Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery is a six-year, full time undergraduate degree. It is the only full medical course offered in northern Australia. JCU students benefit from small group teaching, modern facilities, extensive clinical training and a superior learning location.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
6 years full-time
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; Maths B; Chemistry
OP/Rank
Special Entry Requirements
See how to apply

Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly regarded as work ready, with a strong foundation in biomedical and social sciences, and extensive clinical experience.

After graduation you can register to work as an intern in Australia or New Zealand. Your internship takes one year. You then progress to further training in a chosen specialisation such as general practice, surgery, obstetrics, anaesthetics, or emergency medicine, for example. Employment for generalist medical practitioners is expected to grow strongly and earnings are very high for some medical specialists. *

* Joboutlook.gov.au

Course highlights

Our supportive, small group teaching approach is highly effective. You will benefit from modern facilities, extensive clinical training and a superior learning location.

Your clinical placements take place in a range of locations, and start in your first year of study. Hands-on experience continues throughout your degree: In Year 4 you will be based in either Townsville or Cairns, and in years 5 and 6 you will experience our clinical school sites in Cairns, Mackay, Darwin and Townsville, plus extended placements in small rural and remote communities.

Our degree aspires to what is described by the World Health Organisation as “socially accountable medical education – a medical school accepting its obligation to direct education, research and service to priority health concerns of communities that it has a mandate to serve.”

Course overview

You’ll gain expertise across multiple clinical and biological fields including anatomy, infection control, disease prevention control, biochemical processes, health promotion and medical ethics.

You will graduate from JCU with skills and knowledge in:

  • The distinctive needs of northern Australia’s tropical populations
  • Distance and remote delivery of medicine
  • Tropical medicine
  • Medical care in rural hospital and community settings
  • Medical experiences and facilities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Former students in the MBBS have had high levels of satisfaction with teaching quality and the course experience.**

Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland Provide First Aid and CPR certificates plus a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.

** 96% Course Satisfaction, 2013 National University Experience Survey

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 (317012) - Apply now


We have a two-step application process for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery: You apply online at QTAC’s website and you also submit a written application form directly to JCU by 30 September 2016. Download the form at jcu.edu.au/dthm/forms

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

MD1010:12 Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2

Teaching Period 2:

MD1020:12 Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

MD2011:12 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2

Teaching Period 2:

MD2012:12 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

MD3011:09 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part1 of 2

PLUS

MD3000:03 Selective Study or Select 3 credit points of subjects chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.

(Other tertiary offerings may be considered under exceptional circumstances at the Dean’s discretion.  This subject provides an opportunity for students to extend themselves into an area of study where they previously have little or no background.)

Teaching Period 2:

MD3012:12 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

MD4011:03 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3

MD4012:09 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3

Teaching Period 2:

MD4013:12 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3

Level 5

Teaching Period 1:

MD5010:06 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3

MD5020:09 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3

Teaching Period 2:

MD5030:09 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3

Level 6

Teaching Period 1:

MD6010:06 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3

MD6020:09 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3

Teaching Period 2:

MD6030:09 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3

Handbook

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Course code

72010

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Medical Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled. Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Medical Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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 3b Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration

Additional selection requirements

Submit JCU internal application form by 30th September. Interview (by invitation)

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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

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:

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 may 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 may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, 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

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

144 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to commence internship at any Australasian hospital

  • Practise culturally and contextually appropriate health care for rural, remote, tropical and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

  • Demonstrate a community health orientation and advocacy skills to achieve improved health care outcomes, particularly in under-served populations

  • Evaluate the complexities of health, health care delivery and health careers in rural and remote communities

  • Self-evaluate their professional practice and demonstrate self-directed learning and contribution to the professional education of peers and junior colleagues

  • Demonstrate and apply literacy, numeracy and communication skills appropriate to professional practice

  • Interpret and apply contextually appropriate scientific knowledge in clinical decision-making

  • Demonstrate and apply the principles of ethical, professional and legal dimensions of practice.

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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

MD1010:12 Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2

Teaching Period 2:

MD1020:12 Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

MD2011:12 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2

Teaching Period 2:

MD2012:12 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

MD3011:09 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part1 of 2

PLUS

MD3000:03 Selective Study or Select 3 credit points of subjects chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.

(Other tertiary offerings may be considered under exceptional circumstances at the Dean’s discretion.  This subject provides an opportunity for students to extend themselves into an area of study where they previously have little or no background.)

Teaching Period 2:

MD3012:12 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

MD4011:03 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3

MD4012:09 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3

Teaching Period 2:

MD4013:12 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3

Level 5

Teaching Period 1:

MD5010:06 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3

MD5020:09 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3

Teaching Period 2:

MD5030:09 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3

Level 6

Teaching Period 1:

MD6010:06 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3

MD6020:09 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3

Teaching Period 2:

MD6030:09 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

6 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all subjects in each year level before attempting the next level.

Students who fail a supplementary examination will be required to repeat the relevant year of study.

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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

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 Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

72 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning cannot be granted for selective study or alternative subject choice.  It is intended as an opportunity for students to extend themselves into an area of study where they previously have little or no background; or acquire additional depth in an area of previous knowledge in relation to their current MBBS course. In circumstances where suitably qualified students are undertaking concurrent study in a relevant postgraduate course, consideration may be given to Advanced Standing for selective study at the discretion of the Dean of College.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF MEDICINE, BACHELOR OF SURGERY

Approved abbreviation

MBBS

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Embedded honours available

Eligibility

At the end of year 4 the Dean of College will invite applications from students who must have obtained grades in the top 25% of their cohort over all four preceding years.

A quota may be imposed on the number of students accepted for entry to the honours course depending on the availability of supervisors.

Honours

The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (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 Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (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.