Bachelor of Allied Health

Rank thresholdATAR: 60 SR: 60
Duration3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Online and Rockhampton
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCB66
First-year fee
$11,710 cspifyf
$23,127 dffpifyf
Allied Health students in a training hospital working with patients


Prepare yourself for a diverse and rewarding career within emerging health roles by studying the Bachelor of Allied Health. Completing the Bachelor of Allied Health prepares you for a role as an Advanced Allied Health Assistant.

The Bachelor of Allied Health is a practical course designed to develop well-rounded skills and provide you with a foundation learning opportunity. Your studies will focus on human body systems, the role of allied health practitioners and healthcare in contemporary society. In addition, your training will include problem-solving in the workplace, a skill that is highly desired by employers. This exciting course reflects the contemporary direction of the national agenda on health and has a multi-disciplinary approach. You will undertake field placements during your studies and gain real-life experience.

Completing the Bachelor of Allied Health is the ideal pathway for progression into specialised postgraduate or graduate-entry courses in areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, speech pathology or public health.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

Completing the Bachelor of Allied Health prepares you for a role as an Advanced Allied Health Assistant. You will be prepared to pursue employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • health promotion
  • public health
  • health research
  • health education.

The Bachelor of Allied Health may also provide you with the necessary skill set to enter graduate entry masters courses in registered health professions such as:

  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • podiatry
  • speech pathology
  • public health.

Structure & Availability


You are required to complete 16 units and two minors. You can choose from the following minors:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Allied Health Liberal Studies
  • Community and Public Health
  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • Introduction to Physiotherapy
  • Introduction to Speech Pathology
  • Psychology for Health

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Rockhampton
Term 2, 2024Rockhampton
Term 1, 2025Rockhampton
Term 2, 2025Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies minor
This minor explores the contextualised care for First Nation Peoples centred on kinship, reciprocity and spirituality, and acknowledges the intergenerational effects of past government policies, discrimination and racism on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. You will develop skill sets to critically investigate, argue and interpret issues around identity, nationalism and power, and to question issues and approaches that purport to be about ‘reconciliation’. You develop into a critical and ethical thinker enabled to be a transformative citizen skilled in the struggle for social justice.

Allied Health Liberal Studies minor
If you are seeking to develop a broad knowledge across a range of allied health disciplines, this minor will allow you to complete four elective units chosen from across the majors offered in the Bachelor of Allied Health. Please note, you will need to meet any eligibility and requisite requirements specified for each unit. 

Community and Public Health minor
The health landscape in Australia is changing rapidly and it is vital that health professions and policies adapt to meet the changing needs of our population. Within this minor, you will explore a range of topics that combine skills and knowledge to achieve system-wide change, including current and future health challenges in our population, at risk populations, changing systems to improve health, advocating for disadvantaged groups and contributing to healthy public policy.

Introduction to Occupational Therapy minor
This minor is designed to introduce you to the profession of occupational therapy (OT), including occupational, biomedical, and social foundations. Your introduction to occupational therapy will include contemporary practice, theories and models, strengths and barriers to occupational engagement, and the support OTs provide to people to achieve their goals. This minor is subject to quota availability.

Introduction to Physiotherapy minor
This minor is designed to introduce you to the profession of physiotherapy. You'll acquire basic knowledge and skills in the assessment of posture and movement, and the safe use of therapeutic massage, manual handling, and mobility aids in the context of physiotherapy practice. You will also be introduced to the physiological and biochemical determinants of exercise performance, and develop basic skills in the assessment and prescription of exercise for healthy individuals. This minor is subject to quota availability.

Introduction to Speech Pathology minor
This minor is designed to introduce you to the speech pathology profession. You'll develop an understanding and appreciation of how communication disorders across the lifespan create barriers to participation in community, education and employment. Strategies to facilitate development of language in children and improved understanding and use of language to promote better health outcomes will also be explored. This minor is subject to quota availability.

