This course is not available for domestic application for 2019. If you are interested in the next offering of this course, click the Register Your Interest button and we'll contact you with details.

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
071515G
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • North Sydney
Duration:

4 years full-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Ballarat (87.30)
  • Brisbane (5/92)
  • North Sydney (97.70)

Description

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is for those who want to prevent injury and disability in others as well as rehabilitate those already injured.You will learn how to identify, assess and treat conditions:

  • musculoskeletal
  • cardiorespiratory
  • orthopaedic
  • neurological

As a graduate, you will be a skilled physiotherapist who can work with everyone from children to the elderly, as well as deal with gender-specific issues.

Possible career paths include:

  • cardiorespiratory
  • community health centres and/or private practice
  • ergonomics
  • gerontology
  • hospitals and rehabilitation units
  • orthopaedics
  • paediatrics
  • rehabilitation
  • sports physiotherapy
  • women’s health

Graduates can also work as consultants in educational, government and industrial institutions, and/or conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession.

This physiotherapy course also offers students clinical placements during which they will be supervised by a clinical facilitator. During each placement they will develop and integrate knowledge, skills and professional behaviours in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

High achieving Bachelor of Physiotherapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.

Course duration

4 years full-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Ballarat (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • Brisbane (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • North Sydney (Attendance) - (Application not available)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ANAT101
Physiotherapy anatomy 1
BIOL125
Human biology 1
ALHT106
Psychology for allied health
PHTY102
Foundations of physiotherapy practice 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT102
Physiotherapy anatomy 2
(ANAT101)
BIOL126
Human biology 2
(BIOL125)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
PHTY103
Foundations of physiotherapy practice 2
(ANAT101; PHTY102)
Year 2 - Semester 1 PHTY208
Pathophysiology for physiotherapy
(Pre: BIOL125, BIOL126)
PHTY209
Neuroscience for physiotherapy
(Pre: BIOL125)
PHTY211
Research and Evidence - based practice for physiotherapy
(Pre: PHTY103)
PHTY206
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice 1
(Pre: PHTY103)
Year 2 - Semester 2 PHTY203
Clinical exercise physiology for physiotherapists
(Pre: PHTY103, PHTY208)
PHTY205
Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice 1
(Pre: PHTY208)
PHTY210
Movement science for physiotherapy
(Pre: PHTY103, PHTY209)
PHTY207
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice 2
(Pre: ANAT102, PHTY206)
Year 3 - Semester 1 PHTY302
Neurological physiotherapy practice 1
(Pre: PHTY203, PHTY210)
PHTY300
Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice 2
(Pre: PHTY203, PHTY205)
PHTY301
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice 3
(Pre: PHTY203, PHTY207, PHTY210)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 PHTY303
Neurological physiotherapy practice 2
(Pre: PHTY203)
HLSC220
Health Care Ethics
PHTY304
Paediatric physiotherapy practice
(Pre: PHTY300, PHTY301, PHTY302)
PHTY306
Integrated physiotherapy practice in selected populations
(Pre: PHTY301, PHTY302)
Year 4 – Professional Term 1 PHTY400
Physiotherapy practice in complex health care issues
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
   
Year 4 - Semester 1 PHTY402
Physiotherapy clinical practice 1
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
PHTY403
Physiotherapy clinical practice 2
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
PHTY404
Physiotherapy clinical practice 3
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
 
Year 4 – Professional Term 5 PHTY417
Professional physiotherapy practice
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
   
Year 4 - Semester 2 PHTY405
Physiotherapy clinical practice 4
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
PHTY406
Physiotherapy clinical practice 5
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
PHTY407
Physiotherapy clinical practice 6
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
 

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year (excludes Honours course). Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Ballarat
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9003 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: English Standard, or English Advanced, or ESL (Band 4 for all), plus: at least one of Biology, or Chemistry or Physics (Band 2 for all)

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA); plus one of biology, chemistry or physics (4, SA).

