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Clinical Physiotherapy

Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy
6 months full-time
Curtin Perth


Specialise continence and women’s health or musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for titled practitioner status through the Australian Physiotherapy Association and through international parent bodies.

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In this course you will choose to specialise in continence and women’s health or musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You will further your clinical decision-making skills through the use of statistical analysis, including the examination of various forms of statistical testing. The rest of your studies will comprise specialised coursework units and clinical practice.

Continence and Women's Health Stream

This stream will provide you with the opportunity to become an expert clinician in women's health physiotherapy and its related areas of practice. In this major you will develop clinical skills in the assessment and management of conditions which are unique, common or serious to women, or require special interventions in women. 

You will develop particular expertise in the management of pelvic floor dysfunction and its presentations, including bladder and bowel dysfunction, disorders of the pelvic organ and pelvic girdle support, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain. 

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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Stream

The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Stream is designed to enhance knowledge, skill and clinical competencies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice.

In this stream you can learn: advanced examination and treatment, advanced patient management and clinical communication skills through evidence-based practice and contemporary clinical practice methods. 

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Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

The continence and women's health stream includes practice of internal examination.


Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.


Why study

  • More than 60 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.

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 interpret 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

Entry requirements

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)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 72
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

A bachelor degree in physiotherapy or equivalent, plus at least 12 months of relevant clinical experience.

You must be a registered physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, or be eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants must be registered physiotherapists with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia or eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

The mid-year intake is part-time study only. This will extend the course duration. 

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

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.

Advanced standing

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,900*
Total indicative course fee $18,900*
Indicative year 1 fee $18,900*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $19,300*
Total indicative course fee $19,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $19,300*

Fees are indicative only.

*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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