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Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science

Approved Abbreviation: DipHlthSc/BHlthSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6000.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096963K


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2021 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2017 - 6000.1 Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science

The course provides a broad introduction to the health sciences. Students choose one of five primary specialisations, these being testamur majors in health promotion, public health, health services management, recreational therapy, and clinical sciences, which prepare students for work in related fields or for further study. The clinical sciences testamur major prepares students for graduate entry clinical health courses. The health promotion, public health, health services management and recreational therapy programs qualify students for entry level positions in the workforce, or related further study. Students have flexibility in their elective choices within the course. Where elective space permits, students have the option to select from a range of majors or sub-majors/minors, to complement their primary specialisation testamur major and extend their health discipline-specific knowledge and skill set. The testamur majors Public Health, Health Promotion and Recreational Therapy are also offered as fully online courses.

To facilitate the development of skills required for competent practice this course includes work placement opportunities of 120 hours (Public Health and Health Promotion), 280 hours (Health Services Management) and 720 hours (Recreational Therapy). The Clinical Sciences major does not include a work placement, but these students can choose a second major in health promotion and public health to gain a workplace experience.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University. A Diploma in Health Science exit award is available on completion of requirements specified for the first year of the course.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Health Science.

Bachelor of Health Science

Study Mode
Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
College Course EnquiriesAdminApp@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Campbelltown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
OnlineFull TimeOnline See above
OnlinePart TimeOnline See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
The Bachelor of Health Science (Health Service Management) has Professional Accreditation with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). The Bachelor of Health Science (Therapeutic Recreation) has been granted accreditation from Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA).

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Testamur Majors and Majors only:

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your course

Special requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one

2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history

3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements

4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • http://training.gov.au
  • Other non-health related requirements

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/learning_futures/home/placements_hub/placements_hub/student_compliance

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 260 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

Year 1 College Units

Start-year (Term 1) entry

Year 1

First Term of Study:

700066Population Health and Society (WSTC)
700303The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep)
700190Fundamentals of Health Science (WSTC Prep)
700313Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC)

Second Term of Study:

700060Psychology and Health (WSTC)
700315Evidence in Health (WSTC)

Choose one of (depending on Major)

700316Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC)

(for students in Health Promotion, Public Health, Recreational Therapy Majors)

700125Cell Biology (WSTC)

(for students in Clinical Sciences Major)

700007Statistics for Business (WSTC)

(for students in Health Services Management Major)

Third Term of Study:

700314Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC)
700062Communication in Health (WSTC)
700072Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC)

Mid - year (Term 2) entry

First Term of Study:

700303The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep)
700190Fundamentals of Health Science (WSTC Prep)
700066Population Health and Society (WSTC)
700313Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC)

Second Term of Study:

700072Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC)
700062Communication in Health (WSTC)
700315Evidence in Health (WSTC)

Third Term of Study:

700060Psychology and Health (WSTC)
700314Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC)

Choose one of (depending on Major)

700316Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC)

(for students in Health Promotion, Public Health, Recreational Therapy Majors)

700125Cell Biology (WSTC)

(for students in Clinical Sciences Major)

700007Statistics for Business (WSTC)

(for students in Health Services Management Major)

Years 2 and 3

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Health Science.

Bachelor of Health Science

Students must select and enrol in one of the following Major Testamurs. Students can then choose a second major, two submajors or a selection of electives

Testamur Majors

MT4000Clinical Sciences
MT4001Health Promotion
MT4002Health Services Management
MT4003Public Health
MT4004Recreational Therapy

Majors

Chosen as a second major

M4019Health Promotion
M4020Health Services Management
M4021Public Health

Recommeded Sub-majors

SM4001Health Promotion
SM4002Health Practice Management
SM4003Public Health
SM4004Health and Recreation
SM4005Leisure for Diverse Groups
SM4006Sport Development
SM4007Physical Activity and Health
SM4008Exercise Science
SM3090Health Informatics
SM2054Global Sustainability

Note: See Bachelor of Health Science for detail on additional majors/ sub majors/Minors available with this program.

Major and Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for majors and sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers majors and sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)



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