CQUniversity's Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) is an innovative course that will provide you a contextualised curriculum to prepare you for your future medical career. Upon successful completion of the course with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or more, you will gain direct entry into the University of Queensland's regionally-delivered Doctor of Medicine Program. You will build knowledge in the structure and function of the human body and develop a conceptual understanding of what happens when diseases, infections and clinical disorders occur. In the first year, you will study the foundations of medical science in the subjects of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and biochemistry. In the second and third years you will apply the knowledge of first year subjects to medically focused subjects of cell biology, microbiology, immunology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and medical imaging. Capstone subjects will allow you to integrate your knowledge to gain an understanding of various medical imaging modalities and their application in clinical scenarios. Real-world and authentic learning experiences are embedded within the curriculum, allowing you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills. Community placements, clinical immersion experiences and work integrated learning opportunities with health service providers in Central Queensland and Wide Bay are offered throughout the course to prepare you for your career in Medicine.
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) course with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or more, you will gain direct entry into the University of Queensland's Doctor of Medicine Program. This course provides a provisional pathway for graduate entry into the UQ MD and facilitates the opportunity for students to study medicine in regional Queensland.
|Duration||3 years full-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||144|
|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)||BBMedSc(Pathway to Medicine)|
|AQF Level||Level 7: Bachelor Degree|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
|Rank Threshold||SR 95 | ATAR 95|
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must demonstrate:
You will need to sit the UCAT ANZ before you apply for this course. The minimum required UCAT ANZ aggregate score depends on the performance of applicants and available places in the course.
Entry is competitive with limited places available. Shortlisted applicants must attend a multiple mini interview.
Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Pathway
An alternative admission pathway is available for students who identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. Find out more about CQUni’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Pathway (CM17)
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or the 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 of a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or the 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:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between the final examination date and the date of commencement of the study and must appear on a single result certificate.
The course includes work placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical safety and security requirements prior to each placement, including a clear criminal record check, valid Blue Card, and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement. Students are required to meet all mandatory requirements to attend work placements. Students who have a criminal history check disclosure prior to commencing the course or recorded in the duration of the course are required to have their fitness for placement assessed on a case by case basis by the University or in conjunction with the placement provider or State Health Department (as appropriate). Where a student has a criminal history check prior to enrolment in the course, the student may be required to apply for clearance through the applicable State Health Department to determine fitness for placement prior to enrolment in the course.
The course includes work placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-placement health and safety checks prior to each placement and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public at significant risk whilst on placement. During placement, students may be working in pathology laboratories, hospitals, clinics, or research laboratories. Students are required to ensure that all immunisations as per requirements of the placement provider are completed before they proceed on work placement.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL13 - Diploma of Health Science|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||Many units in the course have compulsory residential schools to ensure students acquire the skills and knowledge fundamental to medical science. The residential schools will be offered at both Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses.|
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|BMSC11003 - Observational placements with Hospital and Health Services and Community health care providers.|
|BMSC13012 - Work integrated learning placement with Hospital and Health Services and Community health care providers.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
The Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) course provides a provisional entry pathway to The University of Queensland's (UQ’s) regionally based Doctor of Medicine program.
The Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine in Australia and New Zealand has been developed by Medical Deans for use in professional entry level medical training with the aim of providing the greatest access for students with a disability while ensuring safe clinical training. The inherent requirements have been categorised under the four domains of the course learning outcomes for medical programs produced by the Australian Medical Council. The document specifies the requirements of pre-registration medical training rather than medical practice and sets out what a medical student is expected to demonstrate and how a student will be assessed at entry and during the medical course.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|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|
|KNOWLEDGE Develop an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture in contemporary and historical context using the respectful and appropriate protocols and terminology|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Engage in reflective self-evaluation of own cultural values and perspectives to proactively create an inclusive workplace that affirms and celebrates cultural diversity|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Display leadership by creating inclusive work environments and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 23||Total credit points: 144|
The new Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) offered at Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses will provide students an entry pathway to the regionally delivered UQ Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.
This new course has significant overlap with the existing courses: CG93 Bachelor of Medical Science (Clinical Measurement specialisation) and CL10 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours). As such, it is expected that there will be a significant increased interest in the existing CG93 and CL10 courses.
Students who complete either the CG93 or CL10 course can apply to the UQ MD program, or any other postgraduate medicine courses across Australia, after completion of the required entry exam.
A similar increased interest is also expected to extend to a range of other health professional courses offered by CQUniversity, with students' long term intent of applying for entry into postgraduate medicine.
The Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) has 23 compulsory units.
There are sixteen units of study in the first two years of the undergraduate degree course. The final year of study has seven units of study, one of these units is a double credit unit.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|BMSC11007||Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1|
|BMSC11003||Professional Practice in Medical Sciences|
|CHEM11043||Atoms, Molecules and Matter|
|BMSC11005||Foundations of Biochemistry|
|BMSC11008||Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2|
|NURS11171||Health, History and Culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples|
|ESSC11002||Measurement and Evaluation in Health Science|
|BMSC12006||Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Measurement|
|BMSC12007||Neurological Physiology & Measurement|
|BMSC12012||Molecular Cell Biology|
|BMSC12003||Haematology and Transfusion Science|
|BMSC12015||Cell and Tissue Biology|
|BMSC11012||Foundations of Immunology|
|BMSC13021||Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology|
|ALLH13011||Rural and Remote Practice for Health Professionals|
|BMSC13022||Relational Anatomy and Medical Imaging|
|BMSC13012||Advanced Work Integrated Learning|
Prior to placement, each student must satisfy specific pre-clinical health, safety, and security requirements and must disclose any condition that may put themselves, or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement. As placement availability is limited in each area, students may be placed at locations that are not of their choosing. Students must prepare financially and personally for placements and are responsible for any associated costs.