Study at VU

Health & Biomedicine courses

Do you want a rewarding career in the health sector? We offer a variety of courses from areas including aged care, beauty and personal services, nursing and paramedicine. We offer a range of study so you can study at TAFE, degree or postgraduate level.

Careers

Our graduates find employment opportunities in roles such as:

  • aged care worker
  • beauty therapist
  • massage therapist
  • midwife
  • nurse
  • osteopath
  • paramedic
  • psychologist
  • social worker.

Colleges

Our courses are provided by the:

Short courses 8 courses

Duration: 16 weeks
This course is for people working in the community and health industry who focus on alcohol and drug support.
Duration: 16 weeks
Gain recognition of your experience providing alcohol and other drug (AOD) support in the community and health industry.
Duration: 3 hours
This Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course is designed to teach the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain breathing and circulation in an adult, child or infant following cardiac arrest.
Duration: 1000 hours
EAP is a university and TAFE preparation course. It is designed for students with upper intermediate to advanced levels of English who want to gain admission to an Australian TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Duration: 13 weeks
Foundations at VU is a fully funded 13 week course providing you an alternative pathway, if you didn't meet direct entry requirements, to reach your goal of studying a higher education undergraduate or diploma course.
Duration: 9 hours
Get an insight into the make-up industry. In our step by step class exercises, you will learn how to effectively apply make-up to enhance natural beauty.
Duration: 9 hours
Expand your career as a make-up artist with this course in photographic make-up. Learn the techniques of the trade so you can venture into the world of make-up.
Duration: 18 hours
Learn practical first aid skills and knowledge such as CPR, bandaging and splinting, and applying the principles of first aid safety. The course contains a blend of online and face to face learning.

TAFE certificates & diplomas 11 courses

Duration: 1 year
Gain knowledge and experience in providing support to older people with complex needs, and working with groups of older people.
Duration: 2 years
This course will enable you to seek work as an allied health assistant. Learn effective communication strategies, anatomy and physiology, and workplace health and safety.
Duration: 9 months
Upgrade your skills to become a beauty therapist and work in the beauty industry or continue study at a higher level.
Duration: 1 year
Learn basic and advanced beauty therapy techniques along with business and management skills. This course is aimed at those wishing to manage their own beauty salon.
Duration: 1 year
Are you passionate about working in the health industry? Do you have a keen interest in clinical coding?
Duration: 0.5 years
Become competent in a wide range of administrative duties required to work in the health industry.
Duration: 0.5 years
Develop a career caring for patients in hospitals as a Patient Service Assistant to professional health staff. You will train to work with patients under supervision.
Duration: 0.5 years
Gain the foundational skills and knowledge to work in the aged, disability, home and community care industry.
Duration: 2 years

Launch a rewarding career as an enrolled nurse with a Diploma of Nursing.

Duration: 1 year
Begin a rewarding career in the private and non-emergency patient transport sector.
Duration: 1 year
This course teaches you the hands on practical skills of remedial massage as well as the theoretical knowledge required to assess your clients' soft tissue dysfunction.

