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Associate Degree of Allied Health
University of Southern Queensland - Ipswich

Course outline

With a bigger world-focus on health than ever, start a career in allied health with UniSQ’s Associate Degree of Allied Health. An associate degree is a qualification in its own right, but it is also a pathway to a bachelor degree. This means that up to 12 courses that you study can count towards a bachelor degree. With a strong focus on rural and regional health, you’ll gain foundational knowledge in evidence-based practice, human communication, anatomy, physiology, culture, health, illness, and working with diverse populations. You’ll study core allied health courses and
choose a study stream in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, or Speech Pathology. Gain hands-on industry experience during 120 hours of clinical placements. Upon successful completion and based on your selected study stream, you can apply for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) degree at QTAC and receive credit for your studies in the Associate Degree of Allied Health. Please note that entry into the different Bachelor (Honours) degrees may be dependent on quotas and students who meet the entry requirements are not guaranteed a place in that degree. For more information, visit Associate Degree of Allied Health at UniSQ.


Students will undertake up to 120 hours of clinical placement as part of the course HEA2200 Allied Health Clinical Practice. Applicants must be willing to adhere to the requirements of the UniSQ for practical placement including the purchase of a clinical uniform. Please refer to the applicable Clinical Placement Handbook for your specific stream’s requirements.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for the University of Southern Queensland and for this course, refer to UniSQ’s website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); One of Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Psychology (Units 3 and 4, C)

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Career opportunities

•This degree prepares you for a career as an advanced allied health assistant or for further study in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work or Speech Pathology.
•Graduates can find work as an advanced allied health assistant in various health and wellbeing settings, including disability and aged care, rehabilitation, palliative care, community health and early learning settings.
•You’ll graduate with a uni qualification as well as a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (assessed and awarded externally by Rural Medical Education Australia).

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15 Jan 2024

Level of Qualification
Associate Degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

2 years Full time or 6 years Part time

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