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Bachelor of Medical Science

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects).

On campus students who enrol in one of the three specialisations must complete a minimum of six weeks clinical experience in an approved laboratory to be eligible to graduate.

Distance education students who are not in appropriate employment will also be required to complete such professional experience. This is not a requirement of the students enrolled in the generic course.

Students will graduate from the Bachelor of Medical Science with the award BMedSc.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Medical Science is an internationally recognised and accredited course with a proud history extending over 20 years. This course offers diverse career options in the health care industry.

Have you ever had a blood test ordered by a doctor? Has any member of your family ever had a pap smear? Has any family member ever had a blood transfusion? Do you know anybody who suffers from respiratory, cardiovascular or nervous system disorders? Do you ever require medication? If so, it is certain that the skills, specialist knowledge and expertise of a medical scientist have played a role in your life and the lives of those around you.

Medical scientists with training in pathology form the vital link in the chain of medical services through their work in hospital laboratories, private pathology laboratories and universities. They conduct laboratory analysis on blood, body fluids and tissues to provide vital scientific information for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Medical scientists in clinical measurement laboratories form another vital link in the chain of medical services by assessing the physiological functioning of the cardiovascular, nervous and respiratory systems. Results of these clinical measurements are used in accurate diagnosis and management of diseases such as atherosclerosis, epilepsy and asthma.

Medical scientists are seen as an integral part of the total healthcare team within hospitals, liaising with other health professionals and patients. They also form the key elements of research teams examining the efficacy of new treatments or developing new medicines and health care products.

What will I learn?

A common first session program includes units in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, statistics and microbiology. According to specialities, students will then diverge into subjects relevant to their areas of interest.

There is potential for movement between specialities within the first year, providing flexibility for students. Academic Advisors will be available at all times to provide guidance on subject choices. There is also potential for transfer from the Bachelor of Medical Science into the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Medical) and the Bachelor of Pharmacy at different stages during the course (based on grade point average (GPA)), and the opportunity to take double degrees. You can also graduate with a second degree in Biotechnology (Medical) by studying a further eight subjects after graduating with your Medical Science degree.

This course includes practical experience through workplace learning.

Your course is recognised by industry

All courses within the School of Biomedical Sciences are designed to provide a variety of levels of eligibility for membership with a range of professional bodies, such as:

  • AIMS - Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
  • AACB - Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists
  • ASC - Australian Science Communicators
  • ASBMB - Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • ANTA - Association of Neurophysiological Technologists of Australia
  • CSANZ - Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • ASMR - Australian Society for Medical Research
  • APSA - Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association
  • ANZSRS - Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science
  • ASM - Australian Society for Microbiology
  • HGSA - Human Genetics Society of Australasia

Graduates from the accredited Pathology specialisation of this course are eligible for corporate membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Residential school

Distance education students will attend eight days of residential school per session on the Wagga Wagga Campus.

Clinical requirements

  • Criminal Record Clearence
  • Immunisation
  • Senior First Aid Certificate

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

This broad-based course offers you diverse career options in the healthcare industry, including a number of alternative paramedical and medicotechnology-based programs, and gives you the flexibility to choose an area of specialisation. The programs available and employment opportunities include:

Pathology specialisation

Graduates can gain employment in many areas of clinical medical science, particularly in the evolving pathology industry. Potential employment will be found in the following areas of medical science: anatomy, biochemistry, biotechnology, blood bank, cell biology, cytogenetics, genetics, haematology, histology, immunology, immunohaematology, and microbiology. Potential employment also exists in medical research in hospitals, medical research institutions and IVF clinics.

Clinical Physiology specialisation

This area of study will qualify you for entry into clinical measurement laboratories involved in assessment of physiological functioning of the nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Clinical measurement involves performance of physiological tests to diagnose and ‘fine tune’ therapeutic management of already established disease.

Careers in clinical research are also available within hospital and university research teams and these often focus on development of new measurement techniques and gaining a better understanding of the processes of specific diseases. There is an emphasis on cardiorespiratory and nervous system anatomy and physiology, fundamental physiological testing techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), electrocardiography (ECG) and spirometry as well as more advanced testing modalities for each of these three vital body systems, pharmacology, immunology, micro and molecular biology and will allow involvement in a critical areas of Australian public health.

