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.

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 or 0 years part-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
  • QLD - Mackay - 841681
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 - 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 - 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 Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA you are required to meet the English Language Prerequisite by:

  • an academic IELTS completed within the last 2 years (from the term you are applying to start) with a minimum achievement of 7.0 in each band and overall, or
  • a secondary or university qualification which is not more than 5 years old (from the term you are applying for entry into) with a satisfactory level of achievement of at least 2 years in duration from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA.

The English Language Proficiency requirements may also be satisfied by (results are to be no older than 2 years from the start of term):

  • Occupational test - Result of 'A' or 'B'
Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

English, Physics, Maths

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

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

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

Learned Society Accreditiation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Medical Imaging course are eligible for national registration as a medical radiation practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and professional accreditation with the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT).

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

MEDI11001 - Students will complete a week long orientation placement in a diagnostic imaging clinical facility. Students observe a variety of medical imaging procedures and provide assistance to staff and patients while under direct supervision.
MEDI14006 - Students will complete a twelve week 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.
MEDI13005 - Students will complete a twelve week 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 will 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.
MEDI12004 - Students will 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.
MEDI14005 - Students will complete an eighteen week 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.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 188
2017 167
2016 147
2015 120
2014 108
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
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
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 includes a one week full-time observation clinical placement as a mandatory component of the MEDI11001 Fundamentals of the Imaging Professions unit. To be eligible to attend placement, students must have completed all required pre-clinical health, safety and security requirements, must have completed the prerequisite unit MEDI11005 Patient Care in the Allied Health Professions and must have attended all scheduled laboratory or residential school sessions for MEDI11001. The placement is scheduled in Week 9 of Term 2 only.

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

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 campus. During both terms, 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. This placement takes place during the first five weeks of Term 2. The three theory/lab units in Term 2 will operate in a compressed format on campus during Weeks 6 -12, with summative assessments scheduled during Weeks 13 and 14 of Term 2. Students should plan to be on campus to the end of Week 14 of Term 2.

Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI12001 Radiation Science
MEDI12002 Science and Instrumentation 1
MEDI12003 Imaging Procedures 1
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI12004 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 1
MEDI12006 Imaging Procedures 2
MEDI12007 Quality Processes for Dose and Image Optimisation
MEDI12005 Science and Instrumentation 2

Year 3: Extensive learning activity takes place in the clinical simulation laboratories during profession-specific units other than clinical placement. These are run as internal units at Mackay campus. On-campus units will be scheduled in both Terms 1 and 2 of Year 3. MEDI13004 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 2 in Term 1 is a five week full-time clinical placement and may commence up to seven weeks prior to the start of Term 1. The two theory/lab units in Term 1 will commence on campus in Week 2 of Term 1. No internal classes will be scheduled during the first week of Term 1 so that students can relocate to Mackay from placement. 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 a twelve week full-time clinical placement. The standard start date for the MEDI13005 placement is Week 10 of Term 2; however, due to availability of placements some students' placements may be scheduled to start slightly earlier or later than the standard date.

Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI13001 Science and Instrumentation 3
MEDI13002 Imaging Procedures 3
MEDI13004 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 2
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI13005 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 3
MEDI13006 Imaging Procedures 4

Year 4:
Year 4 of the course is studied entirely by distance, mainly as work integrated learning on clinical placement. Students will attend two clinical placements on a full-time basis - one for 12 weeks (MEDI14006 Medical Imaging Clinical Placement 4) and the other for 18 weeks (MEDI14005 Medical Imaging Clinical Practicum). The standard start date for MEDI14006 is Week 1 of Term 1 and for MEDI14005 the standard start date is three weeks prior to Week 1 of Term 2. The clinical units may have non-standard start and/or end dates due to their length and the timing of availability of clinical placements in partner facilities. During Term 1 students will also study one theory unit by distance.

Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI14001 Transition to Independent Practice
MEDI14006 Medical Imaging Clinical Placement 4
Year 4 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI14005 Medical Imaging Clinical Practicum

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 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 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 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.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 0 Total credit points: 0

More Details

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.