For entry into ACC, prospective students will need to complete a full year (120 credits or equivalent study) in base sciences as specified below. These units of study are a mandatory requirement for admission and must be at a minimum of AQF level 5, with a successful pass rate minimum of 50% within each subject.

Pre-requisites Units

Anatomy and Physiology (2 units, 30 credit points)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of body regions, cavities, anatomical planes, directional terminology, and anatomical references of the human body, including the use of appropriate anatomical terminology.
  2. Understand the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system including its protective functions and its role in maintaining homeostasis.
  3. Describe the anatomy and physiology of nerve, muscle, fascia, and bone and identify the main bones of the appendicular and axial skeleton and their parts.
  4. Know the histology of different tissues and organs including bone, muscle, and nerve and the different epithelial tissues.
  5. Have a firm understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, reproductive (including menstrual cycle), endocrine and lympho-immune systems.
  6. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the structure, function and various categories of joints, their classification, and examples of these classifications.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of basic embryology.

Biochemistry (1 unit, 15 credit points)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Identify the primary functional components and chemical characteristics of cell membranes. Correlate the physical properties of cell membranes and membrane proteins with their role in cell function.
  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the basic principles and concepts of biochemistry to familiar and unfamiliar metabolic pathways.
  3. Describe the relationship between metabolic pathways.

General Chemistry (1 unit, 15 credit points)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of atoms, atomic properties, ionic bonding, acid-base theory, definitions of pH, calculations of pH, ionization constants, chemical reactions, energy, heat of reactions, stoichiometry, molecular structures, covalent bonding, shape and polarity of molecules, description and comparative strengths of intermolecular forces.
  2. Summarize colligative properties, structure and isomerism in carbon compounds, functional groups, basic properties of alkanes, aldehydes, alcohols, organic acids and esters.
  3. Describe reaction rates, reaction orders, effect of temperature and concentration on reaction rates, activation energy, effect of catalysts, thermodynamics, and the directionality of reactions.

Biophysics (1 unit, 15 credit points)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Understand common units and measurements, errors, kinematics, and motion in 1D.
  2. Explain velocity, speed, acceleration, Newton’s laws, force, mass, friction, gravitation, work energy and power.
  3. Discuss momentum, conservation laws, simple harmonic oscillator, scalars and vectors, levers, generalization of kinematics to three dimensions.
  4. Understand the effects of force and torque on the motion of physical bodies and the various forms of energy such bodies may possess.
  5. Explain electricity and electromagnetism; production of radiation; characteristics of radiation; interaction of radiation with matter.
  6. Describe atomic particles, their nature, structure and characteristics.
  7. Discuss the geometry of image formation, magnification and distortion.

Microbiology (1 unit, 15 credit points)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Understand the major physiological microorganisms that are critical for structure, metabolism, and utilization of ecological niches.
  2. Understand the biochemical basis of important physiological characteristics of microorganisms, including: pathogenicity, motility, and unique forms of energy production.
  3. Recall biological macromolecules, structure of viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa, microbial metabolism and bioenergetics, bacterial genetics, antimicrobial agents. Consequences of microbial metabolism in foods.
  4. Describe the microanatomy of a cell; identify and describe the function of each major cytoplasmic organelle.
  5. Describe the cellular environment, functions of the cell membrane, cytoskeleton and cell movement, cell signalling, specialised cells.
  6. Describe chromosomes, the cell cycle and mitosis

Research / Information Literacy (1 unit, 15 credit points)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of different research communication methods and apply these methods in both written and oral assessment.
  2. Identify, retrieve and explain information pertaining to the health sciences.
  3. Describe and select the appropriate statistical techniques required to analyse scientific data.
  4. Discuss how scientific studies to answer simple scientific research questions.


The remaining 15 credit points are made up by an elective subject of your choosing.