La Trobe University

Diploma of Health Sciences


Start dates
Semester 1 (March) 2018
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

If you're interested in a career in health sciences, this course is a pathway into many of our undergraduate programs in this field. The curriculum covers key aspects of science related to health including anatomy and physiology. It explores social, psychological and environmental impacts on health, while preparing you for further tertiary study.

Students planning a career in nursing may also do an introductory clinical placement in a local health facility. Please note that although this course does not lead to accreditation with any health science registration boards, upon successful completion you will be eligible to apply for entry to a broad range of Health Science programs.

Entry requirements


Successful completion of Year 12 plus a recommendation from your secondary school or employer. A piece of written work demonstrating your interest in the program and your academic skills may be required.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Mature-age applicants are normally expected to have completed Year 12 studies or equivalent and to provide a recommendation from an employer.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

On successful completion of this pathway program you will be eligible for direct entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work, and the Bachelor of Public Health Promotion.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for an undergraduate degree

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Additional information

All applicants must complete a piece of written work outlining their reasons for interest in the program.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: