Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time
7 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$12,500.00* per year (more)
* 2023 indicative annual CSP fee

Entry requirements




Commencing in

Trimester 1


  • Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3&4, C)

Assumed knowledge

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

About this program

This degree includes advanced coursework in the exercise sciences, combined with a minimum of 500 hours of professional practice. You'll be prepared for work in a range of professional areas as a dual-accredited Exercise Scientist and Exercise Physiologist. Your deeper knowledge of the human body and how exercise affects it will enable you to assess, design and deliver exercise-based programs that improve health and performance, prevent chronic conditions, and treat or manage a range of health conditions.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology is offered full-time on-campus at the Gold Coast campus.

Full-time students are required attend 16-22 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week.

Compulsory Trimester 3 study is required for students who commence in Trimester 2.

Students are able to complete the first three years of the program on a part-time basis. However, the fourth year of the degree must be completed full-time due to placement restrictions.

Coursework requirements for the fourth year of the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology start in the middle of January and span to mid-April each year. Students will undertake clinical practicum for a minimum of two six-week blocks from April to November while also undertaking a course online. Students will be required to attend placement full-time and should limit travel plans during this year.

Additional attendance information

3011AHS Fitness Practicum I and 3012AHS Fitness Practicum II are delivered with TAFE Queensland. All studies are conducted off campus at TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast and at external workplaces. Note, there are limited places available for enrolment in these courses.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Managing Study Interruptions

Leave of absence

Students will require approval from the Program Director, Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology or nominee to take a leave of absence. Students will be permitted to take leave of absence for a maximum period of two trimesters only.


A student who has discontinued enrolment in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology program and who is not on an approved leave of absence is required to seek approval for readmission to the program from the Program Director, Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology or nominee. Readmission to the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology program is not guaranteed and subject to the availability of clinical placements.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life, while meeting Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation requirements.

In this program students will spend time in the work/professional environment undertaking placements at various locations throughout Australia. Placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Gold Coast area including New South Wales, interstate or overseas. Total work placement (hours): 500.

My career opportunities

Students who graduate from this program will be prepared to work in the fields of Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology.

Exercise Scientists can gain employment in the fields of: community recreation, fitness or sports; clinical measurements in the field of cardiac; respiratory and sleep medicine; rehabilitation, sports or recreation management; strength and conditioning; or occupational health and safety.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Pathology domains covered by the services of Accredited Exercise Physiologists include cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory/pulmonary and mental health, and any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client's clinical status.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Professional recognition

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, graduates will be eligible to apply through Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) for accreditation as an Exercise Scientist and Exercise Physiologist.

Graduates have two years (following completion of their studies) to submit their application to Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) for accreditation.

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 Health Placement Support Hub for full details of the requirements regarding professional placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Pathways to further study

Graduates of this program may be eligible to apply for Graduate Diploma of Health Research (4161) and the Master of Medical Research (5626).

Commonwealth supported students

  • The indicative fee represents the expected average fee for an annual full-time study load (80 credit points). This is based on average study patterns across courses and the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate 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 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (1604)

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Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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 Health Placement Support Hub website for more details.