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CB66 - Bachelor of 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 Allied Health produces work-ready health professionals who have the knowledge, skills and necessary qualifications to make a real difference within the wider Allied Health community. Throughout this course you will develop your knowledge in a broad range of topics including anatomy and physiology, health psychology, population health and health promotion. You will also undertake more detailed study in one of the minors offered within this course including Community Health Project Management, Healthy Ageing and Aged Care, and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing. Opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills in rich and authentic learning environments through laboratory activities, research projects and work integrated learning experiences will be provided as a part of this course. During work-integrated learning opportunities you will undertake genuine hands on, real life professional experiences.

You also have the option to complete the vocational award of HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, through successful completion of your first year of study plus one pre-determined elective unit that can be embedded into your study plan. This vocational award enables entry to the allied health workforce as an Allied Health Assistant.

At the completion of your studies, you will be well-placed to find employment as a competent health professional within the Allied Health industry and/or to continue with further studies at an honours or postgraduate level.

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 Health Science 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) BAlliedHlth
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS 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 - 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 - 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 OP 17 | SR 65 | ATAR 59.9
Rank Cut-Off OP 17 | SR 65 | ATAR 59.9
Entry Requirements

Students must have completed English (4, SA), or equivalent.

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or a
  • Tertiary diploma level qualification, or a
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency. If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
As a part of this course, students will undertake work integrated learning. To participate in work integrated learning, students may require the following: - Student Deed Poll - Working with Children Card - Criminal Police Check Additional checks and documentation may also be required, depending on the type of placement site as different organisations / placement sites. For additional information, please refer to the CQUniversity Handbook.
Health Requirements
As a part of this course, students will undertake work integrated learning. To participate in work integrated learning, students may require the following vaccinations: - Hepatitis B - Measles, Mumps and Rubella - DTpa (Whooping Cough) - Varicella (Chicken Pox) - Tuberculosis Screening Additional vaccinations may also be required. This will depend on the type of placement site and the site location, as different states have different vaccinations regulations and requirements. For instance, students who undertake placement in remote Australia may be require the Hepatitis A and Japanese encephalitis vaccination. Placement in Western Australia and Northern Territory require students also have the MRSA – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus vaccination before commencing placement, and some states also require students to have the Influenza Vaccination (some states have this as a requirement and other states this is recommended but not mandatory). Students may also be required to hold a current First Aid / CPR certificate. For additional information, please refer to the CQUniversity Handbook.
Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that potential applicants also complete either Biology, Chemistry or Physics to a Yr 12 level.

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 The following students may be required to attend compulsory Residential Schools throughout their study: - Students studying via distance education - Students with a Minor in Community Health Project Management - Students who wish to apply for the vocational award of Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
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Practicum/Work Placement

ALLH13009 - Students will be required to undertake 60 hours of professional placement in an Allied Health setting. During this placement, students will be required to undertake and perform duties typical of a work-ready Health professional. Whilst every effort will be made to arrange placement within the student's community, this is not guaranteed, which may mean that students are required to travel for their professional placement.
ALLH11010 - Students will be required to undertake 80 hours of professional placement in an Allied Health setting. During this placement, students will be required to undertake and perform duties typical of an individual seeking their vocational award of Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. Whilst every effort will be made to arrange placement within the student's community, this is not guaranteed, which may mean that students are required to travel for their professional placement.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 95
2018 133
2017 135
2016 102
2015 93
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Evaluate the contemporary health care systems and the multi-cultural and societal factors that underpin modern practice
  • 2. Discriminate normal functioning of the human body from the pathology of disorders and disease processes
  • 3. Explain the role of Health professionals in the health care continuum
  • 4. Locate, evaluate and synthesise evidence-based information relevant to Allied Health to inform and improve professional practice
  • 5. Demonstrate the ethical and practical skills of a competent Health professional in a broad range of multi-disciplinary environments
  • 6. Communicate professionally to diverse audiences within inter-professional environments
  • 7. Engage in critical thinking and reflective practice within a broad range of multi-disciplinary environments.
  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
Community Health Project Management Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Healthy Ageing and Aged Care Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 18 Total credit points: 108


ALL students must accumulate a total of 144 credit points.

These credit points will be traditionally broken down into 18 core units and six (6) electives.

Students wishing to gain their vocational award of Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, must complete NUP40662: Skills for Allied Health Assistants, as one of their elective units. It is recommended that this unit be completed as a year 1 elective, offered in Term 3.

Students are also required to complete two (2) electives. If students have chosen a Minor, these electives are pre-determined. For students who have not chosen a Minor, electives can be chosen from any CQUniversity course, provided eligibility, pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements are met.

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
PSYC11010 Fundamentals of Psychology
ALLH11006 Life Course Development for Health Professionals
ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals
BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1
BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2

Students are also required to complete two (2) electives. If students have chosen a Minor, these electives are pre-determined. For students who have not chosen a Minor, electives can be chosen from any CQUniversity course, provided eligibility, 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
SOCL19065 Rural Communities and Health
NUTR12001 Human Nutrition
HLTH12028 Health Promotion Strategies
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
MBIO12013 Microbiology for Health Care

Students are also required to complete two (2) electives. If students have chosen a Minor, these electives are pre-determined. For students who have not chosen a Minor, electives can be chosen from any CQUniversity course, provided eligibility, pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements are met.

