The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance will train you to assist patients with their rehabilitation exercises that include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and conduct group sessions.
You'll work alongside health professionals such as physiotherapists, and occupational therapists to facilitate rehabilitation and to empower clients with strategies for daily living.
Allied health workers assist patients in carrying out routine physiotherapy exercises in groups or individually. Other roles include helping to implement general care and assisting with ongoing therapy. You will also support the implementation of care plans for a diverse range of clients to care for themselves and develop independent living skills.
Work is not limited to hospitals. You can also find employment in community health, rehabilitation centres or via home and special needs school visits.
Gain hands-on experience though clinical placements in settings such as hospitals and rehabilitation centres.
Work alongside health professionals and learn from industry-active educators ready to guide you through your studies.
Balance formal learning with vocational practice to build industry-relevant skills required to pursue a career as an Allied Health Assistant.
Discover a rewarding career and seize your opportunities for professional development with a qualification from RMIT.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including, face-to-face classes, practical activities, blended learning, industry presentations, group discussions, clinical placements and syndicate work.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes knowledge tests, case studies, roleplay, reports, presentations, group projects, research projects, and practical assessments.
The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.
Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.
You'll be exposed to industry practices through clinical placements as part of your studies.
Placements can occur in hospitals, community settings, rehabilitation centres and special needs schools.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
The duration of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance is 1 year.
Full-time Semester 1 intake: 10 months duration. 3-4 days a week on-campus and 120 hours of clinical placement.
Semester 2 intake: 1 year duration. 3-4 days a week on-campus and 120 hours of clinical placement.
You’ll learn how to provide assistance to allied health professionals in various settings, and be introduced to:
You’ll also take complete clinical placements, generally conducted on a full-time basis.
As part of your physiotherapy studies, you’ll learn the practical skills to support treatments, including:
You’ll gain occupational therapy skills through rehabilitation studies, allowing you to:
You’ll also gain skills in cultural diversity and effectively responding to challenging behaviour within the workplace.
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.
The job prospects for allied health assistants are strong, with employment expected to grow consistently.
Job Outlook projects that work opportunities for health professionals are set to increase by 12.4% to 2024. Job Outlook also estimates that the most common annual salary for an allied health assistant in Australia is between $50,000 and $60,000.
Graduates work in:
You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.
If you are successful in obtaining a place in this program, you must meet a number of professional compliance requirements upon commencement of your studies.
Please note: A full course of immunisations can take up to 7 months to complete, you should contact your medical practitioner prior to entering the program to commence immunisations. It is a requirement that you will have commenced all immunisations and will continue to progress this until completion of the vaccination courses by the deadlines set by the university.
Important: Additional immunisations may be required in response to changes in Government regulations or at the request of the placement host organisation.
Immunisation requirements will depend on the placement organisation. Students will need to check the immunisation requirements of the placement organisation before commencing their placements.
You will be required to undertake COVID19 Vaccination as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
You will be required to undertake annual influenza vaccination as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
You will be required to hold a Victorian Working with Children Check valid for 5 years, prior to undertaking clinical components as part of this program.
Note: For clinical components undertaken interstate a valid Working With Children Check for that state is required.
*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student.
You will be required to present evidence of a successful National police record check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program (this is an annual requirement for the duration of your program). Checks are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using your name and your RMIT issued student email address once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
Mask fit testing is a validated method to independently determine whether a specific make, model and size of mask achieves a proper fit to an individual’s face.
You will be required to present evidence of the completion of a mask fit test (fit test certificate or card), verifying the date of the mask fit test and the recommended respirator make/model specific to the individual student, prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program (this is an annual requirement for the duration of your program).
*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student.
The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.
The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service
The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.
Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.
Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
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**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
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The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.
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If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.