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Bachelor of Physiotherapy - 202JA

Course Code: 202JA
Course Version: 4
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Physiotherapy
UAC Code: 365106
CRICOS Code: 076966F
Selection Rank: 90.55
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no band score below 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Helping people heal through movement

Learn the science behind body movement and gain valuable knowledge, understanding, and insight about the amazing machine we call the human body - with the UC Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

This four-year comprehensive course will help you explore the human body in detail, and analyse how each muscle, bone, joint, and ligament enables human movement and development across a variety of age ranges and disabilities. You will also develop a sophisticated understanding of how the lungs, heart, brain, and nerves work together, and how to improve peoples’ lives through exercise and movement.

Your study of advanced functional human anatomy combined with training from expert clinicians means you will be able to diagnose and offer effective therapeutic management solutions for a wide range of human movement disorders.

Once you graduate, you’ll open doors to further study, specialisation, or a Ph.D. in Physiotherapy. This course also offers an embedded Honours program for high-achieving students looking to progress into physiotherapy research or academic careers.

The course is fully accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council, which means you are eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) from the day they graduate.

Study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UC and you will:

  • develop knowledge of the structure and function of the human body
  • learn to read, critique, evaluate and apply evidence from research and science into the practices of health care and health services
  • enhance your communication skills in listening, speaking, explaining, and teaching
  • develop detailed knowledge of normal function and development of the musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic, and neurological systems
  • apply your knowledge and skill to assess, prevent, and treat developmental and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic, and neurological systems
  • understand and apply the professional ethics, responsibilities, values, and standards for the practice of physiotherapy
  • develop excellent clinical analytical and reasoning skills.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

This course offers a high volume of work integrated learning and the opportunity to gain clinical practice experience using theoretical and practical components of your studies.

Comprising of five, five-week placements, these hands-on learning opportunities will cover a wide range of areas such as acute care units, rehabilitation centres, neurological units, residential care facilities, pediatric units, and aged care facilities. Placements are only provided on a full-time basis and will require interstate travel. Accommodation and transport costs are the student’s responsibility. For further information on WIL please visit https://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/canberra-students/work-integrated-learning

Also, patients with a variety of medical issues such as spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s disease will also regularly visit to discuss their conditions, and you’ll also have the chance to work with high-performance athletes looking to improve their physical and personal objectives.

Career opportunities

  • New graduate physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Cardiothoracic physiotherapist
  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapist
  • Neurological physiotherapist
  • Intensive care unit (ICU) physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapy practice owner
  • Titled physiotherapist*
  • Titled sport physiotherapist*
  • Physiotherapy researcher

* Further study required

Course-specific information

The Australian Physiotherapy Council accredits this course and successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and practice physiotherapy in Australia.

Course content and structure is informed by the industry, with Course Advisory Group members hailing from the physiotherapy department of Canberra Hospital, Calvary Hospital and the Australian Institute of Sport.

High-performing students may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours degree, based on their academic performance, interview, and application.

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.

Before commencing clinical placement, all students must:

  • Provide a complete immunisation schedule
  • Provide First Aid Certificates, including CPR
  • Undergo an Australian Federal Police record check before participating in placements in the ACT
  • May need to undergo additional Police checks before participating in any interstate placements – depending on each state requirements.

Enquiries

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

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places. To ensure your application is considered, we recommend applying by the 31st October as the first offers will be released in December.
Please be advised that if you submit your application after the advertised closing date, your application may not be considered.

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
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

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

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $35,800
2020 CSP $37,200

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
Demonstrate in-depth understanding 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.
Apply knowledge of the degenerative and disease processes affecting the human body (across the lifespan and in different patient groups) in the patient-centred practice of clinical physiotherapy . UC graduates are professional: Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; and communicate effectively.

UC graduates are global citizens: Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; and make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Demonstrate safe and effective patient-centred assessment, therapeutic intervention, and evaluation using evidence-based tools and outcome measures relevant to the practice of physiotherapy, incorporating patient's goals. UC graduates are professional: Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; and display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens: Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; and make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and evaluate and adopt new technology.
Demonstrate professionalism in the practice of physiotherapy, including insight into scope of practice and the ethics, responsibilities, values and conduct required in a broad range of contexts, including maintenance of self-care as required. UC graduates are professional: Communicate effectively; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and 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; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

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; and adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Demonstrate communication skills, including culturally-responsive interpersonal, written and electronic communication with patients, families and carers, and other health professionals, in clinical and wider inter-professional contexts, including constructive conflict resolution. UC graduates are professional: Communicate effectively; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and 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; and behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

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; and adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Discuss and critically analyse existing evidence from research, quality improvement and other sources as they inform physiotherapy and health care practice, with readiness to change practice and teach others as the evidence base evolves in the future. UC graduates are professional: Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; and use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems.

UC graduates are global citizens: Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: Evaluate and adopt new technology.
Additional Learning Outcomes for Honours students:

Design, communicate a defend a research proposal.
UC graduates are professional: Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; and communicate effectively.

UC graduates are global citizens: Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Select and use cognitive and technical skills to execute a research project to a standard acceptable to professional proactive and research outlets within a physiotherapy field. 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; and display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens: Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Effectively communicate results, synthesising knowledge and judgements about research findings to a variety of audiences. UC graduates are professional: Communicate effectively; and use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems.

UC graduates are global citizens: Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings.

Course Duration

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

Honours

Honours students will complete a research project where they study patients, collect data, analyse that data, and then develop a thesis with the objective of presenting their findings at a national conference and eventually publishing in a peer-reviewed journal. 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's 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.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Alternative exit award Diploma of Health Studies: Students may exit early from the Bachelor course if they have passed 24 credit points that meet the following requirements: a. At least 12 credit points must be at Level 1/B; b. At least 12 credit points must have been completed at University of Canberra; and c. At least 12 credit points must be from units in any of the health disciplines. Alternative exit award Associate Degree of Health Studies: Students may exit early from the Bachelor course if they have passed 48 credit points that meet the following requirements: a. At least 12 credit points must be at Level 1/B and 12 credit points at Level 2/I; b. At least 24 credit points must have been completed at University of Canberra; and c. At least 24 credit points must be from units in any of the health disciplines.

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