- Townsville: February
4 years full-time
English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent
One of Biology, Health, Physical Education or Physics (Units 3/4,C)
English language requirements
If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.
Learn the principles of medicine, chemistry, biology and experimental science and become an expert in scientific enquiry. In the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the methods and tools of medical science as well as the process of enquiry and discovery in a clinical investigative context. Your knowledge and skills will equip you to support and advance medical research, with a strong emphasis on the needs of tropical, rural and remote communities.
In your first and second year, your studies will give you a solid foundation in the core principles and knowledgebase of clinical sciences. In your third year, you will choose from specialised electives that spark your passion. From genes, genomes and development to clinical microbiology and pathobiology, the topics you pursue will influence the trajectory of your future career in clinical and medical science. In your final year, you’ll put your knowledge to the test as you work directly with real-world patients in both urban and rural practical placements.
Clinical Sciences graduates are flexible, uniquely equipped professionals who make valuable contributions to both healthcare teams and scientific discovery. You can also use this degree as a stepping stone into pursuing medical qualifications and practice or advanced clinical research.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, including pre-placement requirements.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours) [Embedded]
Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
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)
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.
Additional selection requirements
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
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
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 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 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.
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 and Physiology 2
CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia
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
MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology
PP2201:03 Medical Physiology 2
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
AT3001:03 Advanced Anatomy by Dissection
MI3031:03 Diagnosis of Viral Disease in Aquaculture
MI3051:03 Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases
MI3071: 03 Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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 Procedure.
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
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
A maximum of 18 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3 or 4
BACHELOR OF CLINICAL SCIENCES (HONOURS)
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 48 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 Associate Degree of Health Sciences.
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)
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD37,840.00
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.
Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours)
The biomedicine program is really great because, in the first two years, there’s a lot of flexibility. You can learn about Medical Laboratory Sciences, Biomedicine and Clinical Science. I really like physiology; that was my passion, so it drew me towards Clinical Sciences.
Bachelor of Clinical Sciences
The highlight of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences was the hands-on experience to aid in learning and developing new concepts in the field. This allowed me to grow the skills required as a Clinical Measurement Scientist. The support provided by all JCU staff throughout the degree set up me up for success as a job-ready
It is very rewarding to teach and guide students on the journey to making a difference in the clinical sciences. Our students have up-to-date and workplace-relevant learning experiences because they learn from active researchers and in partnership with clinical scientists from The Townsville Hospital.
Statewide Clinical Education Program Manager, Department of Health, QLD
JCU graduates have a really strong focus on the patient journey, probably because they have developed interpretation and analysis skills across multiple sciences. They are great at understanding the pathophysiology of the various chronic diseases that impact our patients.