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La Trobe College Australia

Diploma of Health Sciences

The Diploma of Health Sciences provides an introduction into a range of health professions and can help students discover their ideal role in the rapidly evolving health sector. Students who successfully complete this diploma can pursue a number of Allied Health-related degrees at La Trobe University leading to a future in physiotherapy, occupational health, paramedicine, podiatry, nutrition science and much more.
Students have the choice of studying on campus or online, or a combination of both.

Your direct pathway to La Trobe University

Secondary school

 

Bachelor

 

Fees

Year Domestic Student International Student Tuition Fee FEE-HELP

2021

A$26,880

A$32,300

available for domestic students

 

Location

Duration

Two or three trimesters

Intakes

March, June & October

Prerequisite:

Year 12: Satisfactory completion of any English

CRICOS code

077120M

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)
  • Communicating in Health Sciences (HHLT1CHS)

Please note:

In adherence with the “ANMAC Explanatory note for students studying outside Australia” due to the COVID19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions, students that are currently offshore and have a package pathway assigned with La Trobe University in the Bachelor of Nursing program, are advised that they will only be able to complete four (4) theoretical subjects while outside Australia in their Diploma of Health Sciences course at LTCA. Students cannot undertake any professional experience placements while outside Australia and will have to complete them once the travel restrictions are lifted and students can come back onshore. For further details and information, please contact the college.

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, Health wellbeing and performance)

      - WAM required: 50
      - Credits: 8

      Duration: The degree takes two 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 Nutrition Science

      - WAM required: 70 and students are required a minimum score of 70 in Human Biosciences A and Human Biosciences B
      - Credits: 7

      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 two 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.

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
  • Nutritionist
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • 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 Paramedic Practice (Honours)

The following program has 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 program 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 6.5) to demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to enter this course.

  • Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (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 Orthoptics (Honours)

The following program has 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 this course.

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
  • International students applying for Bachelor of Nursing: Please note that to receive a package offer for the Diploma of Health Sciences leading to the Bachelor of Nursing, an IELTS of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) is required.

    Please also be aware that an IELTS of 7.0 (no band less than 7.0) must be provided prior to commencement of the 2nd year of the Bachelor of Nursing degree.

  • 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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