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K05 Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

The Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) is specifically designed to provide the knowledge, skills and attributes required to prepare graduates for professions in Biomedical Scientist. This course provides the theory and practical experience and knowledge necessary for graduates to gain employment, and where appropriate, be registered in the Biomedical professions. Biomedical science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long term career prospects including management, research, education and specialized laboratory work. Biomedical Scientists are employed in a variety of roles. Biomedical Scientists perform a key role within medical healthcare that offers career satisfaction for many in the profession Biomedical Scientists learn skills and gain qualifications that can be transferred and recognized worldwide. Students must also have good knowledge and the confidence to operate complicated computerized equipment. The curriculum will include units in the following areas: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmacology and Biomedical Ethics. After graduation biomedical scientists then go on to specialize in one of the following laboratory disciplines: Medical Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry, Transfusion Science, Haematology, Histopathology, Cytology, Virology, Immunology, Medicine.


Our students have recently found employment in the following positions: Audiology, Biochemistry Technician, Cardiology Technologist, Chiropractic, CSI (Crime Scene Investigator), Doctor, Haematology Technician, Histology Technician, Laboratory Manager, Medical Practitioner, Medical Specialist, Medical Representative, Medical Research, Medical Imaging, Microbiology Technician, Metabolism Consultant, Paramedicine*, Pathology, Pharmaceutical Representative, Phlebotomist, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiographer, Sleep Technologist, Specialist Nursing, Surgeon and Teaching.


Students interested in becoming paramedics should note there is a 10 unit Major in Paramedical Science available for study with this degree. Contact the course coordinator for more information. Students electing to enrol in the Major in Paramedical Science should be aware that this major is 150 credit points and will take the student 30 credit points over the 120 credit points required.



Standard university admission requirements.

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

Some units are available off-campus.

This is a 360 credit point course, consisting of 240 credit points of Biomedical Science core units  (16 units) and 120 credit points consisting of a Major or a Minor, plus two Electives (8 units). Students may also undertake a Major in Paramedical Science (MABUTA, which is 150 credit points, 10 units) and are advised to contact the Course Coordinator of Paramedical Science to discuss unit selection.  

Semester 1
HST1124 Health Communication 15
SCH1101 Cultural Studies 15
SCH1134 Human Structure and Function 15
Plus 1 major, minor or elective unit
Semester 2
SCH1104 Introduction to Pathophysiology 15
SCH1105 Introduction to Pharmacology 15
SCH1143 Systems Physiology 15
Plus 1 major, minor or elective unit
Students enrolled in the Major in Paramedicine will need to consult with their coordinator as the unit sequence listed above might vary. This is especially important for mid-semester intake students who wish to transfer to the Paramedical Award.
Semester 1
HST1109 Epidemiology 15
SCH2235 Applied Microbiology 15
HST2122 Health Research Methodology 15
Plus 1 major, minor or elective unit
Semester 2
SCH2111 Applied Physiology 15
SCH2204 Pre Hospital Policy, Ethics and Legal Issues 15
One unit from either
SCH2131 Drugs in Society 15
PSP2106 Intermediate Emergency Care 15
Plus 1 major, minor or elective unit.
Only students enrolled in the major in Paramedical science should select PSP2106 in place of SCH2131.
Semester 1
SCH3227 The Biology of Human Disease 15
One unit from either
SCH3236 Pharmacology 15
PSP3106 Advanced Emergency Care 15
Plus 2 major, minor or elective units.
Semester 2
SCH3434 Human Reproduction, Development and Ageing 15
One unit from either
HST3501 Health Research Project 15
SCH3239 Human Immunology 15
Plus 2 major, minor or elective units.
Only students enrolled in the major in Paramedical science should select PSP3106 in place of SCH3236 in year 3, semester 1.

It is recommended that students enrolled in the major in Paramedical science select HST3501 in year 3, semester 2.

Majors and Minors


Students who wish to study Paramedicine are to select the Paramedic Major MABUTA and consult with the Coordinator of Paramedic studies about their unit selection. The alternate choices are to select the Human Genetics Major SMCGEN 120 credit points (8 units) or Human Genetics Minor MIAGEN 120 credit points (8 units), or an equivalent laboratory based field with the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2012 VET: 15/03/2012