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Medical Program* Admissions Criteria

Entry as an Undergraduate or Graduate Applicant

The Bond Medical Program is open to Year 12 school leavers and to applicants who have completed an eligible tertiary program. 

For entry into the Bond Medical Program, the following definitions apply:

  • Undergraduate – An applicant who has completed an eligible Australian Senior School Certificate (i.e. Queensland Year 12 or equivalent) with, or without, incomplete tertiary studies.
  • Graduate – An applicant who has completed an eligible undergraduate or postgraduate program.

Bond University will offer approximately 80% of available places to undergraduate applicants and the remainder to graduate applicants.

Applicants should also refer to the Entry Assessment table for guidance on whether to apply as an undergraduate or graduate applicant. Qualifications older than nine years immediately preceding the close of applications for the relevant application period cannot be considered.

Age requirement

Applicants must be 17 years of age at the time of commencement of the Bond Medical Program. If the applicant does not meet the age requirement, they will not be permitted to enrol even if they have met all admission requirements. The applicant will have to re-apply for admission when they are able to meet this requirement.

Assessment process

Enrolments in the program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements. As such, entry is extremely competitive, therefore applicants are selected through a rigorous assessment process:

Step 1: Academic Assessment

Applicants will be assessed on their prior academic record and prerequisites through their QTAC application. Top-ranked applicants will be invited to complete Step 2 of the assessment process. 

Step 2: Psychometric Test

Selected applicants are offered the opportunity to complete an online psychometric test. This test will be available for a specific time period and incur a fee, to be paid by the applicant directly to the test provider. The results of the psychometric test will determine if an applicant is shortlisted for an interview (the next step of the assessment process).

Step 3: Interview

Shortlisted applicants are invited to an interview in person at Bond University on the Gold Coast, where their general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course will be examined in a structured multi mini interview (MMI).

Applicants will be assessed on the following:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve graduate outcomes of:
    • Knowledge and critical thinking
    • Leadership, Initiative and teamwork
    • Communication skills
    • Responsibility

Once the interviews are complete, successful applicants are made on offer into the Bond Medical Program. This offer must be accepted within a specified timeframe. Bond University may make subsequent offers until all available places are filled.

Domestic / International Student Entry

Direct entry into the Bond Medical Program is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents) at the time of application.

Students, including New Zealand citizens, who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a provider number in Australia. Graduates who wish to stay in Australia after graduation must make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of the University.

In Australia, the number of internships is controlled by the relevant health industry in each state/territory, and Australian citizens and permanent residents currently receive priority for internship access. Graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practise medicine in countries other than Australia must contact the professional medical associations in that country to determine requirements to practice. Bond University is not responsible for organising any internship or medical registration of students upon their graduation.

International students may gain entry to the Bond Medical program via an approved Bond University pathway.

Pathways into Medicine

Domestic and international* students eligible to graduate from the following Bond University programs: Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major), the Master of Occupational Therapy, the Doctor of Physiotherapy or the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, meeting the minimum required GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 (Bond grading) will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). The selection process will be based on GPA, psychometric testing and an interview. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt for the graduates of these aforementioned programs are limited and dependent on availability.

Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovations or Master of Healthcare Innovations who completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science prior to their Healthcare Innovations award and meet the minimum required GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 (Bond grading) may also be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). Such eligibility is dependent on a check of transcripts from the Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree to determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis. 

*Currently, these are the only pathways into the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine available to international students. Successful students will commence in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and will be allowed to progress to the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

**The Medical Program is comprised of two sequential degrees – the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD). All students selected for entry into the Medical Program will have to complete both the BMedSt and MD to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. Both degrees are awarded at the completion of Year 5.

Applications to the Bond Medical Program are administered through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (‘QTAC’). A full assessment of your qualifications cannot be undertaken until a complete application is received by QTAC during the relevant application period.

Please refer to the entry assessment table to determine how your academic rank may be calculated.

Based on data from the most recent intake, to be considered competitive for the Bond Medical Program^ an applicant would need to achieve the following minimum scores:

 Undergraduate ApplicantGraduate Applicant
Minimum academic rank to be competitive for psychometric test selectionOP 1-3, ATAR 96+, or IB Dip 38+Cumulative GPA of greater than 6 on a 7-point scale from a recognised tertiary program

Applicants should be aware that the minimum scores to be competitive will depend on the quality of applications received for the admission round. If there are more applicants with higher academic scores, then the minimum score required to be competitive in that intake will likely be higher.

The prerequisite requirements for direct entry to the Bond Medical Program in 2022 have changed to better reflect the diversity of doctors that Australian society requires.

The prerequisite for the Bond Medical Program from 2022 will be English, English as an Additional Language, Literature, or English & Literature Extension (QCAA General Subject, Units 3 and 4 at Grade C or better).

Applicants must be able to produce documentary evidence of meeting the prerequisite to QTAC by the time applications close for the relevant application period.

Please refer to the tables here for a list of approved equivalents for the English prerequisite. The information will be updated from 15 May to 15 December each year for the following year’s Bachelor of Medical Studies intake.

The University Clinical Aptitude test (UCAT) is not required for the Bachelor of Medical Studies application. Instead, selected applicants will be invited to complete psychometric testing.

The UCAT replaced the Undergraduate Medicine Admission Test (UMAT) in 2019.

The Bond Medical Program has partnered with an experienced external commercial provider to run the psychometric test. The external provider is used by the Police, Ambulance, Fire Service and military to assist with choosing the best candidates. It will be conducted as an on-line test that can be taken anywhere with internet access over a specified time period. Many graduate programs, i.e. the CBA and leading accounting and legal firms use similar processes in their recruitment.

The psychometric testing is designed to provide information on personal attributes recognised as being important for a successful career as a doctor, such as the ability to manage pressure, problem solve with emotions, and show empathy. The psychometric testing will focus on your strengths in regard to managing the demands of the program. 

Psychometric testing was introduced as part of the Bond Medical Program assessment process in 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview in person at Bond University on the Gold Coast, where their general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course will be examined in a structured multiple mini interview (MMI).

Interviews are conducted using a MMI structure consisting of at least four (4) mini interview stations. Interviewers are doctors and community members from both medical and non-medical backgrounds, who are highly trained in the interview process for entry into medicine. 

Interviews are held on campus for shortlisted applicants only. Interviews will be undertaken in mid to late February. View the important dates & deadlines.

The interview process is designed to test:

    • Knowledge and critical thinking
    • Leadership, Initiative and teamwork
    • Communication skills
    • Responsibility

Find out more about the interview process by reading our frequently asked questions.

Applicants should be aware that there are compulsory compliance requirements prior to commencing the Bond Medical Program.

All applicants must provide formal documentary evidence of English language proficiency. Bond University reserves the right to request evidence of English language proficiency during the assessment process. Please refer to the English language requirements page for detailed information.

Bond University does not offer scholarships for the Bond Medical Program. All students can apply for external scholarships where available.

Subject credits are not available for previous studies.