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Bachelors Degree Pass/Honours


Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Become a qualified physiotherapist able to provide hands-on treatment and prescriptive exercise.

Professional recognition

Graduates can apply for professional registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

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In this course you'll investigate the physical, structural and physiological aspects of the human form and movement and undertake a combination of theoretical, practical and clinical subjects.

You will learn to use an evidence-based approach to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries, acute and chronic disease and disabilities using hands-on treatment, prescriptive exercise and lifestyle advice.

Your first year is interprofessional and undertaken with other health sciences students. In the following years, you will become proficient in acute and chronic conditions, and undertake intensive study in the core areas of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological sciences. Other areas of study include gerontology, paediatrics, gender health issues and pain management.

You will develop practical skills in laboratory classes and complete approximately 1,100 hours in supervised placements in hospitals and community settings, including those in rural and remote locations.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • More than 60 years experience underpins Curtin's internationally recognised, challenging, yet very rewarding physiotherapy program.
  • The course is taught by highly qualified staff with excellent clinical and research capabilities, in purpose-built facilities.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

On graduating you are eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).

You may also apply for registration in New Zealand. To work in the US, UK or Canada, you will need to provide details of your program of studies to the relevant bodies and you may be required to sit a licensing examination.

Career information


  • Physiotherapist.


  • Education
  • Government
  • Health management
  • Hospitals
  • Local community practice
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Research
  • Schools
  • Sports organisations.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of biophysical, behavioural and clinical science for the delivery of PT services in diverse and changing settings
  • critically analyse information to plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy practice
  • locate, extract and critically appraise evidence and information 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 practice responsibly and effectively
  • understand and implement varied learning strategies, and take responsibility for ongoing professional and personal development
  • understand and apply ways of practicing PT 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 professional skills in an ethical manner across arrange of professional settings

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

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

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 12
IB 33
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 80
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 90
India (CBSE) 82.5%
India (HSC) 85%
Sri Lanka 12

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

One science subject from the following list: biology, chemistry, human biology, integrated science, physics or psychology.

Desirable course prerequisites

Physical Education Studies and Health Studies is desirable.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Physical Education Studies does not satisfy a science prerequisite.

High achieving students may be offered an opportunity to enter the honours program. Honours is embedded within the third and fourth years of the course.

If you are an internationally trained physiotherapist, you may wish to apply for the Abbreviated Physiotherapy Course. Applicants for this course should refer to the Clinical Health Sciences section of the faculty website. 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.

This course only has a Semester 1 intake, entry requirements are published on the TISC website.

Students should be able to swim. If a prospective applicant cannot swim, they need to remedy this by the beginning of the second year of the course.

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: +61 8 9266 5888

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Internationally trained physiotherapists may be eligible for our Abbreviated Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) course to enable them to register in Australia and New Zealand. Credit for recognised learning will be granted to suitably qualified applicants and enable admission into Study Period 1 (January) of the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) course.

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $1,313*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,500*
Total indicative course fee $150,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $37,200*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $1,313*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,900*
Total indicative course fee $153,800*
Indicative year 1 fee $38,000*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. 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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  • Last updated on: September 28, 2020