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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.

Fees

Year Domestic Student International Student FEE-HELP

2016

$23,800

$27,000

available for domestic students

2017

$25,000

$28,400

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
  • Human Biosciences B
  • 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 Nursing Assessment (Nursing pathway only)

Second year of your La Trobe University degree

Please note Weighted Average Mark (WAM) requirements apply.

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

    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% + 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% + 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% + 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%

  • Bachelor of Paramedic Practice and Bachelor of Public Health Promotion

    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.

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

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, an 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 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.