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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

2018

A$25,800

A$29,800

available for domestic students

 

Location

Duration

Two or three trimesters

Intakes

February and June

Prerequisite:

Any one of Year 12
Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics,
Physical Education

CRICOS code

077120M

Subjects

  • Human Biosciences A (HBA)
  • Human Biosciences B (HBB)
  • Communicating in Health Sciences
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Research and Evidence in Health Sciences
  • Learning in Health Sciences
  • Individual Determinants of Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Introduction to Nursing Assessment (Nursing pathway only)

Entry into 2nd year of

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, human physiology and anatomy, public health, rehabilitation counselling, sports counselling and athlete welfare)

    WAM required: Pass all subjects.
    Note: Stream for Human Physiology and Anatomy requires a grade of 'B' for the two Human Bioscience subjects.

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

    WAM required: 65

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Dietetic Practice*

    WAM required: 80 and 75 minimum for HBA and HBB

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Podiatric Practice

    WAM required: 70

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice

    WAM required: 80 and 75 minimum for HBA and HBB

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Speech Pathology

    WAM required: 80

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice*

    WAM required: 75

  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition*

    WAM required: 70 and 70 minimum for HBA and HBB

  • Bachelor of Nursing

    WAM required: 65

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science#

    WAM required: 65

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics

    WAM required: 75

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics*

    WAM required: 70

*Students will get six subject credits from the diploma into this degree. This degree requires you to take two additional first year subjects when you transfer to La Trobe University. Students are required to achieve a 75 minimum for HBA and HBB.
#From 2018, this degree will be run at La Trobe University's Bendigo campus.

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

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.

La Trobe University/La Trobe Melbourne agreed pathway: 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 a minimum of 80% in the communication subjects to demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to enter these courses.

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Podiatric Practice: 7.0 (no band less than 7.0)
  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice: 7.0 (no band less than 7.0)
  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice: 7.0 (no band less than 7.0)

Please note that a packaged offer for any of these programs is not a guarantee of entry to 2nd year of a Bachelor + Master program. Students will need to meet the entry criteria of the WAM, the required IELTS or a minimum of 80% in the communication subjects and be successfully ranked in the quota system should there be more qualified students than the quota allows.

Students planning to aim for a Bachelor + Master specialisation should write their intended specialisation on the application form.

International students applying for 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 below 6.5) needs to be achieved before entering the Diploma of Health Sciences.

International Students Applying for the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology: 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.

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