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COURSE

Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy

DR-CLPHYT

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.

4years

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

This inaugural coursework doctorate has been developed to allow you to develop your professional physiotherapy knowledge and skills, and complete a significant research program. As well as choosing from a range of specialist coursework units, you will study the philosophy of evidence-based practice and develop practical skills in identifying, acquiring, evaluating and using evidence. You will further your clinical decision-making skills through the use of statistical analysis, including the examination of various forms of statistical testing.

Clinical practice is a significant component of this course. During your placement you will detail a variety of case histories and evaluate each as a reflective practitioner.

In your second year your studies will prepare you for your doctoral thesis. You will explore research methods, learn to generate ideas for research projects and study the research process. You will also complete a minor research project and prepare a journal paper, oral or poster presentation of your findings.

Your final year will be devoted to your doctoral thesis.

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.

What you'll learn

  • apply highly advanced theoretical and clinical knowledge to the delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and changing settings
  • critically analyse information to plan, implement and evaluate highly advanced physiotherapy practice
  • locate, extract and critically appraise evidence and information at a highly advanced level from a range of resources and apply to practice
  • use appropriate written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills for effective interactions with individuals and groups
  • use new and existing technologies relevant to specialised practice responsibly and effectively
  • understand and implement varied learning strategies and take responsibility for ongoing highly advanced professional and personal development
  • understand and apply ways of practicing highly advanced physiotherapy internationally through continued development of cross-cultural awareness within a global health care perspective
  • demonstrate respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
  • independently and collaboratively apply highly advanced professional skills in an ethical manner across a range of professional settings

Why research at Curtin

Curtin is widely recognised for applied research firmly focused on solving real-world problems.
Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and
government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally,
nationally and globally. Our international reputation for being a strong partner in industry-
driven research ensures our graduates enjoy outstanding opportunities to become innovators
in their fields.

Admission criteria

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Applicants require one of the following:

  • A master level degree in physiotherapy; or
  • A bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours in physiotherapy; or
  • A bachelor degree in physiotherapy plus a postgraduate diploma or equivalent in physiotherapy with a course-weighted average of not less than 75%

Applicants must be registered physiotherapists in Western Australia and be able to supply certification of fitness to undergo manipulative procedures.

Applicants holding a bachelor degree with good results in a relevant field and at least six years’ professional experience, or three years at a level which enables full membership of a relevant professional body may be considered.

Please contact the Faculty Graduate Studies Officer and/or Area Coordinator for enquiries.

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 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Minimum academic entry requirements

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Course prerequisites

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

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.

Where you can study

View the academic calendar for semester and trimester start dates.

Bentley Campus

On Campus
Research Term 1, Semester 1 and Research Term 2

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How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

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

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  • Curtin course code: DR-CLPHYT
  • CRICOS code: 096302C
  • This offering was last updated on: August 17, 2018