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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.
The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography) is an AQF level 8 program.
Diagnostic Radiographers produce 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.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Competently applied advanced knowledge, attitudes and clinical skills to evaluate and implement modern and evolving diagnostic imaging procedures as registered practitioners.
- Demonstrated the ability to work independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
- Demonstrated effective communication skills to provide clear and coherent information and ideas to individuals, groups and healthcare teams.
- Demonstrated skills to design and undertake research and competently apply evidence-based knowledge and clinical reasoning to deliver safe and effective professional practice.
- Demonstrated 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 used technology in clinical practice and professional education.
- Demonstrated the ability to take responsibility for reflection on their own clinical practice, and ongoing learning and professional development.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the operation and clinical utility of advanced medical imaging techniques, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.
- Admission information for Australian students and residents
- Admission information for international students
During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Find out if you are eligible.
Current Australian Year 12 students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry is based on your Selection Rank or interstate equivalent.
Non-school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:
- Previous year 12 studies
- Higher education, tertiary or post-secondary qualifications and/or
- Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
All International Students:
Apply directly to International Admissions. International applicants must satisfy an English Language proficiency requirement.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
Students who completed their education in a non-English speaking country must have an IELTS of 7.0 on admission in line with University policy.
Additional selection criteria
- Special Selection Procedures - Special selection procedures apply for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details call (02) 4921 6863.
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, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Compulsory program requirements
Students will complete approximately 42 weeks of practical experience throughout the program in a variety of settings both locally and nationally, including mandatory regional/rural placements. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for clinical placements will be the responsibility of the student.
Students will attend on-campus simulation classes in state-of-the-art training laboratories to prepare for, and supplement, the clinical placement experience.
NSW Health Verification Requirements
Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement
Senior First Aid Certificate
Students must hold a current Workcover approved 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
MRSC4110 - Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice IVA
MRSC4160 - Medical Radiation Science Professional Practice 4B
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
UON diagnostic radiography 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.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours)(Diagnostic Radiography) requires completion of 320 units consisting of:
- 300 units of Core Courses; and
- 20 units of Elective Courses for Non-Graded Honours or 20 units of Research Project courses for Graded Honours.
Not all courses are offered each semester.
All registered health practitioners and education providers have a professional and ethical obligation to protect public health and provide safe healthcare. Students enrolled in this course should be aware that under the National Law (http://www.ahpra.gov.au/About-AHPRA/What-we-do/Legislation.aspx) there is a mandatory obligation for education providers and practitioners to report a student with an impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm while undertaking a professional practice placement. For more information please see the UON Student Placement Website or AHPRA Mandatory Notifications.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2015 - 2020 Program Plan - for students who commenced in 2015 - 2020 197.4 KB
- 2021 Program Plan - for students commencing in Semester 1 2021 216.1 KB
From 2021 onwards INDH2490 Foundations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health will be replacing MRSC1060 Medical Radiation Science 1A. Students who have previously completed MRSC1060 will not be required to complete INDH2490.
STAT1070 will be offered to Year 2 MRS students in Semester 1 2021, and Year 3 students in Semester 2 2021. From 2022 onwards STAT1070 will remain in Semester 1 for MRS students.
To ensure you enrol correctly, please refer to your program plan for the year you commenced your degree.
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 above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
Students in the Graded Honours Stream must take HLSC4310A and HLSC4310B. Students in the Ungraded Honours Stream must take 20 units of Electives.
All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for Ungraded Honours. High performing students (minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5 at the end of Year 3) may be selected for admission into a Graded Honours stream. Positions within the Graded Honours stream are limited and entry is not guaranteed. Students selected into the Graded Honours stream are required to successfully complete 20 units of research courses as detailed in the Program Plan. The criteria for the determination of class of Honours are detailed in the Bachelor Honours policy  section 5.2.2. Enquiries concerning eligibility for Graded Honours should be directed to the Program Convenor.
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
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.
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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.
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