Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Speech and Language Therapy

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K

The Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Speech and Language Therapy is a four-year program that will qualify you to work as a speech pathologist within the Australian healthcare system. The course is undertaken online, with intensive on-campus residentials and placements providing the clinical learning. Upon graduating from the course you will be equipped to work in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, aged care facilities, community health clinics schools or disability organisations assisting people to achieve their highest quality of life at work, home and socially; irrespective of age, disability or illness.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students are encouraged to apply. CDU's Indigenous Student Support services are on hand to support you through your degree.This course offers international study opportunities and welcomes international students with a dedicated international student support academic.


This course incorporates health practicum supported by CDU academics and registered speech pathology professionals. There are unique placement opportunities in the Northern Territory's local, rural and remote areas.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements Bachelor of Health Science Core Units (15 units) 150cp Compulsory Core units totalling 150 credit points as detailed below. SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SWK102 Communication Skills PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021) HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) MAN204 Project Management SWK312 Social Research Methods HSC318 Rural and Remote Health PHM301 Exploring Public Health HSC312 Global and Environmental HealthBachelor of Health Science Specialist Elective Units(1 unit) 10cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 10 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below. HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021) SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021) Master of Speech and Language Therapy Core Units (15 units) 160cp Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. PHM526 Research Design SLT501 Foundations of Communication Analysis (available from 2021) SLT502 Principles of Dysphagia (available from 2022) SLT503 Working as a Speech Pathologist (available from 2021) SLT504 Early Childhood Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders (available from 2021) SLT505 Acquired Language Disorders (available from 2021) SLT506 Fluency and Voice (available from 2022) SLT507 Motor Speech for Children and Adults (available from 2022) SLT508 Diversity in Communication (available from 2022) SLT510 Working with School Aged Children and Special Needs (available from 2022) SLT511 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Language Development and Use (available from 2021) SLT512 Rural, Remote and Indigenous Health Perspectives (available from 2021) SLT601 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1 (WIL) (available from 2021) SLT602 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2 (WIL) (available from 2022) SLT603 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 3 (WIL) (20 credit points) (available from 2022) 320cpTotal Credit PointsCourse Changes - 2021Please note the following course structure changes:HSC210 Health Sociology has been replaced by HSC111 Ethics in Health Care. Students who have already completed HSC210 do not need to completed HSC111.HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health has been replaced by HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction. Students who have already completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.SLT509 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology has been removed and is no longer required.SLT603 has increased from a 10 credit point to a 20 credit point unit due to the significant placement requirements for this unit. 


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Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 70*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Diploma level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma with a GPA of at least 5.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 162 (or a score of 168 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program or the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses or a recognised enabling course of at least twelve months duration.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $30,240 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
CDU Online International: $30,240 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

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