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.
- New graduate 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
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.
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.
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
Domestic applicants who are not currently enrolled in a bachelor degree at the University of Canberra must apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC): https://www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants
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.
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
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.
Information for Fee Paying Students
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.
Typical Study Pattern
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Standard Full Time, Semester 1 Commencing
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- Year 2
- Semester 1
- Honours only: Honours Thesis 1 (8992)
- Semester 2
- Year 4
- Standard Full Time, Semester 1 Commencing
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (96 credit points)
Required - 84 credit points as follows
CM0023 Core Major in Allied Health (24 credit points)
- Required - Must pass 15 credit points as follows
Restricted Choice - 9 credit points from the following
Option A - Must pass 9 credit points as follows
- Option A is for students in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science or the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation.
Option B - 9 credit points as follows
- Option B is for students in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
- Part A - Must pass 6 credit points as follows
- Part B - Must pass 3 credit points from the following
- Option A - Must pass 9 credit points as follows
- Required Units - Must pass 12 credit points as follows
SM0063 Specialist Major in Physiotherapy Interventions (24 credit points)
Required - Must pass 24 credit points as follows
- 8976 - Cardiothoracic Interventions 1 - 3 cp, Level 3
- 8977 - Musculoskeletal Interventions 1 - 3 cp, Level 3
- 8979 - Cardiothoracic Interventions 2 - 3 cp, Level 3
- 8982 - Neurological Interventions 1 - 3 cp, Level 4
- 8983 - Neurological Interventions 2 - 3 cp, Level 4
- 8986 - Musculoskeletal Interventions 2 - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11538 - Orthopaedic Physiotherapy - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11539 - Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan - 3 cp, Level 3
- Required - Must pass 24 credit points as follows
SM0064 Specialist Major in Physiotherapy Practice (24 credit points)
Required - Must pass 24 credit points as follows
- 6834 - Biomechanics 1 - 3 cp, Level 2
- 8279 - Advanced Functional Anatomy - 3 cp, Level 3
- 8997 - Professional Practice in Health - 3 cp, Level 1
- 11540 - Essential Physiotherapy Skills - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11541 - Applied Physiotherapy Skills - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11542 - Clinical Physiotherapy 3 - 3 cp, Level 4
- 11543 - Clinical Physiotherapy 4 - 3 cp, Level 4
- 11544 - Clinical Physiotherapy 5 - 3 cp, Level 4
- Required - Must pass 24 credit points as follows
- CM0023 Core Major in Allied Health (24 credit points)
Restricted Choice - Must select 1 of the following
Professional Stream - 12 credit points as follows
- Restricted Choice - Must pass 12 credit points from the following
Honours Stream - 12 credit points as follows
- Required - Must pass 9 credit points as follows
- Restricted Choice - Must pass 3 credit points from the following
- Professional Stream - 12 credit points as follows
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.
Standard eight semesters full-time. Maximum ten semesters. This course is only available for full-time enrolment.
Unit Delivery Modes
Each unit within your course may be offered through various delivery modes like on campus, online, flexible and intensive modes. Check how each of your units are delivered in the Course Requirements section.
|2020||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
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|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
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.
|Bachelor of Physiotherapy||B Physio|
|Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)||B Physio (Hons)|
Alternate Exit Awards
- Diploma of Health Studies
- Associate Degree of Health Studies
Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)
In order for the Diploma of Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 24 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 b) completed a minimum of 12 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 12 credit points in any of the health disciplines. In order for the Associate Degree in Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 48 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 and 12 credit points at Level 2 b) completed a minimum of 24 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 24 credit points in any of the health disciplines.