Handbook

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Course Code

72010

Version

4

Faculty

Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Honours

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

Submit JCU internal application form by 30 September

Interview (by invitation)

Special admission requirements

Nil

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 University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards.

Post admission
requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

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:

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that candidates hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Candidates 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

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Nil

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.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

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

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

Level 2

MD2011:12 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2

MD2012:12 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2

Level 3

MD3011:09 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part1 of 2

MD3012:12 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 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.)

Level 4

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

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

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

Level 5

MD5010:06 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3

MD5020:09 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3

MD5030:09 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3

Level 6

MD6010:06 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3

MD6020:09 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3

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.

Candidates 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 University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards.

Special assessment requirements

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

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy 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 candidate 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 Head of School, School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Award Details

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 Head of School 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 candidates accepted for entry to the honours course depending on the availability of supervisors.


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