CSU's Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and professional skills necessary to practice as a qualified medical radiation scientist.
Why study this course?
There is an increasing demand for highly educated and adaptable medical radiation science professionals in response to the aging population and organic growth of the industry (medical imaging, radiotherapy, and nuclear medicine). There has also been an evolution in the medical radiation sciences to a more integrative model where the boundaries between one discipline and the next are increasingly less defined. CSU's Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science is designed to anticipate industry demands and is in a unique position to offer graduates a competitive advantage in the employment market.
The equipment used by medical radiation scientists has become increasingly sophisticated in the past decade and a comprehensive knowledge of equipment function, operation and computer interfacing is required. With an emphasis on the techniques and equipment used in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine and in other imaging modalities (such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET)), this course will provide a rewarding and fulfilling career for people interested in a technically-oriented healthcare field.
Students at Port Macquarie Campus can select the Medical Imaging or Nuclear Medicine specializations only.
This course offers the following specializations:
- Medical Imaging
- Nuclear Medicine
- Radiation Therapy
To make sure you are experienced in using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include:
- CR units
- a clinical ultrasound machine
- Philips PRISM 1000 Gamma camera and multiple Odyssey VP/FX/LX computers
- Vita medical technegas ventilation equipment
- GE 400AC SPECT Gamma Camera and camstar computer
- Fully equipped radiopharmacy laboratory
- ADAC - Sun Sparc Ultra - 10 interfaced computer system for image analysis.
Professionals teaching you
The clinical and technical aspects of the course are taught by dedicated professionals with years of collective industry experience. Fundamental areas of the course are complemented by experienced physicists and anatomists/physiologists with a deep understanding of the needs of clinical medical imaging and nuclear medicine.
Medical Imaging Specialisation
Graduates work as diagnostic radiographers / medical imaging technologists either in public hospitals or private radiology practices in any state of Australia. Graduates can also apply to work in any country. Graduates will be eligible to register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).
Nuclear Medicine specialization
Graduates work as nuclear medicine scientists either in public hospitals or private nuclear medicine practices in any state of Australia. Graduates can also apply to work in any country. Graduates will be eligible to register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).
Radiation Therapy specialization
Graduates of the Radiation Therapy specialization may find employment as radiation therapists in public hospitals or private radiation oncology practices in any state of Australia, as well as overseas. Career options may also include specialization in areas such as tomotherapy and IMRT. CSU is seeking accreditation of this course so that graduates will be eligible to register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).
HSC subjects, or interstate equivalent, are not specified as a prerequisite for entry to the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science. However, assumed knowledge includes NSW HSC mathematics and physics, or interstate equivalent.
For those without a background in HSC physics but accepted into the course, the University offers an eight-week course in basic physics by distance education during December/January, and at other times throughout the year. This non-compulsory, fee-paying short course is thoroughly recommended to anyone without a physics background. Contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call) for more information.
The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science involves physical demands on students, particularly in clinical placements. These demands include lifting of patients and equipment, moving equipment, standing and walking for most of the working day and looking at monitor screens and bright light x-ray viewing boxes.
Any students who believe that they may have difficulty with these requirements are advised to contact the Course Coordinator or the Student Equity Officer via info.csu on 1800 334 733 before enrolling.
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science course. Assumed knowledge for entry is to HSC equivalent of Physics and 2U Mathematics