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CB66 - Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health)

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) course will provide you with a broad range of skills and knowledge suitable for employment in the health sector, or to use as the basis for further study in specialised health professions such as physiotherapy, podiatry, occupational therapy, speech pathology or paramedic science. You may be required to undertake work-based placement as part of the degree course.

Career Information

Graduates of the Bachelor of Allied Health degree from CQUniversity will have the expertise to enter a wide range of relevant Allied Health employment fields throughout Australia. They will be exceptionally well placed to fill roles within aged care, Indigenous heath, community health project management, health promotion, public health, health research and articulation into other health education courses. Students will have the opportunity to gain their Certificate 3 Allied Health Assistant qualification as a part of their study within this degree which will enable them to graduate as recognised Allied Health professionals. Students can choose to exit the course after their first year with a Diploma of Health Science, or after two years with an Associate Degree.

The Bachelor of Allied Health will also provide students with the necessary skill set to enter professional graduate entry Masters courses. Many Allied Health careers now prefer postgraduate qualifications, and as such, our Bachelor of Allied Health is the first step to a rewarding career in Allied Health. Graduates will potentially be able to enter postgraduate education courses towards registering in professions such as Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Speech Pathology.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BHSc
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2022

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2021

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 2 - 2016

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health programs eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 programs.
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health programs eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 programs.
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health programs eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 programs.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2021

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health courses eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 courses.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health programs eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 programs.
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health programs eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 programs.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health) and then wish to transfer into one of the discipline specific allied health programs eg., Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology must re-apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC (QLD campus offerings) or UAC (NSW campus offering) for a place in any of these 4 programs.
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 60 | ATAR 60
Entry Requirements

Students must have completed English (4, SA)

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that potential applicants also complete either Biology, Chemistry or Physics to a Yr 12 level. Applications for admission from domestic students should be submitted via QTAC.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CB70 - Associate Degree of Allied Health CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students studying via distance education will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.
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Practicum/Work Placement

- Students are required to undertake work-based placement in a relevant facility.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 105
2020 106
2019 121
2018 133
2017 135
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in academic, professional and field experience settings.
  • Respecting an individual’s or group’s religion, culture and other differences.
  • Complying with medico-legal requirements relating to informed consent, privacy and confidentiality with patient/ client information in academic and clinical settings.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to viewpoints, constructive feedback and direction from academics and clinical staff.
  • Interacting positively and effectively with academics, clinicians, professional staff, patients/ clients and other students.
  • Contributing to online discussion forums and tutorials with peers and academics using respectful language and tone.
  • Effectively controlling emotions, responses and behaviours when dealing with challenging situations in academic and clinical settings.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Understanding and complying with all relevant policies and procedures applicable to your health profession.
  • Requiring a current National Police Check (not older than 3 years) and a current working with children check ("Blue Card").
  • Declaring any personal issues which could have an adverse effect on your ability to carry out reasonable or usual duties typical of an Allied Health Professional (“CQU Preclinical Student Declaration”).
  • Complying with preclinical requirements and the policies of clinical facilities (e.g. requiring nationally recognised first aid and CPR training, adhering to immunisation and infection control policies – including having up to date immunisations as specified by clinical facilities, workplace health and safety policies, mandatory training and uniform requirements).
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • Understanding and preparing for the additional costs and travel that may be associated with the course (e.g. uniform requirements, textbooks, support material and equipment such as a stethoscope) and clinical placements (e.g. travel, accommodation and living costs associated with clinical placements located outside of your primary residence, completing preclinical health and training requirements such as a National Police Check and immunisations).
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities using English language appropriate to the context.
  • Providing team members with clear and concise verbal and written reports which relate to patients/ clients.
  • Recognising, interpreting and using nonverbal cues (e.g. eye contact and facial expressions) during activities related to the course and professional placement.
  • Constructing assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar, punctuation and structure.
  • Documenting charts, records and reports to meet legal and professional requirements.
  • Using a computer for studies, regularly accessing the internet for research, and email system for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Using word processing for development of assignments.
  • Accessing and interacting with other students and lecturers through Learning Management Systems such as Moodle, Zoom and Sonia (placement management tool).
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Using appropriate knowledge to complete learning activities and academic assessment tasks.
  • Acquiring, utilising and consolidating knowledge spanning and drawing together all coursework subjects.
  • Making safe, efficient and appropriate patient/ client care decisions from retained knowledge and skills.
  • Performing professional tasks within reasonable set timeframes.
  • Applying knowledge of policy and procedures in clinical settings.
  • Producing accurate, concise and clear documentation (e.g. charts, records and reports) meeting legal and professional requirements.
  • Interpreting information within a variety of academic and clinical situations.
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions (e.g. American Psychological Association (APA)).
  • Interpreting graphical and statistical information including scientific literature, pictographs, diagrams, graphs and clinical assessments.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to take and record accurate measurements (e.g. range of movement) and calculations (e.g. Body Mass Index).
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focusing on and recognising objects either close or distant.
  • Observing nonverbal behaviour and other situations in a variety of professional settings.
  • Safely operating electronic equipment in laboratory and clinical settings.
  • Hearing verbal communication from academics, clinicians, professional staff, patients/ clients and other students.
  • Accurately interpreting verbal communication/ directions given by academic and clinical staff.
  • Detecting visual changes in posture and movement and visually analysing functional activities and other therapeutic interactions.
  • Performing assessment and treatment techniques requiring auditory detection and discrimination.
  • Performing assessment and treatment techniques requiring tactile discrimination.
  • Appropriately using touch to convey positive messages to patients/clients such as emotional support and encouragement.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting on topics taught during the course of study, and on difficult and/or sensitive situations requiring judgement or action.
  • Identifying when a practice issue is outside your scope or expertise.
  • Identifying when your practice may be negatively affected by your personal experience and/or reactions.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively and consistently participating in activities related to the course.
  • Undertaking examinations and online quizzes with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Participating in learning clinical skills and engaging in simulation activities during on campus learning and teaching situations.
  • Performing consistent care and completing repetitive tasks during practice with sustained concentration and physical energy over extended time periods with minimal breaks.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • Maintaining balance while safely mobilising and transferring individuals or resources including transferring delicate equipment.
  • Safely and effectively evaluating patients/clients who have varying physical capacities in various positions and environments (e.g. hospital bed, floor, car seat).
  • Performing assessment and treatment techniques requiring manual dexterity and fine motor skills including the use of specific equipment.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Identify contemporary health care systems and the multi-cultural and societal factors underpinning modern practice
  • 2. Explain human body systems, disease processes and the role of allied health practitioners in the health care continuum
  • 3. Demonstrate contemporary allied health skills and their application across a broad range of multi-disciplinary environments
  • 4. Employ effective communication skills across diverse audiences
  • 5. Locate, evaluate, synthesise and apply the best available evidence from a range of sources relevant to allied health care
  • 6. Integrate applicable research methodologies relevant to allied health care
  • 7. Engage in professional skills such as critical thinking, team work, ethical and reflective practice and a commitment to ongoing professional development.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 24 Total credit points: 144


