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Diploma of Health Sciences

La Trobe University is one of Australia’s leading health education providers and provides an ideal entry into a career as a health professional.
 
The diploma provides an introduction into a range of health professions, and can help you discover your ideal role in the rapidly evolving health sector.

Your direct pathway to La Trobe University

Secondary school

 

Bachelor

 

Fees

Year Domestic Student International Student FEE-HELP

2020

A$26,500

A$31,320

available for domestic students

 

Location

Duration

Two or three trimesters

Intakes

February, June & October

Prerequisite:

Any one of Year 12 Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physical Education (Domestic)

CRICOS code

077120M

Pathway Option

Subjects

6 Core Units

  • Human Biosciences A (HHBS1HBA)
  • Human Biosciences B (HHBS1HBB)
  • Introduction to Professional Practice (HHLT1IPP)
  • Research and Evidence in Practice (HHLT1RAE)
  • Individual Determinants of Health (HPHE1IDH)
  • Social Determinants of Health (HPHE1SDH)

2 Elective Units from

  • Applications of Chemistry (SCHE1APL)
  • Learning in Health Science (HHLT1LHS)
  • Introduction to Nursing (HNSG1ITN)
  • Chemistry Foundations (SCHE1CHF)
  • Introduction to Nutrition (HDTN1NHW)

Entry to 2nd year of University

Please note strict quotas and Weighted Average Mark (WAM) requirements apply for some programs. Check the number of places available for the following programs on our Transferring to University page.

    • Bachelor of Health Sciences (majors in: health promotion, health and medical sciences, public health, rehabilitation counselling, sport counselling and athlete welfare)

      WAM required: 50

      Credits: 8

      Duration: The degree takes three years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management

      WAM required: 65

      Credits: 6

      Duration: The degree may take up to 3.5 years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Dietetics (Honours)

      WAM required: 80 students are required a minimum score of 75 in Human Biosciences A and Human Biosciences B

      Credits: 6

      Duration: The degree may take up to four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

      WAM required: 80 students are required a minimum score of 75 in Human Biosciences A and Human Biosciences B

      Credits: 5

      The degree may take up to four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

      WAM required: 80

      Credits: 6

      Duration: The degree may take up to four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

      WAM required: 75

      Credits: 5

      Duration: The degree may take up to four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Human Nutrition**

      WAM required: 70 and students are required a minimum score of 70 in Human Biosciences A and Human Biosciences B

      Credits: 6

      Duration: The degree takes four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Nursing

      WAM required: 65

      Credits: 8

      Duration: The degree takes three years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours)***

      WAM required: 80% + 75% in HBA/HBB

      Credits: 5

      Duration: The degree takes four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours)***

      WAM required: 70%

      Credits: 5

      Duration: The degree takes four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

    • Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours)***

      WAM required: 70%

      Credits: 5

      Duration: The degree takes four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences

Please be aware that you may be required to take additional first year subjects when you transfer to La Trobe University.

* Students will receive 7 subject credits from the diploma into this degree. The degree requires you to take additional first year subjects when you transfer to La Trobe University.

** Students will receive 6 subject credits from the diploma into this degree. The degree requires you to take additional first year subjects when you transfer to La Trobe University and the degree takes four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences.

***Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours), Podiatry (Honours) and Orthoptics (Honours) are all 5 credits, and the degree takes four years to complete after finishing the Diploma of Health Sciences.

Potential career paths at the completion of a bachelor degree

  • Community health
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Public health management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech Therapist
  • Nurse
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Health Information Manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Dietician
  • Orthoptist
  • Paramedic
  • Prosthetist
  • Orthotist

International student requirements and La Trobe University/La Trobe College Australia agreed pathways

The following programs have an IELTS requirement of 7.0 (no band less than 7.0) to gain registration post-graduation and to practice in Australia.

To be eligible for a transfer into the following programs after successful completion of the Diploma of Health Sciences students will need to achieve the required WAM and achieve an IELTS score of 7.0 (no band less than 7.0) to demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to enter these courses.

  • Bachelor of Nursing

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

  • Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours)

  • Bachelor of Dietetics (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (Honours)

The following programs have an IELTS requirement of 7.0 (no band less than 6.5) to gain registration post-graduation and to practice in Australia.

To be eligible for a transfer into the following programs after successful completion of the Diploma of Health Sciences students will need to either: achieve the required WAM and achieve an IELTS score of 7.0 (no band less than 6.5) to demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to enter these courses.

  • Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours)

The following programs have an IELTS requirement of 7.0 (no band less than 7.0) to gain registration post-graduation and to practice in Australia.

To be eligible for a transfer into the following programs after successful completion of the Diploma of Health Sciences students must achieve the required WAM and achieve an IELTS score of 7.0 (no band less than 7.0) to demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to enter these courses.

  • Bachelor of Dietetics (Honours)

The following programs have an IELTS requirement of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) to gain registration post-graduation and to practice in Australia.

To be eligible for a transfer into the following programs after successful completion of the Diploma of Health Sciences students must achieve the required WAM and achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) to demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to enter these courses.

  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition

The following programs have an IELTS requirement of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) to gain registration post-graduation and to practice in Australia.

To be eligible for a transfer into the following programs after successful completion of the Diploma of Health Sciences students must achieve the required WAM and achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) to demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to enter these courses.

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours)

The following programs have an IELTS requirement of 7.5 (no band less than 7.0) to gain registration post-graduation and to practice in Australia.

To be eligible for a transfer into the following programs after successful completion of the Diploma of Health Sciences students must achieve the required WAM and achieve an IELTS score of 7.5 (no band less than 7.0) to demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to enter these courses.

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
  • International students applying for Bachelor of Nursing: Please note that to receive a package offer for a Diploma of Health Sciences leading to a Bachelor of Nursing, an IELTS of 7.0 no band less than 7.0 (can be across 2 sittings in a 6-month period, but no score can be below 6.5 and overall score must be 7 in both sittings) needs to be achieved before entering the Diploma of Health Sciences.
  • International Students applying for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours): Please note that to receive a package offer for a Diploma of Health Sciences leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology, an IELTS of 7.5 (no band below 7.0) needs to be achieved before entering the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology.
  • Please note that a packaged offer for any of these programs is not a guarantee of entry to 2nd year. Students will need to meet the entry criteria of the WAM, the required IELTS and be successfully ranked in the quota system should there be more qualified students than the quota allows. Students planning to aim for specialisation should write their intended specialisation on the application form.

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