Psychology for Health minor
In this minor, you will explore the intimate relationship between psychology and health including social protective factors of community connectedness and how they relate to health behaviours. Plus, you'll identify key social innovation concepts which includes brief individual interventions to the development of national health promotion policy and applying theoretical approaches to modify behaviours within a health context.

All students will be required to attend a compulsory Residential School for ALLH11010 Skills for Allied Health Assistants.
Further, some students may also be required to attend additional compulsory Residential Schools throughout their study if:
- students study via Online
- students select elective units with a residential school component
Skills for Allied Health Assistants - ALLH11010

Students will be required to undertake 80 hours of professional placement in an Allied Health setting. During this placement, students will be required to undertake and perform duties typical of an individual seeking their vocational award of Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. Whilst every effort will be made to arrange placement within the student's community, this is not guaranteed, which may mean that students are required to travel for their professional placement.

Work-Integrated Learning for Health Professionals - ALLH13009

Students will be required to undertake 60 hours of professional placement in an Allied Health setting. During this placement, students will be required to undertake and perform duties typical of a work-ready Health professional. Whilst every effort will be made to arrange placement within the student's community, this is not guaranteed, which may mean that students are required to travel for their professional placement.


Rank threshold

A rank threshold is the minimum, competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course. The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0

Lowest ranks

The lowest selection rank refers to the lowest rank to which an offer was made for an intake or term and includes adjustment factors applied to an applicant's ATAR, such as the Regional Adjustment Scheme and Educational Access Scheme. An ATAR with adjustment factors applied is referred to as a selection rank.

The lowest selection ranks (including adjustment factors) for Term 1, 2023, for the following locations are as follows:

  • Online: SR 60.8
  • Rockhampton: SR 60.4

Please note entry to courses is competitive and the lowest score (ATAR or selection rank) will vary from year to year and campus to campus and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary experience and the student profile for this course, view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023, view our Institute Profile.

Recommended study

Biology, Chemistry or Physics


English (Units 3 and 4, C)

When applying, you must demonstrate that you have met the listed Entry Requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements. 

After you have applied and enrolled in this course, you will need to be able to meet the Security and Health Requirements, as these generally relate to work-integrated learning activities that form part of your course. You will be provided with more information about security and health requirements after enrolling in the relevant units that these relate to. 

Entry Requirements

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four component.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

If you are an international student, visit our international student information for more details.

Each student will be assessed individually.

COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for students attending WIL placements in the healthcare industry. This vaccination may be mandatory for some placement providers.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements apply to this course and as such, students are subject to compulsory pre-placement conditions referred to as mandatory checks. Mandatory checks are outlined in the health, security and other compulsory requirements sections. Mandatory checks are determined by industry, organisations, legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. To be eligible for a WIL placement, students must first achieve compliance with mandatory checks by each closing date prior to a WIL placement, and maintain current evidence for the duration of the course. 

Mandatory health requirements may include immunisation and vaccination evidence (and serology where required) for the following diseases: COVID-19, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella, Pertussis, Influenza, and Tuberculosis screening. Additional vaccinations or screenings will be subject to the site or state health authority. 

Mandatory security requirements include an Australian Federal Police clearance, working with children check, and NDIS worker screening clearance. 

Other mandatory requirements may include a First Aid and CPR certificate, student agreement to privacy and confidentiality, fitness to participate in WIL student declaration, jurisdictional and site-specific compulsory requirements, other training modules relevant to the placement site, and Respirator mask fit testing if required by the placement site. 

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$11,710
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$23,127

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
New South WalesOnline: 160481
South AustraliaOnline: 150481
TasmaniaOnline: 150481
VictoriaOnline: 150481
QueenslandOnline: 850515; Rockhampton: 850511
Western AustraliaOnline: 150481
Northern TerritoryOnline: 150481

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations, such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQU.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Apply via UAC
Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni

Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQU, apply direct.

As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQU for this course. To apply directly, your prior study with CQU must be a completed or partially completed CQU course or unit, including:

  • CQU’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQU certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.