Bachelor degrees (undergraduate) 17 courses

Duration: 3 years
Be part of a growing demand for graduates with training in the field of exercise and biomedical sciences. Learn how the structure and function of the body influences and is impacted by exercise.
Duration: 3 years
This degree provides you with an in-depth knowledge of how the human body functions, focusing on physiology, anatomy and cell biology, preparing you for an exciting future in the health sector. You can utilise this course to embark on an exciting career in medical research or for entry into postgraduate health courses, including medicine.
Duration: 3 years
Our Bachelor of Biomedicine (HBBM) has a particular focus on nutrition and exercise interventions in medicine and will prepare you will for postgraduate study.
Duration: 4 years
Enter a new and exciting industry with this Bachelor of Dermal Sciences course. Graduates of this course provide competent, efficient and compassionate clinical care in the dermal profession.
Duration: 3 years
The Bachelor of Health Sciences is designed to provide you with the flexibility and foundations required to make an informed decision about a career pathway in the health sciences field.
Duration: 3 years
Ensure you are a work-ready graduate by completing this course which meets requirements for registering as a Division 1 nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Duration: 3 years
This pre-service training degree prepares you for a career in paramedics. Clinical placements are included as part of this course. You will be progressively introduced to the responsibilities and experiences of the ambulance paramedic.
Duration: 3 years
This course combines the areas of human health and disease with the complementary areas of pharmaceutical, design and synthesis and analysis.
Duration: 3 years
This psychology course will help you develop an understanding of human behaviour, motivation, relationships, communication and cognitive processes.
Duration: 1 year
Study at an advanced level, complete a research thesis and gain a higher qualification. Further develop your capacity for informed, conceptual thinking and research skills.
Duration: 4 years
Get the flexibility to combine study in psychology with a business specialisation. Combining studies in psychology and business will enable students to gain expertise in understanding the behaviour of individuals in group and organisational settings.
Duration: 4 years
Get a better understanding of human behaviour, motivation, relationships and communication.
Duration: 1 year
With an emphasis on project work, this course provides study at a fourth year level which builds on the knowledge and skills developed at degree level.
Duration: 1 year
Further your science degree by developing your knowledge of the science of food. This additional fourth year of study prepares you for postgraduate studies.
Duration: 3 years
Build a career in osteopathy with this specialised course. To become a registered osteopath (nationally registered under the Osteopaths Board of Australia (OBA)) you need to complete the double degree program.
Duration: 4 years
Create a career that improves the quality of life and develops the potential of individuals, groups and communities. Social workers are involved with people at individual, family, and community levels to bring about change.
Duration: 4 years
Undertake industry-based education placements in different human service agency settings under the supervision of experienced social workers.

Postgraduate 7 courses

Duration: 2 years
Become a professional clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults.
Duration: 2 years
Pursue a career as a community psychologist. Become a part of a vibrant learning environment where your psychology skills and knowledge will be directed towards applied community psychology.
Duration: 2 years
Advance your counselling skills and learn how to apply them ethically. Develop your theoretical knowledge with industry-based learning and placement. Choose course specialisations that meet the current needs of the public and private industry.
Duration: 2 years
Master of Counselling (AMEP ) extends your expertise in counselling theory and practice following the completion of a Graduate Diploma. Please note: this is not an APS accredited psychology course.
Duration: 2 years
Get prepared for entry into the workplace as a fully trained osteopath. Core studies include osteopathic science, clinical practicum, imaging and medical sciences.
Duration: 1 year

Prepare for your final internship to become a practising psychologist, with a Master of Professional Psychology at VU. This program provides an APAC-accredited pathway to register for professional practice.

Duration: 2 years
The Master of Public Health (Global Nutrition and Active Living) brings nutrition and active living together to focus on working with diverse communities.

Postgraduate research 14 courses

Postgraduate Research

Research postgraduate

Our Office for Research provides support to our current and future researchers, such as:

  • identify a research topic
  • find a supervisor
  • apply for research supervision or grants.
Duration: 2 years
Reach your goal in the field of nursing. If you have demonstrated an ability to conduct extensive study and research in a focused area of nursing, then this course will get you to where you want to be in your career.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Creative Arts (PhD) is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas and the major disciplines of our academic Colleges.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Psychology (PhD) is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas and the major disciplines of our academic Colleges.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Food Sciences and Technology is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Medical and Biological Sciences is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Nursing and Midwifery is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas and the major disciplines of our academic Colleges.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Science (PhD) is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas and the major disciplines of our academic Colleges.
Duration: 4 years

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Integrated) in Food Sciences and Technology is an alternative pathway to a PhD if you've not had previous research training and/or experience.

Duration: 4 years

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) in Medical and Biological Sciences provides an alternative pathway to a PhD.

Duration: 4 years

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) in Nursing and Midwifery provides an alternative pathway to a PhD for applicants who have not had previous research training and/or experience.

Duration: 4 years

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) in Science provides an alternative pathway to a PhD.

Duration: 4 years

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) in Psychology provides an alternative pathway to a PhD.

Duration: 4 years

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) in Society and Culture is an alternative pathway to a PhD for applicants who have not had previous research training and/or experience.

Duration: 2 years
Enhance your range of knowledge in various research fields across health, biomedicine, engineering and science and to enable a focusing of practical skills into a specific research area.
The best thing about my course is the work placements. I’ve completed a placement at Austin Hospital in mental health within paediatrics and the experience was fantastic. My goal is to work as an intensive care nurse in the neonatal unit.
Jessica Bonello

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