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CG92 - Bachelor of Medical Imaging

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Medical Imaging course aims to develop graduates who are able to apply their knowledge and practical imaging skills in the diagnostic imaging setting. To support your ability to develop these attributes, the course is designed to develop a high level of evaluative skill and proficiency in performing radiographic and computed tomography imaging procedures to tailor the procedure to the individual patient in a safe, caring and effective manner. The course aims to develop high level communication skills so that you can interact positively with patients and other health professionals in the clinical work environment. Your clinical decision making and problem solving ability will be promoted through the use of simulation based learning techniques and exposure to 'real world' conditions while on clinical practice. This is an accelerated four year degree, which can be completed in 3.5 years.

Career Information

Diagnostic radiographers are responsible for providing safe and accurate imaging examinations in a wide range of clinical environments using a variety of imaging modalities and techniques so that appropriate management and treatment of patients and clients can proceed. They may function twenty four hours a day and have to be prepared for medical emergencies that may occur during examination and treatment. Radiographers require professional judgement to determine how to achieve the best diagnostic outcome while providing optimal patient care. Radiographers are involved with non invasive and interventional procedures, health surveillance screening and research. As this is a rapidly changing technological field, radiographers need to be adaptable and committed to life-long learning.

Radiographers are employed in public and private health systems. Career prospects in Queensland are excellent reflecting an ageing population and workforce demographic.

Course Details
Duration 4 years full-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 192
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BMedImag
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2020

Mackay

Term 1 - 2019

Mackay

Term 1 - 2018

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this course.
Mackay

Term 2 - 2017

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this course.
Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2017

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this course.
Distance
Mackay

Term 2 - 2016

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this course.
Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2016

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this program.
Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2014

Mackay
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this course.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2017

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this course.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this course.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this course.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

All applications must be made through QTAC and there is no provision for internal transfer into this program.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold OP 11 | SR 77 | ATAR 76.5
Rank Cut-Off OP 11 | SR 77 | ATAR 76.5
Entry Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years or:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 7.0 for Speaking and Listening, or
  • an Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
Students attending clinical placements in Queensland must obtain a Blue Card (Working with Children Check).
Health Requirements
Students must provide evidence of completion of vaccinations as stipulated prior to placement attendance, in accordance with the state Department of Health requirements for clinical students. Students must also maintain a current CPR certificate and complete an annual occupational health and safety induction.
Assumed Knowledge

English, Physics, Maths

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CB26 - Bachelor of Health Science (Specialisation) CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation

This course is approved by and currently undergoing accreditation by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students who select to study some units via distance education may be required to attend compulsory residential schools.
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Practicum/Work Placement

MEDI14006 - Students complete eleven weeks of clinical experience as block placement in one or two diagnostic imaging facilities. Students perform general radiography, mobile and adaptation imaging and computed tomography (CT) under the direct supervision of a qualified radiographer. Students are supported on-site by a clinical supervisor and by the academic unit coordinator at CQUniversity.
MEDI13004 - Students complete a five week block placement in a diagnostic imaging facility. Students perform general radiography under direct supervision of a qualified radiographer. Students are supported on-site by a clinical supervisor and by the academic unit coordinator at CQUniversity.
MEDI14005 - Students complete a sixteen weeks of clinical experience as a block placement in one or more diagnostic imaging facilities. Students perform a wide range of radiographic procedures, progressing to independent practice in preparation for entry to professional practice. Students also consolidate their skills in two other areas of radiographic practice. Students are supported on-site by a clinical supervisor and by the academic unit coordinator at CQUniversity.
MEDI12004 - Students complete a five week block placement in a diagnostic imaging facility. Students perform general radiographic procedures under direct supervision of a qualified radiographer. Students are supported on-site by a clinical supervisor and by the academic unit coordinator at CQUniversity.
MEDI13005 - Students complete eleven weeks of clinical experience as block placement in one or two diagnostic imaging facilities. Students perform general radiography, mobile and adaptation imaging and computed tomography (CT) under the direct supervision of a qualified radiographer. Students are supported on-site by a clinical supervisor and by the academic unit coordinator at CQUniversity.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 219
2018 189
2017 167
2016 147
2015 120
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Employ the body of knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia to practice competently as a medical radiation practitioner in the field of diagnostic radiography
  • 2. Apply concepts of professional practice to your performance
  • 3. Employ a collaborative approach to the practice of medical imaging in a variety of health care and inter-cultural settings
  • 4. Apply professional judgment to determine best diagnostic outcome
  • 5. Exhibit responsibility for patient's physical and psycho-social wellbeing
  • 6. Adapt and integrate appropriate personal and professional skills including the capacity for independent learning, critical thinking, verbal and written communication, time management, mastery of information and communication technology
  • 7. Function effectively as a team member and independently
  • 8. Incorporate capacity for independent learning and critical self analysis in professional continuous development
  • 9. Critically analyse political, cultural, ethical and social issues that impact the practice of medical imaging.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 25 Total credit points: 192

