Medical Radiation Science
|Minimum ATAR||90 This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.|
|Duration||4 years full time|
Medical radiation scientists use radiation on the human body to help diagnose, treat and monitor medical conditions or provide cancer therapy.
Curtin offers the only on-campus course in medical radiation science in Western Australia. This course allows you to specialise in one of two majors: either Medical Imaging or Radiation Therapy.
This course combines subjects from health sciences and science, providing you with a general grounding in the healthcare environment, along with foundation studies required for medical radiation science practice including medical physics, anatomy and physiology, and evidence-based practice.
The first year is interprofessional and taken with other health science and science students. From the second year, your study will focus on your elected major. You will be prepared to accept responsibility for the care of individual patients by developing the necessary ethical, medico-legal, cultural awareness and communication abilities. These skills will enable you to establish appropriate interpersonal relationships with patients and colleagues so that you can work effectively and sensitively as a healthcare professional.
You will gain essential fieldwork experience throughout the course, including extensive clinical experience in hospitals and private practices, and one rural clinical placement.
Medical imaging professionals work with a range of sophisticated diagnostic imaging modalities, including computed and digital radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and angiography equipment. They produce images that are used to confirm or exclude a medical diagnosis, to advise on a treatment or illness, monitor patient progress, or provide medical screening.
Radiation therapists play an integral role in the treatment, care and management of patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment, primarily in treating a range of cancer types. They design, develop and deliver radiation therapy treatment using a range of complex technologies and equipment.
Prospective students should note that, in order to practise as a graduate medical imaging or radiation therapist in Australia, registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia is mandated by law. Additionally, practitioners and education providers are required by law to report notifiable conduct relating to any registered practitioner or student.
Visit the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia website for further information.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students
Minimum ATAR This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.
ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period
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Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
English language proficiency
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
We have commenced the accreditation process with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, under their normal process for new and amended courses. The outcomes for the Medical Imaging major and the Radiation Therapy major are anticipated to be known in mid to late 2017.
Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.
Part-time study is available to applicants with recognised prior learning.
This course can help you become a:
- Medical Imaging Technologist
- Radiation Therapist
Medical imaging professionals work with a range of sophisticated diagnostic imaging modalities including computed and digital radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and angiography equipment. They produce images which are used to confirm or exclude a medical diagnosis, to advise on a treatment or illness, monitor patient progress, or provide medical screening. A genuine interest in managing a wide range of patients and their needs is an important function of the professional.
Radiation therapists play an integral role in the treatment, care and management of patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment, primarily in treating a range of cancer types. Graduates must balance a genuine interest in patients and their welfare with the technical requirements necessary to undertake radiation therapy procedures. Radiation therapy increasingly incorporates high end imaging technologies as integral requirements of patient treatment.
- Curtin offers the only on-campus programs in medical imaging or radiation therapy in Western Australia
- We offer purpose-built medical imaging and radiation therapy learning environments that enable development of real knowledge and skills
- The medical imaging and radiation therapy fields are rapidly advancing and expanding
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
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