Diploma in Allied Health Assistance - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Diploma in Allied Health Assistance

A one-year qualification providing foundational skills to work as an allied health assistant or in related fields. Allied health assistants support allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, dietitians and podiatrists. Under supervision, they implement programs, groups and one-on-one supports for people with disabilities and health conditions. They also support the day-to-day running of the practice, managing aspects such as bookings and equipment.

In this program you will:

  • Study the role of allied health assistants in the context of Australia’s health and social care system
  • Learn about anatomical, physiological, psychological and sociological factors influencing human function
  • Develop communication skills, skills in running groups, setting up and maintaining equipment

Location

Entry threshold

50.00 50.00 ATAR/Rank
ATAR/Rank

Duration

1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$9,668 CSP
CSP

QTAC code

013132 019703

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 1

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
8
Total units
96
Duration
1 year 1 year
USC program code
SC108
Program structure
Required courses (8) 96 units

HLT100 Anatomy and Physiology
HLT104 Allied Health Assistance B
HLT111 Allied Health Assistance A
HLT140 Think Health
HLT150 Indigenous Wellbeing Foundations
LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology A
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology B

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

Student profile

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meed the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 50.00
Fraser Coast 50.00
Recommended prior study
English
Program requirements

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure

Program notes

  • Please note that this program comprises of both online, on campus and blended courses. There is also one course in the Diploma that includes a fieldwork opportunity.
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • Not available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

Career opportunities

  • Allied health assistants working under supervison of allied health professionals
  • Support day-to-day running of practice

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$9,668

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013132
Fraser Coast 019703
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Student story

“USC opened my world to many possibilities, new knowledge and new ways of thinking. It has completely changed me as a person.”