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Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours)

4 years full-time
Part-time available
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Entry Requirements
OP 15 | English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA), Chemistry (4,SA). Recommended: One of Biology, Health Education, Physical Education or Physics (4,SA)
ATAR 63.15 | English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C). Recommended: One of Biology, Health, Physical Education or Physics (Units 3/4,C)
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Gain the skills and knowledge required to provide vital scientific evidence to health professionals like General Practitioners, Physiotherapists, and Occupational Therapists. Learn the principles of medicine, chemistry, biology and experimental science and become an expert in scientific enquiry.

In your third year, you will choose from specialised electives to suit your interests. In your final year, work directly with real-world patients in both urban and rural practical placements, and provide services for rural and remote communities.

Become a clinical scientist and make a difference. Clinical Sciences graduates are flexible, uniquely-equipped professionals who contribute valuably to both healthcare teams and scientific discovery.

View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, including pre-placement requirements.

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About JCU's Bachelor of Clinical Science

Combine your passion for working with patients with your inquiring, scientific mind. Receive the foundation you need to follow both these passions and become an agent for positive change with a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours) at JCU.

Study a Broad Perspective of Clinical Science

Develop a range of skills through generalist clinical training that equip you to work anywhere in clinical science. Take advantage of the unique location of JCU and access to rural, remote and urban communities. Gain an understanding of the differences and the needs of urban clinics in comparison to remote communities or rural settings.

Your clinical science degree at JCU gives you access to world-class educators and cutting-edge scientific laboratories. You will be involved in research that makes a difference to the future of medicine.

Be part of a clinical laboratory scientist program that feeds your passion to learn and innovate. JCU graduates have a solid background in biology, experimental science, chemistry, and the principles of medicine. You will also develop the critical thinking and communication skills you need to be an effective collaborator and make a difference in the lives of patients.

Clinical Lab Scientist Programs To Get You Ready for the Jobs of the Future

Clinical lab scientist programs will prepare you for work in any setting, and your degree from JCU opens up opportunities for you in a diverse range of settings. Be equipped to offer flexible services in the most remote rural clinics and in cutting-edge private hospitals. You will be qualified to work in large urban areas in laboratories or alongside peers in tropical research stations.

You may prefer to be part of a larger healthcare team, providing clinical measurements required by other health professionals including General Practitioners, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. You will even have the skills necessary to start your own business, providing doctors in remote areas with the information and diagnostics they need to effectively care for patients.

Be at the forefront of new scientific discoveries, or work daily with patients to improve health outcomes. No matter where you want to go, your clinical science degree from JCU will prepare you for a successful career.

Gain Practical Experience with JCU's Clinical Science Degree

Work alongside esteemed professionals in the field, supported by world-class educators with JCU’s Bachelor of Clinical Science (Honours). Experience guest lectures from leaders in the industry and build the extensive network of professional connections to help you progress your career.

Study in state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities while building hands-on experience working in clinical and professional placements within the community.

Be equipped to make a difference in marginalised communities and work effectively in a cross-cultural, urban environment. Learn how to communicate and collaborate with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Make a Difference With Your Clinical Science Degree

Take the first steps on the path to a rewarding and successful career. Be poised to make a meaningful difference whichever career path you take with your JCU clinical laboratory scientist program.
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You'll require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates, a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placements.

Flexible Entry

JCU offers flexible entry into this sought-after degree. So if you hold level 1-3 in the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, or you have relevant experience in medical technology, you're welcome to apply. JCU will make every effort to accommodate you in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours).


The Honours component of this degree is embedded into the course.

Career Opportunities

JCU Clinical Sciences (Honours) graduates are multi-skilled and find employment in a large range of private and public health clinics. Many go on to higher research studies or postgraduate study in other health sciences.

Graduates pursue careers in various areas including private or public health care, education, or research.

You could find employment as a clinical measurement scientist in cardiac, respiratory, and sleep investigation units of hospitals, or as a neuro and renal physiologist.

Clinical Sciences (Honours) graduates may also choose to apply for graduate entry into medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, dentistry, or other health sciences.

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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Handbook year


Course code


Course type

HON – Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Recommended: one of Biology, Health Education, Physical Education or Physics

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

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

A candidate admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours) at this university will be permitted to continue to the fourth year of study if that candidate has achieved an overall minimum grade point average of 5.0 (ie. credit average) across level 3. In addition, admission to fourth year is dependent on successful application and interview with Clinical Placement Supervisors, placement availability and at the discretion of the Course Co-ordinator.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

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

- Demonstrate advanced integrated theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles in chosen disciplines of medical science

- Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply scientific evidence and process to a range of social and economic contexts

- Apply recognized methods and tools of medical science to the process of enquiry and discovery, particularly in a clinical/medical investigative context

- 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 role of medical scientific investigation and medical research in tropical, rural and remote and indigenous communities.

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

BM1003:03 Biomedicine in the Tropics

BM1004:03 Anatomy: Structure and Movement

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 2

Teaching Period 1

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology 1

Teaching Period 2

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

PP2150:03 Introduction to Medical Pharmacology or BC2024:03 Cell Biology

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

PP3151:03 General Pathobiology

Teaching Period 2

BM3000:03 Advanced Projects in Biomedicine

PP3251:03 Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics



Select 6 credit points of specified elective subjects from List 1

List 1

AT3001:03 Advanced Anatomy by Dissection

BC3201:03 Bioengineering

MI3031:03 Diagnosis of Viral Disease in Aquaculture

MI3051:03 Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

MI3071: 03 Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes

PP3252:03 Neuropharmacology

Level 4

Teaching Period 1

BM5001:06 Professional Placement 1

BM5003:06 Clinical Measurements 1

Teaching Period 2

BM5002:06 Professional Placement 2

BM5004:06 Clinical Measurements 2







Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Policy.

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3 or 4

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion and have successfully completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Certificate of Higher Education.

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 72 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology and Pharmacology)

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $9,527. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

An OP or ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an OP or ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent rank score. Ranks are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.

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