Biomedical Science

Bachelor, full-time

Overview

Biomedical science examines medical samples, interprets laboratory measurements and establishes a connection between laboratory diagnostic results and clinical pictures. Biomedical scientists have a variety of methods and innovative technologies at their disposal to measure different values and functions such as blood parameters or lung function. You apply them in complex laboratory analysis processes and evaluate them. In addition to intensive laboratory work you also interact with patients, for example when taking samples or performing clinical diagnostics. The practically oriented degree program combines technological know-how with quality and process management. You will be educated in the core disciplines of histology, hematology, microbiology and clinical chemistry.

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Angelika Eidkum
Claudia Fichtinger
Michaela Fucik
Karen Sally Weindorfer
Favoritenstraße 226, D.1.18
1100 Vienna
T: +43 1 606 68 77-4100
F: +43 1 606 68 77-4109
bioanalytik@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Office hours during the semester
Mon. to. Fri, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
We recommended you make an appointment.


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Duration of course
6 Semester
Final degree
Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (BSc)
incl. professional qualifications
90Study places
180ECTS
Organisational form
full-time

Application period for academic year 2018/19

7th January to 8th April 2018

tuition fee / semester:

€ 363,36*

+ ÖH premium + contribution**

 

* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester

 

**for additional study expenses
(currently up to €83 depending on degree program and year)

What you can offer

The most important criteria is that you are interested in science and medicine. You are open to innovative technologies and automation, in other words you enjoy using high-tech equipment and developing an understanding of how they work. You can imagine working in a laboratory where you can apply your manual dexterity. You want to interact with patients directly. You approach problems in a structured, analytical and organized manner. This programme is held in German.

What we offer you

FH Campus Wien is now the largest university of applied sciences for health in Austria and the largest training provider for biomedical science. After the legal framework was created in 2006 to introduce the MTD academies and the midwife academy into the higher education sector, FH Campus Wien launched the first bachelor's degree programs in 2007. Shortly afterwards the first master's degree programs where launched in the Department of Health. Today, FH Campus Vienna now has extensive expertise and a large network at its disposal. An important partner in the areas of education, research and development is the Vienna Hospital Association (KAV). We also work closely with the professional association biomed austria, who is our cooperation partner for the master's degree program in Biomedical Science. Professional events, such as the Annual Meeting of Biomedical Scientists, are regularly held at our campus. At our attractive main campus you will benefit from our modern infrastructure, which also includes an S2 laboratory (the second highest security level). Furthermore, you will also have the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary, professional community. There is great potential in research projects at the intersection of health and technology. Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lecture evenings, which are open to all and feature contributions from prominent experts.

What makes this degree program special

  • Core disciplines: hematology, histology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunology and molecular biology
  • Cross-industry expertise for modern quality and process management
  • Courses in well-equipped laboratory and extensive work experience

The degree program is practically oriented and combines comprehensive medical-technical and communicative expertise with the requirements for modern quality and process management. In a guaranteed, state-of-the-art laboratory space as well as through extensive internships, you will learn the core disciplines of hematology, histology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunology and molecular biology. Hematology focuses on the detailed examination of blood and bone marrow.

In histology you will learn about tissue and cytology cells. In microbiology, you learn for example how throat cultures are examined for bacteria, fungi or viruses. In clinical chemistry you will primarily experiment with serum and other bodily fluids that you will analyze for metabolites, enzymes, vitamins or tumor markers. In immunology you will for example search for defects in the immune system and test for allergies or other intolerances.


What you will learn in the degree program

  • You will acquire the necessary fundamental medical and technological knowledge for the complex laboratory analysis processes. Skills in process and quality management, health economics and the general legal regulations will round out your training.
  • You will acquire your practical experience in laboratories and functional areas of the health service and the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. There you will benefit from the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge in practical analysis methods and clinical diagnostics.
  • You will choose a specialization and deepen your practical knowledge of biomedical science.
  • You will acquire practical experience through guided internships, which make up one third of your education. In the internships you will learn to plan and conduct all the phases of a scientific laboratory project according to content and formal criteria.

