Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science) includes two majors, Medical Imaging (MJRU-MRSMI) and Radiation Therapy (MJRU-MRSRT). Applicants will indicate their selected major. The Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy majors offer a Pass and Honours stream in fourth year. Medical Imaging graduates work with a range of sophisticated diagnostic imaging modalities including Computed and Digital Radiography, Fluoroscopy, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography and Angiography equipment. They produce images which are used to confirm or exclude a medical diagnosis, to advise on a treatment or illness, monitor patient progress, or provide medical screening. A genuine interest in managing a wide range of patients and their needs is an important function of the professional. Radiation Therapists play an integral role in the treatment, care and management of patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment, primarily in treating a range of cancer types. Graduates must balance a genuine interest in patients and their welfare with the technical requirements necessary to undertake Radiation Therapy procedures. Radiation Therapy increasingly incorporates high end imaging technologies as integral requirements of patient treatment.
Detailed information about the course structure is available through official Curtin pages: http://handbook.curtin.edu.au/courses/32/320175.html
- The Medical Radiation Science degree shares a partly common inter-professional first year with students in the Faculty of Health Sciences. This gives you a general foundation in the health care environment, along with foundation studies in medical radiation. From second year, your study will focus on your elected major, though there are still units running in common with the other two majors, reinforcing the inter-professional foundation established in Year One. An applied approach to learning is advanced within all areas of study providing context for the learning being advanced. A strong thread that runs through the program is the development of communication skills, written and oral, which aims to enable you to know how to manage your patients in an empathetic and clinically appropriate manner. There are different threads of study through the programs including, for example, Anatomy and Pathology and Instrumentation. These are contextualised in the professional units which provide the clinical relevance throughout the program. There is a significant and important clinical component included in the majors that sometimes requires students to have a period of placement outside of the university semester periods. If you are enrolled into the Medical Imaging or Radiation Therapy major you will join either the Pass or Honours stream in fourth year. Students are invited to join the Honours stream in third year, and will generally be those who have a Course Weighted Average above 65. All graduates regardless of having completed the Pass or Honours stream will be eligible for registration with the MRPBA
Standard entry requirements
Please refer to https://study.curtin.edu.au/offering/course-ug-bachelor-of-science-medical-radiation-science--b-scimrsv1/ for further information on entry to this course.
Graduates from the Bachelor of Science (Medical Imaging Science) are currently accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA), which enables the graduate to obtain employment anywhere in Australia. Changes incorporated into the Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science) will require review and approval from the MRPBA, and the University has commenced this process. The Medical Sonography and Radiation Therapy majors are seeking accreditation approval from their respective accrediting authorities, the MRPBA and Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).
The Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy majors offer a Pass and Honours stream in fourth year, while the Medical Sonography major students can only take Honours as a condition of professional accreditation which requires a course level of AQF 8. Students are invited to join the Honours stream in third year, and will generally be those who have a Course Weighted Average which falls within the High Distinction range.
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