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Bachelor of Clinical Sciences

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Key details

Duration

3 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1
Important Dates

Locations

Casuarina campus
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

240

Course code

WCSCI1
SATAC codes

Overview

2024 Applications for this course have closed.

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.

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.

 

Credit transfers and advanced standing

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

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

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

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:
(a) be an Australian citizen, who will complete some of your course of study while resident in Australia; or
(b) a New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia.
Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

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  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-time as it suits you
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  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance
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Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance
Engineering student Johanna Luck

Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community. 

  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance
Stephen Kho - Public Health Research

Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance

What will I study?

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. 

Course structure

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 typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(16 CDU units plus 2 Flinders units)
 240cpCompulsory Core units totalling 240 credit points consisting of 16 CDU units (160cp) and 2 Flinders University units equivalent to 80cp (CDU) as detailed below. 

 HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology (replaces SBI209 from 2024)
 MLS101 Haematology 1 
 PSY116 Intercultural Sensitivity and Psychological Communication (replaces MLS110 from 2024 which replaced MLS100 from 2020)
 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)
 MLS245 Medical Biochemistry 
 MLS283 Clinical Immunology (replaces SBI283 from 2021)
 PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics
 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)

  240Total Credit Points

Course Rules (unless otherwise indicated in the above course structure) (240cp)

  • A maximum of 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.
  • See the Higher Education Course Rules (Award Requirements) in the Units and Courses Policy.

If course commenced prior to 2023:
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.

 

Course Changes and Transition Arrangements - 2024

PSY116 has replaced MLS110. Students who have already completed MLS110 should not complete PSY116.
HSC112 has replaced SBI209. Students who have already completed SBI209 should not complete HSC112.
 

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 1Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
PSY116 Intercultural Sensitivity and Psychological Communication (replaces MLS110 from 2024)COSBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)CO
SCH101 Chemical ConceptsCOSCH102 Organic and Inorganic ChemistryCO
SBI150 Cellular BiologyCOHSC112 Basics of Epidemiology (replaces SBI209 from 2024)CO
Year 2
MLS101 Haematology 1COSCL200 Communication for Improved Patient Care CO
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry COSBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice (replaces PHA210)CO
SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare (replaces PHA312) COMLS283 Clinical Immunology (replaces SBI283 from 2021)CO
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)COPHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
Year 3 (Flinders University units)
MMED9150 Medicine 1A (40 cp)COMMED9151 Medicine 1B (40 cp)CO

Entry requirements

Quota

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

2024 Applications for this course have closed.

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 five sections; verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement. 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:

Registration to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). Registration to sit UCAT opens 1 March 2023 and closes 17 May 2023. Testing begins 3 July 2023 with final testing held no later than 11 August 2023. Only UCAT scores from 2023 will be used for 2024 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.

Prerequisites and requirements for medical placements

edical students have an important responsibility to protect their own health and the health of their patients by observing the requirements described in the Prerequisites and requirements for medical placements.

Essential requirements

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 opens 1 March 2023 and closes 17 May 2023. Testing begins 3 July 2023 with final testing held no later than 11 August 2023. Only UCAT ANZ scores from 2023 will be considered for 2024 places. 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 five sections of the UCAT ANZ test (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement).

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences is a highly competitive course with 12 places available each year. Offers to this course are made in 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/rural_remote_nt_statdec.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. 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/rural_remote_nt_statdec.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.

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.

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.

CDU English for Academic Purposes 3 (ZEAP30)Successful completion of EAP003 English for Academic Purposes 3
IELTS Academic ModuleA 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 ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA 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.
 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2023

ATAR based offers onlyATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer<5<5
Median rank to receive an offer<5<5
Highest rank to receive an offer<5<5

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

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I've had the unique opportunity to explore tropical and rural health, which I may not have had the exposure to had I studied elsewhere.

Katie

CDU student

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My advice for anyone who is considering studying a health or science degree at CDU is if you are thinking about it, just do it.

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2023.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2023)No. of Students% of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5N/P
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/P
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5N/P
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

<5N/P
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

15 .0
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5N/P
International students<5N/P
All students 15 .0

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
No
Award
Bachelor of Clinical Sciences
Faculty/College
Faculty of Health
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Science, Environmental Science and Management

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.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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Together we are a positive force for change in our communities and the world.

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If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104661
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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