Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is a professional degree in a discipline at the forefront of research into human health, disease and drug development. Bachelor of Biomedical Science graduates need to demonstrate a well-developed understanding of the biomedical science sub-disciplines to enable them to undertake values driven problem solving. Application of their knowledge, understanding and skills to local and global issues must attend to both First Peoples and Western perspectives, and these aspects are embedded within specified biomedical science units in all years. Employers are seeking students with recognised transferable skills (e.g. team work, communication skills, problem-solving ability, and care for others) and the Biomedical Science degree at ACU integrates development of these skills into its units, driving the development of graduates with a high emotional intelligence, adaptability and resilience.Overall, the Bachelor of Biomedical Science aims to prepare ethical graduates with a concern for the common good, who are able to apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge to undertake professional work in a range of biomedical science contexts and as a basis for life-long learning. These graduates will often collaborate within health care teams to create novel solutions to global and national health challenges.Students undertake specified units in years 1 and 2 of the degree, year 3 of the program provides some flexibility in terms of industry based placements and elective units.

Structure

240 credit points. Students will complete one specified unit of workplace learning, with the option of a second elective unit, with an external organisation of their choice. The unit will require students to address an issue or problem of a biomedical or related nature over the course of their immersion experience. The problem will be defined in consultation with the Course Coordinator and the industry contact, and the student will undertake exploratory work to find a solution or answer to address the issue.Students will complete one unit of community engagement, providing an opportunity to engage with the community in order to enhance the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. Students will volunteer at a selected public sector or non-profit organisations supporting disadvantaged individuals and families experiencing socially-determined health issues. This involvement will provide a vehicle for the student to develop and reflect upon the values of partnership, equality, mutual respect and commitment as well as the degree of transformation that community engagement engenders in the student.As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Subjects

  • Biomedical science

Standard entry requirements

  • New South Wales Prerequisite: Any two units of English (Standard) (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4), any 2 units of mathematics (Band 2)Queensland Prerequisite: English (Units 3 and 4, C)
  • Any combination of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C)Victoria Prerequisite: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematics (any).*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Study pathways

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours). Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master's degree programs.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) International: $73,008
  • ATAR: 58.5
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $73,008
  • ATAR: 58.5
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) International: $73,008
  • ATAR: 58.5
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Further information

Examples include entry level roles in pharmaceutical and medical technology industries; with further workplace training and experience this degree may lead to roles in marketing, medical, legal, research and quality assurance. Graduates might work in research roles in Universities, hospitals or the public health sector. Graduates could pursue careers in science communication, or may undertake further study in post graduate health programs or research.

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