Medical DTS

Character Development, Skills, Support, Community

A YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School) is a 22-week Christian training program designed to equip students with foundational Christian values while learning to serve the needs of others.

The first stage of the Medical DTS journey starts in our home-port, Townsville, engaging in interactive lectures at YWAM Townsville’s city campus. Part of your outreach will be in Australia, before jetting off to Papua New Guinea.

Partnering with our long-term Medical Ship strategy, you will have the opportunity to be part of land teams connecting with local villages or towns. Building relationships with incredible people, promoting health care and getting involved in community development.

Whether you are a medical professional who wants to deliver health education and help build capacity in communities, a marine professional whose passion is reaching remote areas, or someone who has a heart for the nation of Papua New Guinea and wants to help, this DTS is for you!

The Medical DTS has four intakes a year; January, April, July and October. See dates, costs and course details below.

Course Details


October 21st 2018 – March 22nd 2019

January 27th 2019 – June 28th 2019
April 21st 2019 – September 20th 2019
July 14th 2019 – December 13th 2019
October 20th 2019 – March 20th 2020

6,990AUD* All Inclusive Price – Training and Outreach

Once you’re here, everything is taken care of! Your fees include 13 weeks of missions training and 9 weeks of outreach. Your training includes all your meals, air conditioned accommodation, free wifi, transport, an Australian wildlife experience (meet a koala and feed kangaroos!) and use of our campus facilities including library, lecture rooms, chapel, courtyard and cafe – right in the heart of the city, close to the beach, restaurants and shops.

Your outreach includes all of your meals, flights, accommodation, transport, t shirt, any extra visas, insurance and field supplies.

*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, student visa, health insurance and immunisations. Additional travel costs may be added for outreaches further abroad. 

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10473NAT Certificate III in Discipleship

On completion of all 6 units of the course you will obtain a Certificate III in Discipleship.

Unit: DSPENC301A – Encounter God – This unit describes the outcomes required to strengthen a Christian’s relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) by imparting a life-changing understanding of the nature, character and ways of God, by encouraging a response to Him in worship, prayer and obedience, and by equipping participants to read the Bible in such a way that transforms beliefs, values and behaviours.

Unit: DSPPER301A – See life from God’s perspective – This unit describes the outcomes required to enable a Christian to adopt and apply the Biblical view of human beings and their role as partners with God in all of creation, while affirming the value, uniqueness and significance to God of every individual as well as all peoples and nations.

Unit: DSPRJL301A – Recognise Jesus as Lord – This unit describes the outcomes required to strengthen a Christian’s commitment to follow Jesus as Lord and to apply that commitment to personal lifestyle.

Unit: DSPBLJ301A – Become more like Jesus – This unit describes the outcomes required to establish an ongoing development of the Christian’s attitudes, values and behaviour to reflect those of Jesus Christ.

Unit: DSPWKS301A – Do the works of Jesus – This unit describes the outcomes required to challenge a Christian with the ‘Great Commission’, to do the works of Jesus so as to defeat the enemy’s strategies, to strengthen their commitment to reach the lost, to equip them to share the Gospel, and to encourage them to clarify with God their personal life direction and purpose.

Unit: DSPYWM301A – Orientate to Youth With A Mission – This unit describes the outcomes required to become broadly familiar with the purpose, structure, history and foundational values of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) internationally, nationally and locally. The unit will also introduce participants to the opportunities that are available for them for further study and ministry within Youth With A Mission (YWAM) after the completion of the training course.

Course Work

The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an emphasis in practical application. There is also a component of written course work which helps students understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a range of methods including: journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment checklists and supervisor reports. The DTS is a holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge and character.

* for recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.

Austudy, Abstudy and Youth student allowance is available for Australian applicants.

Pre Requisite

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

International Students

When overseas students apply, proficiency in English will be specifically assessed. Offers of placement in a course will include any applicable requirements for English language proficiency. Copies of documents, or telephone interviews will be used to verify information provided by students on language proficiency. Bridging courses will be recommended where these are deemed necessary.

International students on student visas are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance to meet the requirements of the student visa.

YWAM Townsville is bound by the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition, and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. A simple explanation of the framework is the Easy Guide to ESOS.

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