Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

About the School

The School of Dentistry and Health Sciences was formed in 2008. The School brings together CSU's rich history of health professional education in Dentistry, Oral Health Therapy, Medical Radiation Science and Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dentistry

The Bachelor of Dental Science program commenced in 2009.  This course is offered full-time at CSU's Orange campus, successful completion of the the five year program leads to registration as a dental practitioner in Australia. 

Students develop their hand skills in CSU's state-of-the-art simulation clinic, dental technology / clinical support laboratory, biodental science learning suite and anatomy teaching facilities. 

The Bachelor of Dental Science course has accreditation as a new program form the Australian Dental Council ratified by the Dental Board of Australia. 

Oral Health (Therapy / Hygiene)

The Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy / Hygiene) program commenced in 2009.  This course is offered full-time at CSU's Wagga Wagga campus.

As a graduate of Charles Sturt University's (CSU's) Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy / Hygiene), your skills in dental therapy, dental hygiene and oral health promotion will significantly improve the health of our local communities.

Students develop their hand skills in CSU's state-of-the-art simulation clinic, dental technology / clinical support laboratory, biodental science learning suite and anatomy teaching facilities, including a PC2 teaching laboratory and a dry (computer) laboratory.

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Medical Radiation Science

Charles Sturt University's (CSU's) Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and professional skills necessary to practise as a qualified medical radiation scientist.

There is an increasing demand, particularly in rural and regional centres, for highly educated and adaptable medical radiation science professionals in response to the aging population and organic growth of the industry. There has also been an evolution in the medical radiation sciences to a more integrative model where the boundaries between one discipline and the next are becoming less defined.

CSU's Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science is designed to anticipate industry demands and is in a unique position to offer graduates a competitive advantage in the employment market.

Specialisations

CSU's Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science offers the following specialisations:

Medical Imaging - The profession of medical imaging, also known as diagnostic radiography, demands a high degree of academic study, as well as clinical expertise in routine and advanced medical
imaging procedures. As a radiographer, you will be concerned with producing high quality medical images of the human body for medical diagnosis through the use of imaging modalities such as digital radiography, mammography, CT, MRI and ultrasound. You will also be responsible for the care and welfare of your patients and will seek to minimise their radiation exposure.

Nuclear Medicine - The profession of nuclear medicine involves the administration of  radiopharmaceuticals to the patient to image and detect physiological abnormalities and to deliver
appropriate treatments. As a nuclear medicine scientist / technologist you will undertake the administration of radiopharmaceuticals within the patient for imaging and treatment of many pathological conditions.  You will gain formal clinical training and education in nuclear medicine and the specialised areas of SPECT, PET, CT, MRI, ultrasound and newer hybrid systems (SPECT / CT and PET / CT).

Radiation Therapy - The profession of radiation therapy involves the design and delivery of
radiation treatment plans for people diagnosed with cancer and other pathological conditions. High
academic knowledge and clinical skills are needed to ensure quality patient treatments. As a
radiation therapist you will develop radiation therapy treatment plans tailored specifically for
each patient's condition, work as part of a team to ensure the accurate safe delivery of the
radiation to treat the patient and be involved in the care and wellbeing of people diagnosed with
cancer and other pathological conditions.

Medical Radiation Sciences also provide the following post graduate and graduate diploma programs; 

Ultrasound - The post graduate ultrasound course commenced in 2000 and is fully accredited by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry. Sonographers have a high level of decisional latitude and responsibility in the workplace and are currently rated in the top 5 professions in demand in Australia. The popular CSU programs offer students the opportunity to study a structured, distance education program that is relevant to their professional needs. Students must be employed in a general ultrasound department a minimum of three days per week, with appropriate supervision, for the duration of the course. Postgraduate diploma students graduate with skills commensurate with the beginning practitioner, whilst Masters students continue with a research component that aims to inform clinical ultrasound practice.

Mammography - The graduate diploma of mammography commenced in 2014, this course was developed to provide an alternative model for training mammographic technologists who do not come from a radiography background.  CSU was selected as the sole preferred provider of this course and has since worked with the Australian Institute of Radiography (AIR) and BreastScreen Australia (BSA) to develop the course.

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Nutrition and Dietetics

A growing community and government concern with the health of Australians and the role of nutrition has raised the profile of the work of dietitians and their importance to public health. A demand exists for dietitians in rural communities and a range of research studies and professional literature indicates a need for a rural perspective to dietitian education. Graduates work professionally as dietitians in a range of clinical, private practice and industry settings.

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Honours and Postgraduate courses

An honours program is offered to CSU students completing 3 year undergraduate health programs. The program equates to additional fourth year of study.

A number of postgraduates programs, by both course work and research, are offered through the School. They include:

  • Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition
  • Graduate Diploma of Mammography
  • Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology 
  • Graduate Diploma of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Graduate Diploma of Radiographic Inrerpretation
  • Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasound
  • Master of Medical Radiation Science (Computerised Tomography) 
  • Master of Medical Radiation Science (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Master of Medical Radiation Science (Radiographic Interpretation)
  • Master of Medical Radiation Science - by course work or research
  • Master of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)
  • Master of Medical Ultrasound
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Health Studies
  • Doctor of Health Science

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