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Master of Physiotherapy - 768AA

Course Code: 768AA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Physiotherapy
UAC Code: 880805
CRICOS Code: 050002F
Lowest Selection Rank: PG
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.

Fast track your way into a Physiotherapy Career

If you already possess a health-related degree but now wish to move into a career in physiotherapy, then the UC Master of Physiotherapy course will help you transition into a new pathway fast – and with confidence.

This 2-year, full time course will help you leverage your existing qualification and combine it with a comprehensive integrated learning schedule to ensure that you meet both Australian Physiotherapy Association requirements, and your own career objectives in the most expediate way possible. 

This course is unique to UC and has been specifically designed to help you not only graduate faster, but also enter the physiotherapy industry with a highly competitive edge.

So if you’re a health graduate that has been considering pursuing a career path more in line with your passion or purpose - then look no further than the UC Master of Physiotherapy course – and take your career to another level – fast.

Study a Master of Physiotherapy at UC and you will:

 
  • become a skilled practitioner capable of working in a variety of settings
  • receive an integrated learning mix of lecture, laboratory and tutorial sessions with a strong professional practice component
  • gain the knowledge, skills, ethical appreciation and the clinical decision-making confidence required to practice as a physiotherapist
  • gain professional experience in public hospitals and private practices in the ACT, regional NSW or across Australia
  • undertake a series of problem based clinical studies to further develop your skills and adaptability
  • acquire research skills and learn how to challenge established theories against a body of knowledge in the areas of growth and development, movement dysfunction, pathology or degeneration.

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

The Master of Physiotherapy course at UC is fully accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates are eligible for registration as a Physiotherapist by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
A range of careers are available for Master of Physiotherapy students including:

  • musculoskeletal
  • neurological
  • cardiothoracic
  • sports
  • women’s health
  • paediatrics
  • oncology
  • emergency
  • aged care 
  • burns units and more
  • private industry and the government sector.

Course-specific information

All students are required to undergo a police record check and present current immunisation records prior undertaking clinical practice placement in the community.

Admission Requirements

This course has an early closing date to submit applications by the 31st May of every year for domestic applicants and 31st March every year for international applicants. Domestic applicants must apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Students should apply at: http://www.uac.edu.au/postgraduate/

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
A) a completed bachelor degree in a health science discipline* with a credit or higher average, and
B) degree level studies in musculoskeletal anatomy, advanced functional anatomy, physiology of exercise and biomechanics.

* Health science disciplines include exercise physiology, exercise science, exercise and sports science, medical science, biomedical science, health science, human movement, physiotherapy, physical therapy, applied science, human biology, medicine, rehabilitation science, human nutrition, occupational therapy.

Additional Admission Requirements

All students in the course are required complete clinical practice placements in blocks of time, often outside of teaching time. These clinical practice placements are essential to the program and are assessed.

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.

Assumed Knowledge

Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Advanced Functional Anatomy, Physiology of Exercise and Biomechanics.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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
Master of Physiotherapy M Physio

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Health Studies Graduate Diploma in Health Studies

Additional Placement Requirements

This course requires students to meet compulsory placement requirements prior to undertaking professional placement (Work-Integrated Learning) in a clinical or professional setting. For information on what these requirements are and how to meet these requirements, please visit www.canberra.edu.au/placement

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.
      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.

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

All students are required to undergo a 'working with vulnerable people' check, an Australian Federal Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience in the ACT, and a NSW Police check before undertaking practice in NSW.

Professional Accreditation

The course has been accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy are eligible for registration as a Physiotherapist by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

For professional Physiotherapy registration with APHRA, IELTS is required for anyone who did not complete high school in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, Canada or South Africa, as opposed to the University requirements where IELTS is only required for those who have not studied in an English speaking country.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge of the structure and function of the human body and the application of this knowledge to interpretation of dysfunction required for the practice of physiotherapy as an autonomous practitioner. Analysis and enquiry
Knowledge and understanding of the degenerative and disease processes affecting the human body and the application of this knowledge to interpretation of dysfunction required for the practice of physiotherapy as an autonomous practitioner. Analysis and enquiry
Knowledge, skill, understanding and application of the assessment, diagnostic, intervention, therapeutic and educational tools relevant to the practice of physiotherapy as an autonomous practitioner. Analysis and enquiry
Working independently and with others
Communication; Problem solving
Understanding, interpretation and problem solving in professional ethics, responsibilities, values and standards for practice of physiotherapy. Professionalism and social responsibility
Communication; Problem solving
Working independently and with others
Communication skills in listening, speaking, explaining, teaching, writing reading and communication of current research relevant to medical and physiotherapeutic practice. Communication
Working independently and with others
Expertise and skills to critique, synthesise and apply evidence from research and science into the practices of health care and health services. Analysis and enquiry
Problem solving
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change
Expertise and skills in research to test established theories against a body of knowledge in the areas of growth and development, movement dysfunction, pathology or degeneration relevant to the practice of physiotherapy. Analysis and enquiry
Problem solving
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change

Course Duration

Standard four semesters (not available part-time). Maximum eight semesters.

Honours

None.

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

Students who are unable to complete the two-year masters program may be eligible to exit this course with one of the following awards: - Graduate Certificate in Health Studies, after completion of 12cp study of units in this course; or - Graduate Diploma in Health Studies, after completion of 24cp study of units in this course, with at least 12cp at PG level.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for this course for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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