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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences

2021

Not available to international students.
Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (CSP)
104661
590270
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course Duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
Not Available
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WCSCI1

Award
Bachelor of Clinical Sciences
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Science and The Environment
Clinical and Behavioural Sciences
Design and Construction

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.

You are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Clinical Science if you:

  • hold year 12 qualifications and have studied no more than one year of higher education; and
  • have completed the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) held in July 2020.

In order to be competitive, you will need to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above, 85 for indigenous students (after the addition of any applicable ATAR related adjustment factors).

Priority is given to Indigenous and NT residents. Only Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Career opportunities

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

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

  • 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.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences is a highly competitive course with 12 places available each year. Offers to this course are made in the January offer round with sub-quotas available for NT residents and Indigenous applicants.

NT Resident sub-quota
Five (5) places are available in this sub-quota. Applicants must meet the NT Residency requirement1.

NT Indigenous sub-quota
Five (5) places are available in this sub-quota. Applicants must meet the NT Residence requirement1 and must be Indigenous2.

National Indigenous sub-quota
Two (2) places are available in this sub-quota. Applicants must be Indigenous2.

1 NT residents must have resided in the NT for two years out of the last six years or for a total of five years since commencing primary school. NT resident applicants will need to complete and submit the CDU NT Residency Statutory Declaration.
2 Indigenous applicants will need to complete and submit the SATAC Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Statutory Declaration.

Admission criteria

You are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Clinical Science if you:

  • hold year 12 qualifications and have studied no more than one year of higher education; and
  • have completed the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) held in July.

Priority is given to Indigenous and NT residents.

The UCAT comprises of four sections; verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning. Each section of the UCAT will contribute equally to produce the UCAT ANZ derived score. Your UCAT derived score (10%) will be combined with your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) (90%) to determine your ranking for a place on this course.

In order to be competitive, you will need to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above, 85 for indigenous students (after the addition of any applicable ATAR related adjustment factors).

Only Australian citizens and Permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Additional admission requirements

This course has a two-step application process:

1. Registration to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). Registration to sit UCAT opens 2 March 2020 and closes 11 May 2020. The test will be held early in July 2020. Only UCAT scores from 2020 will be used for 2021 applications.
2. An application to SATAC where you will be asked to enter your UCAT identification number and provide a residency and indigeneity statutory declaration.

A work placement is a requirement in the MD component of the course in the third year of the Bachelor of Clinical Science.

Health Advisory Information for Medical Students

Medical students have an important responsibility to protect their own health and the health of their patients by observing the requirements described in the Health Advisory Information for Medical Students.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Ranking for offers of positions requires an entry score combining ATAR (90%), and University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ) - derived score (10%).
All applicants must register to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ) and provide this information in their TAC application. Registration to sit UCAT closes early in May 2020 and testing is held during July 2020. Only UCAT ANZ scores from 2020 will be considered. 12 offers across 3 sub-quotas will be available at the commencement of the academic year based on highest combined UCAT and ATAR ranking.
The UCAT ANZ derived score will be based on results from four of the five sections of the UCAT ANZ test (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning).
The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences is a highly competitive course with 12 places available each year. Offers to this course are expected to be made in the December offer round into the following sub-quotas:
NT Residency sub-quota (5 places): All applicants must provide a Statutory Declaration within 10 working days of submitting a SATAC application confirming you have lived in the Northern Territory with a permanent address for two years out of the last six years, or for a total of at least five years since commencing primary schooling. A Statutory Declaration form can be downloaded at www.satac.edu.au/documents/rural_remote_nt_statdec.pdf and must be submitted as part of the application to SATAC.
NT Indigenous sub-quota (5 places): All applicants must provide a Statutory Declaration within 10 working days of submitting a SATAC application confirming you have lived in the Northern Territory with a permanent address for two years out of the last six years, or for a total of at least five years since commencing primary schooling. A Statutory Declaration form can be downloaded at www.satac.edu.au/documents/CDUntstatdec.pdf and must be submitted as part of the application to SATAC. Applicants must also provide a Statutory Declaration within 10 working days confirming you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent. This Statutory Declaration form can be downloaded at www.satac.edu.au/documents/atsistatdec.pdf. Applicants who receive an offer through the Indigenous sub-quota will need to provide a certified copy of a community seal confirming their eligibility at enrolment.
National Indigenous sub-quota (2 places): All applicants must provide a Statutory Declaration within 10 working days of submitting a SATAC application confirming you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent. A Statutory Declaration form can be downloaded at www.satac.edu.au/documents/atsistatdec.pdf. Applicants who receive an offer through the Indigenous sub-quota will need to provide a certified copy of a community seal confirming their eligibility at enrolment.
Health advisory information for medical students: Medical students have an important responsibility to protect their own health and the health of the patients by observing the requirements described in the Health Advisory Information for Medical Students.

Criminal history check:
Students entering this course will not be required to undergo National Police Checks. However, as it articulates with Flinders University MD, all medical students will be required to complete a National Police Check prior to undertaking any placement. This requirement will apply to students when they commence the MD component of the course in the third year of the Bachelor of Clinical Science.

ATAR profile

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

Course structure

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.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(16 CDU units plus 2 Flinders units)

 240cp

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)
 MLS101 Haematology 1
 SBI150 Cellular Biology
 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
 SCH101 Chemical Concepts
 SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
 HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
 SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice (replaces PHA210 from 2021)
 PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics 
 SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies 
 MLS245 Medical Biochemistry 
 MLS283 Clinical Immunology (replaces SBI283 from 2021)
 SCL200 Communication for Improved Patient Care 
 SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare (replaces PHA312 from 2021)

 Flinders University Units

 MMED9150 Medicine 1A (40 cp)
 MMED9151 Medicine 1B (40 cp)

 

 240

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 should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes and Transition Arrangements - 2021

HSC220 has replaced HSC230. Students who have already completed HSC230 should not complete HSC220.
SBI242 has replaced PHA210. Students who have already completed PHA210 should not complete SBI242.
SBI241 has replaced PHA312. Students who have already completed PHA312 should not complete SBI241.

 

Study plan

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.

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology CO SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) CO
SCH101 Chemical Concepts CO SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
Year 2
MLS101 Haematology 1 CO SCL200 Communication for Improved Patient Care  CO
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice (replaces PHA210) CO
SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare (replaces PHA312) CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics  CO
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry  CO MLS283 Clinical Immunology (replaces SBI283 from 2021) CO
Year 3 (Flinders University units)
MMED9150 Medicine 1A (40 cp) CO MMED9151 Medicine 1B (40 cp) CO

Course fees

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.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

Semester 1 2021 applications are now closed.

 

UAC

Semester 1 2021 applications are now closed.

 

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

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