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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Speech and Language Therapy

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

Graduates 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

Credit transfers and advanced standing

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) be an Australian citizen, who will complete some of your course of study while resident in Australia; or
(b) a New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia.
Further 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 $32,352.00. This equates to $ $4,044.00 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.

Engineering student Johanna Luck

Why study a health course 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. 

  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-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
Stephen Kho - Public Health Research

Why study a health course 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.

  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance
Engineering student Johanna Luck

Why study a health course 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. 

  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-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
Stephen Kho - Public Health Research

Why study a health course 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.

  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance

What will I study?

This course incorporates health practicum supported by CDU 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  
 (14 units)
 140cp

 Compulsory Core units totalling 140 credit points as detailed below.

 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1  
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2  
 HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)  
 HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology  
 HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies  
 HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion  
 HSC133 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (replaces HSC203 from 2024)  
 PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A  
 SWK102 Communication Skills  
 HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management  
 HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)  
 NUR256 Research and Evidence Based Practice (replaces SWK312 from 2024)  
 HSC318 Rural and Remote Health  
 PHM301 Exploring Public Health  
 

Bachelor of Health Science Specialist Elective Units  
(4 units)
  40cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points selected from the list of units below.

Must complete 2 units (20 credit points)  
 SLT300 Communication Culture and Context  
 SLT311 Communication Across the Lifespan (replaces SLT511 from 2024)  

AND must complete 2 units (20 credit points) selected from the list of units below:  
 HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing  
 HSC213 Health Informatics  
 MAN204 Project Management  
 HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  
 HSC300 International Experience (not offered 2024)  

Students that have commenced the course prior to 2024 should take note of the transitional arrangements below:  
 

 Master of Speech and Language Therapy Core Units  
 (13 units)
 140cp

 Compulsory Core units totalling 140 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  
 SLT521^ Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1 (replaces SLT601 from 2024)  
 SLT522^ Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2 (replaces SLT602 from 2024)  
 SLT603^ Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 3 (WIL) (20 credit points)  

^ students completing a double degree (Bachelor/Master) and who need to undertake level 5 (500 level) or level 6 (600 level) units must do so via manual enrolment. See Special Enrolment, accessed via the eForms tile through the CDU Portal.  
 

 320cpTotal Credit Points

COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2024  

From 2024, the course structure has changed as follows: 

  • Decrease in Bachelor of Health Science core units from 15 units (150cp) to 14 units (140cp)
    • NUR256 added as a core unit replacing SWK312. 
    • MAN204 and HSC312 have been removed as core units and included as Specialist Elective units 
       
  • Increase in Bachelor Health Specialist Elective units from 2 units (20cp) to 4 units (40cp)
    • SLT300 and SLT311 have been included as required Specialist Elective units
    • MAN204, HSC312 have been moved from core to Specialist Elective unit choices
    • HSC202, PSY228, SPE261, SPE320 have been removed as Specialist Elective unit choices. Students that have already completed 20 credit points from these specialist units do not need to complete 20cp of the new specialist elective unit requirements. 
       
  • Decrease in Master of Speech and Language Therapy units from 14 units (150cp) to 13 units (140cp)
    • SLT511 has been removed as a core unit but replaced by SLT311 as a required Specialist Elective unit in the Bachelor of Health Science.

Additional transitional arrangements

  • Students who have completed SWK312 do not complete NUR256
  • Students who have completed HSC203 do not complete HSC133
  • Students who have completed SLT511 do not complete SLT311
  • Students who have completed SLT601 do not complete SLT521
  • Students who have completed SLT602 do not complete SLT522

 

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 PoliciesCOHSC133 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (replaces HSC203 from 2024)CO
Year 2
HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021) COHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
PHM301 Exploring Public HealthCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO
Specialist ElectiveSEHSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)CO
Specialist ElectiveSENUR256 Research and Evidence Based practice (replaces SWK312 from 2024)SE
Year 3
SLT501 Foundations of Communication AnalysisCOSLT502 Principles of DysphagiaCO
SLT503 Working as a Speech PathologistCOSLT505 Acquired Language DisordersCO
SLT504 Early Childhood Speech, Language and Hearing DisordersCOSLT506 Fluency and VoiceCO
SLT311 Communication Across the Lifespan I (replaces SLT511 from 2024)SESLT300 Communication, Culture and ContextSE
Year 4
SLT508 Diversity in CommunicationCOPHM527 Research, Ethics and ImpactCO
SLT507 Motor Speech for Children and AdultsCOSLT522 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2 (replaces SLT602 from 2024)SE
SLT521 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1 (replaces SLT601 from 2024)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 - Not available

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

 

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

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I've had the unique opportunity to explore tropical and rural health, which I may not have had the exposure to had I studied elsewhere.

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My advice for anyone who is considering studying a health or science degree at CDU is if you are thinking about it, just do it.

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I've had the unique opportunity to explore tropical and rural health, which I may not have had the exposure to had I studied elsewhere.

Katie

CDU student

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My advice for anyone who is considering studying a health or science degree at CDU is if you are thinking about it, just do it.

Nishat

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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.

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
No
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Bachelor of Health Science:Master of Speech and Language Therapy
Faculty/College
Faculty of Health
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:1800 061 963 (free call)

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Together we are a positive force for change in our communities and the world.

You make CDU

Our students choose to study with us because we share the same vision – to make a positive change. Whatever your motivation is, we can guide you in the right direction.

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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