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Associate Degree of Health

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Associate Degree of Health is a two-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) course that provides students with the opportunity to prepare to study for a professional career pathway in allied health.

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Health are guaranteed entry into linked degree programs as follows: Bachelor of Biomedical ScienceBachelor of PedorthicsBachelor of Podiatry; Bachelor of Speech Pathology; Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Graduates may receive up to 12 units credit towards their undergraduate degree (depends on course and units studied).

The Associate Degree of Health is offered through SCU College. All SCU College students are offered extra support through College Connect while undertaking this Associate degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find work in para-professional roles in a wide range of settings, including in:

  • public and private hospitals
  • medical rehabilitation units
  • community and home health settings
  • residential aged care facilities (high and low care)
  • sports and health administration, marketing or promotion
  • assisting in biomedical and health research.

Professional placement

Some units may involve a placement within a health environment.

Major areas of study

Core studies include subjects on learning skills and introductory science along with specialist units associated with each stream of study. First-year units enable students to prepare for further study at Southern Cross University, to pursue professional career paths at the Bachelor level in health related degrees.

Study streams are offered at specific locations:

Biomedical Science (Gold Coast campus)

Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Pedorthics, and Speech Pathology (Gold Coast campus)

Sport and Exercise Science stream (Gold Coast and Lismore campuses)

Psychological Sciences stream (online)

Health Science stream (Gold Coast and Lismore campuses).

Assessment methods

Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, class participation, individual and group work, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout the course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Some units are available in the online mode where students may be offered online lectures, tutorials and study materials.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed textbooks.

College Connect offers extra support for all students undertaking a SCU College Bachelor degree, Associate degree or Diploma.

The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.

The academic skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Health a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. all units from chosen stream from Part B; and
    3. all units from chosen stream from Part C
  2. Students must complete all units from Part A and a minimum of 5 units (5) from Part B before proceeding to Part C. 
  3. A student who has completed the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) may elect to be awarded a Diploma of Health following withdrawal from candidature from the Associate Degree of Health.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students


On-campus applications for this course are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Online (external)

Applications for this course to study online are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'