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Undergraduate

Diploma of Health Science

2021

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
116251
591050
Online (CSP)
116251
591050
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101029
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

YHSC01

Award
Diploma of Health Science
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

The Diploma of Health Science will provide 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. Graduates have the opportunity to access entry level health related roles across health services and organisations. Employment options include roles as health administrators, health promotion or public health workers.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in areas such as health promotion, primary and community health centres, non-government organisations, social services, health clerk, therapy services officer.

Professional recognition

Students 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 & pathways

Credit transfer

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

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

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  • 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.

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)

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 IV 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 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • 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.

* 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.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
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

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

Course structure

The Diploma of Health Science provides a pathway into the Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Public Health and Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Occupational Therapy.


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 Policy and Health Care System 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 Policy and Health Care System 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
    SWK102 Communication Skills SE
Year 2
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO    
HSC121 Australia's Policy and Health Care System 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 Policy and Health Care System SE    
MAN204 Project Management SE    
SWK312 Social Research Methods SE    

 

 

Course 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.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2021 is AUD $30,240.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, 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.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATAC

 

MyNextCourse

Applications via MyNextCourse are only for previous domestic CDU or BIITE* students who have graduated from one of the following:

  • a completed CDU or BIITE enabling program - ZTEP01, PTS or TEP2 (excluding TEP1)
  • a completed CDU Certificate IV or Diploma
  • a completed undergraduate course.

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

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

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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