Bachelor of Medical Imaging
Course summary for local students
|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Medical Imaging|
|Campus||Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
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 2016||$9,485 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016||Not applicable|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|VTAC Codes||1400310211 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Deakin course code||H309|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Key dates
- Work experience
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.
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.
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
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.
Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.
Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.
* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.
The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email firstname.lastname@example.org au for more information about 2016 fees.
Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.
The four-year H309 Bachelor of Medical Imaging course, once accredited, 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, general ultrasound 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 and radiation therapists 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.
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
|HMI101||Medical Radiation Science 1|
|HMI102||Foundation Principles and Application of Medical Imaging 1|
|HMI103||Medical Imaging Practice 1|
Year 1 - Semester 2
|HMI104||Foundation Principles and Application of Medical Imaging 2|
|HMI105||Medical Imaging Practice 2|
Year 2 - Semester 1
|HMI201||Medical Radiation Science 2|
|HMI202||Foundation Principles and Application of Medical Imaging 3|
|HMI203||Medical Imaging Practice 3|
Year 2 - Semester 2
|HMI204||Foundation Principles and Application of Medical Imaging 4|
|HMI205||Medical Imaging Practice 4|
Year 3 - Semester 1
Units commence 2017
|HMI301||Principles of Advanced Modality Imaging 1|
|HMI302||Medical Imaging Practice 5|
Year 3 - Semester 2
|HMI303||Principles of Advanced Modality Imaging 2|
|HMI304||Medical Imaging Practice 6|
Year 4 - Semester 1
Units commence 2018
|HMI401||Research Methods and Critical Appraisal|
|HMI402||Medical Imaging Practice 7|
Year 4 - Semester 2
|HMI403||Medical Imaging Practice 8|
and one of:
|HMI406||Inter 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.
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
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), subject to the course receiving accreditation.
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.
Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification and practise safely. These are outlined in the Inherent Requirements document for the course.
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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.