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Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

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Overview

Use technology to produce world-class medical imaging and provide excellent patient care.  In the Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) you will learn to use high tech equipment ranging from small mobile X-ray machines to larger units; from MRI and CT scanners to sophisticated cardiac units, enabling timely and accurate patient diagnoses.

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 will, to create images that can help provide an accurate diagnosis and sound patient care. Diagnostic radiographers work closely with cardiologists in imaging heart disease, with surgeons during a range of operations, and with emergency doctors in the emergency room.

During this four year degree, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of radiography including imaging technology, radiographic science and radiographic evaluation. You will undertake significant clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities, providing hands-on experience with real clients in a supervised environment. This allows you to combine the academic components of the course with the practical abilities required of the profession.

This degree program is accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA) and is an approved program of study for general registration as a diagnostic radiographer. Completion of this course, and then gaining registration by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, 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.

Important information
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. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) course does not have a fixed ATAR for guaranteed entry. 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.

Please note: 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.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

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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 four year. You will undertake at least one rural or regional (non-metropolitan) clinical placement during the clinical program.

Year 1

  • Structure, Function and Disease A and B
  • Foundations of Biomedical Science
  • Health, Behaviour and Society
  • Medical Radiation Physics
  • Health Physics and Radiation Biology
  • Imaging Technology 1
  • Foundations of Work Integrated Learning

In first year, 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.

Year 2

  • Radiographic Science 1 and 2
  • Radiographic Evaluation 1 and 2
  • Image Optimisation and Processing
  • Radiography Work Integrated Learning 1 and 2
  • Imaging Technology 2

Year 3

  • Imaging Through the Lifespan
  • Radiographic Science 3
  • Radiography Work Integrated Learning 3 and 4
  • Health and Indigenous Populations
  • Professional Issues and Leadership

Select one unit of study from International Health list below:

  • Health and Globalisation
  • International Health
  • FHS Abroad

And one elective (refer to faculty handbook for elective choices)

Year 4

  • Radiography Work Integrated Learning 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Radiographic Evaluation 3
  • Comparative Imaging

And one elective (refer to faculty handbook for elective choices)

  • Professional Capstone

Units of study

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics are recommended.  

Applying for honours

Eligible candidates may pursue their own research interests by undertaking honours study under the supervisions of researchers working on cutting-edge projects. The 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.

Honours is available to eligible students, commencing 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 program 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.

Honours is your pathway to a higher degree by research in the health sciences. The ground-breaking 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. For more information about Honours.

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 are 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.

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.
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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.

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, subject to local registration requirements. In the radiology department, graduates will usually work with a range of practitioners such as radiologists and nurses, and outside the department they may work with a range of medical and allied specialists in a variety of areas such as intensive care, theatre and emergency departments. Graduates have the opportunity to work in a range of settings, such as small regional hospitals, large metro imaging departments and private radiology centres.

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. 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 Medical Imaging Science or Master of Health Technology Innovation.

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


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from 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, protected 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 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.

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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