Year 1: Year 1 has a flexible structure in that it may be studied either full-time or part-time and either by distance or on campus. Students are required to study across all 3 terms.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
MEDI11002 Physics for Health Sciences
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI11001 Fundamentals of the Imaging Professions
MEDI11005 Patient Care in the Allied Health Professions
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI11003 Relational Anatomy
MEDI11004 Professional Practice
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology

Year 2: Extensive learning activity takes place in the clinical simulation laboratories during profession-specific units other than clinical placement. All Year 2 profession-specific units other than the clinical placement units are run as internal units at the Mackay Ooralea campus. For periods of internal study each term, students should expect to be on campus most days each week due to the number of labs and tutorials. MEDI12004 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 1 is a five week full-time clinical placement which takes place during the first five weeks of Term 2. Two on-campus units run in intensive mode from Weeks 6 - 12 of that term. In Term 3, students attend another 5 week clinical placement in November - December, then return to on-campus study in the second half of term.

Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI12001 Radiation Science
MEDI12002 Science and Instrumentation 1
MEDI12003 Imaging Procedures 1
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI12004 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 1
MEDI12006 Imaging Procedures 2
MEDI12005 Science and Instrumentation 2
Year 2 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI12007 Quality Processes for Dose and Image Optimisation
MEDI13004 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 2

Year 3: Extensive learning activity takes place in the clinical simulation laboratories during the three profession-specific units that are scheduled across Terms 1 and 2 of Year 3. In Term 2, the MEDI13006 Imaging Procedures unit will be scheduled on campus in intensive mode during Weeks 1 - 5 of term. MEDI13005 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 3 is scheduled in a continuous 12 week block from Week 7 of Term 2 to Week 3 of Term 3. The first Year 4 placement MEDI14006 commences in Week 9 of Term 3 and runs as a continuous 12 week block to Week 5 of Term 1. Each of these 12 week placement blocks include 11 weeks of clinical experience, giving the student 5 leave/study days.The MEDI14001 Medical Imaging Independent Clinical Project commences in Term 3; however the project may extend into the following term according to availability of relevant clinical experience.

Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI13001 Science and Instrumentation 3
MEDI13002 Imaging Procedures 3
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI13006 Imaging Procedures 4
MEDI13005 Medical Imaging Clinical Placement 3
Year 3 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI14001 Transition to Independent Practice
MEDI14006 Medical Imaging Clinical Placement 4

Year 4: Year 4 of the course is studied entirely by distance on clinical placement. Students continue their MEDI14006 placement from Term 3 into Week 5 of Term 1, then proceed to their final placement  (MEDI14005 Medical Imaging Clinical Practicum). This 17 week placement is scheduled from Week 7 of Term 1 to Break Week of Term 2. The block includes 16 weeks of clinical experience plus 5 days of leave/study time.

Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI14005 Medical Imaging Clinical Practicum

Clinical Placement:

Students complete extensive work integrated learning through five block placements that are scheduled in Years 2 - 4. Students must meet specific pre-clinical health, safety, security and licensing requirements prior to each placement, and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public at significant risk whilst on placement. Due to limited availability of clinical placements, some block placements have start and/or end dates that fall outside standard term start and end dates. All students will be required to attend placements at a range of locations and of a range of facility types. As placements are located throughout Queensland and availability is limited in each community, students may be placed at locations that are not of their choosing. Students must prepare financially and personally to relocate for placements, and are responsible for the associated costs. In accordance with program accreditation standards of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, students must, over the four years of the course, attend blocks of placements in at least three different communities (including regional and rural) and in a range of facilities that is sufficient to provide the scope and volume of clinical experience needed to meet all course and external accreditation requirements.

Whilst on placement, students will perform imaging procedures on and provide hands-on care to people who may be ill or injured. Students will need to be physically fit, able to stand and walk for extended periods, lift, stretch, carry heavy loads and have sufficient visual acuity and contrast sensitivity to assess fine detail of images and perform safely in a range of lighting conditions. Students will undertake clinical assessments on performance of imaging procedures, professional behavioural and technical skills.

Clinical Simulation Laboratory Learning

Years 1 - 3 of the course include hands-on learning in the clinical simulation medical imaging laboratories on campus during most terms. Students must demonstrate professional behaviours including regular attendance and meeting the course dress code during clinical simulation laboratory sessions. During simulations of imaging procedures, all students will participate in role play as radiographer and patient. These essential learning activities may require partial removal of clothing to the level that is required for the simulation and will involve touching and being touched by peers. If a student is unable to participate in both roles, the student's ability to attain required skills and complete unit assessments may be impacted.

More Details

This is an accelerated four year degree. The course structure provides a learning pathway for students to complete the degree at the end of Term 1 of their fourth year. This is accomplished by students studying across all three terms of the academic year during Years 1-3. Students will be required to enrol in one or more units in each of those years during Term 3. Please see the course Structure for further information.


Clinical Placement:

Each course year includes clinical placement. Students must meet specific pre-clinical health, safety, security and licensing requirements prior to each placement, and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public at significant risk whilst on placement. Due to limited availability of clinical placements, some block placements have start and/or end dates that fall outside standard term start and end dates. All students will be required to attend placements at a range of locations and of a range of facility types. As placements are located throughout Queensland and availability is limited in each community, students may be placed at locations that are not of their choosing. Students must prepare financially and personally to relocate for placements, and are responsible for for the associated costs. In accordance with course accreditation standards of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, students must, over the four years of the course, attend blocks of placements in at least three different communities (including urban, regional and rural) and in a range of facilities that is sufficient to provide the scope and volume of clinical experience needed to meet all course and external accreditation requirements.

Whilst on placement, students will perform imaging procedures on and provide hands-on care to people who may be ill or injured. Students will need to be physically fit, able to stand and walk for extended periods, lift, stretch, carry heavy loads and have sufficient visual acuity and contrast sensitivity to assess fine detail of images and perform safely in a range of lighting conditions. Students will undergo clinical assessments on performance of imaging procedures, professional behavioural and technical skills.

Clinical Simulation Laboratory Learning

Years 1 - 3 of the course include hands-on learning in the clinical simulation medical imaging laboratories on campus during most terms. Students must demonstrate professional behaviours including regular attendance and meeting the course dress code during clinical simulation laboratory sessions. During simulations of imaging procedures, all students will participate in role play as radiographer and patient. These essential learning activities may require partial removal of clothing to the level that is required for the simulation and will involve touching and being touched by peers. If a student is unable to participate, it may impact the student's ability to attain required skills and complete unit assessments.

Student and Graduate Registration

As per Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, all students enrolled in this course will be placed on the student register of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their couse. Education providers are obligated to notify AHPRA of any student impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Medical Imaging course, graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Medical Radiation Practitioner with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA). Such registration is required for practice in Australia as a diagnostic radiographer. To be accepted for registration with the MRPBA, graduates are required to disclose any criminal history, physical and/or psychological impairment and to meet the published standard of English language proficiency. For further information on these requirements, applicants are advised to consult the MRPBA’s published information at http://www.medicalradiationpracticeboard.gov.au.

Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.