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Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations)

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Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations)

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Interested in a career as a medical scientist? With CSU's Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations) you could be conducting medical research or working in the fields of pathology, biotechnology and clinical physiology, developing cures for diseases or improving quality of life through science.

CSU's medical science course gives you the foundations you need to launch your career as a medical scientist. Choose from the generalist course or one of three specialisations based on your interests and career aspirations.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations) is an internationally recognised degree and has a proud history extending more than 20 years. 

    Follow your interests

    All students complete a common first-year program, which includes units in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, statistics and microbiology. From there, you can choose to stay in the general stream to gain a broad understanding of medical science or you can specialise in one of three areas that interest you the most. There is also the potential for movement between specialisations within the course.

    Flexible study options 

    Choose between full-time, part-time, on-campus and online study options to match your work and lifestyle commitments. There is also the potential for transfer from the Bachelor of Medical Science into other courses, such as the Bachelor of Pharmacy, during the course (based on grade point average (GPA)). Although no official approved articulation agreements exist, there are credit packages available to recognise students' prior learning.

    Options to further your studies

    Gain a broad foundation in medical science as preparation for entry into postgraduate study, research programs, or transfer into another university degree, subject to eligibility requirements.

    Support when you need it

    If you are studying on campus, you may be eligible to apply for a Science Scholarship, valued at $4000 per year.

  • Career opportunities

    This broad-based course offers you diverse career options in the healthcare industry and gives you the flexibility to choose an area of specialisation. Use your knowledge of medical science to enter a rewarding career in public health or health administration in the public or private sector. 

    Pathology specialisation

    This specialisation will qualify you for accreditation as a medical scientist with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. Work in private and public sector hospitals and health laboratories, where you will be responsible for performing a range of medical laboratory tests to help clinicians in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases.

    Biotechnology specialisation

    Graduate with a range of skills and knowledge in biotechnology and its uses in agriculture, food production, bioinformatics, genetic engineering and medicine.

    Clinical Physiology specialisation

    Take up a career in clinical management where you will perform physiological tests to diagnose and fine-tune the therapeutic management of already established disease and assess the physiological functioning of the nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

    Careers in clinical research are also available in hospital and university research teams. These often focus on the development of new measurement techniques and a better understanding of the processes of specific diseases.

  • Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology) has accreditation from the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

  • Workplace learning

    Students will complete one or two workplace learning subjects (BMS237 and BMS351) depending on their specialisation. Students in the generic stream may also elect to take BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1 if they wish.

    Students with appropriate concurrent employment may seek credit (recognition for prior learning) for BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1.

    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

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

     

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
  • Subjects

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

    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:

    • Biotechnology
    • Pathology
    • Clinical Physiology

    Core subjects (96 points)
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    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 (96 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
    BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
    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


    Biotechnology specialisation (96 points)
    BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology
    BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology
    BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16)
    BMS344 Molecular Immunology
    BMS345 Therapeutic Proteins
    BMS346 Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics


    Pathology specialisation (96 points)
    BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
    BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    BMS229 Histopathology 1
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    BMS352 Molecular Pathology
    BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
    BMS337 Histopathology 2
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    BMS324 Immunohaematology and 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
    BMS332 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 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 Science Communication and Methodology
    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 and 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 Science Communication and Methodology

    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 and 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 Science Communication and Methodology
    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 and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    BMS229 Histopathology 1

    Session 4
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
    BMS337 Histopathology 2
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

    Session 5
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2

    Session 6
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
    BMS352 Molecular Pathology
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    BMS324 Immunohaemotology and Blood Transfusion

    By part time distance education study
    Session 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology

    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 and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

    Session 6
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1

    Session 7
    BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    BMS229 Histopathology 1

    Session 8
    BMS337 Histopathology 2
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology

    Session 9
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

    Session 10
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion

    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 Science Communication and Methodology
    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 and 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
    BMS332 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 Science Communication and Methodology

    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 Foundations and  Techniques of Biochemistry
    RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy & Physiology

    Session 8
    BMS321 Clinical Neurophysiology
    BMS332 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

    Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology)
    By full time, on-campus study
    Session 1

    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    IKC100 Indigenous Health

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

    Session 3
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology

    Session 4
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
    BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting

    Session 5
    BMS308 Immunology
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology

    Session 6
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)
    BMS345 Therapeutic Proteins
    BMS344 Molecular Immunology
    BMS346 Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

    By distance study
    Session 1

    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    IKC100 Indigenous Health

    Session 4
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

    Session 5
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

    Session 6
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS235 Protein Biochemistry

    Session 7
    BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology

    Session 8
    BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
    BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting

    Session 9
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology

    Session 10
    BMS344 Molecular Immunology
    BMS345 Therapeutic Proteins

    Session 11
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
    BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology

    Session 12
    SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)
    BMS346 Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS352 Molecular Pathology
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
    BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
    BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology
    BMS229 Histopathology 1
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA Fingerprinting
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Admission is based on an ATAR of 70 (including bonuses) or equivalent Admissions Rank.

    Non school leavers who have completed a vocational Certificate IV (or above), or completed 2 or more subjects at a University with a GPA of 3.5 (out of 7) or equivalent, are also eligible.

    Successful applicants who do not have an appropriate high school chemistry background are strongly recommended to undertake the chemistry subject offered in the University's Studylink supplementary program prior to commencing study in the course.

    Students entering the course mid-year may not be able to complete full-time study in their first session of enrolment.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Students wishing to undertake the Biotechnology, Clinical Physiology or Pathology specialisations may not commence in Session 2 unless they receive credit such that an appropriate study pattern is available.

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214554
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSLR
    DirectOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKSLR
    DirectOn campusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNISLR
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNESLS

    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

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply

    Domestic student applications for on campus study commencing in Session 2 are made direct to CSU via the 'Apply online' button.

    Students wishing to undertake the Biotechnology, Clinical Physiology or Pathology specialisations may not commence in Session 2 unless they receive credit such that an appropriate study pattern is available.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

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

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    029251J (Wagga Wagga)

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  • About the School

    CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in health-related areas across the Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses. It is committed to providing a quality learning experience for our students and graduates for the professions who understand the journey of lifelong learning.

    Our courses are characterised by hands-on learning and commitment to rural health. Our graduates are highly regarded by industry and regularly gain employment before graduation and receive prestige industry awards.

    Visit the School of Biomedical Sciences website

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Studylink subjects for this course:

    • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS014 - Stepping into Statistics
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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