2014 VTAC Code

9540195212

Health Sciences @ a glance

What?

Diploma of Health Sciences

(CRICOS Code 077120M) The Diploma of Health Sciences is your introduction to an understanding of health and disability, and how best to improve health, considering our bodies, our communities, our environment and our workplaces. This diploma program is your pathway to second year of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Why?

  • University experience, access to university facilities and staff
  • 2 intakes per year (February and June)
  • Personalised learning environment with average class size just 25
  • Extra contact time with your tutors
  • Fast track option available (complete in 8 or 12 months)

How?

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  3. Click the 'Our Representatives' button below to find details of someone in your country who can help you apply.
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La Trobe University's Faculty of Health Sciences is one of Australia's leading health education providers, and the Diploma of Health Sciences is your introduction to the rapidly expanding and growing health sector.

By choosing to study health sciences you will develop an understanding of health and disability, and how these are affected by things like our workplaces and our environment. This will allow you to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of communities around the world.

This diploma program is based on the common first year of La Trobe University's Bachelor of Health Sciences. During the program you will study six units from the common first year, along with two new units that are designed to help you develop the academic skills needed for further study in health sciences.

If you successfully complete the diploma, you will be eligible for direct entry into second year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences, which offers a variety of majors and for high achieving students is a potential pathway to the Bachelor + Master programs.

 

 

Diploma of Health Sciences

 

Second year of your La Trobe University degree

 

Potential career paths

Duration: Two or three trimesters

Intakes: February and June

Prerequisite: Any one of Year 12 Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (any), Physical Education or Physics (or equivalent)

Units

  • Human Biosciences A (HBS1HBA)
  • Human Biosciences B (HBS1HBB)
  • Communicating in Health Sciences (HLT1CHS)
  • Introduction to Professional Practice (HHLT1IPP)
  • Research and Evidence in Practice (HHLT1RAE)
  • Learning in Health Sciences (HLT1LHS)
  • Individual determinants of Health (PHE1IDH)
  • Social Determinants of Health (PHE1SDH)
  • Introduction to Nursing Assessment (HNSG1INA) (Nursing pathway only)

Please note WAM (Weighted Average Mark requirements)

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (majors in: Environmental Health, Human Physiology and Anatomy, Public Health, Rehabilitation or Counselling)

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

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification) / Bachelor of Health Information Management (in 2015)

    WAM required: 65%

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Podiatry

    WAM required: 70%

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy

    WAM required: 80% + 75% minimum for HBA and HBB.

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Speech Therapy

    WAM required: 80%

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy

    WAM required: 75%

  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition

    WAM required: 70% *

  • Bachelor of Nursing

    WAM required: 70%

  • Community health
  • Health promotion
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Public health management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech Therapist

*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.

Please note: For all Bachelor + Master degree programs, strict quotas apply. In instances where there are more students with the minimum WAM than the quota for a program, students will be ranked for entry and preference given to the students with the highest scores.

For any student completing the Diploma of Health Sciences that does not gain entry to their intended Bachelor + Master program, the alternative pathway is to complete a Bachelor of Health Sciences and apply for Graduate Entry to the Masters program. Selection for these Graduate Entry programs is also merit based.

International students note

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.

LTU-LTM 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 Health Sciences and Master of Podiatry: 7.0 (no band less than 7.0)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy: 7.0 (no band less than 7.0)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy: 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, 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 Health 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 Health 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 Health Sciences and Master of Speech Pathology.

Tuition Fees


Year Domestic Student International Student FEE-HELP

2014

A$23,000

A$25,000

available for domestic students