Bachelor of Clinical Science

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If working as part of a team undertaking ground-breaking research into a debilitating disease, or interpreting test results to ensure people receive the correct medical treatment, sounds like the career path for you, then CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Science can help you reach your goals.

Clinical scientists play a critical role in helping to save lives and contribute to the health of our communities. They combine the latest research and investigation and analysis technologies to isolate the cause of disease and develop treatments, as well as examining social and community factors contributing to health.

     
             

Key information

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Study mode

On Campus
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Campus locations

Orange
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Duration

3 years full-time
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Session availability

Session 1; Session 2 201730; 201760

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

Study mode

On Campus
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Science combines a broad education in the different branches of biomedical science with knowledge of social sciences. During your clinical science studies you will develop the skills to independently derive evidence-based decisions that will inform health and medical practitioners to deliver the best possible care to patients.

Quality teaching and research 

As part of CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences, Bachelor of Clinical Science students benefit from the expertise of industry-connected staff and problem-based learning. Research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment for graduate studies – where you are exposed to cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines. You will have the opportunity to engage in high quality learning experiences in the areas of clinical practice (paramedic), clinical science, health science and medical science.

Choose your own path  

A clinical science degree with CSU gives you the flexibility to transfer to undergraduate or graduate-level health or allied health programs such as medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, midwifery, paramedicine and radiology, subject to university entry requirements. Extracurricular activities are also offered to prepare you for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test, UMAT, or the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test, GAMSAT.

More than science

CSU's medical science course equips you with skills and knowledge relating to rural and remote clinical practice, as well as standard practice including an understanding of the factors affecting the health of rural and remote communities. Throughout the course, you will develop and hone your interdisciplinary communication and teamwork skills which will provide the foundation you need for employment in numerous public health and research areas.

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Immunisation

NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

Further information is available from NSW Health.

Working with Children Check

All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

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Career opportunities

With CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Science under your belt, you will be ready to jump into a variety of employment opportunities in the health and medical research sectors.

Public health

Make a difference in your community by putting your clinical science skills to work in a variety of government health roles, from community education to public policy work.

Be curious to find cures

Your critical thinking and analytic skills will equip you to take on research roles and be involved in the latest scientific discoveries.

Take the next step

Your clinical science course is a pathway to further study in areas such as medicine, dentistry and physiotherapy.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

No special arrangements apply.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Clinical Science is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Clinical Science is only available to study online

You can study the Bachelor of Clinical Science online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn CampusOrangeFPOSYYNISCS
DirectOn CampusOrangeCGSYYNKSCS
UACOn CampusOrangeCGSYNN214238

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CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates

Campus locations listed for distance education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn CampusOrangeFPOSYYNISCS
DirectOn CampusOrangeCGSYYNKSCS
UACOn CampusOrangeCGSYNN214238

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Emily Clapham - Bachelor of Clinical Science

"When I assessed my options, the CSU Clinical Science program offered me the best opportunity to work my way into health care."

Emily Clapham - Bachelor of Clinical Science

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The course consists of 16 core subjects, including two 32 point subjects as follows:

BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
HLT311 Reflective Clinical Practice (32 points)
HLT312 Research in Clinical Practice (32 points)
HLT330 Research Methods in Health Sciences
IKC100 Indigenous Health
LAW131 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Restricted elective

PHY107 General Physics 

PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services or SOC108 Sociology of Health and Healthcare

All students must successfully complete IKC100 in order to be eligible to graduate

Full-time

Session 1 (30)
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
IKC100 Indigenous Health OR PHY107 General Physics

Session 2 (60)
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B 
MCR101  Introduction to Microbiology
LAW131 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health

Session 3 (30)
BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 4 (60) for students who undertook IKC100 in first year
SOC108 Sociology of Health and Healthcare
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences

Session 4 (60) for students who did not undertake IKC100 in first year
SOC108 Sociology of Health and Healthcare OR PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services
IKC100 Indigenous Health
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences

Session 5 (30)
HLT311 Reflective Clinical Practice (PBL) (32 points)

Session 6 (60)
HLT312 Research in Clinical Practice (PBL) (32 points)

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taken a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Apply through UAC if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

Important dates

12th Jul 2017
UAC Mid-Year Final Applications

30th Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Apply through VTAC if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

Important dates

12th Jul 2017
UAC Mid-Year Final Applications

30th Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Apply direct to CSU if you are a non-school leaver or want to study online.

Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

7th Jul 2017
2017 Session 3 Applications open

4th Aug 2017
2018 Session 1 Applications open

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Apply direct to CSU

Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

CSU study centres

All applicants should apply direct to CSU study centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

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