Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Sat, 13 August

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
40
Duration
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
0.5 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, 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
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

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.

It aims to prepare students for Diploma and subsequent Bachelor level studies, combining developmental College units with introductory units from the relevant programs. 

Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health will be eligible for entry with up to 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 be eligible for entry and up to one year of advanced standing towards a number of linked Bachelor degrees in Allied Health.

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.

It aims to prepare students for Diploma and subsequent Bachelor level studies, combining developmental College units with introductory units from the relevant programs. 

Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health will be eligible for entry with up to 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 be eligible for entry and up to one year of advanced standing towards a number of linked Bachelor degrees in Allied Health.

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

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourTerm  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.

Australian/Domestic students

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Undergraduate Certificate in Allied Health, students must complete 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; and Bachelor of Midwifery 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
HLTH1006Foundations of Interprofessional Health Practice
HBIO1009Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
HBIO1010Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
Select one unit from the following options:

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; and Bachelor of Midwifery.

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:
PSYC1001Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
PSYC1002Psychology Foundations: Self and Situation
HLTH1006Foundations of Interprofessional Health Practice
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
PSYC1003Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
HBIO1001Human Anatomy
PSYC1006Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity
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 Manual Therapy 1
and one of the following units:
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
or
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners


Unit groups

Option Units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
HBIO1010Integrated Anatomy and Physiology

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

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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

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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

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Assessment methods

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses or problem resolutions. Under the Southern Cross Model, assessment is designed to help you learn. Most units don't have exams, and instead focus on real-life tasks and scenarios that allow you to gain experience and confidence in the same tasks you'll be doing in your future career.

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 develops foundational knowledge and an introduction to Allied Health disciplines. 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.

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students

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International future
students

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Current
students

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