Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
The Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery is a six-year, full time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery. It is the only full medical course in northern Australia.
|Duration||6 years full time only|
|Prerequisites||English; Maths B; Chemistry|
The Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery is a comprehensive degree program combining integrated instruction in biomedical and social sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine in a tropical context.
JCU medical course has a unique place among Australian medical schools. The course is undertaken entirely in northern Australia and has an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The JCU medical program is informed by a concern for social justice, innovation and excellence in medical education, research and service.
Medical students at JCU gain early experience in the tropical health care context and benefit from extensive clinical experience and a full course of medical education and training. The program attracts students, staff and clinicians with an ambition to make a difference, whatever their background, specialty or career direction.
The JCU program 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.
At JCU, you will benefit from small group teaching, modern facilities, extensive clinical training and a superior learning location.
Our Townsville campus medical precinct is situated opposite the Townsville Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in regional Australia. Other clinical campuses include the Cairns and Mackay Base Hospitals, the Mater hospitals in Townsville and Mackay, the Northern Territory Clinical School in Darwin and numerous smaller teaching centres in rural and remote communities. Students undertake clinical placement in each year of the course and spend at least 20 weeks on placement in small rural and remote communities.
Graduates are highly regarded as work-ready with a strong foundation of knowledge in biomedical and social sciences knowledge and extensive clinical experience.
The JCU Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree has full Australian Medical Council accreditation, so you graduate with qualifications recognised anywhere in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
Right for our region
Situated in the heart of northern Queensland, JCU offers a unique learning setting. Our curriculum responds to our tropical climate, rural surrounds and large Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. You will graduate from JCU with skills and knowledge in:
the distinctive needs of north Queensland’s tropical populations
distance and remote delivery of medicine
medical experiences and facilities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
medical care in rural hospital and community settings
Students in year four will be based in either Townsville or Cairns. Students in later years are based in teaching sites at Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Darwin, spending most of the time in hospitals and health services. More about Placements.
You will have the opportunity to take international electives (there are scholarships and bursaries available to travel overseas) and develop specialist knowledge in the areas of rural, remote and tropical health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health during clinical placements throughout Australia.
There is a 2 step application process, including a written application form which needs to be received by 30 September 2013 for you to be considered for a place in 2014.
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.