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CourseCampusType of
UAC codePattern of
Course start dateMajor offer round
B Medicine – Joint Medical Program1,2,3 Newcastle – Callaghan or Armidale CSP 780000 5F N/A 23 Feb 2015 21 Jan 2015

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A joint program between the University of Newcastle and University of New England.

You can only add this course to your preferences until 30 November 2014.

Recommended studies: Any two units of English.

Additional selection criteria: In addition to submitting a UAC application, applicants must:

1. register to sit the The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) with the UMAT Office by Friday 6 June 2014. A fee will apply. Late applications will be accepted until Friday 20 June 2014. An additional late fee will apply. Details:

2. attend a UMAT session at the nominated test site on Wednesday 30 July 2014

3. submit a B Medicine (Joint Medical Program) direct online university application by visiting or Online applications open in mid-August and close Tuesday 30 September 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

4. include 780000 B Medicine (Joint Medical Program) as a preference on their UAC application by Friday 28 November 2014

5. participate in a structured (Multiple Skills Assessment) interview and an online personal qualities assessment in November/December

6. be selected in competition with other eligible applicants.

2014 NSW HSC applicants must attain a minimum ATAR of 94.30. Candidates completing their Year 12 studies in a designated rural or remote location will be considered for entry with a minimum ATAR of 91.40.

Major studies: Medicine. Clinical exposure (dealing with patients, visiting hospital wards and outpatient clinics, and spending time with doctors in practice) begins in the first year and continues throughout the degree.

Practical experience: Clinical experience will begin in first semester and increase throughout the degree. Students will obtain field experience in urban, rural and regional settings. Through our clinical school network students will gain a range of professional experiences including placements in hospitals wards, general practice and outpatient clinics.

Honours: Students who complete a minimum of 3 years study in the B Medicine are eligible to apply for the B Medical Science (Honours). B Medical Science (Honours) is a one year full-time degree designed to provide students with training in scientific method and in the verbal and written communication of scientific results.

Professional recognition: Graduates will be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and medical registration bodies in Australia (Medical Board of Australia) and New Zealand with the possibility of overseas registration.

Career opportunities: Examples include medical practice or medical research with further studies.

Additional information: The Bachelor of Medicine (BMed) is offered by the University of Newcastle and the University of New England as the Joint Medical Program. There is a common curriculum across both institutions. Applicants successful in gaining entry to this program will be offered a place at either the University of Newcastle or University of New England based on their stated enrolment location preferences listed on their BMed direct online university application.

Students enrolled in this degree are required to undertake clinical placements at locations away from their university of enrolment. In third, fourth and fifth years, clinical placements are completed within the five Joint Medical Program clinical schools. Students will have the opportunity to apply to spend up to one year at a rural clinical school (Armidale/Taree/Tamworth). However, all students are required to complete one year at a metropolitan clinical school (Hunter/Central Coast).

Students are also required 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. These requirements include a WorkCover-approved first-aid certificate, a National Police Certificate, a Prohibited Employment Declaration, a NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement and immunisations in order to obtain a NSW Health Certificate of Compliance. Students are expected to comply with these requirements prior to undertaking clinical placements. For more information, visit

While undertaking these placements students are responsible for finding their own travel, accommodation and related expenses. Applicants should be aware of this requirement when applying for entry to the BMed .

The BMed and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Prospective students should be aware that mental and physical capabilities sufficient to perform all aspects of routine medical practices, such as physical examination, and routine medical and surgical procedures, are required in order to meet program requirements.

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

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

Rural/remote students: Students who can demonstrate a significant rural/remote background may be eligible to apply under the Rural/Remote Admissions Scheme. For further information, call the Enquiry Centre, University of Newcastle on (02) 4921 5000 or the School of Rural Medicine, University of New England on (02) 67732949.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: These students may also apply for admission through the Joint Medical Program Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander admissions scheme. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students wishing to be considered for entry under this scheme are not required to sit UMAT or submit a direct online Joint Medical Program university application. They must submit a UAC application by Friday 31 October 2014 and include 780000 B Medicine (Joint Medical Program) as a preference. For further information concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander selection and application requirements call the Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle on (02) 4921 6863. Prospective students should be aware that a week-long compulsory PreMed program, ‘Miroma Bunbilla Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pre Entry to Medicine Program’, will be conducted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants in November/December.

For more information, visit the JMP website or

For UMAT application forms and information booklets, write to the UMAT office, ACER, Private Bag 55, Camberwell, VIC 3124, call (03) 8508 7643 or visit

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Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with Honours are four year programs available with direct entry and other programs are three year end-on Honours programs that require a 3 year Bachelor degree for admission. Check the course descriptions carefully.

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