Frequently Asked Questions – ECA College of Heath Sciences – CHS

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Answers to questions about CHS, our admissions criteria, how to apply, and other important questions you may have.


  • Is CHS a recognised institution and are its courses formally accredited?

    CHS is a recognised and accredited Higher Education Provider by Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and course accreditation by the same authority.

  • Does CHS have Professional Endorsment?

    CHS will apply for accreditation with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) after recieving approval and accreditation from Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

  • How does a degree from CHS compare with one from a university?
    • We offer postgraduate courses in disciplines that are closely aligned with industry trends and requirements. Since CHS focuses only on healthcare related fields of study, our students have the opportunity to excel in these fields.
    • The cost to students is considerably lower than that typically charged by universities in Australia.
    • CHS offers personalised academic support and pastoral care for students (you are not just a number in our College and we care about your education and professional enculturation).
  • What are the admission criteria at CHS?

    Please refer to the Courses section of the CHS website for admission requirements.

  • How can I apply/enrol to study at CHS?
    • Step 1: Review the entry requirements for your course and Apply Online. Once your application has been received, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement. If further documents are required you will be notified of this.
    • Step 2: A Letter of Offer will be sent to successful applicants with an Information Pack providing details of the student agreement, payment, and enrolment.
    • Step 3: Australian Students: Once we receive your acceptance and an enrolment deposit for first semester fees, we will confirm your enrolment and send you further information.

    International Students

    • Students from Assessment Level 2 and 3 countries need to apply for Pre-Visa Assessment (PVA) before making any payments to CHS.
    • Provided you pass PVA evaluation you would send a Letter of Offer and an Admission Pack.
    • Once we receive your acceptance and an enrolment deposit for first semester fees plus OSHC (if applicable), an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) will be issued, which all international students need for student visa processing (please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for details on visa processing). Please Note that:
      • International students on a student visa residing in Australia are not permitted to study their courses online/distance mode.
      • eCoE is not required in the case of online students residing offshore or onshore.

    Application Checklist

    Please include the following with your application form:

    • SA certified copy of your passport showing evidence of your citizenship (Australian student can also provide a Birth Certificate).
    • A certified copy of your academic records. Documents not in English should be provided with a certified translation. If your name differs from that under which you gained your qualification, your must present evidence of the name change.
    • Evidence of English language proficiency.
    • 1 passport size portrait photograph
    • Two references that you feel are relevant to your application.
    • A copy of your CV (resume).
  • How much does it cost to do a unit of study?

    CHS is committed to providing cost-effective, affordable learning and opportunities for students around the world. Our schedule of charges and fees are among the lowest in Australia, considering the quality of the services we deliver. Our costs are low due to relatively small administration costs and lower campus operating charges. From this, we are able to pass on the savings to our students via lower fees and charges. Please refer to individual courses under the Courses menu to see the respective fees and charges.

  • How do I pay for my tuition fees?

    Tuition fees are payable in advance for each unit of study. We will advise you of the amount payable and payment methods at confirmation of your enrolment. Full payment information is provided in the Letter of Offer.

  • Does CHS provide tuition protection for current and prospective students?

    CHS conforms to the requirements of the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) established by the Australian Government for overseas students. CHS also has in place tuition protection assurance arrangements for domestic students. These tuition protection arrangements assure current and intending students of CHS courses that lead to a CHS issued AQF award that they will be offered a suitable alternative course or have unspent pre-paid tuition fees refunded if CHS cannot provide the course for which the student has paid.

  • What is the CHS Refund Policy?

    Please refer to the CHS Policies and Regulations section of the website for details.

  • Is there a loan scheme for Australian citizens or permanent residents to cover tuition fees?

    Unofrtunately, currently CHS is not linked to any loan scheme. Individual students are often in a better position to organise their own finances for studying at CHS.

  • What modes of study are available?

    Currently, Students can only elect to study on-campus at our Sydney campus or Brisbane Campus. Domestic students may study online. In cases of emergency all students will be required to study remotely and the College will provide the appropriate information to all students in a timely manner.

  • What is meant by a unit of study?

    An academic course comprises a number of units of study. All academic degrees require completion of a number of core and elective units of study. Each unit of study is a self-contained package that has its own objectives, scope, learning program and learning materials.

  • Can I defer my studies whenever I want?

    Yes you can defer enrolment in a particular semester but cannot discontinue your studies once you commence studying in a particular unit.

  • How much time (on average) do I need to spend a week on a typical unit?

    Please refer to individual Courses for further details.

  • What type of students do I expect to team up with at CHS?

    We emphasises close interaction among our students. The diversity of backgrounds allows cross fertilisation of ideas and in-depth learning. As the current courses are directed at graduate studies, typically students possess considerable practical and professional experience.

  • How can I ascertain if I am entitled to any credit for prior learning?

    CHS normally awards credit for prior learning for equivalent units completed and assessed at recognised institutions, and applications are assessed on a case by case basis. Lodgement of an application is no guarantee that it will be successful as all applications that do not meet the Guidelines and Criteria for Recognised Prior Learning will be rejected. It is the responsibility of claimants to ensure they are entitled to credit under CHS´s Guidelines and Criteria. These can be viewed in Applying for RPL. Please note that there is a non-refundable fee for assessing credit application

  • Will there be a midyear intake?

    CHS will offer three in-takes annually: March, July & November in-takes.

  • What type of assessments will I complete in my program?

    Assessments are designed to maintain academic standards and generate evidence of learning through a focus on the quality of learning outcomes, the use of a combination of two or more assessment tasks which reflect the learning outcomes of the unit, with assessment spread across the teaching period, the importance of the learning outcomes reflected in the relative weightings of assessments; and providing students with the opportunity to demonstrate a range of competencies in learning from minimum learning standards to learning of the highest standard. The assessment methods include: Research essays, reflective journal, synchronous activities including quizzes, case study discussions, discussing a topic through a review of literature, critical appraisal of a published paper, designing a healthcare management plan and designing a performance improvement project plan.

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