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Bachelor of Health (BHEA) - BHealth

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Medical Laboratory Science (External: 906135; Toowoomba campus: 906131); Biomedical Sciences (External: 906905; Toowoomba campus: 906901)

CRICOS code (International applicants): 075197F

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider the BBSC Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences or the BMLS Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science which will be offered from Semester 1, 2019.

 On-campus~^External@^
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:3 years full-time, 8 years part-time maximum 
Program articulation:

From: Associate Degree of Health

Footnotes
~Not all courses in the majors are available on-campus.
^Semester 2 entry is only available part-time.
@External international students must be able to attend mandatory and highly recommended residential schools at a USQ campus and block clinical placement in Australia. As there is no guarantee that clinical placement can be done in block placements, the Medical Laboratory Science and Biomedical Sciences majors are unsuitable for international overseas students.

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Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Program aims

The Bachelor of Health has two majors:

The Bachelor of Health (Medical Laboratory Science) aims to provide education and training for medical scientists to service the public and private pathology laboratory industry. A secondary aim is to provide graduates that will be able to play a role in the biomedical field including research, technical, advisory and commercial roles. Students will be eligible to apply for membership to professional organisations including the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Society for Medical Research.

The Bachelor of Health (Biomedical Sciences) aims to provide education and training for a career in biotechnology, medical research, pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, and public health laboratories. Graduates will have a broad education allowing them to diversify after graduation, including seeking entry via the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) into medicine and other professional programs in the allied health sciences, or higher degree research such as Honours or Masters and PhD. Students will be eligible to apply for membership to professional organisations including The Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Society for Medical Research.

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Program objectives

On completion of the Bachelor of Health, students should be able to:

  • apply a broad and coherent body of theoretical and practical knowledge in the biomedical sciences with in depth knowledge in one or more specialist disciplines.

  • collect, organise, analyse and interpret biomedical science literature and laboratory data using appropriate experimental, computational, statistical and technological approaches.

  • exhibit scientific literacy and oral, written and digital communication skills to explain biomedical science concepts to a range of audiences.

  • apply practical laboratory and technical skills to generate accurate scientific data.

  • work independently or collaboratively in teams to critically and creatively analyse issues and develop appropriate solutions to complex problems across a range of cultural, institutional, national and global contexts.

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of ethical, professional and workplace health and safety requirements in research and clinical laboratories.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 07. Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 15, tertiary entrance rank 66 or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.


Applicants are advised to also address the following:

  • Recommended Prior Study: one of Biological Science, Chemistry or Science21 (4, SA) or equivalent.

  • Assumed knowledge expectations: Mathematics A (4, SA).


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2018 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Requirements for professional experience placements

For the Medical Laboratory Science major, practical experience is an integral component of the program and each student is required to undertake and satisfactorily complete 52 days of practical experience in Australia. There is no guarantee of students being able to undertake their placement in a block period.

Progression into practical courses is dependent upon a pass grade in theoretical and other practical courses which have been set as prerequisites.

Applicants must be willing to undertake and submit the requirements of the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland Health for practical placement. Please refer to the applicable Professional Practice Experience Handbook for Bachelor of Health (Medical Laboratory Science) Students.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

This program comprises of 24 units including 8 core courses/units and one of the following combinations:

  • one 12-unit Health major (Biomedical Sciences) and 4 approved courses; or

  • one 12-unit Health major (Biomedical Sciences) and one 4 unit minor; or

  • one 12-unit Health major (Biomedical Sciences) and 4 electives; or

  • one 16-unit Health major (Medical Laboratory Science).


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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this program.

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Core courses

Course  Semester(s) offered  Mode 
BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1*  1,3  ONC, EXT 
BIO1103 Pathology Studies  ONC, ONL 
CHE1110 Chemistry 1*  ONC, EXT 
BIO1204 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences*  ONC, EXT 
BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1*  ONC, EXT 
CHE2120 Chemistry 2*  ONC, EXT 
STA2300 Data Analysis  1,2,3  ONC, ONL 
BIO2107 Cell and Molecular Biology 1  ONC, ONL 

Footnotes
*Highly recommended residential school

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Major studies

The following majors are available in the Bachelor of Health:

  • Biomedical Sciences (12-unit major)

  • Medical Laboratory Science (16-unit major)


Specific majors

In this section:

