Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical sciences underpin human and veterinary medicine clinical practice. The degree will prepare you for a career in universities, research centres, and in the food, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English, Maths B, Chemistry
OP/Rank
15/67

Career opportunities

There is a demand for Biomedical Scientists to:

  • Conduct research
  • Provide technical expertise with equipment or general laboratory support
  • Sell equipment and supplies to laboratories
  • Help determine health policies
  • Help prepare future scientists by encouraging and developing a love of science in current students
  • Join the circus! The Science Circus, that is.

Biomedical Scientists can work in a wide range of areas, including:

Laboratories, research

Working as a research assistant in university and hospital laboratories, biomedical research centres, the CSIRO, Department of Primary Industries, medical and pharmaceutical development companies, conducting research into cancer, stem cells, or viral diseases, such as HIV-AIDS; the control of parasites; drug research and development

or

Honours and postgraduate studies in universities or research institutes

Laboratories, generalFor example, working as a laboratory technician
Laboratories, specialisedFor example, IVF laboratories, forensics, veterinary laboratories (disease-monitoring)
Public healthFor example, with water or foodstuffs, investigating areas such as, the health impact of various foods
Health promotion or administrationFor example, helping to develop health policies
MediaFor example, as a scientific journalist
IndustryScientific, biotechnology, diagnostic and pharmaceutical sales and marketing
EducationSecondary or tertiary teaching (with further study)
Legal issuesFor example, as a patent attorney writing and developing patent applications (with further study)
Postgraduate entry into
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dentistry
  • Other health sciences

Course highlights

The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at James Cook University aims to make you job-ready. You will be exposed to current technologies, learn techniques and develop skills which are widely transferable to the workplace, and work in well-equipped laboratories which mimic those found in the “real-world”.

Graduates majoring in microbiology can also apply for membership of the Australian Society of Microbiology.

Course overview

Modern employers demand a dynamic range of skills that encompass many specialities. This degree is truly multidisciplinary, with contributions from several departments within JCU. You will gain a thorough grounding in such diverse subjects as:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pharmacology and biochemistry
  • Microbiology and parasitology
  • Immunology and epidemiology
  • Pathology and pathobiology

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours) [End-on] :

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316071) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

Level 1

Teaching Period 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BM1001:03 Introduction to Biomedicine

BM1002:03 Anatomy: Principles and Systems

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

Teaching Period 2

BM1004:03 Anatomy: Structure and Movement

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Level 2

Teaching Period 1

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology I

Teaching Period 2

MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

PP2201:03 Medical Physiology 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1

BC3101:03 Genes, Genomes and Development

MI3021:03 Clinical Microbiology

PP3101:03 Advanced and Integrated Physiology

PLUS

Select a major from Table A

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory

Credit points in major

30 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Microbiology and Immunology

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Physiology and Pharmacology

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Current Provide First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Students must hold a current Provide First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist you in your pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).

Handbook

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Course code

116910

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post-admission requirements

Immunisations:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B and that they have been vaccinated or evidence that they are not susceptible for the vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella and Pertussis. Professional experience placement is a requirement of this course and students may be engaged in roles where there is contact that would allow transmission of a VPD. Students are required to comply with the above requirement prior to commencing their first Professional Experience Placement or by the end of the first teaching period of their studies, otherwise their enrolment will be terminated.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (Blue Card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course

For more information, refer to: Queensland Government – Blue Card Services

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Students must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements.  Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate

Some professional/clinical placement agencies will require that students hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. Students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement

Application documents can be accessed at:  Australian Federal Police check

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate integrated theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles across the range of biomedical science disciplines
  • Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply scientific evidence and process to a range of social and economic contexts
  • Apply recognised methods and tools of biomedical science to the process of enquiry and discovery
  • Communicate scientific information and philosophies clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, to a range of audiences for a range of purposes using a variety of modes
  • Demonstrate personal and social responsibility and accountability through an awareness of ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments
  • Critically reflect upon the socio-ecological impact of health issues in tropical, rural and remote and indigenous communities
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

Level 1

Teaching Period 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BM1001:03 Introduction to Biomedicine

BM1002:03 Anatomy: Principles and Systems

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

Teaching Period 2

BM1004:03 Anatomy: Structure and Movement

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Level 2

Teaching Period 1

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology I

Teaching Period 2

MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

PP2201:03 Medical Physiology 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1

BC3101:03 Genes, Genomes and Development

MI3021:03 Clinical Microbiology

PP3101:03 Advanced and Integrated Physiology

PLUS

Select a major from Table A

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory

Credit points in major

30 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Microbiology and Immunology

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Physiology and Pharmacology

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

No mid-year entry

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full time or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulationpolicy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Approved abbreviation

BBiomedSc

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Any major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as a separate graduate entry course

Eligibility

Students must satisfy the College requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.

Honours

The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.