Demand steady for nursing and teaching at CSU
17 JANUARY 2008
Demand for nursing and education courses at Charles Sturt University has remained steady, according to figures released by the NSW University Admissions Centre tonight, Thursday 17 January.
Demand for nursing and education courses at Charles Sturt University (CSU) has remained steady, according to figures released by the NSW University Admissions Centre (UAC) tonight, Thursday 17 January.
“Nursing and education have been identified by the former federal government as critical professions for the future of inland Australia, and we are pleased that prospective students are still keen to take them up,” says CSU Executive Director for Student Administration, Mr Geoff Honey.
Courses in allied health, veterinary and agricultural sciences, education and communications courses remain most popular among applicants.
“CSU has performed well overall despite a very competitive environment and high employment rates across the country. The University has made over 4 000 offers this year, an increase of almost two percent on 2007. Further offers will be made in coming weeks,” Mr Honey says.
The largest increase in offers at CSU has been from the faculties of Arts and Business, while the new Faculty of Science, which combines health, natural and basic sciences, has made most offers. All campuses attracted strong interest from applicants and Mr Honey expects the University will meet quotas on all campuses. Highlights from the University’s main campuses include:
Courses in allied health, particularly physiotherapy, speech pathology and occupational therapy, continue to attract strong applicant numbers. Education courses in middle schooling and early childhood are again proving popular, while accounting has attracted increased demand in 2008.
The communications courses are again popular, as are education courses in early childhood, health and physical education and primary and exercise science. Other courses attracting strong interest include nursing, paramedic and policing.
Courses offered on the Dubbo Campus showed a major increase in demand, with 13 per cent more first preferences this year and an 18 per cent increase in offers. The most popular course is the early childhood and primary education course, which has the largest intake at the campus. Nursing and accounting also attracted much interest.
Orange Campus recorded a 19 per cent increase in first preferences showing a major increase in demand in 2008, resulting in an increase in offers made from the previous year. The University is looking for this growth to extend to 2009 with the start of the dentistry course at Orange in 2009. Pharmacy remained the most popular course, while agricultural business management and nursing attracted strong interest.
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus experienced a five per cent increase in offers made from 2007. Most popular courses included veterinary, equine and animal sciences, arts, acting, nursing and allied health courses. New in 2008, forensic biotechnology attracted much interest in its first year.