Eligibility

Next Steps

Our goal for you is to attend your first preference program at the Australian university of your choice. Of course, it is not always that easy as each university has their own eligibility requirements for each program.

Here are some of the most common hurdles students often face when applying to an Australian university.

If you’re unsure of your options, you can always email your admissions officer or info@oztrekk.com for guidance. Of course, just because a program isn’t listed on the OzTREKK website, it doesn’t mean we can’t help you with the application process. Just send us an email and we’ll be happy to help!

Be sure to scroll down for program-specific information!

 

 

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Medicine

Your degree is more than 10 years old

For competitive programs, many universities will only accept applications from students who have studied within the last 10 years. Universities want to make sure the knowledge that students have is still relevant and that students are prepared to take on additional studies. If you’ve studied more than 10 years ago, consider the following medicine programs that do not have a 10-year rule:

If your degree is more than 10 years old but you’ve taken additional studies, you may be eligible to apply to the following universities:

Griffith University
Applicants whose key degree was completed outside the 10-year period are considered for admission if they have completed, with a passing GPA, the equivalent of one year of full-time tertiary study within the past 10 years.

Macquarie University
Bachelor degrees must be completed less than 10 years from intended enrolment unless the applicant meets accepted postgraduate study. Only the following postgraduate study is accepted: Graduate Diploma, Coursework Master’s, Research Master’s, PhD.

University of Sydney
If your bachelor’s degree was completed more than 10 years before January 1 of the year for which you are seeking enrolment, you must also have completed within this 10-year period a postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma (or equivalent) of at least one year (full time); or have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the university sustained research productivity in a relevant discipline within this 10-year period.

University of Queensland
If your most recent academic qualification was completed more than 10 years prior to the proposed study commencement date, it will not be accepted for assessment unless the applicant has passed the equivalent of one full-time semester (four full-time subjects) of postgraduate coursework study in the 10 years preceding the proposed commencement date.

Your MCAT is too low or no longer valid

If you don’t meet the minimum MCAT requirements, OzTREKK cannot submit the application to the universities. As soon as the university receives an ineligible MCAT, the application is deemed unsuccessful.

1. Retake the MCAT
If you are re-sitting the MCAT, make sure that you will receive the official scores before the university application deadline. To see when the scores are released, you can always reference the MCAT scheduling site.

2. Apply to another program
If you are eligible, you can also apply to other medicine programs that have a lower MCAT requirement or a medicine program that does not require the MCAT. For postgraduate medicine, this means you can apply to the Monash MD program. Please note, you will need to have considerable experience in a biomedical science degree to be eligible.

Here are the undergraduate medicine programs that allow postgraduate students to apply and do not need an MCAT:

If you have specific questions about these programs, please email medicine@oztrekk.com and we will be happy to assist.

Dentistry

What’s the difference between bachelor / master / doctor in the degree title?

Bachelor dentistry degrees are considered undergraduate degrees and are open to students who have a high school diploma. Master (or doctor) dentistry degrees are considered graduate degrees; therefore, candidates must hold an undergraduate degree to qualify for entry.

While the Doctor of Dental Surgery / Doctor of Dental Medicine has “doctor” in its title, it is considered a master’s degree. A doctorate degree is considered a research degree (PhD).

Both bachelor and master (or doctor) dentistry degrees allow the graduate to practice dentistry.

You don’t meet Melbourne’s DDS prerequisites

The University of Melbourne’s DDS prerequisites are quite strict and require that you’ve completed approved courses in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry to be eligible to apply.

1. Check Melbourne’s prerequisites
To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne’s prerequisites page. Select the drop-down menu titled “List of assessed subjects” and click “International” to download the current list of subjects. Please note this list is updated regularly.

2. Have your courses assessed
If you find that the anatomy, physiology and/or biochemistry courses that you have completed are not found on this chart, you will need to have these courses assessed by submitting a Prerequisite Subject Assessment Form, including full course outlines for each course you want assessed. You are encouraged submit this form well in advance of applying so you can plan accordingly.

When assessing for the human anatomy prerequisite, the university will be looking to see that the course(s) being assessed included a lab component with human cadaveric materials. So you’ll want to make sure that your courses included such a component, and that it is referenced in the course outlines you submit for assessment.

3. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
Melbourne will allow students to take non-award courses during the application season to make up the prerequisites they are missing. This means you can submit your application early in the year with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment into the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite. Usually, Melbourne requires students to complete the course(s) by November.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisite course by the time offers are issued, then the university will issue a conditional offer. When you have successfully completed the required anatomy/physiology/biochemistry course(s), your final transcript can be submitted, and the conditions will be lifted.

Your DAT is too low or is no longer valid

If you don’t meet the minimum requirements on your DAT, OzTREKK is unable to submit the application to the universities. As soon as the university receives an ineligible DAT, the application is deemed unsuccessful.

1. Resit the DAT
If the DAT sit date is coming up in Canada, you can re-sit the test and hope to receive an eligible score. If you are re-sitting the DAT, make sure that you will receive the official scores before the university application deadline. With the Canadian Dental Association, you can write the DAT twice per year. The American Dental Association allows students to write it more frequently, so we often have students take the test in the United States.

2. Apply to another dentistry program
Consider applying to a dental program that doesn’t require the DAT. For dentistry, this means you can apply to the following undergraduate programs:

If you have specific questions about these degrees, please email dentistry@oztrekk.com and we will be happy to assist.

If you haven’t written the DAT, or your DAT is too low or no longer valid, but you  have a completed degree, you may be eligible to apply to University of Otago. Please note, Otago has strict prerequisites, so we encourage you to check with OzTREKK’s dentistry admissions officer to determine if you’re eligible.

Law

LSAT too low or no longer valid

In the case of the University of Melbourne, all applicants will need to have a valid LSAT from within the last five years to be considered. The score requirement will vary pending on your GPA. OzTREKK is not able to submit an application to Melbourne without an LSAT (or details that indicate a student is registered to complete the test before a set date).

Retake the LSAT
If the LSAT deadline has not passed, you can resit the test in order to improve your score. Once this has been completed, we will liaise with Melbourne until they receive the score and can reassess your application.

Apply to an alternative law program
Consider applying to another law program that doesn’t require the LSAT. As the University of Melbourne is the only law school requiring the LSAT as part of its admissions requirements, you have many other universities to choose from. Visit OzTREKK’s law programs page for a list of law schools.

Feel free to email law@oztrekk.com for more details and information about the program options available!

Physiotherapy

You don’t meet the University of Melbourne’s physio prerequisites

The University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Physiotherapy prerequisites require you to have approved courses in human anatomy and human physiology to be eligible to apply.

1. Check Melbourne’s prerequisites
To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne’s prerequisites page. Select the drop-down menu titled “List of assessed subjects” and click “International” to download the current list of subjects. Please note this list is updated regularly.

2. Have your courses assessed
If you can’t find your human anatomy and human physiology courses on this chart, you’ll need to have these courses assessed by submitting a Prerequisite Subject Assessment Form, including full course outlines for each course you want assessed. You are encouraged submit this form well in advance of applying so you can plan accordingly.

3. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
Melbourne will allow students to take non-award courses during the application season to make up the prerequisites they are missing. This means you can submit your application early in the year with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment into the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite. Usually, Melbourne requires students to complete the course(s) by November.

If you have not completed the prerequisite course by the time offers are issued, then universities will issue a conditional offer. After you’ve successfully completed your required anatomy / physiology course(s), your final transcript can be submitted, and the conditions will be lifted.

You don’t meet the physio prerequisite requirements

Many Australian graduate-entry physiotherapy programs require you to have completed specific undergraduate subjects.

1. Find out if you have the right combination of prerequisite courses
Contact us! We can help you find out which physiotherapy programs might work for your prereqs, and it helps us process your application(s) much faster!

2. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
Most Australian universities will let students take non-award courses during the application season to make up the prerequisites they are missing. This means you can submit your application with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment into the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisite course by the time offers are issued, then universities may issue a conditional offer. Please note that not all universities will issue conditional offers and it may vary for each program. It’s always best to check with your admissions officer to see if you course of interest will give conditional offers.

#OzTREKKTip: With our years of experience working with physiotherapy programs, we have found students sometimes lack a qualifying anatomy prerequisite. The best anatomy courses to consider deal with musculoskeletal or gross human anatomy components. BIOL 3701 at Thompson Rivers University is a good online course to take. If you have specific questions about which courses to take, please email rehabsci@oztrekk.com.

Your undergraduate degree isn’t in a relevant discipline

Some graduate-entry Australian physiotherapy programs require a student to have completed a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as kinesiology, health sciences, or human kinetics.

