Demand grows for UQ health courses
IPSWICH is home to one of south-east Queensland's most reputable health campuses, according to student opinion and a growth in numbers.
Health courses on offer at the University of Queensland Ipswich campus have experienced a significant rise in popularity this year.
More than 1000 students currently study health-related degrees at the campus, many of whom travel from Brisbane and further afield.
A comparison of 2011 and 2012 preferences shows a 32% increase in UQ Ipswich Bachelor of Nursing preferences, a 38% increase for the Bachelor of Midwifery, and a 42% increase for the dual Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery.
UQ's Bachelor of Nursing degree has an Overall Position (OP) cut-off of nine because of the popularity of the course, making it the highest OP nursing program in Queensland.
Jessica Blower, Briana Pitman and Letitia Miller commute from Brisbane to UQ Ipswich to study.
Ms Miller said studying her Bachelor of Nursing at UQ Ipswich was worthwhile.
"It's a great course. Placements happen early so it's very hands on," Ms Miller said.
Ms Pitman, also a nursing student, decided to study in Ipswich because she thought UQ offered the best degree.
"All of our tutors are teachers and not students, and the class sizes are small so you know you can get help," she said.
Ms Blower began studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences at UQ Ipswich last year.
"I want to do pediatric physiotherapy and studying health sciences opens up your options for further study," Ms Blower said.
Over the past two years, the OP requirement for all School of Nursing and Midwifery undergraduate programs has risen between two and three points.
This year's addition of a Bachelor of Paramedic Science to the list of courses attracted a first intake of 65 students.
290 health sciences students
250 nursing students
205 nursing and midwifery dual degree students
140 Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery students
90 midwifery students
65 Bachelor of Paramedic Science students (first intake)