Bachelor of Medical Imaging

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Medical Imaging
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length

4 years full time program delivered over eight consecutive semesters commencing in Semester 1

Next available intake

February (Semester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$9,624 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

LevelUndergraduate
VTAC Codes1400310211 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code H309

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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 three-roomed, 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 may be available at the expense of the student.

Other areas of study include medical radiation science linked to principles of medical imaging, biological sciences, plus important 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.

Professional recognition

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.

Fees and charges

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

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.

Communication

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.

Digital Literacy

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.

Critical thinking

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.

Problem Solving

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.

Self-management

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.

Teamwork

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.

Global Citizenship

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.

 

Course rules

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.

Course structure

Units

Year 1 - Semester 1

HMI101Medical Radiation Science 1

HMI102Foundation Principles and Application of Medical Imaging 1

HMI103Medical Imaging Practice 1

Year 1 - Semester 2

HMI104Foundation Principles and Application of Medical Imaging 2

HMI105Medical Imaging Practice 2

Year 2 - Semester 1

HMI201Medical Radiation Science 2

HMI202Foundation Principles and Application of Medical Imaging 3

HMI203Medical Imaging Practice 3

Year 2 - Semester 2

HMI204Foundation Principles and Application of Medical Imaging 4

HMI205Medical Imaging Practice 4

Year 3 - Semester 1

HMI301Principles of Advanced Modality Imaging 1

HMI302Medical Imaging Practice 5

Year 3 - Semester 2

HMI303Principles of Advanced Modality Imaging 2

HMI304Medical Imaging Practice 6

Year 4 - Semester 1

Units commence 2018

HMI401Research Methods and Critical Appraisal

HMI402Medical Imaging Practice 7

Year 4 - Semester 2

HMI403Medical Imaging Practice 8

and one of:

HMI404Advanced Modalities

OR

HMI405Practice Management

OR

HMI406Inter Professional Education


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. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check prior to the commencement of clinical placements will not be able to undertake any placements. Students are also required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of the course, and are required to read, understand and comply with the School of Medicine Infectious Diseases and Immunisation Policy. Failure to comply with this policy, or obtain a Working with Children Check, may also prevent students from undertaking clinical placements.

Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks

Professional registration

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/

Entry requirements - general

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.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Inherent requirements

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

Credit for prior learning is not granted for this course.

How to apply

Semester 1 – start studying in January 2017

Apply through VTAC for Semester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Workload

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 experience

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.