Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations)Career
Our medical radiations graduates work as skilled practitioners in the healthcare sector. They specialise as nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists, or diagnostic radiographers.
Radiography or medical imaging includes X-rays, CT scans, digital subtraction angiography, MRI and ultrasound.
Radiographers use medical imaging techniques to help diagnose and manage disease or injuries. They combine knowledge of physical and biomedical sciences with technical expertise and patient care.
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose changes in the body and treat disease.
Radiopharmaceuticals are detected using special cameras (gamma camera technology and positron emission tomography) that work with computers to provide images. During treatment, the radiopharmaceuticals go directly to the organ being treated.
Nuclear medicine technologists work closely with patients and other health professionals in the treatment of disease. They carry out tests, which may include cardiac stress tests to analyse heart function, bone scans for orthopaedic injuries and lung scans for blood clots.
Radiation therapy is one of the main treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer.
Radiation therapists work closely with doctors to design, plan and administer radiation treatment for cancer patients. They use highly sophisticated equipment to work out the dose required for each patient and then deliver the treatment to their patients.
Graduates are employed in either the public or private healthcare sectors as:
- nuclear medicine technologists;
- radiation therapists;
- or diagnostic radiographers.
Graduates can undertake further study in the specialist fields of MRI, CT, ultrasound, position emission topography (PET), and specialist areas in radiation therapy.
Professional recognition and accreditation
To practise in Victoria, you must fulfil the criteria for registration by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).
All students will be registered as students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) during the program.
Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration through the MRPBA.
You will also be eligible to apply for the Supervised Practice Program that is overseen by the MRPBA. Completion of the Supervised Practice Program is required before you can apply for full accreditation through the MRPBA.