Generic course

By choosing groups of subjects from a number of significant disciplines, you have the option of gaining a broad knowledge in any two of the specialities above. This will be especially attractive to those seeking a flexible undergraduate science program that provides a broad background as an option for entry into research programs.

Course structure

Course structure

The course consists of 192 points. comprised of:

  • compulsory common subjects (12 subjects; 96 points)
    and either
  • restricted elective subjects (96 points)
    or
  • a specialisation in one of the following areas:
    • Pathology
    • Clinical Physiology

Core subjects (96 points)

IKC100 Indigenous Health
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS308 Immunology
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Restricted elective subjects for generic course (104 points)

Students can choose subjects from the two specialisations and can also select any of the following subjects:

BMS208 Human Nutrition
BMS233 Nutritional Physiology
BMS243 Nutrition, Metabolism & Human Disease
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
BMS305 Genetic engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods
BMS406 Human Reproductive Biology
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
SCI301 International Practical Experience
PSY214 Health Psychology

Pathology specialisation (96 points)

BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS229 Histotechniques
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
BMS352 Molecular Pathology
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
BMS337 Histopathology
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS315 Medical Micriobiology
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS324 Immunohaematology & Blood Transfusion
BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2

Clinical Physiology specialisation (96 points)

BMS239 Clinical Measurement
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic
BMS321 Clinical Neuroscience
BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology
BMS335 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology
BMS237 Integrated Clinical placemnt 1
RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy and Physiology
RSC301 Asthma Management
RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

Enrolment pattern

Bachelor of Medical Science (generic)

By full time study

Session 1

CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
IKC100 Indigenous health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 2

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3

BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]

Session 4

BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]

Session 5

BMS308 Immunology
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]

Session 6

[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]

By part time distance education study

Session 1

CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science

Session 2

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3

IKC100 Indigenous health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 4

MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2

Session 5

BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6

BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
[restricted elective]

Session 7

BMS308 Immunology
[restricted elective]

Sessions 8-12

Student complete a total of 8 restricted electives

Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology)
 

By full time study

Session 1

CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
IKC100 Indigenous health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 2

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3

BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS229 Histotechniques

Session 4

BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
BMS337 Histopathology
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology

Session 5

BMS308 Immunology
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1*
BMS315 Medical Microbiology
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2

Session 6

BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2*
BMS352 Molecular Pathology
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS324 Immuno-haematology

By part time distance education study

Session 1

CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science

Session 2

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3

IKC100 Indigenous health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 4

MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2

Session 5

BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6

BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1

Session 7

BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS229 Histotechniques

Session 8

BMS337 Histopathology
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology

Session 9

BMS308 Immunology
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

Session 10

BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS324 Immunohaematology

Session 11

BMS315 Medical Microbiology
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2

Session 12

BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
BMS352 Molecular Pathology

Bachelor of Medical Science (Clinical Physiology)
 

By full time study

Session 1

CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
IKC100 Indigenous health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 2

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3

BCM210 Fundamentals & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS239 Clinical Measurement
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy & Physiology

Session 4

BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS321 Clinical Neuroscience
RSC301 Asthma Management
BMS335 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology

Session 5

BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1*
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
BMS308 Immunology
BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology

Session 6

BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic
RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

By part time distance education study

Session 1

CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science

Session 2

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3

IKC100 Indigenous health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 4

MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2

Session 5

BMS239 Clinical Measurement
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6

BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
RSC301 Asthma Management

Session 7

BCM210 Fundamentals & Techniques of Biochemistry
RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy & Physiology

Session 8

BMS321 Clinical Neurophysiology
BMS335 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology

Session 9

BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1

Session 10

BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic

Session 11

BMS308 Immunology
BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology

Session 12

RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

Articulation agreements

Although no official approved articulation agreements exist, there are credit packages available to recognise prior learning.

Professional recognition

Graduates from the Pathology specialisation of this course are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

In addition, this course is designed to provide a variety of levels of eligibility for membership of a range of professional bodies, such as AACB, ASC, ASBMB, ASMR, ASPA, ANZRS, ASM and HGSA.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years full-time on campus
6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

70

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