Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Program code

1589

Available at

Nathan

Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt

Logan

South Bank

Online

Offshore

Other

Duration

4 years full-time

Credit points

320

Indicative fee

$45,500.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual fee

Entry requirements

7.0

IELTS (Academic) (more)

CRICOS code

094396G

Commencing in

Trimester 1

Prerequisites

  • English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English & Literature Extension (Units 3&4, C)

Assumed knowledge

  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3&4, C)
  • One of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3&4, C)

About this program

Graduates will be eligible to register to practice as a Physiotherapist within Australia following accreditation. Students will undertake biomedical, physical and behavioural science courses as well as physiotherapy academic and clinical courses. Before graduation, students will be required to demonstrate physiotherapy knowledge and skills required for entry-level clinical physiotherapy practice.

This program provides an innovative, student-centred and employability-focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on client-centred and evidence based-practice as well as experiential and inter-professional learning.

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
1589 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (this program) Gold Coast, Nathan Trimester 1 only
1590 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) Gold Coast, Nathan Trimester 1 only
1653 Bachelor of Rehabilitation Sciences Gold Coast, Nathan Exit point only

Note: Progression to the Honours program is dependent upon satisfying eligibility requirements.

Attendance information

Bachelor of Physiotherapy students will be expected to study full-time on-campus and attend all scheduled learning activities and clinical placements.

Compulsory clinical placements begin in Year 4 of the program. Students must have successfully completed all courses in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy year one, two and three (240CP) before progressing to year four practicum courses 4401AHS, 4402AHS, 4403AHS, 4404AHS and 4405AHS.

Each clinical placement will have a different focus, such as physiotherapy within musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurological, or across the lifespan areas. Clinical placements will also take place in a variety of settings, such as inpatients, outpatients, community centres, or private practice. Regardless of the clinical placement focus or setting, students will be expected to safely and competently assess and treat clients in a holistic and evidence-based manner, drawing on knowledge and skill sets related to core areas of physiotherapy practice.

Studying amid COVID-19

The University's Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing policy is under review and consultation and will be suspended from 14/4/2022, for four weeks. Please visit Studying amid COVID-19 for more information.

If you are an International student on a student visa, you must ensure that you enrol in a way that will allow you to complete your enrolment within the expected program duration as stated on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Work-integrated learning

Bachelor of Physiotherapy students will undertake several work-integrated learning activities throughout their program of study. Students will undertake clinical experiences from Year 1 to Year 4 as part of academic courses. Students will also undertake five week full-time clinical placements as part of five clinical placement courses.

My career opportunities

Physiotherapists aim to enhance the movement and function of individuals and populations across the lifespan especially when actual or potential impairments and disability relate to the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and neurological systems. Physiotherapists work in various settings such as hospitals, private practices, community health centres, schools, sporting teams and the armed forces. Physiotherapists may also be employed at universities to teach or conduct research or consult for industry and government bodies.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC).

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy are recognised by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (PBA) and will be eligible to apply for registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to practice physiotherapy within Australia.

Professional Practice requirements

There are placements associated with this program and before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to have completed the following by the end of their first trimester of study:

  • Vaccinations and Health Tests
  • Licenses and Certificates
  • Online Training
  • Health Placement Requirements

Students should refer to the checklist of professional practice requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Professional Practice website for full details of the requirements regarding professional placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Pathways to further study

Bachelor of Physiotherapy graduates may be eligible to apply for the Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy (5269) after undertaking at least two years of clinical experience, 40 hours of continuing development points with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and whilst maintaining registration to practice with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).

International students

An International student is one who is not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen or
  • a person who has Australian permanent resident status.
Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time trimesters).

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • An International student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1589)


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Changing programs

If an International student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Permanent resident status

If an undergraduate student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will be provided with a domestic fee-paying place.

The student may then apply for a Commonwealth supported place at the next admission period provided that the student satisfies the conditions for transfer from a domestic fee-paying place to a Commonwealth supported place as set out in the Undergraduate Programs Admission Policy.

If a postgraduate student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will automatically be considered for a Commonwealth supported place (subject to availability) or a domestic fee-paying place as applicable for the program.

If a research student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will automatically be considered for a Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset or a domestic fee-paying place as applicable for the program.

Further information

Additional fee information

Throughout your program you may be required to pay for the following items:

first aid certificate; immunisations; uniforms; expenses associated with placements such as travel and accommodation, Fit for Professional Practice Placement costs such as Blue Card, Police Check. See Fit for Professional Practice Placement website for more details.