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.85 99.40
Median ATAR to receive an offer 90.55 92.45
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 82.70 87.55
OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 2 1
Median OP to receive an offer 5 2
Lowest OP to receive an offer 8 6
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 98 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 93 98
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 86 91
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.25 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 93.70 99.95
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 85.80 97.70

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
85 55.92%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 56 36.84%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 5 3.29%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 152 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
106 51.71%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 9 4.39%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 80 39.02%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 7 3.41%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 205 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
19 10.27%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 154 83.24%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 5 2.70%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 185 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Applying for admission



This course is not available for domestic application for 2019. If you are interested in the next offering of this course, click the Register Your Interest button and we'll contact you with details.

Career paths

Graduates may work in a variety of areas including rehabilitation, paediatrics, women’s health, sports physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, gerontology and ergonomics, hospitals and rehabilitation units, community health centres and/or private practice.

Graduates can also work as consultants in educational, government and industrial institutions, and/or conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession.

Professional experience

Students will undertake clinical placements in which they will be supervised by a clinical facilitator. Clinical placements allow students to use their knowledge of practical skills and apply them to the everyday needs of individuals in hospitals, private practice, aged care facilities and rehabilitation units.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website  to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Uniforms

Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student physiotherapist uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

Students are required to wear personal protection equipment when entering/participating in anatomy wet lab practical sessions. The protective equipment comprises of a lab coat, fully enclosed shoes and Australian standard safety glasses.

Professional recognition

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). To obtain further information relating to Registration Standards for Physiotherapy visit the AHPRA website.

Graduates will also be eligible for membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

English language requirements

Academic IELTS with an overall score: 7.0: (with minimum score of 7.0 in all tests)

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

Pathways to further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Honours graduates may be eligible to undertake a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

More course information

Honours

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program is embedded into years 3 and 4 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Pass) program. To be eligible to apply for admission to the honours program, a student must have completed 160 cp from years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy pass degree, with a grade point average of at least 5.75. Meritorious students may apply to undertake honours in the third and fourth years of the course, subject to meeting the admission requirements.

Determination of students who meet the requirements to enrol in the Honours program, and will be offered a place, will be the responsibility of the undergraduate course coordinator in collaboration with the Head of School.

Student registration

All students enrolled in an approved physiotherapy program must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. The University will pass students details to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. No fees are required for student registration. To obtain further information visit the Physiotherapy Board of Australia website.

Before you can begin placements for this course, you must meet mandatory State or Territory legal and industry policy requirements. Comprehensive information about these requirements and the submission process of relevant documentation can be found here www.wil.acu.edu.au

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is for those who want to prevent injury and disability in others as well as rehabilitate those already injured.You will learn how to identify, assess and treat conditions:

  • musculoskeletal
  • cardiorespiratory
  • orthopaedic
  • neurological

As a graduate, you will be a skilled physiotherapist who can work with everyone from children to the elderly, as well as deal with gender-specific issues.

Possible career paths include:

  • cardiorespiratory
  • community health centres and/or private practice
  • ergonomics
  • gerontology
  • hospitals and rehabilitation units
  • orthopaedics
  • paediatrics
  • rehabilitation
  • sports physiotherapy
  • women’s health

Graduates can also work as consultants in educational, government and industrial institutions, and/or conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession.

This physiotherapy course also offers students clinical placements during which they will be supervised by a clinical facilitator. During each placement they will develop and integrate knowledge, skills and professional behaviours in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

High achieving Bachelor of Physiotherapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.

