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COURSE

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy

GC-PHYTH

TAUGHT BY: School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

6months

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

100

About offering

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.

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

Why study Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy

  • 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.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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

You must be a registered physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, or be eligible for temporary registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

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.

Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 72

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.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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 / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Up to one full unit based on six months of full-time relevant clinical experience may be applied for. Documentation and evidence must be submitted detailing the hours and caseload.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

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.

$14,200*

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).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $18,500*
Total indicative course fee $18,500*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

Where you can study

View the academic calendar for semester and trimester start dates.

Bentley Campus

On Campus and Online
Semester 1 and Semester 2

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How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

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  • Curtin course code: GC-PHYTH
  • CRICOS code: 049886G
  • This offering was last updated on: September 25, 2018