Take an undergraduate physiotherapy program
If you haven’t completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, you may be eligible to apply to a 4-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy program. Have a look at our physiotherapy programs page for more information. If you have questions about this option, please email rehabsci@oztrekk.com.

Veterinary Medicine

Your degree is more than 10 years old

For competitive programs, many universities will only accept applications from students who have studied within the last 10 years. Universities want to make sure the knowledge that students have is still relevant and that students are prepared to take on additional studies. If you’ve studied more than 10 years ago, consider the following options:

1. Complete another degree
If you haven’t completed a degree within the last 10 years and your program of choice requires it, you’ll need to complete another degree. For some universities, this may mean you can complete a master’s (or bachelor’s) degree in Canada and then apply again.

University of Sydney DVM – You must be able to provide evidence that you’ve passed the prerequisite subjects with at least credit average by showing the official transcript with final mark. There is some flexibility for applicants who have stayed in scientific academia.

University of Melbourne DVM – If you graduated more than 10 years ago, you’ll be required to demonstrate your capacity for continued study. Typically, this would mean demonstrating that your knowledge of the prerequisite subjects are still current by having achieved a mark of at least 70% in each of those subjects within the last three years.

University of Queensland BVSc – Qualifications completed more than 10 years ago may be considered as basis for admission to undergraduate or postgraduate programs; however, credit will not be granted for studies completed more than 10 years ago.

2. Complete additional studies and re-apply

University of Sydney DVM

Must complete another degree – Where there are more than one completed degrees, the best GPA will be used. GPA is calculated over the entire duration of the degree and all years of study are weighted equally. Results from completed honours and postgraduate coursework degrees are included in the GPA calculation. Incomplete degree results will not be included. The discipline of the degree is not considered during the ranking process.

University of Melbourne DVM

Complete additional upper-level science courses – The University of Melbourne will consider upper-year science subjects (300- and 400-level courses), rather than cumulative GPA. Melbourne weights their science GPA 75:25 toward the 400-level subjects, meaning your 400-level courses are weighed 3 times as much as your 300 level. Subjects can be taken outside a degree (non-award) will be considered. Courses must be science subjects Melbourne defines a science subject as a subject dealing with the scientific basis of physical or biological sciences, but not including social sciences such as sociology, human behavior, history of science, economics, philosophy (including philosophy of science), and anthropology. This list is indicative and not comprehensive.

You don’t hold a relevant degree

The University of Melbourne DVM program requires applicants have a science degree with a majors in one of the following areas: agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biomedicine, physiology, or zoology. If you don’t have an applicable degree, consider the following options:

1. Take science-related studies and re-apply
You may re-apply with either a master’s degree or after having completed upper-level science courses (if eligible). The University of Melbourne will consider upper-year science subjects (300- and 400-level courses), either at bachelor’s or master’s level. Subjects can be taken outside a degree (non-award studies).

Melbourne defines a science subject as a subject dealing with the scientific basis of physical or biological sciences, but not including social sciences such as sociology, human behavior, history of science, economics, philosophy (including philosophy of science), and anthropology. This list is indicative and not comprehensive.

2. Consider applying to a different program
If you’re interested in working with animals, but the other options won’t work for you, consider applying to a degree in veterinary technology, zoology, animal or environmental conservation, etc. instead, as long as your GPA meets the minimum requirements.

Your GPA doesn’t meet the minimum or you’re not competitive

If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement for veterinary medicine, we’re not able to submit the application.

University of Melbourne DVM

  • Complete additional upper-level science courses – The University Melbourne will consider upper-year science subjects (300- and 400-level courses), rather than cumulative GPA. Melbourne weights their science GPA 75:25 toward the 400-level subjects, meaning your 400-level courses are weighed 3 times as much as your 300 level. Subjects can be taken outside a degree (non-award) will be considered. Courses must deal with the scientific basis of physical or biological sciences, but not including social sciences such as sociology, human behavior, history of science, economics, philosophy (including philosophy of science), and anthropology. This list is indicative and not comprehensive.

University of Sydney DVM

  • Must complete another degree – For the University of Sydney’s DVM program, where there are more than one completed bachelor’s degrees, the best GPA will be used. GPA is calculated over the entire duration of the degree and all years of study are weighted equally. Results from completed Honours and postgraduate coursework degrees are included in the GPA calculation. Incomplete degree results will not be included. The discipline of the degree is not considered during the ranking process.

