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The University of Newcastle is Australia’s leading nuclear medicine science trainer. As a nuclear medicine scientist, you’ll apply medical imaging technologies and radioactive chemical compounds (called radiopharmaceuticals) to image the function or physiology of the body. Nuclear medicine scientists use this knowledge to diagnose, treat and prevent disease, providing support to a wide range of patients, from professional athletes with sports injuries, to young children and the elderly with cancer.
This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW Health facilities. During placement, students will be subject to NSW Health policies and procedures. Students must also meet all NSW Health verification requirements before attending clinical placement. Clinical placement essentials.
Students should be aware that they may be required to undertake clinical placement and/or classes outside normal semester dates. Students enrolling in this degree are required to obtain a WorkCover-approved Provide First Aid Certificate during semester 1.
Areas of study: Anatomy, molecular imaging, nuclear medicine instrumentation and radiopharmacy, nuclear medicine theory, patient care, statistics and research methodology.
Career opportunities: Nuclear medicine technologist, nuclear medicine technician, PET technologist.
Professional recognition: Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Practical experience: 42 weeks of clinical placement, supervised and mentored by qualified nuclear medicine scientists in both public and private centres, locally or across Australia. You will also have access to our $1.5 million on-campus radiopharmacy laboratory.
Travel, accommodation and related expenses for professional placements are the responsibility of students. Applicants should be aware of this requirement when applying for entry to the program.
Honours: All students will graduate with honours which will be awarded as graded or ungraded. Entry into the graded honours stream may be offered to high performing students at the completion of third year. The graded honours stream requires students to complete a supervised research project.
Fees and charges: Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.
This degree and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Students may be required to practise hands-on examinations and simulated treatments/procedures with other students in laboratory classes. Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the degree and work in the profession should contact the University prior to applying.
Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English plus Mathematics Advanced or Physics.
Applicants who have not studied Mathematics Advanced or Physics are encouraged to take a bridging course/s before the commencement of the university year. Bridging and enabling courses.
If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.
If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.
If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.
If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.
View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.
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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. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.
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