Take charge and seize new opportunities.
Health and community care faces a new world with a focus on care from home. This community care is associated with a range of different health situations experienced by people of all ages and backgrounds. Be one of the first to gain a tertiary education in the growing and fast-changing health and community care industry.
The program focuses on analysing health care trends, managing human resources, providing workplace education and training, and coordinating complex care situations. Learn as you engage with a range of activities designed to help you appreciate the way that people experience care designed to maximise their potential health and well-being. You will be able to choose from careers that can include a respite care coordinator, leisure and lifestyle coordinator, aged care manager and a staff development officer. You will also be in a position to prepare for jobs growth through the government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme and Aged Care Reform. As a result of this scheme, thousands of people will be eligible to receive care based in the community, and you can be one of the first to provide it.
If you have TAFE qualifications and aspire to coordinator or management roles, there is now a pathway that takes advantage of our strong relationship with local and regional TAFE providers.
This program prepares knowledgeable and skilled graduates to work within the dynamic, health and community care sector. You can work as a leisure and lifestyle coordinator, respite care coordinator, aged care manager, staff development officer, practice manager, quality assurance officer.
Before undertaking work place learning, students must undergo a criminal history check and obtain a Blue Card. Refer to Program requirements and notes.
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
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9 July 2015
What will the Sunshine Coast look like in 2030?
A free public seminar that will provide insights into what the Sunshine Coast could look like in 15 years’ time will be held on Thursday 16 July as part of USC's annual Research Week.
3 July 2015
Breakfast events to link business and research
USC and Sunshine Coast Council will stage three industry breakfasts from 14-16 July to help strengthen links between research and business across the region.
10 March 2015
USC is boosting public health by degrees
A great job in health doesn’t just mean being a doctor or nurse – USC now has qualified graduates in a range of specialised careers in the ever-expanding health sector.
10 December 2014
USC produces next generation of nursing leaders
USC has gained a strong reputation for producing nursing leaders after its third student in three years was named a national Emerging Nurse Leader.
27 October 2014
New degree to nurture community health leaders
A new USC degree for 2015 aims to provide graduates for the largest and fastest-growing industry in Queensland – health and community services.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (5) 60 units
Developing and Graduate courses (11) 132 units
HLT231 Quality and Governance in Health and Community Care Settings
HLT301 Contexts of Practice: Mental Health Care
HLT331 Special Topic in Health and Community Care
HRM210 Managing Human Resources
HRM220 Managing Workplace Relations
HRM311 Leadership and Team Dynamics
HRM312 Training and Development
HRM321 Managing Organisational Change
NUR222 Health Law and Ethics
NUR332 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety
PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:
HLT326 Health Practicum
WPL310 Workplace Learning I
Minor courses (4) 48 units
Elective courses (4) 48 units
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure.
- Complete no more than 10 introductory courses (120 units), including the core course
- You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Hold a valid Suitability Card (Blue Card), which is issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG). You should allow 12 weeks for CCYPCG to issue the card. Note: students who do not possess a valid Blue Card will be unable to complete the work place learning component of their program and will be unable to meet graduation requirements
- Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state / territory authority)
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
- You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
- Apply for your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.