Biomedical Science (Medical) Rurality
To be considered for the multiple mini interviews (MMI) that are part of the course selection process for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical), you're required to provide the following in support of your application:
- Personal details
- Evidence of your rural status
- Academic transcript (non-year 12 applicants with tertiary study) or School Endorsement Form [PDF 229.3 KB] and a copy of Year 11 results (current Year 12 applicants).
MMI selection process
There are two rounds of multiple mini interview (MMIs) for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical). If you're invited to interview, you must attend one of the two MMI rounds based on the information below.:
- Selection for an MMI in December is open to all applicants and will be based on the rurality form, and:
- La Trobe Entrance Rank (based on Year 11 results) or,
- Semester 1 of higher education studies or
- previous GPA or,
- previously completed Year 12 results/ATAR.
This is to ensure the completion of the interview process within a tight time frame in early December. Official ATAR (or equivalent) for all applicants will be included in the admissions process after the MMI.
- Selection for an interview (MMI) in January is open to all remaining applicants, including current Year 12 students who may not have been interviewed in the December round, and will then be based on a combination of an applicant’s ATAR (or equivalent) and rurality form.
The La Trobe Rural Health School sets the dates for MMIs, and you must attend during the dates specified. Interviews are hosted in the first week of December and the first week of January.
If you’re invited (via email) to participate in the MMI, it will be online. Only a set number of applicants will be invited for an interview and this selection will be based on a ranking of Year 11 results/previous education (December round, as detailed above) or official ATAR/previous education (January round).
Before you begin your application
Please make sure:
- You have already completed an application through VTAC or UAC for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) or Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) First Nations.
- You have all your details and required evidence close to hand. For example, your VTAC/UAC application ID, documents to support your regional background, and details about your educational history.
Biomedical Science (Medical) Rurality evidence
To be eligible, you must have resided (according to your principal home address) for at least 5 years consecutively, or 10 years cumulatively, in areas classified by the Modified Monash Model (2019) as MM2 to MM7 since birth and preferably have completed Years 11 and 12 at a school in an area classified as MM2 to MM7.
You will need to complete a VTAC or UAC, application and then submit supporting documentation to provide evidence of your primary residence being MM2-7 for the duration specified above.
Acceptable supporting documents
- Letter(s) from a GP, dentist, bank, school, university or workplace.
- original letters written specifically in support of your claim
- on letterhead with address, phone and email contact details
- signed and dated
- include your rural residential address and your rural address history, and the dates that you resided at the address.
Letters must be:
- Documents to prove your family’s residence, as well as a statutory declaration from a parent (if you were under 18 at the time and the documents are in the family name).
- telephone invoices
- utility (gas, electricity, water) invoices
- bank statements showing your (or your family’s) address
Acceptable documents include:
An online printed invoice will only be acceptable if dated the year it was issued (eg: a bank statement must be dated the year you are supporting). For example, dated 20 June 2014 if you are supporting the year 2014. It cannot be dated 2019 if you are supporting the year 2014.
Documents can be copies and don’t need to be certified.
Documents and statutory declarations must include the rural address history and time periods.
Current Year 12 applicants only
In addition to the rurality form and rurality evidence, you must submit a completed School Endorsement Form along with a copy of your official Year 11 results.
Unacceptable documents and claims
- Rates notices as they do not provide evidence of primary address. Eg. this property could be a rental property.
- School reports as they do not clearly state your primary residential address.
- Time spent at a rural secondary residence (holiday home).
- Intention to claim time in the future as part of the 5 or 10 years, as there is no way to establish proof that you will continue to reside in a rural setting.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you complete your application accurately, that you answer all relevant questions and provide the required information. If you provide incorrect information or omit information such as current and previous studies, you may jeopardise your chance of receiving an offer for an interview or an offer for the course, or the offer you receive may be withdrawn.
Submit your application
The Rurality Form (and School Endorsement Form [PDF 229.3 KB] for current Year 12 applicants) must be submitted by 5pm AEDT on the first Friday in November.
You cannot save a draft while working on it so be sure to complete the form in one session.