About the course

About the course

This allied health course will give you the skills and knowledge to work as an Allied Health Assistant, providing therapeutic and program-related support to clients who are under the care of an allied health professional. Allied Health Professionals include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, speech therapists and podiatrists. 

You will conduct allied health therapeutic and program-related activities under the guidance and direct, indirect or remote supervision of an allied health professional. While doing so, you will be required to identify client circumstances that need additional input from the relevant allied health professional you are working with.

This course has been designed with a focus on physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Upon completion you may work as a specialised physiotherapy assistant or occupational therapy assistant, or work generally across an organisation in delivery of allied health assistance services. While doing so, you may also have responsibility for supervising other allied health assistant workers, in conjunction with the allied health professional.

To achieve this qualification, you must complete at least 120 hours of work placement.

Course will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Full time: 10 months - two days per week at Elgar Campus

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

LocationStudy ModeStudy LoadStart DateDaysAdditional Info
10 Jul 2023

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Box Hill Campus

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Part Time

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Lilydale Campus

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Industry Based

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Industry Based

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Full Time

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CBD Campus

Career Outcomes

After successful completion you may wish to apply for a range of employment opportunities including:

  • allied health assistant 
  • physiotherapy assistant
  • occupational therapy assistant
  • NDIS therapy assistant
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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • a current National Police Check
  • a Working With Children’s Check
  • the Healthcare Workers Schedule A immunisations (including COVID-19 vaccination)

You will be required to undertake a literacy and numeracy test. The required level for entry in this course is exit level 3 for reading, writing and numeracy.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for entry into other related course areas such as Certificate IV in Disability, or Diploma of Nursing.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$714$3,570$16,433
Service & Amenity Fee$260$260$260$260
Material Fee$240$240$240$240
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$500$1,214$4,070$16,933
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$500$1,214$4,070$16,933

Service & Amenity Fee may very depending on course commencement and enrolment duration. Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2023 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Completion of 16 units, including 7 core units and 9 elective units. 

In addition, you must complete at least 120 hours of work placement which is organised by your placement coordinator. This requirement takes place upon completion of your coursework and compliance documentation. 

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