Positives: We get practical experience in conducting dietetic consultations
Negatives: Because there are a lot of grey areas in nutrition different tutors/lecturers expect different answers in some aspects when it comes to assignments
My advice to future students is: Be organised and don't leave things to the last minute
Positives: The course provides opportunity to work in multiple states in Australia, and internationally. Most of the lectures and tutors have on road experience in the Paramedic field both in Australia and Internationally, meaning that everything we are taught is related to real experience, and the level of detail when teaching Clinical skills is at a high standard. Exposure is easy gained with different options and places for practicals to be completed.
Negatives: It's quite costly up front, you need to pay for multiple immunisations and clearances within a small time frame. The uniform is also expensive. It's a very sort after course so the classes are big and means that certain skills don't get the one-on-one time that you always want. It is a lot of information to take in, in such a smell time so a lot of time needs to be put into it, which is hard when people work.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you have some money saved to pay for the upfront costs of immunisations and clearances, as they can't be hexed, and need to be done in the first couple of weeks. You have to be able to adapt to a fast paced environment and are exposed to lots of confronting things, so its not for someone who is light hearted. Don't fall behind in classes, because if you fail one, your whole degree will be set back by a year.
Positives: It is relevant to society today. There are many different opportunities in the industry. There is heaps of support available
Negatives: A lot of the units cover the same concepts so it seems like repeating a unit over and over just with different assignments. This can be positive and negative
My advice to future students is: The prep course into uni is an absolute life saver I would have been so so stressed without it
I think all students should do some kind of prep course to get into uni. Schools don’t prepare students for the structure of uni and so having the prep course gives you a great insight into the skills you need to have
Positives: - Small field and cohort; build relationships with people.
- practical and fascinating course, every changing so you do not get bored, lots of hands on experience.
Negatives: - some units were changing therefore some teaching methods failed. Competitive field.
My advice to future students: NETWORK! give it your all and be ready to make mistakes but be sure that you have support there if you ask for it. Lots to learn.
Positives: The small cohort allows for a friendly personalised feel. The content is all relevant to the degree and the job that will follow. The lecturers are caring, and always willing to help.
Negatives: The practicum can be a long way away. The timetable has no felxability, so you have to work around it
My advice to future students is: It’s a great degree, but requires application. If your not going to put the work in, you won’t get much in return
Positives: 1. The course is thorough and gives you a great chance of getting a job over other applicants.
2. The teaching and resources are outstanding, making learning the course content easy to learn.
3. Most of the course is online, meaning you can still work part time while doing the course. The practical components are all completed in one go at the end of the course.
Negatives: 1. Being primarily online, it can often be hard to prioritise time management and get course content done in time.
2. The practical component can be expensive as travel and accommodation has to be arranged at the students expense to Perth.
3. However, overall the course has very few negative aspects.
My advice to future students is: This course is great for a career and strength and conditioning, giving you a one up over other students who have not done this course. It requires a bachelors degree in health.
Positives: work placement, flexibility, online assessments
Negatives: location, quite far from home
My advice to future students is: study hard
Positives: I got a lot of exposure to the Sports industry and was encouraged to gain hands on experience as part of my units. I much prefer when a course is both practical as well as theory. Another positive was that my electives were pretty much a chance to play sport e.g. volleyball and pilates. Although we learnt theory as well, a number of aspects in some units were built around playing sport or getting to partake in classes like pilates and yoga. The course structure was another positive, we got a lot of choice in which units we wanted to complete.
Negatives: I had to complete a lot of science based units that I didn't consider relevant to what I wanted to study. Although we got to choose a lot of our units, there were a few that were set in stone, these of which tended to be the ones that I didn't do as well in as I didn't want to do them. Another negative was that a lot of my lecturers weren't all that approachable, it made it difficult for me to seek help as I didn't feel it was appreciated.
My advice to future students is: To make sure you find a way to approach lecturers if you need too, I didn't so much purely as I thought they were unapproachable but I felt like that brought me down. Alternatively, seek help another way, through tutors or other students.
Positives: The variety of places you can study and the fact it’s available online. You can also study overseas which is an awesome opportunity and one that you should definitely take up if you get the chance!
They also help provide all your links to what you need and what you need to complete in what amount of time.
Negatives: It can be quite confusing to find and navigate your way around university and the website you have to use. It’s also really expensive and doesn’t let you cover medical costs with your hecs
My advice to future students is: To definitely take the overseas study options! They’re really eye opening and give you perspective to how different nursing is in different countries. It’s also great if you want to travel while working as a nurse, as it gives you the experience you need to get work in other countries.
Positives: You’re able to go on prac within your first semester of starting the course, which gives you insight into what you’re getting yourself into and if you’re really up for becoming a nurse. It also provides a lot of information about where you can work, and that you’re not limited to only working in your state and where you start, eg mental health, you can still switch to emergency.
Negatives: It doesn’t leave a lot of time for you to work and earn outside of studying. For parents or struggling students, it’s tight and really stressful especially when you start getting into the months worth of prac.
My advice to future students is: Save as much money as you can and prepare yourself for your third year! Don’t stress too much over your assignments but that doesn’t mean you can slack off!
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