Course at a glance
The Faculty of Health Sciences offers courses in biomedical science, clinical education, clinical exercise physiology, counselling, exercise science, health administration, healthcare simulation education, high performance sport, mental health, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, paramedicine, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, rehabilitation, social work and speech pathology.
- School of Allied Health
- School of Exercise Science
- School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine
- School of Physiotherapy
- School of Psychology
- School of Science
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science aims to prepare ethical graduates with a concern for the common good, to apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge to undertake professional work in a range of biomedical science contexts, for example in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. The course also aims to provide a pathway for postgraduate studies in health disciplines such as physiotherapy, medicine, dentistry and public health for students who wish to pursue a clinical career. Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study.
A degree in biomedical science will train students in the core areas of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology and microbiology. Students will be introduced to each of these disciplines via core units and expected to undertake detailed study in at least one discipline, through utilization of elective units. Students will learn how the human body functions, what causes disease and how disease is treated.
A sound theoretical base encompassing the core biomedical science areas will be complemented by lab experience and industry practice. Students will utilise ACU’s cutting-edge wet and dry laboratories on all campuses, and the anatomy laboratories in Brisbane and Sydney.
ACU’s Biomedical Science graduates should be able to demonstrate competence in three main ways: firstly, by having a competent knowledge of the human body’s systems and structure with in-depth knowledge of one system; secondly, by having the generalised ability to retrieve and process large data sets in order to extract meaningful patterns or relationships from these data; and thirdly, by being able to succinctly and clearly explain these data and their knowledge to health consumers and professional audiences.
A number of streams are proposed, and students can undertake either the core biomedical stream, or one of the specialist streams. See More Course Information for further details.
Applicants require the equivalent of Australian High School completion including studies in Math.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
Australian Capital Territory
- Prerequisites: English (major), Mathematics (any).
New South Wales
- Prerequisites: English (Standard), Mathematics (any).
- Prerequisites: English (4, SA) and Mathematics (any).
- Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematics (any).
This requirement will be the same as for “Health Sciences Other Courses” which includes the Exercise Science and Public Health courses.
Examples include entry level roles in pharmaceutical and medical technology industries; with further workplace training and experience this degree may lead to roles in marketing, medical, legal, research and quality assurance. Graduates might work in research roles in Universities, hospitals or the public health sector. Graduates could pursue careers in science communication, or may undertake further study in post graduate health programs or research.