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Biomedical Sciences

Course  Semester(s) offered  Mode 
BIO1206 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2^  ONC, EXT 
BIO2118 Systems Physiology and Pharmacology*  ONC, EXT 
BIO2119 Biochemistry of Nutrition  ONC, ONL 
BIO2218 Concepts in Endocrinology*  ONC, EXT 
BIO2120 Techniques in Comparative Physiology 1+  EXT 
BIO2220 Techniques in Comparative Physiology 2+  EXT 
BIO3102 Human Pathophysiology  ONL 
BIO3103 Applications in Human Tissue Engineering+  EXT 
BIO3201 Extreme Physiology and Pharmacology  ONC, ONL 
BIO3203 Applications in Medical Biotechnology+  EXT 
BIO3207 Cell and Molecular Biology 2  ONC, ONL 
SCI3302 Industry Placement#  1, 2, 3  ONC, EXT 

Footnotes
^Highly recommended residential school
*Highly recommended residential school (ONC students and EXT students attend Residential School)
+Mandatory residential school
#Work placement

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Medical Laboratory Science

Course  Semester(s) offered  Mode 
BIO1205 Pathology Clinical Placement 1^  ONC 
BIO2105 Pathology Clinical Placement 2^  ONC 
BIO2106 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 2*  ONC, EXT 
BIO2108 Haematology 1~  ONC, EXT 
BIO2214 Pathology Clinical Placement 3^  2,3  ONC 
BIO2215 Clinical Biochemistry 1  ONC, ONL 
BIO2216 Histopathology and Cytology 1+  EXT 
BIO2217 Transfusion Science+  EXT 
BIO3105 Pathology Clinical Placement 4^  ONC 
BIO3107 Haematology 2  ONC, ONL 
BIO3108 Histopathology and Cytology 2~  ONC, EXT 
BIO3109 Pathology 1  ONC, ONL 
BIO3206 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 3~  ONC, EXT 
BIO3207 Cell and Molecular Biology 2  ONC, ONL 
BIO3209 Pathology 2~  ONC, EXT 
BIO3215 Clinical Biochemistry 2  ONL 

Footnotes
^Clinical placement
*Highly recommended residential school (ONC students and EXT students attend Residential School)
~Mandatory residential school (ONC students and EXT students attend Residential School)
+Mandatory residential school

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Approved courses (Biomedical Sciences major)

Course  Semester(s) offered  Mode 
BIO2106 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 2*  ONC, EXT 
BIO2219 Genetics  ONC, ONL 
BIO3206 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 3~  ONC, EXT 
BIO3219 Biochemistry of Human Diseases  ONC, ONL 

Footnotes
*Highly recommended residential school (ONC students and EXT students attend Residential School)
~Mandatory residential school (ONC students and EXT students attend Residential School)

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Minor Studies

Biomedical Sciences major only: Minor studies are designed to enable students to widen their knowledge and perspectives, or to complement their choice of major. Courses must be taken over two levels and should be the same discipline or recognised multi-disciplinary area. Enrolment requirements must be satisfied for any course selection.

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Electives/Approved courses

Elective courses enable students to further increase their knowledge and widen their perspectives. Electives may be any USQ course. Choice of an elective will depend on the availability of the course(s), timetabling constraints and quotas. Students may consult their program coordinator for a recommendation.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

Students will need internet access to retrieve course materials, undertake assessment and participate in course online activities.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. Find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

Attendance at mandatory and highly recommended residential schools at the specified USQ campus is an integral component of the program and each student is required to attend as scheduled.

Core Courses


Biomedical Sciences


Medical Laboratory Science


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Exit points

Students who have successfully completed the first 16 units of the Bachelor of Health in accordance with the recommended enrolment pattern may exit with the AHEA Associate Degree of Health . Students wishing to undertake this option should consult the Program Coordinator in the School of Health and Wellbeing, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

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Enrolment

Progression

Students are advised to consult with student support usq.support@usq.edu.au in situations where their progression is affected either by failure in pre-requisite courses, or where they choose a part-time study pattern.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Medical Laboratory Science major recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


Major Study: Medical Laboratory Science
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1

BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1*1111,3HR
CHE1110 Chemistry 1*1111HR
BIO1103 Pathology Studies1111
BIO1204 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences*1111HR
BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1*1212HR
CHE2120 Chemistry 2*1212HRPre-requisite: CHE1110
BIO1205 Pathology Clinical Placement 1^12Pre-requisite: BIO1103 Co-requisite: BIO1104
BIO2216 Histopathology and Cytology 1~12MPre-requisite: BIO1103

