Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Fri, 15 October

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

ATAR
40
Duration
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
0.5 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore
Start date
March, July
Course code
2004520
Course abbreviation
CertAllHth
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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Course overview

Are you interested in a career in health where you can make a difference every day? The Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health is an excellent place to start.

This short course is a pathway to further study at Southern Cross University in the Allied Health professions and Nursing.

It aims to prepare students for Diploma and Bachelor level studies, combining developmental College units with introductory units from the relevant programs. You will complete either the Allied Health or the Nursing specialisation.

Successful completion of this course will guarantee entry and four units of credit towards the Diploma of Health (Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathic Studies, Nursing, Sport and Exercise Science or Biomedical specialisation). Upon successful completion of the additional units in the Diploma, students will have guaranteed entry and up to one year of advanced standing towards a number of linked Bachelor degrees in Allied Health disciplines or Nursing.

Are you interested in a career in health where you can make a difference every day? The Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health is an excellent place to start.

This short course is a pathway to further study at Southern Cross University in the Allied Health professions and Nursing.

It aims to prepare students for Diploma and Bachelor level studies, combining developmental College units with introductory units from the relevant programs. You will complete either the Allied Health or the Nursing specialisation.

Successful completion of this course will guarantee entry and four units of credit towards the Diploma of Health (Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathic Studies, Nursing, Sport and Exercise Science or Biomedical specialisation). Upon successful completion of the additional units in the Diploma, students will have guaranteed entry and up to one year of advanced standing towards a number of linked Bachelor degrees in Allied Health disciplines or Nursing.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Applicants for admission to candidature to the Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:

  • a minimum overall score of 5.5 and a minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*), except for writing with a minimum score of 5.5

About the course

You will choose either the Allied Health or Nursing specialisation.

Allied Health specialisation

Core units: 

  • Language and Learning in your Discipline
  • Introduction to Science for Health Professions
  • Human Physiology I.

Elective Units (Choose one from the following):

  • The Australian Health Care System
  • Psychology and Sociology for Health Science.

 

Nursing Specialisation

Core units:

  • Language and Learning in your Discipline
  • Introduction to Science for Health Professions.

Elective Units (Choose two from the following):

  • The Discipline of Nursing
  • Essentials of Nursing and Care
  • Narratives of Health and Illness
  • Nursing and Lifespan Health.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourTerm  1, Term  3
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

View domestic application details View international application details

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

demonstrate an understanding of foundational scientific concepts that are essential for successful university study in Allied Health

apply independent learning and self-management strategies to university studies

identify and use different forms of communication relevant to Allied Health


Assessment methods

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses or problem resolutions.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

This course will give you foundation knowledge and an introduction to the disciplines of Allied Health or Nursing. It is a pathway to further study that can provide opportunities for careers as health professionals in Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Sport and Exercise Science, Osteopathy, Biomedical Science and Nursing.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health, students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising:

Exit Pathway
Students admitted to the Bachelor of Speech Pathology; Bachelor of Occupational Therapy; Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies); Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science; Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science; Bachelor of Biomedical Science; Bachelor of Podiatry; Bachelor of Pedorthics; Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing may exit with the Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health after completing 4 approved core units (48 credit points) from their admitted course.

Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
HBIO1007Human Physiology I
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Choose one unit from the following:
PBHL1001The Australian Health Care System
PSYC1003Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences

Nursing Specialisation

EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Choose two of the following:
NURS1002Essentials of Nursing and Care
NURS1003The Discipline of Nursing
NURS1004Narratives of Health and Illness
NURS2003Nursing and Lifespan Health

Early Exit Pathway for Bachelor of Speech Pathology; Bachelor of Occupational Therapy; Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies); Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science; Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science; Bachelor of Biomedical Science; Bachelor of Podiatry; Bachelor of Pedorthics; Bachelor of Midwifery; and Bachelor of Nursing

Option 1: To be eligible to exit from one of the listed Bachelor awards with the Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health, complete four core units from one of the listed Bachelor awards including at least one of the following units:
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC1002Introduction to Psychology II
PSYC1003Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
PSYC1006Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity
HBIO1001Human Anatomy
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
NURS1003The Discipline of Nursing
NURS2004Health Assessment
Option 2: To be eligible to exit from one of the listed Bachelor awards with the Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health, complete four core units from one of the listed Bachelor awards including the units specified below.
Complete the following unit:
OSTP1001Osteopathic Studies I
and one of the following units:
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
or
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners


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