AD019 - Associate Degree in Health Sciences

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Plan: AD019 - Associate Degree in Health Sciences
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Associate Degree in Health Sciences
Award abbreviation: AssocDegHSc
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: Onshore City Campus
Owning school: Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences (174T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 069999
CRICOS code: 077364B

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Purpose of the Program

The program provides a broad based introduction to Health Sciences exploring both the individual and public view of health in Australia. The Australian Health sector is rapidly changing with new employment opportunities opening up.  The Associate Degree will provide you with a vocational outcome and a pathway to further education opportunities.

The Program requires on-campus attendance and involves blended learning including face to face teaching, tutorials and online activities.

The first year focusses on understanding the body in health and disease, introducing you to the Australian health system and the role of different health professionals. You will explore the roles of health promotion in the Australian and International context.

The second year focuses on health promotion and provides you with knowledge and skills to work with individuals and groups to promote health through education and other strategies. Graduates may find employment in government departments, local governments, community health centres, aged care agencies and health promotion organisations.

In the final year, you will undertake a capstone experience Health: Industry Project and Practice participating in a work-integrated learning (WIL) activity.  

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Articulation and pathways

As well as providing you with possible  employment outcomes in Health Promotion (See Purpose of the Program), the Associate Degree in Health Sciences  also provides the skills and knowledge to make a well informed decision about future career paths in health sciences.

Following graduation you may choose to enter further study in a range of Health, Health Science, Public Health, Clinical Practitioner or Social Science careers. Please note there is currently no formal agreement of guaranteed entry and/or specific credit. 




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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent. 
For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents page

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4— a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or at least 20 in any other English.

English language requirements
A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5; or equivalent.  
For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page


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External accreditation and industry links

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) .

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content
You may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

Services for students
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
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There are also specific subject guides available on the library website that will point you to a variety of resources available at the library

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