Get the mix of knowledge and clinical expertise needed to launch your career as a registered diagnostic radiographer. With a degree in medical imaging (also known as Medical Diagnostic Radiography) you will be trained in techniques like ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT scan).
Using the latest equipment, you will learn basic x-ray techniques before advancing to more complex medical imaging procedures such as general radiography, digital vascular imaging, mammography, computed tomography (CT), general ultrasound (U/S) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
You will undertake substantial clinical practice in clinical centres, medical imaging clinics and hospitals, as well as at Deakin’s own state-of-the-art medical imaging training unit. Clinical placements typically take place at facilities across rural and regional areas of south-west Victoria. Interstate placements are available and may require some financial input from the participating student.
Other areas of study include medical radiation science linked to principles of medical imaging, biological sciences, plus important professionalism, communication, ethical and legal aspects of health care that will inform and support your future clinical practice.
A degree in medical imaging prepares you for careers in hospital radiology departments, specialist medical facilities and private radiology practices. Final year elective options mean that you can also get the skills to progress into roles in business management, marketing and education within the medical imaging field. Plus, you will develop strong skills in research, which could lead to careers in health or basic science research.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Medical Imaging is designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The course has been awarded the title of ‘accreditation with conditions’ by AHPRA, with statutory direction provided by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA). Possession of an AHPRA/MRPBA Statement of Accreditation means that you are eligible to work in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada.Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Medical Imaging students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1, 2 or 3 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per semester. The course is delivered over eight consecutive semesters. All the units in the course are core (these are compulsory) other than a choice of one of three units in the final semester of the course.
Students must pass all first year units, or be granted credit for prior learning for these units, before proceeding to second year.
Year 1 - Semester 1
Year 1 - Semester 2
Year 2 - Semester 1
Year 2 - Semester 2
Year 3 - Semester 1
Year 3 - Semester 2
Year 4 - Semester 1
Units commence 2018
Year 4 - Semester 2
and one of:
1400310481 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Semester 1 - 06/02/2017
- Start date: 06/02/2017
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Additional course information
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.
In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.
Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.
To practise as a radiographer in Australia, you must be registered under the national registration and accreditation scheme and meet the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).
On completion of H309 Bachelor of Medical Imaging, students will be eligible to apply for registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).
Details of MRPBA’s requirements for registration can be found at www.medicalradiationpracticeboard.gov.au/
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
As a student in the Faculty of Health, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and on-line interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Work Integrated Learning and clinical practice
During part of each semester of the four years of the course there will be opportunities to convert theory to competent practice, working under supervision with real patients in clinical environments. You will be rostered to placements in a broad range of hospitals and private radiology clinics throughout south-eastern Australia and, if necessary, you will be assisted to seek nearby accommodation. Further skills practice and consolidation will be conducted in the medical imaging training unit at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campus.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
- Attainment of Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent.
For year 12 applicants: a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics; and a study score of at least 22 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or a study score of at least 30 in Maths: Further Mathematics;
For non-year 12 applicants: same as year 12 applicant requirements above or equivalent, OR Completed bachelor degree in Mathematics, Science or Health Sciences.
- Attainment of Certificate IV in a related discipline
- Attainment of Diploma in any discipline
- Successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units
- Other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including, for example, successful completion of a Foundation program approved by Faculty Board and/or relevant work or life experience
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional accreditation and practise safely. These are outlined in the Inherent Requirements document for the course.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
The four-year H309 Bachelor of Medical Imaging course will prepare graduates who are qualified to work as skilled practitioners in the broad range of diagnostic medical imaging: general radiography, digital vascular imaging, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The graduates will be eminently employable because the course will provide them with the theoretic grounding, clinical skills, techniques and modality expertise required for independent medical imaging practice.
Possession of an AHPRA/MRPBA Statement of Accreditation enables registered graduates to work in a range of settings, such as small regional clinics, large metropolitan imaging departments, hospitals and specialist medical facilities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada.
A projected shortage of skilled medical imaging practitioners, particularly in rural and regional areas, will assist graduates seeking work.
Within the medical imaging profession, opportunities exist for expansion of the roles of radiographers into business management, marketing, education and research. A range of elective studies in the final year of the course are aimed at preparing students for these positions. Students will also develop skills in research, which could potentially lead to a career in health or basic science research.
The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Deakin University Bachelor of Medical Imaging has been awarded ‘accreditation with conditions’ by AHPRA, with statutory direction provided by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).
Note: This course is currently accredited (with conditions) as at the date of publishing.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply discipline specific knowledge to undertake radiographic procedures in a safe, accurate and ethical environment; develop clinical practices using evidence-based research.
Use oral, written and interpersonal forms of communication to communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately with a range of professionals, patients and their family/carers, taking into account the particular therapeutic context.
Use digital technologies to critically evaluate information (including radiographic images), remain informed about current imaging theories and issues, and disseminate relevant information to professional networks, clients and communities.
Analyse, evaluate and think critically and reflectively about radiographic factors (for example patient condition, clinical information, exposure) to ensure safe practice, resolve clinical challenges and obtain accurate diagnostic outcomes.
Evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities, problem solve in terms of new procedures and techniques used in medical imaging, and implement solutions.
Recognise the advantages and limitations of available equipment and systems to provide a safe and effective radiographic examination that will ensure an accurate outcome.
Use knowledge of available modalities and patient information to assess the most effective and appropriate means of finding an answer to a particular clinical question.
Maintain currency with developments in the field of radiological practice, use reflective practice to become a life-long learner by identifying ongoing learning needs and opportunities; assume responsibility and accept accountability for professional decisions.
Work effectively, ethically and responsibly within inter-disciplinary health care teams, and communicate clearly and professionally with team members to provide safe, high quality patient care.
Demonstrate an understanding of one’s own cultural perspectives and manage patients in a way that is culturally sensitive, consistent with legislation, professional, ethical and respectful.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
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Credit for prior learning
Credit for prior learning is not granted for this course.
Faculty contact information
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