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The Associate Degree of Allied Health is a two year course which includes a TAFE Certificate IV vocational qualification in Allied Health Assistance in the qualification framework. The associate degree is an entry-level course which will provide students with the opportunity to prepare to study for a professional career pathway in Allied Health.
The second year of the associate degree is closely aligned with the first year of the allied health professional bachelor’s degrees offered at SCU. This means that students who successfully complete the associate degree will be able to seamlessly transfer into the Bachelor of Health Science, which includes majors in Podiatry and Speech Pathology; the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy; or the Pedorthics major pathway in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences. There will also be a generic pathway into the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences with advanced standing for 12 units.
The flexibility within these pathways and the TAFE Certificate IV qualification enables students to maximise their employment potential and study while they work.
This course is being offered through the SCU College.
The Certificate IV component is delivered and awarded by TAFE/VET education providers.
Graduates of the Associate Degree of Allied Health will also have a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, giving them the advantage to seek employment in Allied Health Assistant (AHA) roles in the community, and supplement their income whilst studying for a Bachelors degree.
Allied Health Assistants work under the direct supervision of health care professional to provide therapeutic and program-related support in a variety of assistant roles such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pedorthics, podiatry, speech pathology and nutrition.
Graduates may find work in a wide range of settings, including:
The associate degree equips graduates to become eligible to seamlessly progress into a bachelors degree at SCU in the following health professional career pathways: Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Pedorthics and Speech Pathology. The first year includes units of study designed to enable students to prepare to study in these professional career pathways. Eight units in the second year align with the first year of the Speech Pathology, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Pedorthics degree pathways at SCU. The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance is also integrated in the associate degree course framework.
To qualify for the Associate Degree of Allied Health a total of 192 credit points (usually 16 units) must be completed.
The Associate Degree of Allied Health award structure includes a TAFE Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.
Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
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As an on-campus student you will experience a variety of different teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and may include multiple choice examinations, essay style examinations, scenario based learning studies, tutorial workshop presentations, debates and written assignments. Assessment requirements for each unit are advised in writing to students at the commencement of each study period with clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment task.
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well-equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Students will need to be enrolled in, or have completed, the TAFE Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance. The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance counts as 48 unspecified credits toward the associate degree.
On-campus Undergraduate applications
To apply to study an undergraduate degree at a SCU campus, apply online through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). For more information please visit either the UAC or QTAC websites: www.uac.edu.au or www.qtac.edu.au. A late fee applies for UAC and QTAC applications received after the 30th of September.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Requirements for an Award