Students must complete a total of 18 core units, and 6 general electives. Students intending to apply for admission into other Allied Health courses are advised to check the relevant course pathways for guidance when selecting electives.

YEAR 1

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ALLH11001 Introduction to Allied Health Practice
ALLH11005 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 1
PSYC11010 Fundamentals of Psychology 1: Understanding Human Behaviour
ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2
ALLH11006 Life Course Development for Health Professionals
ALLH12007 Research Methods for Health Professionals

AND 2 electives from any other university undergraduate units providing pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements are met.

YEAR 2

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
MBIO12013 Microbiology for Health Care
SOCL19070 Health and Medical Sociology
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
HLTH12028 Health Promotion Strategies
HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning

AND 2 electives from any CQUniversity undergraduate units, provided pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements are met.

YEAR 3

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology
ESSC12004 Exercise and Sport Biomechanics
BMSC13010 Pharmacology
PSYC13022 Learning & Behaviour Modification
SOWK13013 Professional Practice with Children, Youth and Families
SOWK13012 Professional Practice and Mental Health

AND 1 Level 3 elective AND 1 other elective from any CQUniversity undergraduate units, provided pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements are met.

More Details

Become an Allied Health Assistant as a part of your study!

 

As a CB66 Bachelor of Allied Health student, CQUniversity is proud to offer you the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance VET Qualification as a part of your study. This certificate is the minimum qualification that you will need to gain employment within most sectors of the Allied Health Industry. As such, once you have this qualification, you will be able to gain employment as an Allied Health Assistant (AHA) in a variety of fields. This means that you could start working as an AHA to a Health Professional (including a Physiotherapist, Speech Pathologist, Podiatrist, Occupational Therapist and many more), and be paid for it whilst you complete your study. It's an opportunity for you to start working within your desired field and to learn the ropes, meet people and start to establish your professional networks!

 

To be eligible to apply for this certification you are required to have passed the following seven units in your first year of study:

  1. ALLH11001 Introduction to Allied Health
  2. ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals
  3. BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1
  4. ALLH11006 Life Course Development for Health Professionals
  5. BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2
  6. PSYC11010 Foundations of Psychology
  7. ALLH11010 Skills for Allied Health Assistants

ALLH11010 Skills for Allied Health Assistants involves a 4-day residential school, followed by 80 hours of professional industry placement. The rest of the unit content is delivered online, via distance. The majority of the work required to pass this unit is attached to your residential school and your professional placement. This unit is the ONLY additional study you will be required to undertake to be eligible to apply for your Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance Qualification, and this unit can also be counted as an elective within your study plan, so no additional fees are required. This unit will also be offered as a Term 1 unit from 2021, however we strongly encourage all students to take this unit as a Term 3 unit, as it limits the impact on your study load in Term 1.

 

It is ONLY once you have successfully completed all seven of the above units that you will be eligible to apply for your Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance qualification.

This qualification will help you to gain employment and will provide you with an additional qualification that others will not have AND it will allow you to start working within the industry much sooner.

 

FAQs

I have received credit for one of the mandatory units from prior study completed at another university, am I still eligible for the embedded award?

If you receive credit / RPL for some of the mandatory units above, you will not be eligible to receive the embedded Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.  The mapping of a VET award is extensive and requires us to not only show where we taught specific content, but also when we assessed it. As such, we are unable to offer the Certificate III in Allied Health as an embedded award for anyone who has not completed the listed units, delivered through CQUniversity.

 

I have completed my Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance; can I receive credit towards the Bachelor of Allied Health?

Unfortunately, there are no exemptions recognised with either the Bachelor of Allied Health or the Bachelor of Speech Pathology for those who have completed the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. This is because there are segments of the Cert III embedded throughout 6 Higher Education (HE) units. In addition, any of our students interested in gaining their Cert III are also required to complete an additional unit, so that all competencies are met for the Cert III award. As such, there is no capacity to grant credit for complete HE units.