Medical Imaging Science or Master of Health Technology Innovation.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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