Bachelor of Allied Health - CB66
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.
Online, On Campus
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
Biology, Chemistry or Physics
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.
|Core Units||16||Major Units||None|
Course structureYou are required to complete 18 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 informationFor information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer informationIf you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
Greater choicesWithin the Bachelor of Allied Health, you will experience a wide variety of study options that prepare you for a diverse and rewarding career in the allied health industry. You will develop foundation and discipline knowledge in allied health and will study topics including anatomy and physiology, health psychology, population health, nutrition, microbiology, and health promotion. You will extend on your foundation and discipline knowledge with a range of minors available.
Real-world opportunitiesThroughout your studies, you will have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills and gain experience through laboratory activities, research projects and real-world professional experiences. You will complete two units that incorporate a combined total of 140 hours of work-integrated learning, working within allied health settings. This work-integrated learning is scheduled during your second and third year of study and exposes you to real-world scenarios where you can apply your discipline knowledge.
The skills, knowledge and experience you gain through these experiences enhance your work readiness and the career opportunities you explore when you graduate.
Your e-PortfolioThroughout your studies, you will have opportunities to develop an e-portfolio that you can use to showcase your skills, knowledge and experience in allied health to potential employers. You will complete authentic assessments that provide you with plenty of opportunities to build your e-portfolio, plus expose you to the allied health profession.
TAFE pathwaysThe Bachelor of Allied Health provides you with the option to complete the HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance in your first year. This vocational award provides you with the skills and knowledge to work in the allied health industry as an Allied Health Assistant. Discipline Pathways The course is structured in a way that aligns to CQUniversity’s allied health disciplines including physiotherapy, podiatry, speech pathology and occupational therapy with up to nine shared units, providing seamless pathways into and out of this course to other allied health courses.
Postgraduate pathwaysUpon completion of this course, you will be well placed to continue with further studies at honours or postgraduate level, especially towards courses that lead towards registered health professions such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, and speech pathology. This course could also be useful as a first degree towards a Doctor of Medicine qualification.
|Term 1 - 2023||Rockhampton|
|Term 2 - 2022||Rockhampton|
|Term 2 - 2023||Rockhampton|
|Term 1 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies||4|
|Allied Health Liberal Studies||4|
|Community and Public Health||4|
|Introduction to Occupational Therapy||4|
Note: Access to this Minor is restricted. Please contact the Course Advice Team to discuss. Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses only. The Introduction to Physiotherapy and Introduction to Speech Pathology minors cannot be completed with this minor.
|Introduction to Physiotherapy||4|
Note: Access to this Minor is restricted. Please contact the Course Advice Team to discuss. Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses only. The Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Introduction to Speech Pathology minors cannot be completed with this minor.
|Introduction to Speech Pathology||4|
Note: Access to this Minor is restricted. Please contact the Course Advice Team to discuss. Rockhampton campus only. The Introduction to Occupational Therapy and the Introduction to Physiotherapy minors cannot be completed with this minor.
|Psychology for Health||4|
Choose a minor to suit you
Benefit from a choice of minors to tailor your studies to suit your career goals or learning interests. Discover more about each minor below, what you will learn and where it can take you.
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Minor|
Many Indigenous Australians experience poorer health than other Australians, especially in rural, regional and remote communities. As such, they require care that is contextualised within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander systems of kinship, reciprocity and spirituality, and which acknowledges the intergenerational effects of past government policies, discrimination and racism on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. In this minor, you will engage with colonialism taking you into the national context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and perspectives in interface with non-Indigenous power and authority. You are enabled to make connections to the international global and colonial context. 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. This requires a specialised combination of skills and knowledge to achieve system-wide change. Within this minor, you will learn about current and future health challenges in our population and develop skills in identifying needs and populations at risk, 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, including occupational, biomedical, and social foundations. Occupational therapists support people of all ages, and their families, to engage in their desired and required occupations and activities of daily life, optimising physical and mental health and wellbeing. During this minor you will be introduced to: the scope of contemporary occupational therapy practice; the history of occupational therapy; occupational therapy theories and models; foundational professional skills, including interviewing; how personal, environmental, and occupational factors can represent strengths and barriers to occupational engagement; and the support occupational therapists provide to people to achieve their goals. This minor is subject to quota availability.
|Introduction to Physiotherapy Minor|
Physiotherapy is an exciting and rewarding allied health profession that has employment opportunities in hospital, community, sports and occupational settings. Physiotherapists work collaboratively with other health care providers to improve the quality of life for individuals with health and/or movement disorders. In this minor, you will develop an understanding of the ethical, legal and professional frameworks that underpin physiotherapy practice, including evidence-based and inter-professional healthcare. You will 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|
Speech pathology is an exciting field that helps people overcome communication difficulties that prevent them from fully engaging with people around them. In this minor, you will 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. You will examine the social protective factors of community connectedness and how they relate to health behaviours. There is a focus in this minor on identifying key social innovation concepts and applying theory to real-world situations where you will focus on best practice strategies. This includes brief individual interventions to the development of national health promotion policy and applying theoretical approaches to modify behaviours within a health context.
|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.|
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
Student profileIf 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, 2022.
Institute profileTo find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.
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.
COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementThe COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
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.
Each student will be assessed individually.
As a part of this course, students will undertake work integrated learning. To participate in work integrated learning, students may require the following: -
- Student Deed Poll
- Working with Children Card
- Criminal Police Check
Additional checks and documentation may also be required, depending on the type of placement site as different organisations / placement sites. For additional information, please refer to the CQUniversity Handbook.
As a part of this course, students will undertake work integrated learning. To participate in work integrated learning, students may require the following vaccinations:
- Hepatitis B
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- DTpa (Whooping Cough)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Tuberculosis Screening
Additional vaccinations may also be required. This will depend on the type of placement site and the site location, as different states have different vaccinations regulations and requirements. For instance, students who undertake placement in remote Australia may be require the Hepatitis A and Japanese encephalitis vaccination. Placement in Western Australia and Northern Territory require students also have the MRSA – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus vaccination before commencing placement, and some states also require students to have the Influenza Vaccination (some states have this as a requirement and other states this is recommended but not mandatory).
Students may also be required to hold a current First Aid / CPR certificate. For additional information, please refer to the CQUniversity Handbook.
It is recommended that potential applicants also complete either Biology, Chemistry or Physics to a Yr 12 level.
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:
- occupational therapy
- speech pathology
- public health.
|2022 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$8,842.00|
The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
|Fee Category||Commonwealth Supported Place|
|What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?||A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.|
|Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?||
You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
|Fee Type||Student Contribution|
|What is a Student contribution?||As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.|
|What is my Student Contribution?||
Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
The units within this course fall across a combination of Band 2, 3 and 4.
|HECS-HELP and payment options||
HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
|Other study costs||You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.|
At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and 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.
|Queensland||ROK: 850511; ONL: 850515|
|New South Wales||ONL: 160481|
|Western Australia||ONL: 150481|
If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.
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 usi.gov.au 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 CQUni.
Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centreView 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||Apply via UAC|
|Victoria; Tasmania||Apply via VTAC|
|South Australia; Northern Territory; Western 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 ApplyCQUniBenefit 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 CQUni, apply direct.As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
- CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
- A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.