Students commencing from 2016 should refer to the handbook for our new program:
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography)
Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
Information correct as at
3rd Dec 2016 1:30pm
Level 7 Bachelor Degree
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 3 years full time.
International - 3 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
This program is for continuing students only and from 2016 is replaced by the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography) (40002).
Diagnostic Radiographers produces images of the structure and function of the body to assist medical diagnosis and medical decision making. Diagnostic Radiographers use a large range of advanced imaging technologies such as plain x-rays, Computer Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasound, Angiography and Mammography, in settings such as accident and emergency, wards and operating theatres. Diagnostic radiography plays an important role in medicine and health care, and contributes significantly to improving health outcomes for the population.
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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Compulsory Program Requirements
Students will complete approximately 25 weeks of practical experience through the program in a variety of settings both locally and nationally, including mandatory rural placements. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for work-integrated learning/placements will be the responsibility of the student.
NSW Health Verification Requirements
Senior First Aid Certificate
Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.
MRSC1110 - Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice 1
MRSC2110 - Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice 2A
MRSC2160 - Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice IIB
MRSC3111 - Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice 3A
MRSC3160 - Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice 3B
Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee
Australia is recognised as a world leader in Medical Radiation Science (MRS) education and practice. Our program is accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia who act under auspices of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). A professional year is required after you graduate from university. After satisfying professional accreditation, you can practice across the world. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for registration with the Medical Radiation Board of Australia in partnership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
3 years full time up to 5 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science requires the completion of 240 units of approved courses.
The program is available in full-time mode only.Except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, a candidate shall complete the program within five years of study from the date of commencement.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available at the top of this page.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|HLSC1000||Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice||10 units|
|HUBS1105||Musculoskeletal Anatomy||10 units|
|HUBS1401||Human Bioscience||10 units|
|MRSC1010||Medical Radiation Science 1A||10 units|
|MRSC1100||Diagnostic Radiography Methods 1||20 units|
|MRSC1110||Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice 1||10 units|
|PHYS1250||MRS Physics & Radiation Protection||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|HUBS2103||Neural and Visceral Anatomy||10 units|
|MRSC2100||Diagnostic Radiography Methods IIA||10 units|
|MRSC2110||Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice 2A||10 units|
|MRSC2150||Diagnostic Radiography Methods IIB||10 units|
|MRSC2160||Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice IIB||10 units|
|MRSC2501||Medical Radiation Science Instrumentation IIA||10 units|
|MRSC2560||Diagnostic Radiography Instrumentation 2B||10 units|
|MRSC3100||Diagnostic Radiography Methods IIIA||20 units|
|MRSC3111||Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice 3A||10 units|
|MRSC3150||Diagnostic Radiography Methods IIIB||20 units|
|MRSC3160||Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice 3B||10 units|
Choose 10 units from the following directed courses
|HLSC2241||Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives||10 units|
|HLSC2242||Working with Men and Boys in Human Services||10 units|
|PSYC2505||Foundations of Psychology and Sociology for Health Professionals||10 units|
Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) is available as an additional one-year full-time program or equivalent part-time. Candidates for Honours are selected on the basis of academic achievement.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Competently apply developed knowledge, attitudes and clinical skills to evaluate and implement modern and evolving diagnostic imaging procedures as registered practitioners.
- Demonstrate the ability to work independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team
- Communicate effectively with individuals, groups and healthcare teams to facilitate healthcare delivery
- Demonstrate skills to undertake research and competently apply evidence-based knowledge and clinical reasoning to deliver safe and effective professional practice
- Demonstrate professional and personal behaviours consistent with a commitment to legal and ethical behaviour, accountability in practice, and the promotion and development of the profession.
- Effectively use technology in clinical practice and professional education.
- Demonstrate the ability to reflect on their own clinical practice, and recognise the need for ongoing professional development
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a audio/visual impairment will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue. Diagnostic Radiographers are required to provide a safe environment for patients, staff and themselves, and they need to be able to lift and support the movement of equipment and patients, move freely and quickly around departments and hospitals. The profession can be physically challenging. All applicants need to be able to complete all parts of the clinical placement program to both complete the course and become accredited with the profession.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.