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.
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.
|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|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
|Rank Threshold||SR 60 | ATAR 60|
Students must have completed English (4, SA)
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.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CB70 - Associate Degree of Allied Health CL13 - Diploma of Health Science|
|Compulsory Residential School||Students studying via distance education will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.|
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|- Students are required to undertake work-based placement in a relevant facility.|
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placements apply to this course and as such are subject to compulsory pre-placement conditions referred to as mandatory checks and are outlined in the health, security and other compulsory requirements sections. Mandatory checks are determined by industry, organisations, legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. To be eligible for a WIL placement, students must first achieve compliance with mandatory checks by each closing date prior to a WIL placement and maintain current evidence for the duration of the course.
Mandatory health requirements include immunisation and vaccination evidence (and serology where required) to the following diseases: COVID-19 (up-to-date status), Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella, Pertussis, Influenza, and Tuberculosis screening. Additional vaccinations or screenings will be subject to the site or state health authority. Respirator mask fit testing is also an annual requirement for this course.
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
Mandatory security requirements include an Australian Federal Police clearance, working with children check, and NDIS worker screening clearance.
Other mandatory requirements include a First Aid and CPR certificate, student agreement to privacy and confidentiality, fitness to participate in WIL student declaration, jurisdictional and site-specific compulsory requirements, and other training modules.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
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|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|
|KNOWLEDGE Develop an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture in contemporary and historical context using the respectful and appropriate protocols and terminology|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Engage in reflective self-evaluation of own cultural values and perspectives to proactively create an inclusive workplace that affirms and celebrates cultural diversity|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Display leadership by creating inclusive work environments and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally respectful manner|
|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.
|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.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|ALLH12006||Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals|
|MBIO12013||Microbiology for Health Care|
|SOCL19070||Health and Medical Sociology|
|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.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|HLTH13031||Population Health Epidemiology|
|ESSC12004||Exercise and Sport Biomechanics|
|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.
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:
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.
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.