University selection procedures are a complex yet vital part of entry into health science courses. It is useful to ask someone that you trust (e.g. parent, older sibling, careers coordinator) to oversee this process for you, since it will involve significant paperwork. Remember, missing a deadline may mean a missed opportunity. The following table is a summary of useful information on University admissions for undergraduate health science courses. A full University admissions course guide is available with any of MedEntry's packages. Whilst due care has been taken to ensure information is up to date, please note that university admissions processes can change, so you need to check with relevant university websites for any updates or changes that may have occurred since date of publication to ensure you have the correct information. Also remember to contact the admissions officer of each course you are interested in to gain detailed information on selection procedures and important dates. Please download our 'University Contacts' document for the relevant contact details of each course listed below.
A full university admissions guide is available with purchase of any MedEntry package. The guide contains details of selection procedures, prerequisites, quotas, application processes, types of student accepted and more, and covers health science courses across Australia and New Zealand.
|University||Course||Those eligible for Undergrad Entry||UMAT||Interview||Application process / Other requirements||International Students|
|University of Otago||Medicine||NSL||Yes||No||Apply to faculty by the last working day of September||Contact Uni|
|Physiotherapy||NSL||No||No||Apply to faculty by the last working day of September||Contact Uni|
|Dental Surgery||NSL||Yes||Yes||Apply to faculty by the last working day of September||Contact Uni|
|Medical Laboratory Sciences||NSL||No||No||Apply to faculty by the last working day of September||Contact Uni|
|University of Auckland||Medicine||NSL||Yes||Yes||Apply to faculty by the last working day of September||Contact Uni|
SL: School leaver (i.e. those entering straight from school and who do not have an academic record at a tertiary education institution)
NSL: Non-School Leaver. This term includes students who have started a degree, completed a degree or completed part of a degree. The admissions requirements for non-school leavers are often complex. Therefore, if you fall into this category please contact the Admissions Officer of the university(s) to which you are considering applying. The Admissions Officer will be able to inform you whether you are eligible to enter the course, whether you should sit UMAT or GAMSAT and what other requirements are necessary.
ISAT: International Students Admissions Test
- Some Universities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Griffith and Western Australia have a system of 'conditional entry'. This means that if you achieve a high ATAR, UMAT and interview (in some cases) you will be offered a place in Medicine upon completion of your first degree in any discipline, provided you maintain a high GPA/WAM during your degree.
- The University of Otago and the University of Auckland have a system of second year entry:
- University of Otago: all school leavers must complete a one-year course in Health Science, then apply for selection into medicine
- University of Auckland: all school leavers need to take year 1 of either the Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science. At the end of this year, students with good UMAT score will be eligible for an interview for selection into medicine.
- The year 12 cut off ATAR scores required for entry into the above courses varies between Universities. They can be as low as 90 for medicine (even lower for rural students).
- The UMAT cut off scores required for entry into the above courses varies between Universities. It is usually 80th percentile (lower for rural students).
- Some courses require you to have completed prerequisite subjects. These are subjects you are required to undertake in your final years of schooling to be eligible to apply for a particular course (common subjects include English and Chemistry). Often you must achieve a certain baseline score in these subjects for your application to be considered. Please check relevant universities for specific subject prerequisites.
- Many universities offer Medicine/Dentistry places for graduates. This may require you to sit the UMAT or GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test). Please contact the relevant university(s) for more information.