CM17 - Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine)

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

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.

Career Information

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 regionally delivered 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.

Course Details
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
Course Fees
Indicative Year - 2022
  • Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee - $8,338

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 - 2023

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2022

Bundaberg
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2023

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

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?
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement


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.

Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 95 | ATAR 95
Entry Requirements

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:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 with a minimum 7.0 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet based test (TOEFL iBT) - Requires 94 or better overall and minimum score of 24 for listening and reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking; or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 65 with no communication score less than 65; 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 the final examination date and the date of commencement of the study and must appear on a single result certificate.

Security Requirements

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.


A student may be declared ineligible for placement based on the nature of the criminal history disclosure, the inability to perform required tasks, or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders. A student may be determined ineligible for placement if the placement site is unable to work with the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placement upon the placement provider by the State Health Department or assessment unit within a private organisation. If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student may be determined as not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating their enrolment in the course.
Health Requirements

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.

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent; One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

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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Practicum/Work Placement

BMSC12006 - Clinical immersion experiences
BMSC12007 - Clinical immersion experiences
BMSC13012 - Work integrated learning placement with Hospital and Health Services

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2022 32
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

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 accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

General Information

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.

Ethical Behaviour
Behavioural Stability
Legal Compliance
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)
Relational Skills
Reflective Skills
Sustainable Performance
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)
Interpersonal Engagement
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply knowledge of the fundamental sciences to key clinical concepts underpinning medicine
  • 2. Analyse health patterns of regional, rural and remote communities
  • 3. Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in diverse contexts applicable to healthcare professionals
  • 4. Interact professionally and ethically with health care professionals and patients
  • 5. Model effective teamwork skills when working collaboratively in inter-professional environments
  • 6. Apply skills in research design, application and interpretation.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
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.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1
BMSC11003 Professional Practice in Medical Sciences
CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
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
BMSC12015 Cell and Tissue Biology
MBIO19012 Microbiology
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Measurement
BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology & Measurement
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
BMSC12012 Molecular Cell Biology
BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC12003 Haematology and Transfusion Science
BMSC13021 Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology
BMSC13009 Immunology
ALLH13011 Rural and Remote Practice for Health Professionals
BMSC13010 Pharmacology
MEDS14001 Medical Science Research 1
BMSC13022 Relational Anatomy and Medical Imaging
BMSC13012 Advanced Work Integrated Learning
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Observational Placements

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.