Undergraduate veterinary degrees (Sydney BVB/DVM and UQ BVSc)

  • Take college/university studies – The GPA requirement is lower for applicants with a year of more of post-secondary studies (uni or college).

Consider another program
If you’re interested in working with animals, but the other options won’t work for you, consider completing a degree in veterinary technology, zoology, animal or environmental conservation, etc. instead, as long as your GPA meets the minimum requirements.

You didn’t pass the CASPer SJT

If you failed to meet conditions due to the CASPer situational judgement test, you’ll need to re-apply for next available intake, and you’ll be required to retake the test. Your application must be submitted to UQ before you’ll be able to register for the test.

You don’t meet the veterinary prerequisites

If you haven’t taken courses in the required prerequisite areas, but you are still interested in applying to the program, you will need to make up for this course on your own.

Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
You’ll need to provide a transcript showing that you have enrolled in the missing prerequisite(s) before we can submit your application to the university. This will allow the university to proceed with your primary assessment. Once you’ve successfully completed your course(s), you’ll need to provide a final transcript so the university can complete your assessment.

Melbourne and Sydney DVM

  • Take an intro-level university course – Generally, introduction courses work best for the prerequisite requirements as they cover a broad range of understanding.

University of Queensland BVSc

  • Take a high school-level calculus course – Many students do so either through summer school, at another institution, or online. Keep in mind, the course must be a full calculus course. Pre-calculus and math courses which cover only some calculus content will not suffice.
  • Take an intro-level college or university calculus course – You will need to provide the course outline for this subject for a prerequisite assessment to confirm comparability. Read more about overseas equivalents for UQ’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science . Be sure to provide the course outline before you enroll! We can ask UQ to assess a course before an app is submitted to confirm the course will meet the requirements.
  • Take a course through Unilearn – Offers a self-paced online course, Senior Mathematics (UNL32), which satisfies the Mathematics B prerequisites requirement as noted in the Bridging Subject table. The Unilearn course allows you to enroll at any time and typically takes 18–26 weeks to complete.

You lack animal-handling experience

Some Australian veterinary programs require animal-handling experience as part of their entry requirements:

Sydney BVB/DVM
Requires 5 days of animal-handling experience, which can be part of a paid position, volunteer work, or part of a courses. On the supplementary application, you’ll need to briefly describe your experience and outline the specific tasks/experiences you gained.

Sydney DVM
Requires a minimum of 28 days of relevant work and animal-handling experience. A substantial portion of this must have been completed within 2 years prior to application. You’ll need to include supporting documents for experience, e.g., reference letters, certificates, or forms that provide evidence of the number of hours you worked or volunteered.

Consider applying to the following intake
What a difference a year can make! If you lack animal-handling experience, consider gaining some in the following areas:

  • Animal production industries such as sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses, and poultry
  • Veterinary clinical practice
  • Other relevant animal-industry experience including government bodies, charities, and research organizations

Some examples of what the committee might look for in an applicant include

  • breadth of experience across a variety of species, or depth of experience in a particular species;
  • research experience;
  • overall experience and length of experiences;
  • commitment and interest in the profession; and
  • rural experiences.

Occupational Therapy

You don’t meet the required OT prerequisites

Most Australian university occupational therapy (OT) programs require a student to have completed specific undergraduate subjects.

1. Apply to the University of Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy program
The Sydney MOT does not require students to have completed prerequisites; however, previous studies in anatomy and physiology will make for a more competitive application.

2. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
Most Australian universities will let students take non-award courses during the application season to make up the prerequisites they are missing. This means you can submit your application with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment into the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisite course(s) by the time offers are issued, then universities may issue a conditional offer. Please note that not all universities will issue conditional offers and it may vary for each program. It’s always best to check with your admissions officer to see if your program of interest will give conditional offers.

Pharmacy

You don’t meet Monash’s pharmacy prerequisites or GPA requirement

If you’re considering the graduate-entry Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours pathway at Monash University, you’ll need to ensure you have both the prerequisite courses and a GPA higher than 70% in a degree completed within the last 10 years.

For Monash, students will need to ensure they have completed the following courses at a level higher than first year, and in a course that spans the entirety of the year, generally as part of a Bachelor of Science:

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • One unit of physiology
  • Biochemistry (recommended, but not required)

Though the GPA minimum is 70%, we have found that competitive applicants will have GPAs higher than 75%.

