UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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B Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) 1

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480700  3F 80.95 3 Mar 2014 16 Jan 2014

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Assumed knowledge: Any two units of English plus Mathematics or Physics. Applicants who have not studied Mathematics or Physics are encouraged to take a bridging course/s before the commencement of the university year. Read 'Bridging courses'.

Major studies: Nuclear medicine.

Practical experience: Students will complete substantial supervised practice in a variety of settings both locally and nationally in each year of their program. Some students will have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in New Zealand and/or the United Kingdom. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for professional experience will be the responsibility of students.

Honours: B Health Science (Honours) is available to students who achieve the required grade point average.

Professional recognition: The degree is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine. A professional year is required after graduating.

Career opportunities: Examples include positions in public and private medical imaging and radiation oncology (cancer care) facilities. Medical radiation science professionals also work in management, research and higher education.

Nuclear medicine scientists apply medical imaging technologies and radioactive chemical compounds (called radiopharmaceuticals) to image the function or physiology of the body. They perform brain and cardiac function studies, cancer detection studies and work with elite athletes to measure the extent of a patient's injury or illness. The technology is rapidly evolving and includes PET, SPECT, scintigraphy and hybrid PET/CT scanning. Nuclear medicine can also be used in the treatment of some cancers where radiopharmaceuticals are targeted to destroy diseased tissues.

Additional information: This program requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW Health facilities. Students will be subject to policies and procedures laid down by the NSW Ministry of Health, including policies around criminal record checking. These requirements may or may not include a WorkCover-approved first aid certificate, a National Police Certificate, a Prohibited Employment Declaration, NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement as well as fulfilling any required immunisations in order to obtain a NSW Health Certificate of Compliance. Students are expected to comply with these requirements prior to undertaking clinical placements.

All students will be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The B Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) program and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the program and work in the profession should contact the program officer prior to applying for the program.

The Nuclear Medicine program requires students to undertake extensive practical/clinical practice nationally. While attending these centres, students are responsible for all travel, accommodation and related expenses. Applicants should be aware of this requirement when applying for entry to the B Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) program.

The award of this degree is dependent upon the student satisfactorily completing and passing all academic and practical components.

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