Curriculum

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Anatomy VO 2 3
Occupational Health and Safety VO 0.5 1
Professional Profile SE 1 1
Chemistry VO 2 2.5
Introduction to Biomedicine VO 1 2
Hygiene VO

Hygiene VO

Lector: Univ.Prof.Dr. Dipl.Ing. Mohammad Manafi

1 SWS
1.5 ECTS

Lecture contents

Infectious diseases:
-Basics of infectious disease studies
-The immune system
-Imunisatations / vaccination plan, reactions / defence mechanisms
-Methods of pathogen detection
-Notifiable diseases
-Signs of infection
Microbiology und Parasitology:
-Bacteria
-Viruses
-Prions
-Fungi
-Parasites/multicelluar parasites
Hygiene in health care facilities and extramural areas:
-Organization of hospital hygiene (hygienic standards)
-Nosocomial infections
-General hygiene and hygiene measures
-Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization
-Hand hygiene
-Hygiene in specific care settings
-Protective clothing, isolation
-Infection prevention for employees
-Infection protection for multi-resistant pathogens
-Food and environmental hygiene
-Sample material

Assessment methods

Written exam at the end of lecture course

Teaching methods

Mostly presentation methodsShort movies

Language

German

1 1.5
Haematological Laboratory Diagnostics ILV 3 3.5
Clinical Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics ILV 2.5 3.5
Communication SE 1 1
Laboratory Basics ILV 1.5 2
Mathematics 1: Stoichiometry UE 1 1.5
Microscopy ILV 2 2.5
Physiology VO 2 3.5
Cell Biology VO 1 1.5

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Case Studies 1 UE 0.5 1
Histology VO 2 3
Histological Laboratory Diagnostics 1 ILV 2 2.5
Histological Morphology ILV 1.5 2.5
Haematology VO 2 3
Haematological Morphology ILV 1.5 2
Haemostaseology VO 0.5 1.5
Haemostaseological Laboratory Diagnostics ILV 1.5 1.5
Instrumental Analytics VO 1 1.5
Clinical Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics 2 ILV 3 3.5
Clinical Chemistry VO 1.5 2
Mathematics 2: Analytical Calculation UE 1 1.5
Medical English UE 1 1
Pathology VO 2 3.5

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Clinical Work Experience 1 PR 0 6
Biochemistry and Pathological Biochemistry VO 2 2.5
Case Studies 2 SE 0.5 0.5
Histological Laboratory Diagnostics 2 ILV 3 3
Immunology VO 2 2.5
Immunological Laboratory Diagnostics ILV 3 3
Clinical Applications of Immunology VO 0.5 0.5
Molecular Biology VO

Molecular Biology VO

Lector: Martina Auer, MSc, Ulrike Köck, MSc, Gerfried Mitterer, MSc

0.5 SWS
0.5 ECTS

Lecture contents

Topics Dr. Isabella Wimmer
RNA isolation from formalin-fixed (FFPE) tissue, quality control of isolated RNA, gene expression analysis using microarrays (FFPE tissue), laser microdissection of disease foci from FFPE tissue, applications in the research field of multiple sclerosis

Topics Martina Auer
Human Genetics / Tumor Genetics general, carcinogenesis; practice: high resolution single cell analysis (especially circulating tumor cells; isolation, amplification, quality inspection, high resolution analysis by array-CGH), plasma DNA analysis in cancer patients (isolation, quantification, Next- generation sequencing va Illumina platform), breast cancer

Topic Gerfried Mitterer
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Assessment methods

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

German

0.5 0.5
Clinical and Occupational Psychology SE 0.5 0.5
Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology VO

Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology VO

Lector: Univ.Prof.Dr. Dipl.Ing. Mohammad Manafi

2.5 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

General microbiology: morphology anatoy of bacteria, virulence factors, genetics of bacteria , metabolism of bacteria , diagnostics in mikrobiogy.
Special microbiology: Staphylococci, Streptococci, Listeria, Bacillus und Clostridium, Neisseria, Campylobacter, Helicobacter, Vibrios (Vibrio, Aeromonas, Plesiomonas), Enterobacteria (Salmonella, Shigella, Escherichia), Legionella, Corynebacteria, Listeria, Non-fermenter , Haemophilus influenzae, Gardnerella vaginalis, Bordetellae, Mykobacteria, Treponemae, Borreliae, Mykoplasma und Ureaplasma, Chlamydiae
VIROLOGIE: characteristics, anatomy and reproduction of viruses, diagnosis of viral infections, Herpes Viruses, Varicella Zoster Virus, Epstein Barr Virus, Cytomegalovirus , Hepatitis, amarillic typhus, tick-borne encephalitis , rubella, rabies, Influenza, Mumps, HIV, Poliomyelitis
PARASITOLOGY: Malaria, Toxoplasmosis, Amoebiasis, Trichomonas vaginalis
Trypanosomatiden, Giardiasis
MYKOLOGIE: General characteristics of fungi, classification of fungi
Laboratory diagnostics, yeasts (Candida, Cryptococcus), mildew (Aspergillus),

