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- Doctor of Physiotherapy
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 3 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
The Doctor of Physiotherapy is an Extended Masters degree that offers a fast-track pathway to becoming a physiotherapist.
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The Doctor of Physiotherapy is an Extended Masters degree that offers a fast-track pathway to becoming a physiotherapist. A series of coursework units will provide you with foundational knowledge in the broad range of specialist and practical areas that encompass the physiotherapy profession.
You will complete case studies and clinical placements to help you apply your knowledge to make well-informed clinical decisions. Furthermore, your studies will emphasise evidence-based practice and encourage you to think critically.
Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes, which require frequent disrobing when acting as clients or patients within the peer group. Being able to physically manipulate people, including lifting and supporting those with disabilities, is also an essential requirement.
Classes commence Monday, 06 January 2020.
- More than 55 years experience underpins Curtin's internationally recognised and challenging, yet very rewarding physiotherapy courses.
- These courses are taught by highly qualified staff with excellent clinical and research capabilities, in world-class facilities.
- The School makes innovative use of web technology for staff and student communication and to integrate student feedback into continual course improvement.
This course will be accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates are eligible for registration in any state or territory of Australia. Registration in New Zealand is available under the terms of the Trans-Tasman agreement. Graduates applying for licensure in the United States of America, United Kingdom or Canada will be required to provide details of their program of studies to the relevant bodies and sit a licensing examination.
What you'll learn
- Utilise knowledge of biophysical, behavioural and clinical science into the safe and ethical delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and dynamic settings
- Critically analyse information to plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy practice
- Source, appraise, manage and use a wide range of information relevant to evidence-informed physiotherapy practice and effective decision-making
- Use effective and respectful strategies for communication with diverse stakeholders
- Use relevant technologies as part of contemporary physiotherapy practice
- Demonstrate ongoing commitment to professional development and contribution to the profession through building personal lifelong learning capacities
- Understand the local, national and global factors that inform the delivery of physiotherapy services within a global health care perspective
- Demonstrate effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice
- Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within interprofessional teams
A three-year bachelor degree or equivalent with a CWA (course weighted average) of at least 70.
Three subjects (units) at Bachelor of Science (BSc) or equivalent (Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7): Human musculoskeletal anatomy, human biology/physiology and health research methods or evidence-based practice.
You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
- Pearson Test of English Academic: 65
- Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade C
Other requirements and notes for this course
Prior to graduation, you will need to provide evidence of your successful completion of an approved course in first aid (CPR).
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
Fieldwork requirements during the course
Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2020
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.
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- Curtin course code: MX-PHYTH
- CRICOS code: 0100217
- Last updated on: December 12, 2019