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Physio student with client and model of skeleton

Physiotherapy

Bachelors Degree Pass/Honours

B-PHYTH

Course
Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 90
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

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

Students using a digital screen of a skeleton

Professional recognition

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

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Investigate the physical, structural and physiological aspects of the human form and movement.

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

 You’ll undertake a combination of theoretical, practical and clinical subjects and learn foundational skills critical to physiotherapy.

Your first year is interprofessional and undertaken with other health sciences students. In following years you will become familiar with acute and long- term case management, 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.

Students undertake over 1000 hours of clinical placements and activities prior to graduation.

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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

Professional memberships:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Professional Registration:

On graduating you are eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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

Physiotherapists may work in sports organisations, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, industry, long-term rehabilitation centres, local community practice, education, health management or research. There are also opportunities for physiotherapists to work as researchers, advisors or consultants in educational, industrial or government institutions.

  • Physiotherapist

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

Admission criteria

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.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 90
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR : 90
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR : 90 OR
  • TAFE:

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • 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.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Completion of a full-time load (75-100 credits within one semester or 150-200 credits over two semesters) with a SWA of 80% or higher and the science pre-requisite to be eligible.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Students who complete UniReady in Semester 1 should apply for a related course for Semester 2;  e.g. BSc(ESS) course or BSc(Health Science), and perform well (SWA>80%) to be competitive with their course switching  application. 

You are required to show evidence of having completed an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award and a Senior First Aid Certificate or respective equivalent before completing your first year. You are required to be able to swim to complete an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award.

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 a disability.

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.

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, 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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

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

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,530*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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 – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Intensive Study Period 1, Semester 1 and Study Period 1

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

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.

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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  • Curtin course code: B-PHYTH
  • CRICOS code: 003890C
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019