Course duration

4 years full-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Ballarat
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
North Sydney
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ANAT101
Physiotherapy anatomy 1
BIOL125
Human biology 1
ALHT106
Psychology for allied health
PHTY102
Foundations of physiotherapy practice 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT102
Physiotherapy anatomy 2
(ANAT101)
BIOL126
Human biology 2
(BIOL125)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
PHTY103
Foundations of physiotherapy practice 2
(ANAT101; PHTY102)
Year 2 - Semester 1 PHTY208
Pathophysiology for physiotherapy
(Pre: BIOL125, BIOL126)
PHTY209
Neuroscience for physiotherapy
(Pre: BIOL125)
PHTY211
Research and Evidence - based practice for physiotherapy
(Pre: PHTY103)
PHTY206
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice 1
(Pre: PHTY103)
Year 2 - Semester 2 PHTY203
Clinical exercise physiology for physiotherapists
(Pre: PHTY103, PHTY208)
PHTY205
Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice 1
(Pre: PHTY208)
PHTY210
Movement science for physiotherapy
(Pre: PHTY103, PHTY209)
PHTY207
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice 2
(Pre: ANAT102, PHTY206)
Year 3 - Semester 1 PHTY302
Neurological physiotherapy practice 1
(Pre: PHTY203, PHTY210)
PHTY300
Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice 2
(Pre: PHTY203, PHTY205)
PHTY301
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice 3
(Pre: PHTY203, PHTY207, PHTY210)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 PHTY303
Neurological physiotherapy practice 2
(Pre: PHTY203)
HLSC220
Health Care Ethics
PHTY304
Paediatric physiotherapy practice
(Pre: PHTY300, PHTY301, PHTY302)
PHTY306
Integrated physiotherapy practice in selected populations
(Pre: PHTY301, PHTY302)
Year 4 – Professional Term 1 PHTY400
Physiotherapy practice in complex health care issues
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
   
Year 4 - Semester 1 PHTY402
Physiotherapy clinical practice 1
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
PHTY403
Physiotherapy clinical practice 2
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
PHTY404
Physiotherapy clinical practice 3
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
 
Year 4 – Professional Term 5 PHTY417
Professional physiotherapy practice
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
   
Year 4 - Semester 2 PHTY405
Physiotherapy clinical practice 4
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
PHTY406
Physiotherapy clinical practice 5
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
PHTY407
Physiotherapy clinical practice 6
(Pre: Completion all third year units)
 

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $4790.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $38320.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $153280.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

The equivalent of Australian Year 12 including studies in science, plus an overall academic IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band less than 7.0).

Honours
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program is embedded into Years 3 and 4 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Pass) program.  To be eligible to apply for admission to the Honours program, a student must have completed 160 cp from Years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy pass degree, with a grade point average of at least 5.75.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
(not offered)
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
(not offered)
Victoria
Apply through VTAC
(not offered)

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Graduates may work in a variety of areas including rehabilitation, paediatrics, women’s health, sports physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, gerontology and ergonomics, hospitals and rehabilitation units, community health centres and/or private practice.

Graduates can also work as consultants in educational, government and industrial institutions, and/or conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession.

Professional experience

Students will undertake clinical placements in which they will be supervised by a clinical facilitator. Clinical placements allow students to use their knowledge of practical skills and apply them to the everyday needs of individuals in hospitals, private practice, aged care facilities and rehabilitation units.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website  to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Uniforms

Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student physiotherapist uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

Students are required to wear personal protection equipment when entering/participating in anatomy wet lab practical sessions. The protective equipment comprises of a lab coat, fully enclosed shoes and Australian standard safety glasses.

Professional recognition

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). To obtain further information relating to Registration Standards for Physiotherapy visit the AHPRA website.

Graduates will also be eligible for membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

English language requirements

Academic IELTS with an overall score: 7.0: (with minimum score of 7.0 in all tests)

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

Pathways to further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Honours graduates may be eligible to undertake a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

More course information

Honours

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program is embedded into years 3 and 4 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Pass) program. To be eligible to apply for admission to the honours program, a student must have completed 160 cp from years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy pass degree, with a grade point average of at least 5.75. Meritorious students may apply to undertake honours in the third and fourth years of the course, subject to meeting the admission requirements.

Determination of students who meet the requirements to enrol in the Honours program, and will be offered a place, will be the responsibility of the undergraduate course coordinator in collaboration with the Head of School.

Student registration

All students enrolled in an approved physiotherapy program must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. The University will pass students details to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. No fees are required for student registration. To obtain further information visit the Physiotherapy Board of Australia website.

Before you can begin placements for this course, you must meet mandatory State or Territory legal and industry policy requirements. Comprehensive information about these requirements and the submission process of relevant documentation can be found here www.wil.acu.edu.au

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