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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time
1 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
Onshore - Semester 1, Semester 2
Offshore - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

80

Course code

YHSC01
SATAC/UAC codes
MyNextCourse

Overview

Launch your career in health. Our Diploma of Health Science provides you with a range of skills and knowledge applicable to the Australian health care system, including health promotion, communication skills and cultural safety in healthcare. Choose electives from the fields of allied health, chiropractic studies or health services management.

Professional recognition

You are eligible to apply for membership with the following professional associations: The Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.

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) 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?

Our Diploma of Health Science comprises 80 credit points (8 units) and provides an entry pathway into the following courses: Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Public Health, Bachelor of Health Service Management, and, Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Speech and Language Therapy and Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Nutrition.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(3 units)

30cp

 Compulsory Core units totalling 30 credit points as detailed below. 

 HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
 SWK102 Communication Skills 
 HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
 

Specialist Elective
(5 units)

50cp

Specialist Elective Units totalling 50 credit points selected from the following specialist elective streams: 

 ALLIED HEALTH
 HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology
 MAN204 Project Management

 CHIROPRACTIC STUDIES  
 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
 SPH141 Concepts of Physics
 SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 Medical Biochemistry from 2021)

 HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT 
 HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
 HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)
 HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
 MAN204 Project Management
 SWK312 Social Research Methods

 

80cp

Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes - 2021
Please note the following course structure changes:
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction has replaced HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health from 2021. Students have completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry has been replaced by SBI150 Cellular Biology under the Chiropractic Studies specialisation.

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.
 

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

ALLIED HEALTH STREAM

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies SE HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SE HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology SE
MAN204 Project Management SE SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SE

CHIROPRACTIC STREAM

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SE
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SE SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) SE
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021) SE SPH141 Concepts of Physics SE

HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT STREAM

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies SE HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO
MAN204 Project Management SE HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health SE
SWK312 Social Research Methods SE HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management SE

Students commencing in Semester 2

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.
 

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

ALLIED HEALTH STREAM

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology SE
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SE
Year 2
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO    
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies SE    
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SE    
MAN204 Project Management SE    

CHIROPRACTIC STREAM

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) SE
    SPH141 Concepts of Physics SE
Year 2
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO    
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SE    
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SE    
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021) SE    

HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT STREAM

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health   SE
    HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management SE
Year 2
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO    
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies SE    
MAN204 Project Management SE    
SWK312 Social Research Methods SE    

 

 

Entry requirements

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 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

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 either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* 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 only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer 57.55 64.80
Median rank to receive an offer 76.25 78.13
Highest rank to receive an offer 82.50 91.65

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

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

Nursing student on campus with laptop

Course details

Accreditation

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

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

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)
14 70.0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/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)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

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

<5 N/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)

<5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 20 100.0

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?
Yes
Award
Diploma of Health Science
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.au Phone: (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 or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

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)
116251
591050
Online (CSP)
116251
591050
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101029

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