Choose another pharmacy program
If you’re unable to satisfy the Monash requirements, consider applying to another pharmacy program and submitting applications for credit to potentially lessen the course load or duration of the program.

Please email pharmacy@oztrekk.com for more details. We’re here to help!

Chiropractic

Your degree is more than 10 years old

Macquarie University will only accept applications for the Master of Chiropractic from students who have studied within the last 10 years. They have found that those students who are even nearing the 10-year mark since previous studies find it more difficult to assimilate back into full-time study and refresh the foundational material independently and simultaneously.

1. Apply to the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
If your studies are close to or older than 10 years, Macquarie University recommends you apply to the 5-year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science pathway to Master of Chiropractic program. Students who complete the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science pathway are granted credit and can complete the Master of Chiropractic program in 2 years.

You don’t meet the required chiropractic prerequisites

Macquarie University’s Master of Chiropractic program requires candidates to have completed specific undergraduate subjects.

1. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
Macquarie University will let students take non-award courses to make up the prerequisites they are missing. This means you can submit your application with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment in the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisite course by the time offers are issued, the university may issue a conditional offer.

Speech Pathology

You don’t meet the required prerequisites

Most Australian Master of Speech Pathology programs require a student to have completed specific undergraduate subjects.

1. Apply to programs that don’t have prerequisites
Griffith University or Flinders University don’t require prerequisite courses. Alternatively, the University of Sydney Master of Speech Language Pathology program doesn’t have prerequisites; however, you’ll be asked to complete online modules to bring your knowledge up to requirement before the start of the program. Sydney will issue the student a conditional offer with these modules as part of the conditions.

2. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s) 
Most Australian universities will let you take non-award courses during the application season to make up the prerequisites you’re missing. This means you can submit your application with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment into the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or with the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisite course(s) by the time offers are issued, then universities may issue a conditional offer. Please note that not all universities will issue conditional offers and it may vary for each program. It’s always best to check with your admissions officer to see if your program of interest will give conditional offers.

What is the appropriate regulatory body for speech pathology in my province?

Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)
https://www.acslpa.ca/

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC)
https://cshbc.ca/

College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM
https://caslpm.ca/

College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
http://www.caslpo.com/

New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NBASLPA)
https://www.nbaslpa.ca/

Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals
http://www.nlchp.ca/

Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ)
http://www.ooaq.qc.ca/index.html

Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (SASLPA)
http://www.saslpa.ca/

Audiology

You don’t meet the required prerequisites

Most Australian Master of Speech Pathology programs require a student to have completed specific undergraduate subjects.

1. Apply to programs that don’t have prerequisites
Griffith University or Flinders University don’t require prerequisite courses. Alternatively, the University of Sydney Master of Speech Language Pathology program doesn’t have prerequisites; however, you’ll be asked to complete online modules to bring your knowledge up to requirement before the start of the program. Sydney will issue the student a conditional offer with these modules as part of the conditions.

2. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s) 
Most Australian universities will let you take non-award courses during the application season to make up the prerequisites you’re missing. This means you can submit your application with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment into the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or with the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisite course(s) by the time offers are issued, then universities may issue a conditional offer. Please note that not all universities will issue conditional offers and it may vary for each program. It’s always best to check with your admissions officer to see if your program of interest will give conditional offers.

What is the appropriate regulatory body for speech pathology in my province?

Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)
https://www.acslpa.ca/

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC)
https://cshbc.ca/

College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM
https://caslpm.ca/

College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
http://www.caslpo.com/

New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NBASLPA)
https://www.nbaslpa.ca/

Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals
http://www.nlchp.ca/

Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ)
http://www.ooaq.qc.ca/index.html

Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (SASLPA)
http://www.saslpa.ca/

Teaching

What if I don’t have a completed undergraduate degree?

You may consider Bachelor of Education program options; however, in some provinces this degree alone may not meet the requirement to return to Canada to teach. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the provincial teaching requirements before committing to an undergraduate-level teaching program.

If I have already completed a teaching program, are there additional education programs I can pursue?

Yes, students who have a completed teaching qualification can look to build upon their education by completing a Master of Education program. Several different streams are available, should you wish to focus on a particular major. Credit is available, pending on your prior academic courses.

You may also complete this course online.