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How to become a radiographer

Find out everything you need to know to become a radiographer
We offer courses in diagnostic radiography that can be taken whether you’re straight out of high school or if you have a bachelor’s degree in another field completely.

Radiographers are registered health professionals vital for modern health care. They take high-quality medical images to diagnose injuries and diseases using high-tech equipment while maintaining optimum patient care.

1. Complete a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic radiography

The journey to becoming a radiographer begins with a university education. If you’re just out of high school and meet the minimum ATAR score, you can apply to study for our Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography).

You’ll need to have studied Physics and Mathematics Advanced at high school level as these subjects are considered assumed knowledge. If you haven’t completed these subjects, you can choose to take a bridging course prior to starting this degree. Additionally, prior study of Biology and Chemistry is also recommended.

This comprehensive four-year undergraduate degree places you alongside fellow students and medical professionals, fostering a multidisciplinary learning environment.

Already completed a bachelor’s degree?

If you've already earned a bachelor’s degree, you can apply for the Master of Diagnostic Radiography as a postgraduate student. This program is open to graduates from both health and non-health backgrounds. This degree is one of our Graduate Entry Masters courses (GEM) which provides an accelerated pathway to a professional health qualification in two years of full-time study.

2. Study in our brand new Health Building

Whether you’ve recently graduated from high school or are transitioning from a different career, you’ll study with us at our new Susan Wakil Health Building. This facility features clinical simulation teaching areas with advanced state-of-the-art imaging equipment, research facilities, a multi-service clinic and a new library.

3. Complete your clinical placements

An essential component of both the undergraduate and postgraduate degree is the clinical placements that you’ll undertake. These hands-on experiences are essential for bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world application. Throughout your studies you’ll undertake clinical placements in medical imaging facilities across public and private settings.

4. Register with the Medical Radiation Board of Australia

Upon completing either the Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) or the Master of Diagnostic Radiography you’ll be eligible to register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. This registration is essential for attaining the title of ‘Diagnostic radiographer’, a protected title in Australia. Please refer to the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia for further information.

5. Start your new career

With your degree in hand and registration secured, a wealth of opportunities in the healthcare sector awaits.

Diagnostic radiographers are integral to clinical care teams and are in demand across various healthcare settings, including major metropolitan imaging departments and smaller regional clinics. Added to that, the field offers avenues for research, such as forensics and the development of innovative medical technologies.

Becoming a radiographer is a highly rewarding career, and your journey starts with the education and training you’ll gain at the University of Sydney. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or a university graduate looking for a new career, your skills will be in demand in this dynamic healthcare field.

28 August 2023

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