Assessment methods

Written exam

Teaching methods

Structure, media-supported lecture.Lecture supported with powerpoint slides, short films

2.5 3
Clinical Applications of Molecular Biology VO 2 3.5
Laboratory Diagnostics of Molecular Biology ILV

Laboratory Diagnostics of Molecular Biology ILV

Lector: Sabine Enzinger, MBA, Helena Seper, MSc, Mag.a Dr.in Veronika Stefanik

2.5 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Isolation and concentration measurement of DNA
Execution of relevant molecularbiological analytical methods
Troubleshooting
Basics of Quality Assurance
Documentation, Validation and Interpretation of results

Assessment methods

Permanent assessment (practical Training, oral repeats, reports, work in Groups)final examlab protocol

Teaching methods

structured an media supported lectureswork in groupsoral repetitionsreportsself studydemonstrationspractical traininglab protocol

2.5 2
Pharmacology and Toxicology VO 1 1.5
Seminar Clinical Work Experience 1 SE 0.5 1

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Clinical Work Experience 2 PR 0 4
Functional laboratory diagnostics ILV 3 3
Immunohaematology VO 2 2
Immunohaematological Laboratory Diagnostics ILV 3 3
Immunological Laboratory Diagnostics 2 ILV 1 1.5
Cardiopulmonary Functional Diagnostics VO 1 1
Mathematics 3: Statistics - Introduction VO 1 1
Microbiological Laboratory Diagnostics ILV 4.5 4.5
Neurological Functional Diagnostics VO 1 1
Seminar Clinical Work Experience 2 SE 0.5 1
Scientific Work ILV 1 1
Cell Culture ILV 2.5 2.5
Cytology ILV 2 3
Cytological Laboratory Diagnostics ILV 1 1.5

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Clinical Work Experience 3 PR 0 21.5
Supervision Bachelor Thesis BA 0 0
Mathematics 4: Statistics - Practical Applications ILV 1 1
Professional English UE 1 1
Proseminar Bachelor Thesis SE 2 6
Seminar Clinical Work Experience 3 SE 0.5 0.5

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Latest Developments ILV 1.5 1.5
Bachelor thesis empirical work experience BA 0 7
Clinical Work Experience 4 PR 0 6.5
Supervision Bachelor Thesis BA 0 0
Health Economics ILV 1 1.5
Laboratory Management ILV 1 1
Mathematics 5: Statistical Counselling SE 0.5 1
Medical Ethics SE 0.5 0.5
Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Protection ILV 1 1.5
Quality Management ILV 1 1.5
Legal Bases VO 1 1.5
Seminar Bachelor Thesis SE 1 6
Seminar Clinical Work Experience 4 SE 0.5 0.5

Semester dates
Winter semester: 28th August 2017 to 26th January 2018

Number of teaching weeks
18 per semester

Times
Mon. to Fri. all day

Language of Instruction
German


How you benefit

With this degree you will be qualified to practice the profession of biomedical scientist. The MTD Act is the basis for this degree program. According to the MTD Act, numerous activities may only be performed by members of the biomedical science profession. For you this means that you are guaranteed to find a job and that you can practice your profession throughout the EU. The practically oriented degree program means that you will be ready to start work immediately and are optimally prepared to plan and conduct every phase of a complex laboratory analysis process. In the diagnostic stage, you first decide based on the test results how to proceed further. As part of your commitment to lifelong learning you are obligated to keep abreast of the latest technologies so that you can apply and evaluate them. The results of your analyses support the diagnosis, follow-up examination, therapy monitoring and rehabilitation of patients. You work in various health care facilities with materials of human origin and examine in particular blood, bone marrow, urine, feces, tissue, amniotic fluid, saliva and hair. You use a variety of laboratory equipment, prepare tissue samples, examine stained preparations under the microscope or cultivate cell cultures. In clinical diagnostics you work directly with patients and with the help of ECG, spirometry or EEG to measure the performance and functionality of organs such as the heart, lungs or brain. More and more biomedical scientists at universities and in the pharmaceutical industry are pursuing careers in research and development. Many also decide to found their own businesses. You can also apply your laboratory analytical knowledge in other industries. The degree program provides a strong foundation together with practical work experience and continuing training to manage teams and laboratory facilities.

