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Medical Radiation Science

Medical Radiation Science

Bachelors Degree Pass/Honours

B-SCIMRS

Course
Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 90
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Learn to use medical radiation to help diagnose, treat and monitor medical conditions or provide cancer therapy.

Medical Radiation Science

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Cutting-edge

Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Professional recognition

Professionally recognised by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Medical radiation scientists use radiation on the human body to help diagnose, treat and monitor medical conditions or provide cancer therapy.

Curtin offers the only on-campus course in medical radiation science in Western Australia. In this course, you will specialise in one of two majors: Medical Imaging or Radiation Therapy.

The course combines subjects from health science and science to give you a general grounding in the healthcare environment, along with foundation studies required for medical radiation science practice, including medical physics, anatomy, physiology and evidence-based practice.

The first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences and science students. From the second year, your study will focus on your elected major.

You will be prepared to accept responsibility for the care of individual patients by developing the necessary ethical, medico-legal, cultural awareness and communication abilities.

Clinical experience over four years: 45 weeks, including in hospitals, private practices and rural and regional sites.

Medical Imaging

Medical imaging professionals work with sophisticated diagnostic imaging modalities, including computed and digital radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography,  magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and angiography equipment.

They produce images that are used to confirm or exclude a medical diagnosis, to advise on a treatment or illness, monitor patient progress, or provide medical screening.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapists play an integral role in the treatment, care and management of patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment, primarily in treating cancer types.

They design, develop and deliver radiation therapy treatment using a range of complex technologies and equipment.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Curtin offers the only on-campus programs in medical imaging or radiation therapy in Western Australia.
  • We offer purpose-built medical imaging and radiation therapy learning environments that enable development of real knowledge and skills.
  • The medical imaging and radiation therapy fields are rapidly advancing and expanding.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

In order to practise as a graduate medical imaging or radiation therapist in Australia, registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia is a legal requirement.

Visit the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia website for further information.

Career information

Careers

  • Medical imaging professional
  • Radiation therapist

Industries

  • Clinical research
  • Education
  • Health and safety
  • Private practice
  • Private, public and regional hospitals
  • Software and equipment supply
  • Support services

Further study

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge to undertake medical radiation science procedures in a safe and effective manner; develop clinical practices using evidence-based research
  • think critically and reflectively about factors for safe and effective patient outcome delivery including clinical information, physical parameters, and patient, equipment and environmental conditions
  • apply an inquiring approach to the management of patients and the assessment of medical radiation science procedural requirements and outcomes through identification, access, evaluation and synthesis of information from credible sources
  • communicate effectively and appropriately with different workplace, healthcare and patient groups, taking into account age, health condition and socio-cultural background
  • use equipment/instrumentation knowledge and available clinical information to assess the medical radiation procedure required to appropriately address the clinical challenge/question, recognising the advantages and limitations of available equipment/instrumentation to provide a safe and effective patient outcome
  • assess and critically evaluate information independently to remain informed and advance practice
  • demonstrate cognisance of current international standards and practices within the profession and apply these clinically
  • manage patient care in a manner that promotes respect for individuals, is socio-culturally sensitive and ethically appropriate
  • work effectively, ethically and cognisant of medico-legal boundaries within the interprofessional healthcare team; take responsibility for own actions

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 90
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR : 90
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR : 90 OR
  • TAFE:

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 90; or
  • completed at least 75 credits in the semester preceding the application, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 80% or higher; and
  • met the prerequisites.

The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics or MATH1005 Pre-Calculus (12.5 credits); and
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus.

The Physics prerequisite can be met with:

  • Physics ATAR or PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics.

Higher education course switcher criteria

This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

Other requirements and notes for this course


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,530*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: B-SCIMRS
  • CRICOS code: 088215B
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019