CV68 - Bachelor of Cardiac Physiology

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 Bachelor of Cardiac Physiology aims to develop graduates who are able to apply their knowledge of cardiac physiology and basic cardiac ultrasound in a diagnostic setting as a cardiac technologist (cardiac scientist). Cardiac technologists provide technical services for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. As part of the cardiology team, cardiac technologists operate a range of specialist equipment to provide data for patient care. To enable this ability in graduates, the course is designed to build a high level of practical skill and data evaluation so graduates can assess patients and evaluate findings in a safe and effective manner. There is an emphasis on high level communication skills so that graduates can interact positively with patients and other health professionals in the clinical environment. Clinical decision making and problem solving ability will be promoted in graduates through the use of simulation based learning techniques and exposure to 'real world' conditions while on clinical practice.This course will provide the opportunity for undergraduate students to undertake a three year full-time degree of study leading to a career in the field of cardiac science. Graduates will not be eligible for ASAR accreditation as 'Echocardiographers' on completion of this course alone.


Career Information

A cardiac technologist and measurement scientist is a health professional who uses a range of diagnostic means to produce images and laboratory data demonstrating cardiovascular anatomy and function . A cardiac technologist and measurement scientist requires specialised education and skills to view, analyse and modify the data collection. Communication skills, exemplary professional attitude and care for the physical and psycho social well-being of the patient are all critical to success in this field.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-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) BCPhy
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • NSW - Sydney - 160710
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 - 2017

There are student quota limits for this course. Only Year 1 of the course is available by distance study. There are two compulsory residential schools in Year 1. In year 2 term 1 you must attend compulsory residential schools on campus and at a partner facility in Sydney. You must study internally in year 2 term 2 and part of year 3.
Distance
Sydney

Term 2 - 2016

Distance
Sydney

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
Sydney
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2017

There are student quota limits for this course. Only Year 1 of the course is available by distance study. There are two compulsory residential schools in Year 1. In year 2 term 1 you must attend compulsory residential schools on campus and at a partner facility in Sydney. You must study internally in year 2 term 2 and part of year 3.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

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What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

Course entry through UAC is based on Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.
Students not born in Australia are required to meet an 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.

The English Language Proficiency requirements may also be satisfied by an Occupational test - Result of ‘A'
or ‘B' (results are to be no older than 2 years from the start of term).

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

English, Biology, Science, Physics, Maths

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CV67 - Associate Degree of Cardiac Physiology
Exit Awards CV67 - Associate Degree of Cardiac Physiology
Professional Accreditation
Learned Society Accreditiation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There are units in this course that include mandatory residential school for all students.
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Practicum/Work Placement

ECHO12005 - 280 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. Clinical facilities can often only host a small number of students at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
ECHO13007 - 560 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. Clinical facilities can often only host one student at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
ECHO11004 - 140 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. Clinical facilities can often only host a small number of students at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 3
2017 5
2016 1
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply a body of cardiac physiology knowledge to clinical practice.
  • 2. Perform competencies in a wide range of cardiac assessment activities.
  • 3. Behave professionally, using appropriate professional and personal skills to practice as a cardiac physiologist (cardiac scientist)
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3
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: 18 Total credit points: 144

To be eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Cardiac Physiology students must complete the 18 core units (144 units of credit), complete clinical placement requirements and attend all mandatory laboratory activities / residential schools on the campus of enrollment and / or at a specialist simulation facility in Sydney, as determined in the unit profiles.Students from all campuses will be required to attend the specialist simulation facility in Sydney for approximately eight residential schools in years 2 and 3 as set out in the unit profiles.
Clinical Placement:
Course years 2-3 include clinical placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical health, safety, security, including a clear criminal record check, 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. As placements are located throughout Australia and availability is limited in each community, students may be placed at locations that are not of their choosing. Full time attendance is required when undertaking clinical placement. Students must prepare financially and personally to relocate for placements, and are responsible for for the associated costs. In accordance with the course accreditation standards students must achieve competency in a range of cardiac assessment techniques which may require attending different clinical facilities. Whilst on placement, students will perform cardiac assessment 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 cardiac assessment cases,
professional behavioural and technical skills.
Clinical Simulation Laboratory Learning
Years 1 - 3 of the course includes hands-on learning in the clinical simulation echocardiography and computer laboratories on campus during most terms. Students are also required to attend eight 4 day residential schools at a simulation centre in Sydney during years 2 and 3. Students must attend all laboratory activities, including residential schools, at their campus of admission. Students must demonstrate professional behaviours including regular attendance and meeting the course dress code during clinical simulation laboratory sessions. During simulations of
cardiac assessment techniques, all students will participate in role play as sonographer and patient. These essential learning activities will require partial removal of clothing to the level that is required for the simulation and will involve touching and being touched by peers. These simulation learning activities take place in a mixed gender environment, including the presence of male academic tutors. If a student is unable to participate, it may impact the student's ability to attain required skills and complete unit assessments.
Completion Timelines
To maintain clinical currency, specified cardiac assessment and clinical skills units must be completed within within one calendar year as scheduled in the course overview.
ECHO11002 Cardiac Structure and Function and Cardiac Clinical Unit 1 must be completed within within one calendar year of each other,
ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1, Cardiac Science and ECHO12005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 2 must be completed within one calendar year of each other,
Adult Echocardiography, ECHO13002 Cardiac Assessment Skills 2 and Cardiac Clinical Unit 3 must be completed within one calendar year of each other,
Failure to adhere to these timelines will necessitate completion of a student learning contract which will detail specific learning and assessment requirements to maintain the students' clinical currency.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
MEDI11002 Physics for Health Sciences
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
ECHO11003 Fundamentals of Cardiac Science
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
ECHO11002 Cardiac Structure and Function
MEDI11004 Professional Practice
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECHO11004 Biochemistry for Cardiac Pharmacology
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound
ECHO12006 Cardiac Science
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECHO12005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 2
ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1
ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECHO13006 Adult Echocardiography
ECHO13002 Cardiac Assessment Skills 2
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECHO13007 Cardiac Clinical Unit 3
ECHO13005 Congenital Heart Disease
More Details
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