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Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Location
Townsville
Commencing
February
Duration
6 years full-time
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
English (3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C)
CRICOS code
043052K
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JCU Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery graduates are exceptionally-skilled doctors who are employed in a range of medical settings.

Graduates pursue careers in private practice, public health, the defence force, academia, and education.

Depending on your specialisation and further study, you could find employment in a range of specialities including, but not limited to General Practitioner, anaesthetist, dermatologist, obstetrician, oncologist, paediatrician, psychiatrist, radiologist, surgeon, academic, or medical educator.

You will be equipped with the skills to work in a range of diverse settings from regional, rural, remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and beyond.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery are eligible to register to work a one-year internship in Australia or New Zealand. Completion of your internship can lead you to further training in a chosen specialisation.

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

Become a leader in socially-accountable medicine, graduating as a highly regarded, work-ready health professional. JCU’s Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery is the only six-year undergraduate medical course offered in Northern Australia.

Excel with small classes and personalised support from passionate teachers in state-of-the-art facilities. Develop extensive clinical skills to make a real difference in the health of regional, rural, remote and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Consolidate theoretical study with hands-on clinical placements from your first year. Gain valuable experience with extended placements in diverse communities, from the outback to the Torres Strait.

JCU Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery graduates are highly-skilled, sought-after doctors with the expertise and motivation to succeed in a competitive field.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Pursue your passion to study medicine with a double bachelor degree in medicine and surgery at JCU.

JCU’s Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery provides a strong foundation of excellence and innovation from which to serve your community. Our socially-responsible teaching, research and services are aligned with the priority healthcare needs of the communities we serve.

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – A Degree With a Difference

Pursue your passion to change lives at the JCU Queensland medical school. A strong core foundation in biomedical science and frequent practical placements provide you with a holistic, professional program. Our medicine and surgery bachelor degree emphasises working ‘in-with-and-for’ communities of northern Australia and its wider region. We want to bring knowledge to these areas and address health issues affecting rural, remote, urban, tropical and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Gain expertise and research techniques across a broad range of clinical and biological fields, including anatomy, infection control, disease prevention, biochemical processes, health promotion and medical ethics.

Graduates of JCU’s Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery are well-respected professionals, highly regarded for their knowledge to meet the medical needs of northern Australia's tropical populations. As a medical university, JCU aspires to what the World Health Organization calls a “socially accountable medical education—a medical school accepting its obligation to direct education, research and service to priority health concerns of communities it has a mandate to serve.”

Study Medicine in Beautiful Queensland

For those who want to study medicine in Brisbane or complete a Bachelor of Medicine in Brisbane, James Cook University offers the option to study medicine in Queensland with access to urban, rural and remote communities. JCU boasts exceptional teaching supported by innovative research and technology. Take advantage of our cutting-edge JCU Medical Precinct, which is opposite The Townsville Hospital—the largest teaching hospital in regional Australia. You will also gain experience in multiple Northern Queensland clinical campuses.

Study in small classes, and learn from leading medical professionals and researchers. Meet like-minded peers who can support and encourage you in your journey and network with our frequent award-winning guest lecturers and other professionals.

Apply your theoretical knowledge with confidence as you complete professional experience placements across northern Queensland. You will graduate with the skills to solve real-world problems and succeed in your chosen medical field.

Build Your Own Success with JCU's Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery

JCU graduates are ready to make safe and appropriate decisions for the patients under the guidance of their supervisors. Similar to a Bachelor of Medicine, you will learn how to analyse abnormalities in patient tests, research a diagnosis, respond in a crisis and proactively manage patient conditions.

As a medical professional, you will take responsibility for your role and apply the best practices of ethics and medical professionalism to achieve healthy outcomes for patients. Be ready to undertake the full range of clinical tasks a career in medicine could send your way while always performing consistently.

Begin your dream career with a JCU Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in Queensland. Graduates of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery are highly sought-after medical professionals who strive to make a difference in their local and global communities.

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

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.

You must submit a written application to JCU by 31 August 2020.

Selected candidates will be invited to attend an interview in Townsville.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3b – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

You will need to submit any forms required for International Applications and return them to JCU by 31 August 2020.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Handbook year

2020

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 Coursework Enrolment Policy.

Post admission
requirements

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:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists

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 Coursework Enrolment Policy.

Special assessment requirements

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.

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

Credit

Eligibility

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

72 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

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

Other restrictions

Credit 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 credit 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

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 have completed 72 credit points of their professional 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 Bachelor of Life Sciences

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.

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$57,880 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

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

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

Gain the skills to make an impact

Lecturers from JCU's Medical Program explain the unique focus in the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery on developing students' skills, knowledge, and their opportunities for an innovative and adventurous career in Medicine.