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SCU offers Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Gold Coast in 2016


Anne-Louise Brown
22 September 2015

Southern Cross University has introduced a new degree in biomedical science, to be offered at its Gold Coast campus from 2016.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is designed to meet the growing demand for allied health professionals across the sector and provide a pathway to study medicine, pharmacology and physiotherapy.

Taking advantage of the University’s state-of-the-art allied health facilities, the course provides a scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationships between health and disease. Students will develop problem-solving skills and learn how to apply those skills to biomedical science.

Dean of Health and Head of the School of Health and Human Sciences Professor Iain Graham said the introduction of the course represented the school’s continuing expansion in health science.

“The need for health science degrees such as biomedical science will help fill the growing need for health scientists within the health industry, research institutions and commercial companies,” he said.

“This degree, because of its content, will also be an excellent first step for those who wish to study for a health practitioner career by undertaking further studies at Masters level.

“The world of healthcare is fast changing. The advent of new bio-technologies, of pharmaceutical advances, genetic, microchip and nano evolution within healthcare requires a new breed of health scientists.

“This degree aims to produce graduates who will be able to work in a global context for health care development in which innovation is becoming the major industry within the global health economy.”

Graduates will be qualified to work in biomedical, health, university and government research; hospital, veterinary and pathology laboratories and scientific sales; quality assurance, health departments and pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. They may also qualify for entry into a range of graduate health professional programs.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science will take three years full-time or six years part-time to complete. Applications can be made via UAC or QTAC.
Photo: Dean of Health and Head of the School of Health and Human Sciences Professor Iain Graham