The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences course is a direct pathway for CDU students to study medicine, on campus in Darwin. This course is part of a double degree with the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP) offered by Flinders University. Australian citizen or permanent resident school leavers with year 12 qualifications, or higher education students who have studied for no more than one year are eligible for consideration for entry.
The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences is the first award of this double degree. Completion of the first two years of the course to a specific grade point average standard and within the specified time frame, guarantees entry into the NTMP, which you will begin in your third year of study.
In your studies at CDU you will develop a strong foundation in fundamental health and medical-related sciences, building your knowledge, skills and confidence to move on to the NTMP. This course is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) as an entry pathway into medical studies.
Graduating from this course completes the first part of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine (CDU/Flinders University) double degree and may lead to career opportunities in medicine or medical research.
Credit transfers & pathways
Pathways for VET to Higher Education
Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:
Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education
For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education
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This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.
Australian qualification framework
This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.
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In the first two years of the BCSC you will receive a strong foundation in the health and medical sciences. This will prepare you for entry into the four-year Flinders University NTMP. The BCSC course must be undertaken full time at the CDU Casuarina Campus. You are required to pass all units and gain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.00 (Credit Average) to progress to the final (third) year of the Bachelor of Clinical Science course. Students who do not pass all units or fail to achieve the minimum GPA within the first two years will have opportunities to transfer to other courses.
Students who are accepted into the course may apply to study part time, if they have applied successfully for credit transfer. This will only apply to students who have studied for one year or less in other higher education courses. Anyone who has more studied for more than one year in higher education is not eligible to enter the course.
The third year of the BCSC and the first year of the NTMP are completed simultaneously, in the same year. Entry into this program is associated with a bond to work for four years in the Northern Territory after graduation (including your Intern year). In consequence there is a requirement that BCSC students sign a contract with the Northern Territory Government. This would normally be at the commencement of year 1 of the NTMP (year 3 of the BCSC).
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
(16 CDU units plus 2 Flinders units)
Compulsory Core units totalling 240 credit points consisting of 16 CDU units (160cp) and 2 Flinders University units equivalent to 80cp (CDU) as detailed below.
MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology (replaces MLS100 from 2020)
Flinders University Units
MMED9150 Medicine 1A (40 cp)
|Total Credit Points|
Students who commence in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.
Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above
Students Commencing Semester 1
The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.
When designing an individual study plan:
♦ ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦ maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦ check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SBI283.
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1||CO||SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2||CO|
|MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology||CO||SBI173 Microbiology||CO|
|SCH101 Chemical Concepts||CO||SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry||CO|
|SBI150 Cellular Biology||CO||SBI283 Immunology||CO|
|MLS101 Haematology 1||CO||SCL200 Communication for Improved Patient Care||CO|
|HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health||CO||PHA312 Infectious Diseases||CO|
|PHA210 Pharmacology 1||CO||PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics||CO|
|MLS245 Medical Biochemistry||CO||SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies||CO|
|Year 3 (Flinders University units)|
|MMED9150 Medicine 1A (40 cp)||CO||MMED9151 Medicine 1B (40 cp)||CO|
Commonwealth supported places
Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:
(a) Australian Citizenship; or
(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.
2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2021: Information about fees and charges for 2021 are not yet available however will be published prior to 1 December 2020.
Domestic students - undergraduate studies
SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.
UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.
If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.
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