Year 2

STA2300 Data Analysis21,221,2,3Enrolment is not permitted in STA2300 if STA8170 or STA3100 has been previously completed.
BIO2105 Pathology Clinical Placement 2^21Pre-requisite: BIO1205
BIO2107 Cell and Molecular Biology 12121Pre-requisite: CHE2120
BIO2108 Haematology 1~2121MPre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO1104
BIO2214 Pathology Clinical Placement 3^22,3Pre-requisite: BIO2105
BIO2215 Clinical Biochemistry 12222Pre-requisite: BIO1103 and CHE2120
BIO2106 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 2*2222HRPre-requisite: BIO1104
BIO2217 Transfusion Science22MPre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO2108

Year 3

BIO3105 Pathology Clinical Placement 4^31Pre-requisite: BIO2105
BIO3109 Pathology 13131Pre-requisite: BIO2106 or BIO2108 or BIO2215 or BIO2216
BIO3107 Haematology 23131Pre-requisite: BIO2108 and BIO2217
BIO3108 Histopathology and Cytology 2~3131MPre-requisite: BIO2216
BIO3206 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 3~3232MPre-requisite: BIO2106
BIO3207 Cell and Molecular Biology 23232Pre-requisite: BIO2107
BIO3209 Pathology 2~3232MPre-requisite: BIO3109
BIO3215 Clinical Biochemistry 232Pre-requisite: BIO2215

Footnotes
*If studied externally, residential school attendance on-campus in Toowoomba is highly recommended. Candidates with evidence of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) may seek exemption from some courses and/or residential schools in the 1st year of the major.
^Current employees of pathology service providers with a minimum of 2 years full-time or equivalent relevant technical experience may seek exemption from Pathology Clinical Placements courses 1 to 4 on the basis of approved industrial experience. However, for candidates to be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Health (BHEA) and who are seeking course credits by exemption must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 8 courses of the BHEA.
~Mandatory residential school (ONC students and EXT students attend Residential School)

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Biomedical Sciences major recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


Major Study: Biomedical Sciences
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1

BIO1103 Pathology Studies1111
CHE1110 Chemistry 1*1111HR
BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1*1111,3HR
BIO1204 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences*1111HR
BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1*1212HR
CHE2120 Chemistry 2*1212HRPre-requisite: CHE1110
BIO2119 Biochemistry of Nutrition1212Co-requisite: CHE2120
BIO1206 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2*1212HRPre-requisite: BIO1203

Year 2

STA2300 Data Analysis21,221,2,3Enrolment is not permitted in STA2300 if STA8170 or STA3100 has been previously completed.
BIO2107 Cell and Molecular Biology 12121Pre-requisite: CHE2120
BIO2118 Systems Physiology and Pharmacology*2121HRPre-requisite: BIO1203
BIO2120 Techniques in Comparative Physiology 1+21MPre-requisite: BIO1204

Choose one of the following three courses:

     BIO2219 Genetics2222Pre-requisite: (BIO1100 or BIO1101 or BIO1204)

Or

     Elective course2222

Or

     Minor course2222
BIO2218 Concepts in Endocrinology*2222HRPre-requisite: BIO2118
BIO2220 Techniques in Comparative Physiology 2+22MPre-requisite: BIO2120

Choose one of the following three courses:

     BIO2106 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 2*2222HRPre-requisite: BIO1104

Or

     Elective course2222

Or

     Minor course2222

Year 3

BIO3102 Human Pathophysiology31Pre-requisite: BIO2118 and BIO2218
BIO3103 Applications in Human Tissue Engineering+ 31MPre-requisite: BIO2220 Co-requisite: BIO3102
SCI3302 Industry Placement31,2,331,2,3Pre-requisite: Completion of 2nd year (or 2 years full time study in a relevant area)

Choose one of the following three courses:

     BIO3219 Biochemistry of Human Diseases3131Pre-requisite: BIO2119

Or

     Elective course3131

Or

     Minor course3131
BIO3201 Extreme Physiology and Pharmacology3232Pre-requisite: BIO2118
BIO3207 Cell and Molecular Biology 23232Pre-requisite: BIO2107
BIO3203 Applications in Medical Biotechnology+32MPre-requisite: BIO3103 Co-requisite: BIO3207

Choose one of the following three courses:

     BIO3206 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 33232Pre-requisite: BIO2106

Or

     Elective course3232

Or

     Minor course3232

Footnotes
*If studied externally, residential school attendance on-campus in Toowoomba is highly recommended. Candidates with evidence of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) may seek exemption from some courses and/or residential schools in the 1st year of the major.
+Mandatory residential school