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CL48 - Associate Degree of Health Care


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 Associate Degree of Health Care is an exit point for the Bachelor of Nursing. You may exit with an Associate Degree of Heath Care after successfully completing 96 credit points from the Bachelor of Nursing. As a graduate from the Associate Degree of Health Care, you will not be able to register as a nurse. However, this Associate Degree will provide recognition of successful completion of health and nursing related study and may be used for entry into other health related study areas.

Career Information

Students graduating from the exit award, Associate Degree in Health Care, may seek employment in the health care industry as an un-regulated health care worker. Students may also enter other health related study areas and request credit for study undertaken in this award.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
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) ADHlthCare
AQF Level Level 6: Associate Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
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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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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

Not applicable. This is an exit award for CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing and therefore does not require entry requirements. 

Security Requirements
Students do not enter this course. It is an exit award for CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing. Security requirements are not required.
Health Requirements
Students do not enter this course. It is an exit award for CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing. Health requirements are not required.
Assumed Knowledge

Not applicable. This is an exit award for CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing and therefore does not require entry requirements.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students are required to attend compulsory residential schools when undertaking NURS11160 Fundamentals of Clinical Practice, NURS11161 Clinical Nursing Practice 1, NURS12156 Clinical Nursing Practice 2 and NURS12158 Clinical Nursing Practice 3.
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Practicum/Work Placement

NURS12158 - Clinical placement
NURS12156 - Clinical placement
NURS11161 - Clinical placement

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 1
Second year 1
Third Year 1
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Explain and perform a range of health care skills in simulated and clinical health care environments
  • 2. Demonstrate professional communication applicable to health care settings
  • 3. Explain and demonstrate cultural competency in a range of health care situations
  • 4. Behave professionally in simulated or clinical health care settings
  • 5. Analyse sociocultural factors that contribute to individual and community health.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. KNOWLEDGE Have broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources
3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and/or for further studies in one or more disciplines
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work 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: 15 Total credit points: 96

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) will be notified of the proposed exit awards from CQ23. Notification will include assurance that exit awards do not provide students with the eligibility to register as an Enrolled Nurse. 

Level 1 and Level 2 units from CQ23 to the value of 96 credit unit points. Equivalent units completed in previous CQ23 curriculums may also be considered as eligible units for credit towards this award. Eligible units do not include those offered as credit exemption from another course/s prior to, or, during enrolment in CQ23.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
NURS11157 Lifespan Approach to Health and Wellness for Nursing
NURS11158 Evidence Informed Nursing Practice
NURS11159 Introduction to Nursing
NURS11160 Fundamentals of Clinical Nursing Practice
NURS11161 Clinical Nursing Practice 1
NURS11162 Inclusive Practice for Nursing
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
NURS11163 Recovery Approach to Mental Health
NURS12154 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
NURS12155 Medical-Surgical Nursing
NURS12156 Clinical Nursing Practice 2
NURS12157 Concepts of Mental Health Nursing
NURS12158 Clinical Nursing Practice 3
More Details
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