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 Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

January & July

Full time: 10 months (Thursdays & Fridays)  

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

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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
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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.


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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. 

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 to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$683$3,413$16,275
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$240$240$240$240
Retain Course Items$560$560$560$560
Total Course Estimate$1,049$1,732$4,462$17,324
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,049$1,732$4,462$17,324

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 2022 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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