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Associate Degree of Allied Health

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About this course

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

The Associate degree provides a pathway for eligible graduates into the Southern Cross University Bachelor of Podiatry; Bachelor of Speech Pathology; Bachelor of Occupational Therapy; or the Pedorthics pathway in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences. There is also a generic pathway into the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences with credit (advanced standing) of up to 12 units.

The Associate Degree of Allied 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 health settings
  • Community home care services
  • Residential aged care facilities (high and low care).

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Allied Health who also have a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, have the opportunity to seek employment in Allied Health Assistant (AHA) roles within the health sector, and supplement their income whilst studying for a Bachelor’s degree.

Allied Health Assistants work under the direct supervision of health care professional to provide therapeutic and program-related support in a variety of assistant roles such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pedorthics, podiatry, speech pathology and nutrition.

Professional placement

Some units may involve a placement within an allied health environment.

Major areas of study

Core studies include human anatomy and physiology, communication skills for the health sciences, and introductory science, psychology and sociology for health professionals.

The Associate Degree of Allied Health includes units in first year that enable students to prepare for further study at Southern Cross University, to pursue professional career paths at the Bachelor level in speech pathology, podiatry, occupational therapy or pedorthics. Many units of the Associate degree align with first year units in these degree pathways.

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.

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.

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Allied Health a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of sixteen (16) units (or 192 credit points) comprising:
    1. All units listed in Part A of the Schedule
    2. Four units from Part B of the Schedule
    3. All units from Part C of the Schedule
    4. Two (2) units from Part D of the Schedule with both units coming from the same stream; and
  2. Students must complete all units from Part A and three (3)  units from Part B before proceeding to Parts C and D.
  3. To be eligible for a Diploma of Allied Health a candidate shall successfully complete all units from Part A and three (3) units from Part B of the Schedule of Units.

Schedule of units

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Domestic students

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