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Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBRS

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2019: AUD$ 36,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
088333G

Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Health Services1.
  • Get practical experience when you complete clinical placements as part of your studies.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Clinical Sciences2.
  • Work with specialised equipment and computer systems to acquire patient images and analyse data.
  • Graduate with a highly regarded qualification. 

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full Time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only. 
22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

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With a suite of nuclear medicine facilities located on-campus, it’s easy to see why this degree is so highly regarded both nationally and internationally.

The on-campus specialist nuclear medicine teaching space is where you will gain valuable hands-on experience. Further practical experience is gained during the 1,800 hours of clinical placements. This practical learning is complemented by an in-depth theoretical component, which is taught by award-winning teachers.

High achieving students may be considered for the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Nuclear Medicine) program in the third year.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

During your first year you will focus on basic sciences at the core of the study and practice of medical radiation science. You will cover a range of topics, including anatomy, physiology, pathology and radiation physics. These core subjects offer an introduction to medical radiation and the scientific principles surrounding it.

Applying these concepts to professional practice occurs through clinical placements, which begin in your second year and continue through third year.

During your final year you will also take part in regular pre-clinical preparation workshops to further extend your skills as you move into advanced areas of practice.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • group assignments
  • quizzes
  • essays
  • case studies
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • oral presentations
  • projects

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Health HLTH 1029 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Human Physiology 100 BIOL 1049 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 1 PHYS 1016 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pathology for Medical Radiation MEDI 2006 4.5
Human Physiology 101 BIOL 1050 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 2 PHYS 1017 4.5
Medical Radiation Clinical Human Anatomy HLTH 1026 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 3 PHYS 2006 4.5
Nuclear Medicine Studies 1 RADY 2010 4.5
Human Anatomy 201 (Gross and Sectional) RADY 2008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice 1 RADY 2013 4.5 Note(s): 2,6 Rule(s): 2
Nuclear Medicine Studies 2 RADY 3022 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 4 PHYS 2007 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Evidence Based Practice HLTH 3057 4.5
CT and PET Imaging RADY 3032 4.5
Nuclear Medicine Studies 3 RADY 3023 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 7
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Nuclear Medicine Studies 4 RADY 3024 4.5
Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice 2 RADY 3038 9 Note(s): 2
Specialised Medical Radiation RADY 4023 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice 3 RADY 4039 9 Note(s): 2
Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice 4 RADY 4040 9 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Nuclear Medicine Professional Entry Practice 1 RADY 4043 9 Note(s): 2
Nuclear Medicine Professional Entry Practice 2 RADY 4044 9 Note(s): 2

Why Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)

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This degree offers extensive practical learning, coupled with the support and mentoring from award-winning teaching staff and academics.

Our on-campus facilities, including the specialist nuclear medicine teaching space, mean you will get plenty of practical experience ensuring you graduate career-ready. This will be complemented by more than 1,800 hours of practical work placements where you will practice the skills learned in class.

Real-world connections

As a medical radiation science student you will benefit from our strong industry links. You will learn from experienced medical radiation professionals on-campus and during work placements. In your third year, clinical specialists come on campus to teach you about current technologies and practices such as Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging.

Work placements offer the opportunity for you to build practical skills and also enables and encourages the building of valuable industry networks and relationships.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Nuclear medicine technologists are responsible for preparing and administering radioactive substances, called radiopharmaceuticals, to evaluate the function of an organ or body system in order to diagnose and/or treat disease. They mostly treat and care for cancer patients by accurately preparing and administering isotopes. This unique degree prepares graduates for a rewarding career in this highly specialised field.

As Australia’s population ages the demand for medical radiation professionals increases1, creating significant opportunities for graduates of this degree. You should enjoy working with people, with technology, helping sick or injured people, working a variety of hours, be interested in the human body, being challenged by new ideas and being part of a team.

Nuclear medicine professionals work in a variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals and private practice
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • research and development

You may also gain employment in specialist areas such as:

  • ultrasound
  • computed tomography
  • magnetic resonance imaging

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Professional accreditation and recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for general registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).

Industry facts

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

Nuclear Medicine is a specialised area, but this degree still covers a wide range of topics. I hope to become a nuclear technologist and undertake research, possibly in the development of nuclear medicine departments in third world countries.

Jenna La Dru

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)

Jenna La Dru

Jenna La Dru

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)

I’m interested in the application of innovative learning and teaching methodologies within the clinical and academic learning environments, and how these environments interconnect.

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a medical radiation science (nuclear medicine) student, you will have access to software packages for image manipulation.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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Deferment

This degree is not available for deferment.

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