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Key details

Duration

4 year/s full-time
8 year/s part-time
4 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

320

Course code

HHSLT1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Speech and Language Therapy is a four-year program that will qualify you to work as a speech pathologist within the Australian healthcare system.

You'll study mostly online but you need to complete intensive on-campus residentials which provides you with the opportunity to develop and practise your clinical skills under the guidance of your lecturers, before attending external clinical placements. Students will also complete three clinical placements during the last three semesters of their study.

On graduating, you will be equipped to work in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, aged care facilities, community health clinics, schools or disability organisations. You'll be ready to assist people to achieve their highest quality of life at work, home and socially; irrespective of age, disability or illness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students are encouraged to apply. CDU's Indigenous Student Support services are on hand to support you through your degree.

This course offers international study opportunities and welcomes international students with a dedicated international student support academic.

Professional recognition

As a graduate of our Health Science/Speech and Language Therapy degree you will be able to apply for membership with Speech Pathology Australia once the course is successfully accredited. The course will seek accreditation from Speech Pathology Australia prior to the first cohort graduating in 2023.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $30,240.00. This equates to $3,780.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

This degree comprises 320 credit points and incorporates health practicum supported by our academics and registered speech pathology professionals. There are unique placement opportunities in the Northern Territory's local, rural and remote areas.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
 Bachelor of Health Science Core Units
 (15 units)
 150cp Compulsory Core units totalling 150 credit points as detailed below.

 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SWK102 Communication Skills
 PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A
 HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
 HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology
 HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
 HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)
 HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
 HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
 MAN204 Project Management
 SWK312 Social Research Methods
 HSC318 Rural and Remote Health
 PHM301 Exploring Public Health
 HSC312 Global and Environmental Health

Bachelor of Health Science Specialist Elective Units
(2 units)

 20cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of units below.

 HSC202 Social Media in Health Promotion
 HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)
 
HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
 HSC213 Health Informatics
 PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of Behaviour (replaces PSY208 from 2022)
 SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021)
 SPE320 Nutrition and Health

 Master of Speech and Language Therapy Core Units
 (14 units)
 150cp Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below.

 PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact
 SLT501 Foundations of Communication Analysis
 SLT502 Principles of Dysphagia
 SLT503 Working as a Speech Pathologist
 SLT504 Early Childhood Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders 
 SLT505 Acquired Language Disorders
 SLT506 Fluency and Voice
 SLT507 Motor Speech for Children and Adults
 SLT508 Diversity in Communication
 SLT510 Working with School Aged Children and Special Needs 
 SLT511 Communication Across the Lifespan
 SLT601 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1 (WIL)
 SLT602 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2 (WIL)
 SLT603 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 3 (WIL) (20 credit points)

 320cpTotal Credit Points

COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2022
From 2022, the course structure has changed as follows:
- Increase in Bachelor of Health Specialist Elective units from 1 unit (10cp) to 2 units (20cp)
- Increase in choice of Bachelor of Health Specialist Elective units with the addition of HSC202, HSC213, PSY208 and SPE320
- Decrease in Master of Speech and Language Therapy units from 15 (160cp) to 14 units (150cp)

Unit Changes:
- PSY140 has been replaced by PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A

  • Students who have already completed PSY140 are not required to complete PSY150
  • Students who have not completed PSY140 are required to complete PSY150

- PHM526 Research Design has been removed and replaced with PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact in the Master of Speech and Language Therapy
- SLT511 title has been changed to Communication Across the Lifespan, previously Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in language Development and Use
- SLT512 Rural, Remote and Indigenous Health Perspectives has been removed from the Master of Speech and Language Therapy

 

Course Changes - 2021

Please note the following course structure changes:

  • HSC210 Health Sociology has been replaced by HSC111 Ethics in Health Care. Students who have already completed HSC210 do not need to completed HSC111.
  • HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health has been replaced by HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction. Students who have already completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.
  • SLT509 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology has been removed and is no longer required.
  • SLT603 has increased from a 10 credit point to a 20 credit point unit due to the significant placement requirements for this unit.

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend:CO = Core UnitSE= Specialist Elective 
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCOSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140)COHSC112  Basics of EpidemiologyCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only)CO
Year 2
HSC312 Global and Environmental HealthCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOHSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)CO
PHM301 Exploring Public HealthCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
Year 3
SLT506 Fluency and VoiceCOSLT502 Principles of DysphagiaCO
SLT511 Communication Across the LifespanCOSLT504 Early Childhood Speech, Language and Hearing DisordersCO
SLT501 Foundations of Communication AnalysisCOSLT505 Acquired Language DisordersCO
SLT503 Working as a Speech PathologistCOSLT601 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1 (WIL)(includes intensive and external placement)CO
Year 4
SLT508 Diversity in CommunicationCOPHM527 Research, Ethics and ImpactCO
SLT507 Motor Speech for Children and AdultsCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
SLT602 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2 (WIL)(includes external placement)COSLT603 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 3 (20cp)CO
SLT510 Working with School Aged Children and Special NeedsCO  

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Students commencing in Semester 2

From 2022 this course is only available for entry in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend:CO = Core UnitSE= Specialist Elective 
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
  SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
  HSC112  Basics of EpidemiologyCO
  HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only)CO
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140)COHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)CO
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthSE
Year 3
SLT511 Communication Across the LifespanCOSLT502 Principles of DysphagiaCO
SLT506 Fluency and VoiceCOSLT505 Acquired Language DisordersCO
SLT503 Working as a Speech PathologistCOSLT504 Early Childhood Speech, Language and Hearing DisordersCO
SLT501 Foundations of Communication AnalysisCOSLT601 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1 (WIL)(includes intensive and external placement)CO
Year 4
SLT508 Diversity in CommunicationCOPHM527 Health Research SkillsCO
SLT510 Working with School Aged Children and Special NeedsCOSLT603 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 3 (20 credit points) (WIL)(includes external placement)CO
SLT602 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2 (WIL)(includes external placement)COSpecialist ElectiveSE
SLT507 Motor Speech for Children and AdultsCO  
Year 5
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCO  
PHM301 Exploring Public HealthCO  
HSC312 Global and Environmental HealthCO  
Specialist ElectiveSE  

 

Entry requirements

Quota

This is a quota course, meaning there are more applicants than places available. Whilst you may meet the advertised minimum entry, this does not guarantee you a place in the course, instead offers will be made based on merit commencing in the main offer round.

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 70*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma with a GPA of at least 5.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 147.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program or the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses or a recognised enabling course of at least 12 months duration.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

If you are undertaking a course with clinical or fieldwork placements you must demonstrate compliance with the following checks and requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing clinical/fieldwork placements. A national and/or international police check and a current Working with Children check is required regarding suitability to undertake clinical/fieldwork placements.

The majority of health facilities will require you to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificate as you progress to placements in your Master of Speech and Language Therapy.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 7.0 with no score below a 6.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)Test not accepted for this course.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyTest not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 65 with no score less than 58 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 94 with no score less than 22 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers onlyATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer 67.85 70.20
Median rank to receive an offer 80.20 80.98
Highest rank to receive an offer 88.60 93.45

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021)No. of Students% of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
52 79.0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/P
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5N/P
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

7 11.0
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

<5N/P
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5N/P
International students<5N/P
All students 66 101.0

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
No
Award
Bachelor of Health Science:Master of Speech and Language Therapy
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Allied Health Sciences

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104711
N/A
Online (CSP)
104711
N/A
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101042

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