Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours)

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Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours)

Clinical Science is a career option where you can really make a difference. When you choose this Honours degree, because of the generalist clinical training of the course, you will build a broader knowledge across a wider range of skills than you would studying similar courses at other universities. So along with the high-level scientific skills required by urban clinics, you will also have the broad capabilities needed to provide services for rural and remote communities.

Unlike the fascinating though strictly scientific James Cook University (JCU) Biomedical Sciences and Medical Laboratory Sciences degrees, this Clinical Sciences (Honours) degree is perfect if you enjoy scientific enquiry, and also love to work directly with patients.

When you graduate with this Honours professional degree, you'll be ready, if you wish, to continue on to Masters studies.

Start dates
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA), Chemistry (4,SA)

Career opportunities

Along with careers in urban laboratories in public and private hospitals and clinic settings, there is huge demand in rural and regional areas for the flexible scientific services you'll be able to provide when you graduate with JCU's unique Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours) degree.

This JCU course prepares you for a fulfilling career as part of a healthcare team. It's a career option where you'll be at the forefront of rapidly advancing scientific discoveries, so your job will constantly grow and diversify. You'll be able to provide clinical measurement services such as ECGs and Holter analysis, Cardiac Stress Testing, Respiratory Function testing and Sleep Analysis.

Clinical Sciences is a course that will give you opportunities and encouragement to learn to be innovative in the way healthcare is provided. With the unique range of knowledge you will learn from this JCU course, you'll gain broader skills that could even equip you to start your own business. Just think! You could travel to communities to provide doctors with the broad range of services they really need and value, in order to care for patients. You can make a difference.

Course highlights

As a JCU Clinical Sciences (Honours) student, you'll gain the skills and knowledge required to provide the scientific evidence required by health professionals like General Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and more, so they can make informed decisions. Your expertise will be valued.

Of course, you'll study in cutting-edge JCU custom laboratories, and you'll be educated and supported by world-class educators. You'll be offered opportunities to gain practical experience working with patients in public hospitals, and you'll also gain private laboratory experience, build professional networks and hear expert industry speakers.

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).

Course overview

Clinical Science combines principles of medicine, chemistry, biology and experimental science. It is a healthcare profession that supports the care of patients in hospitals. Teams of clinical measurement scientists focus their patient investigations around cardiac sciences, neurophysiology, respiratory sciences and sleep sciences. Clinical Scientists work in hospital laboratories and private practices, and also directly with patients, to assist in diagnosing and refining management of diseases.

Clinical Science is a career option where you can really make a difference. When you choose this JCU Honours degree, because of the generalist clinical training of the course, you'll build a broader knowledge across a wider range of skills. Along with the high-level scientific skills required by urban clinics, you'll also have the broad capabilities needed to provide services for rural and remote communities.


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.

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 (317291) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

Pathway into course

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


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Handbook year


Course code


Course type

HON – Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)


Division of 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

BM2001:03 Epidemiology

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology 1

Teaching Period 2

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

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 Aquatic Microbial Pathobiology

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 Part 1 of 2

BM5003:06 Clinical Measurements 1 Part 1 of 2

Teaching Period 2

BM5002:06 Professional Placement 2 Part 2 of 2

BM5004:06 Clinical Measurements 2 Part 2 of 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 University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


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


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 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 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Exit with lesser award

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


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

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.