YEAR 3

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology
BMSC13010 Pharmacology
ALLH13010 Research Project for Health Professionals
PSYC13022 Learning & Behaviour Modification
SOWK13012 Professional Practice and Mental Health
SOWK13013 Professional Practice with Children, Youth and Families
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives

Community Health Project Management Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

Project Management within rapidly changing health settings requires a unique and specialised set of skills, all of which you will develop as a part of this specialisation. Working within this field requires an ability to understand the current and impending health challenges, adapt rapidly to change, think critically on your feet and be able to manage various tasks efficiently and effectively whilst maintaining a high level of detail. Specifically, within this specialisation you will develop an extensive understanding and appreciation for determinants of health within Australia, as well as the ability to undertake community assets and needs assessments. Further, you will explore emerging public health challenges associated with climate change: environmental sustainability and public health disaster management.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
ALLH11010 Skills for Allied Health Assistants
HLTH12032 Community Assets and Needs Assessment
PBHL13001 Public Health and Environmental Sustainability
PBHL13002 Public Health Disaster Management
ALLH13009 Work-Integrated Learning for Health Professionals
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives

Healthy Ageing and Aged Care Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

The ageing of our population is a product of longer life expectancy and many argue that compared to many other countries, Australia is well-positioned economically to respond the challenges associated with this changing population profile, however it is not as well positioned to ensure that these additional years of life continue to be healthy, productive and meaningful. By 2031, one in five people will be over the age of 65 years, meaning an overwhelming number of older people will be accessing health services across a lot of different settings. The current health system is poorly equipped to deal with this phenomenon and currently the lack of coordinated services will fail our most vulnerable. Many older Australian want to continue to be connected to their communities and not isolated and or viewed as a burden, rather they “… want to be seen as valuable and active citizens” (Council on the Ageing (COTA), 2012. p.2). Indeed, they will overwhelmingly make up a more than significant proportion of the population that you as a Health professional or Allied Health worker will engage and work with over the course of your careers.

In this study stream you will discuss the impact of the ageing population on current and future government policy and funding and strategies to promote healthy ageing across a variety of community contexts. You will analyse the impact of chronic health conditions upon the older person and society, compare and contrast the types of services required for an ageing population and reflect on the skills required when interacting with the older person.


Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HAGE11001 The Context of Ageing in Contemporary Australia
HAGE11002 Predictors of Healthy Ageing
ALLH11010 Skills for Allied Health Assistants
HAGE12002 Opportunities and Challenges of Healthy Ageing
HAGE12001 Service Provision and Caring for the Older Person
ALLH13009 Work-Integrated Learning for Health Professionals
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives

Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

Many Indigenous Australians experience poorer health than other Australians, especially in rural, regional and remote communities. As such, they require care that is contextualised within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander systems of kinship, reciprocity and spirituality, and which acknowledges the intergenerational effects of past government policies, discrimination and racism on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

This study stream provides a holistic approach to engaging with our shared Australian history, providing you with opportunities to acquire contextual and practical knowledge and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, ways of life and traditional systems of learning, health care and wellbeing. The stream emphasises inclusive practice, in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander models of health care and wellbeing are promoted as a means of empowering Australian Indigenous people and communities to determine and control their own health care services. When you complete this stream you will have knowledge of the historical circumstances and policy regimes which have contributed to ongoing disadvantages experienced by Australian Indigenous people and communities, and will also engage with contemporary policy and socio-economic issues as they continue to impact on and affect Indigenous Australians. You will also acquire an appreciation of the importance of Australian Indigenous identity and of traditional life and customs which will equip them to work respectfully and inclusively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Finally, you will understand and apply appropriate terminology when referring to or interacting with Indigenous Australians.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
INDG11006 Foundations of Indigenous Learning
INDG11013 Introductory Aboriginal & Islander History
ALLH11010 Skills for Allied Health Assistants
INDG19015 Aboriginal Cultures and Country
INDG19016 Contemporary Indigenous Issues
ALLH13009 Work-Integrated Learning for Health Professionals
More Details

Health Science (Allied Health) students considering transferring into one of the Allied Health specific disciplines including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry or Speech Pathology, should carefully select their elective units, as they may be able to select electives within that specific discipline. At this stage, Health Science (Allied Health) students can enrol in elective units within Occupational Therapy, Podiatry or Speech Pathology without having to seek permission from the relevant Discipline Lead. 

 

However, this is not the case at present for Physiotherapy (PSIO). Due to class size limitations, Health Science (Allied Health) students wishing to enrol in physiotherapy electives must first seek permission from the Discipline Lead for Physiotherapy to enrol in these 1st year Physiotherapy coded elective units. Students who satisfactorily pass all first year units (including PSIO coded elective units) may apply via QTAC for entry to year 2 of the Physiotherapy course.