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics, private laboratories
  • Medical practices
  • Sanatoriums, rehabilitation centers
  • Sports medicine
  • University hospitals and universities
  • Non-university research institutions
  • Health offices
  • Biopharmaceutical industry
  • Industry and trade of laboratory technology
  • Food industry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Environmental protection

Master's degree program

Biomedical Science

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Admission

Admission requirements

  • Higher education entrance qualification:

    • School leaving certificate from a secondary school or a secondary technical school.
    • Secondary school vocational certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung)
    • Equivalent certification from abroad

Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.

  • University entrance qualification examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung)

The following compulsory subjects of the university entrance qualification for university courses of study are recognized, in addition to an essay on a general topic (in German) as a prerequisite for admission to this degree program:
> Biology and Environmental Science
> English 2
> Physics 1
> Chemistry 2
> Mathematics 1

The university entrance qualification examination must include a combination of at least three of the subjects listed. You may choose any elective subject.

  • Relevant professional qualification

Apprenticeship groups
> Chemical laboratory technology
> Chemical engineering
> Pharmaceutical commercial assistant
> Physics laboratory technician
> Druggist

Secondary vocational schools
> Technical school for chemistry
> Technical school for textile chemistry
> Technical school for chemical industrial engineering

Other qualifications
> Diploma in upper grade health care and nursing services
> Diploma in medical technology services
> Diploma in medical specialized assistance (must be in the field of laboratory assistance)
> German university of applied sciences entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife) in the field of technology or social work

  • After being accepted, you must provide the following proof of your suitability:

    • First aid training: First aid certificate from the Austrian Red Cross or an equivalent institution at least 16 hours (within the last two years)

     

    • Proof of good standing (Current extract of your police record - not older than 3 months)

     

    • Medical certificate of good health that includes all the relevant health parameters for your education as a biomedical scientist (not older than 3 months)

     

    • Hepatitis B vaccination (at least the first of the two part vaccination)

  • Regulation for the admission of third country citizens: Info sheet (PDF)

Application

There are 120 places available in the bachelor's degree program in Biomedical Science each year. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:4

To apply, you will need the signed application form as well as a copy of the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Marriage certificate if applicable
  • Proof of residence
  • Transcripts from your previous school
  • Confirmation of university registration if applicable
  • School leaving certificate / university entrance qualification examination (Studienberecthigungsprüfung) / verification of professional qualifications
  • Photo

Please note
It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. transcripts) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person as soon as possible.

The selection process

The selection process consists of a computer-assisted test and an interview.

  • Aim
    The aim is to ensure places are offered to those persons who complete the two-stage selection process with the best results. The tests procedures used are designed to assess the skills needed for an applicant's chosen profession.

  • Procedure
    The computer-assisted selection test includes a series of test requirements to assesses if you fulfill the basic intellectual and social-emotional performance requirements. The test consists of several parts that must be finished within a time limit and assesses the following:

    • Your ability to concentrate
    • Verbal intelligence (e.g. completing sentences, filling in the correct vocabulary)
    • Numerical intelligence (computational tasks with real numbers)
    • Figural intelligence (composition of a given figure) and memory
    • One part of the tests relates to your personality and gives an insight into your motivation, experiences and attitudes.

    Applicants who have achieved the minimum level on the test will then undergo a selection interview. Please bring the required original documents with you to the interview. The selection interview provides a first impression of the applicant's personal suitability. This includes professional motivation, professional understanding, performance, problem-solving skills and a capacity for careful consideration. Points are assigned to each section of the test.

  • Criteria
    The criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance. The geographical origin of the applicant has no influence on the selection decision. The admission requirements must be met in all cases. All the required documents must be provided in time. The selection committee (which comprises, among others, the head of the academic section and representatives of the teaching staff) awards places to the applicants who score highest in the tests.

Secretary's office

Angelika Eidkum
Claudia Fichtinger
Michaela Fucik
Karen Sally Weindorfer
Favoritenstraße 226, D.1.18
1100 Vienna
T: +43 1 606 68 77-4100
F: +43 1 606 68 77-4109
bioanalytik@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Office hours during the semester
Mon. to. Fri, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
We recommended you make an appointment.

Teaching Staff and Research Staff


Cooperations and Campusnetzwerk

We work closely with the Vienna Hospital Association (KAV), laboratories for general medicine, the Medical University of Vienna and other European universities, the professional association biomed austria and other health care facilities. This guarantees you strong contacts for internships, employment or participation in research and development activities. You will complete the extensive internships at, among others, the hospitals of Vienna Hospital Association (KAV). You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It's well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!

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