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Bachelor of Physiotherapy - 202JA

Course Code: 202JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Physiotherapy
UAC Code: 365106
CRICOS Code: 076966F
Lowest Selection Rank: 89
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with no band score below 7.0 or equivalent. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sport industry workforce. If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person interested in studying a health or sport course, please contact Rachel Harrigan or phone 6201 2608.

Become a valued member of the health community

As a physiotherapist you will be an autonomous, first-contact practitioner and valued member of wider health teams. Our Bachelor of Physiotherapy takes a comprehensive approach to learning about the prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic management of pain and disorders of human movement. You will learn about the diversity of clinical specialties that are required to meet the unique needs of clients and enhance the health and welfare of the wider community.

Study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UC and you will:

  • develop knowledge of the structure and function of the human body
  • obtain knowledge of the degenerative and disease processes affecting the human body
  • apply knowledge, skill, understanding and application of the assessment, intervention, therapeutic and educational tools relevant to physiotherapy
  • understand and apply the professional ethics, responsibilities, values and standards for practice of physiotherapy
  • enhance communication skills in listening, speaking, explaining, teaching, writing and reading relevant to medical and physiotherapeutic practice
  • learn to read, critique, evaluate and apply evidence from research and science into the practices of health care and health services.

Work-integrated learning

Throughout your degree you will complete clinical practice experience that will give you the opportunity to integrate the theoretical and practical components of your course into genuine work environments.

Career opportunities

  • Private practice 
  • Paediatrics
  • Outpatients
  • Intensive care
  • Occupational health

Course Specific Information

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and approved by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practice physiotherapy in Australia. High performing students may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours degree, based on their academic performance or on approval of the course convener.

Enquiries

Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email student.centre@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate degree course.

Additional Admission Requirements

All students in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course are required to complete clinical practice placement in blocks of time, often outside teaching time. These clinical practice placements are essential to the program. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid Certificates including CPR, as a requirement of the ACT and NSW health departments.

All students are required to undergo an Australian Federal Police record check prior to undertaking clinical experience in the ACT, and a NSW Police check before undertaking practice in NSW.

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: Mathematical Methods major and either Biology or Human Movement major(s); and Chemistry or Physics major(s).
NSW: Mathematics and either Biology or Human Movement, and Physics or Chemistry.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2018 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1
2019 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Physiotherapy B Physio
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) B Physio (Hons)

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Self Paced: The content of this unit, including assessment, can be studied at a pace that suits you. All content is available online and the unit can be commenced at any time throughout the year.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2018 CSP $33,500

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy has been accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council, and approved by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia so that graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practice Physiotherapy in Australia

Graduate Employment

Graduates are prepared for physiotherapy practice in Australia. Students undertaking the honours option may also progress into Physiotherapy research or academic careers. This program prepares students for further study and specialisation in Physiotherapy.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge of the structure and function of the human body relevant to the practice of physiotherapy. UC graduates are professional
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
Knowledge of the degenerative and disease processes affecting the human body relevant to the practice of physiotherapy. UC graduates are professional
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
Knowledge, skill, understanding and application of the assessment, intervention, therapeutic and educational tools relevant to the practice of physiotherapy. UC graduates are professional
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity
Understanding and application of professional ethics, responsibilities, values and standards for practice of physiotherapy UC graduates are professional
- communicate effectively
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity

UC graduates are global citizens
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
Communication skills in listening, speaking, explaining, teaching, writing and reading relevant to medical and physiotherapeutic practice UC graduates are professional
- communicate effectively
Ability to read, critique, evaluate and apply evidence from research and science into the practices of health care and health services. UC graduates are professional
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems

UC graduates are lifelong learners
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time. Maximum twenty semesters. This course is only available for full-time enrolment.

Honours

High performing students may be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Physiotherapy honours stream. Students may be invited to apply to complete the honours degree, or apply based on their academic performance of high credit average, or on approval of the course convenor, as detailed below. Prerequisites for honours study include completion of preparatory units in statistics or health data analysis. Honours study involves completion of unit 8987 Evidence Based Practice (Honours) and two honours units: Physiotherapy Honours Thesis 1 and 2. Requirements for degree with Honours: (i) Application for Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours, should be made during third year. Eligible applications will be considered by the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course convenor and the Physiotherapy Honours Thesis Unit Convener. To be eligible to undertake studies at honours level, a student must achieve at least a credit average in all eligible units. Eligible units: Eligible units for calculation of the Entry GPA are all required units in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program years 1,2 and 3 undertaken at the University of Canberra, and this includes units for which you receive credit, whether done at UC or elsewhere. Where you have done extra units which may count, e.g. more than the required amount of restricted elective units, your best results will be counted. Eligible units for calculation of the Honours GPA are any required and elective units for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, including the units Physiotherapy Honours Thesis 1 and 2. (ii) The degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy may be awarded with first or second class honours, following submission of an Honours thesis as part of the units Physiotherapy Honours Thesis 1 and 2. Calculating the final class of honours Bachelor of Physiotherapy degrees with Honours are awarded in the following classes depending on the Honours GPA obtained and the standard of the Honours Thesis. First Class: both an Honours GPA of at least 6 and an exceptional performance in the honours component of your assessment Second Class - Division I: both an Honours GPA of at least 5.5 and a very good performance in the honours component of your assessment Second Class-- Division II: both an Honours GPA of at least 5 and a good performance in the Honours component of your assessment. A student with an honours GPA of less than 5, and pass level performance in the Honours component of the assessment, may pass the Honours unit, but be awarded with Bachelor of Physiotherapy without honours. Calculating the Honours GPA Honours GPAs are calculated by using the University´┐Żs system. The units Physiotherapy Honours Thesis 1 and 2 will be weighted as 30% for the purposes of calculating the Honours GPA. Units used in the Honours GPA are as described in 'Eligible units' above for Honours GPA assessment. Note that marks are not automatically rounded up for purposes of Honours. Thus 4.99 does not become 5.00. Where your final mark is within two marks of the next level of honours, or of achieving honours at all (e.g. a 4.8 is rounded up to 5.0), you can apply in writing to have your honours result upgraded. This will be determined by Bachelor of Physiotherapy course convener and the Physiotherapy Honours Thesis Unit Convener, taking into account your academic record and any mitigating circumstances which may have affected your academic performance.

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2014->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2016->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2017->UC Bruce Campus-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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