Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
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A radioactive way to save and improve lives.
UON is Australia’s leading nuclear medicine trainer. Our graduates are sought after worldwide. In this rewarding and challenging career, you will diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases such as cancer using radioactive substances – giving patients the best chance of living a full and healthy life.
What is nuclear medicine? Nuclear medicine technologists conduct nuclear medicine scans of a person’s body using radioactive material called radioisotopes. Radioisotopes are typically ingested or injected, travelling through the affected area to create images of the inside of your body. These images can diagnose life-threatening diseases such as cancer and help monitor a patient’s health.
This degree equips you with specialised scientific knowledge and gives you practical medical radiation experience using world-class facilities and technology. You will:
Areas of study include:
All UON medical radiation science students graduate with Honours, giving you a distinct advantage when seeking employment. As part of the honours component you can choose from two study pathways.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Our nuclear medicine graduates are very employable and highly regarded. Many of our graduates have advanced rapidly in their careers and are now in management roles in Australia and overseas.
UON nuclear medicine graduates are qualified to register and work as nuclear medical technologists, working closely with patients and other health professionals to diagnose life-threatening diseases such as cancer and help monitor a patient’s health. You may find yourself working in clinical positions in private and public hospitals, in upper management roles such as director of services, or in higher education and research roles.
Take a look below for some common roles for medical radiation science graduates.
Nuclear Medicine is a highly specialised degree and graduates will generally move into roles in public hospitals or private nuclear medicine practices across Australia. The job listing below includes more detailed information on the profession. Some roles within nuclear medicine may require further qualifications or experience beyond the degree level.
Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine).
Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.
UON nuclear medicine graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Your accreditation allows you to work in Australia and overseas.
All UON nuclear medicine students complete 40 weeks of professional practice during their degree, starting in first year. During your placement, you are mentored and supervised by qualified nuclear medicine professionals. You may undertake placements in public and private hospitals and practices located in the Hunter Region, NSW, interstate or overseas. You will participate in metropolitan, regional, and rural placements as part of this degree.
During your degree, you will have access to the latest technologies in nuclear medicine on campus. This includes ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography. UON’s $1.5 million on-campus radiopharmacy laboratory is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.