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Nbank

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Hi, I'm currently a year 12 student who is looking into radiography at USYD. It seems to be a popular alternative for med. I was wondering if anyone is currently doing the course or has completed it recently. How difficult is the course and was it competitive to get into to.
What was the lowest atar they took on? Is it still possible to get in with a 93-94 atar?
 

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https://sydney.edu.au/content/dam/corporate/documents/study/admissions/apply/entry-requirements/ug-academic-requirements/sydney-uni-domestic-admission-criteria-2020.pdf The second page of this document suggests you’ll need an ATAR of ~95 to gain an offer to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Radiography) in 2020.

There is also a Masters of Radiography, of which admission would be dependent on your GPA in an undergraduate degree.

As for difficulty of the course: while I cannot comment on it from personal experience, you should expect the course to be reasonably physics-heavy as this makes up a big part of understanding medical imaging.
 

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octagu

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Hi there, I'm currently an first-year undergraduate radiography student at USYD. As Crow mentioned above, the course is quite physics-heavy, since it's a fundamental component to understanding how medical imaging works. However, you won't be significantly disadvantaged if you haven't studied physics in high school, as they blitz through most of year 12 physics within the first few weeks of first semester, and it's all fresh physics content from that point forward so you're all in the same boat. I didn't take physics in high school, but I was still able to cope with it all.

I'd say that radiography is reasonably difficult- don't expect to cruise through the course with minimal study. You take fundamental subjects such as anatomy, physiology, human biology, medical radiation physics, health psychology and sociology and more in your first year. Don't expect the degree to be purely theoretical either, since most of your later years in radiography will also be filled with placements and more of your assessments will come from OSCEs and placement evaluations. But for sure, the course content is engaging and there is a lot to learn.

I believe the course is quite competitive to get into on the ATAR score, but don't let that deter you. Radiography is definitely a great degree to be studying, with a wide range of career opportunities. It's definitely a good degree to consider as an alternative to medicine, with a path to a viable career in the future if you don't end up going along the medicine route.
 

Clubs

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I didn't quite study radiography, I studied Nuclear Medicine (Have very similar subjects, as both are Ba. MRSC) at Newcastle, so I've got 2 cents from their course.

Radiography as a whole is really interesting if you really enjoyed biology and the greater sciences at high school. You have a pretty good degree of patient contact and depending on your department have more or less autonomy.

As for job prospects, domestically it can be hit or miss but at least Newcastles program was recognised in the UK, Europe and the US. Often, when people graduated they would go do a few years in the UK on flexible contracts and travel.

The only thing I will say with radiography is that it's very much a point and shoot modality and even CT is a similar way. You greet the patient, explain the procedure, setup, do the imaging and then the patient goes away. For most people, that is awesome, but for others it can be difficult as they want to know more. That's something you will learn with clinical experience (I just transferred to Med after finishing my second year for that reason).

Best of luck, and USYD graduates are great. I worked with a few at St Vinnie's last year, so can say your program will be top notch.
 

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I didn't quite study radiography, I studied Nuclear Medicine (Have very similar subjects, as both are Ba. MRSC) at Newcastle, so I've got 2 cents from their course.

Radiography as a whole is really interesting if you really enjoyed biology and the greater sciences at high school. You have a pretty good degree of patient contact and depending on your department have more or less autonomy.

As for job prospects, domestically it can be hit or miss but at least Newcastles program was recognised in the UK, Europe and the US. Often, when people graduated they would go do a few years in the UK on flexible contracts and travel.

The only thing I will say with radiography is that it's very much a point and shoot modality and even CT is a similar way. You greet the patient, explain the procedure, setup, do the imaging and then the patient goes away. For most people, that is awesome, but for others it can be difficult as they want to know more. That's something you will learn with clinical experience (I just transferred to Med after finishing my second year for that reason).

Best of luck, and USYD graduates are great. I worked with a few at St Vinnie's last year, so can say your program will be top notch.
ohh i see, thanks for the info, congrats on getting into medicine! what uni are you studying now?
 

Clubs

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I'm studying under the Joint Medical Program, on campus at UNE cause rural and emergency medicine is kinda the field I want to go into at this stage.

Kinda cool because I get to keep my Newcastle enrolment.
 
I'm studying under the Joint Medical Program, on campus at UNE cause rural and emergency medicine is kinda the field I want to go into at this stage.

Kinda cool because I get to keep my Newcastle enrolment.
wow congrats! thats really cool that u have both campuses as options !! did you sit the ucat and apply via non-standard entry?
 

Clubs

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Yeah, sat the UCAT last year and applied through non-standard. Was actually on placement when I got an offer for an interview, thought I cooked it and still got in.
 

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