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Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (BPTH)
CRICOS: 111903D

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Ipswich
Duration
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Jan
Note: This degree is offered from January 2024. 

Overview

  • Help improve people’s quality of life by becoming a qualified physiotherapist with a degree from UniSQ. Graduate career-ready after completing a variety of industry placements with the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). 
  • Learn about human anatomy, systems and movement from experienced academics, clinicians and industry professionals to develop your critical thinking and practical skills. 
  • During the five placement opportunities, you will gain experience in acute care, rehabilitation and community settings.
  • Learn how to provide much-needed support to regional, rural, First Nations and low-resource communities.
  • Physiotherapy courses explore musculoskeletal health, anatomy and neuroanatomy, cardiorespiratory health, digital health services, neurological physiotherapy, supporting those with acute and chronic health conditions and paediatric physiotherapy. There may also be opportunities to learn about animal physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, chronic pain management and Pilates.
  • This degree aligns with requirements set by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and UniSQ is accredited with the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC). Graduates may also be eligible for membership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).  
  • There is opportunity to complete your honours in one of two ways: 
    • The practice pathway focuses on industry partnerships and addresses everyday practice topics.
    • The research pathway allows you to create an individual research project (this pathway is dependent on GPA).

Further study

If you’re interested in furthering your knowledge, eligible graduates can go on to study a Master of Research or a PhD.  

Professional accreditation

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) you will be recognised by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (PBA) and will be eligible to apply for registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) to practice physiotherapy within Australia. The Bachelor of Physiotherapy program is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

Career outcomes

  • As a physiotherapist, you will have the skills to empower individuals impacted by pain, injury, illness, or disability to optimise movement and better participate in the activities they love.  
  • Career opportunities may include working as a physiotherapist in aged care, home-care, community health centres, private practice, public or private hospitals, paediatrics, or the educational sector. You could also work in NDIS, gender health, the sports sector, health promotion, mental health, occupational rehabilitation, research, academia, management, or in government.

Entry requirements

Subject pre-requisites

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • one of Biology, Mathematical Methods, Physical Education, Chemistry, Physics, or Psychology (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent. 

Please note: Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) are limited. Quota size is determined by the availability of placements. Where the quota is filled, no further places will be offered.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires an overall score of  IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four skills areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Additional requirements regarding prior education taught and assessed solely in English and prior employment - refer to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)'s Registration Standard for further information. 

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this degree. Inherent requirements are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree. Please read and understand the inherent requirements specific to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) before applying.

If you think you may experience any problems meeting inherent requirements, you can talk to a Student Equity Officer about reasonable adjustments that may be put in place to assist you. Any reasonable adjustments made must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

Additional requirements for placements

Please note that students will need to provide the following documents to enable them to go on clinical placements: 

  • Blue card or Working with Children Check
  • Yellow card (if working with people with disabilities)
  • Australian Federal Police Check Certificate

Students will also need to supply evidence of the following immunisations:

  • Hepatitis B 
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella 
  • Varicella 
  • Pertussis 
  • Influenza
  • COVID-19 vaccinations as directed by health services

Finally, you will be asked to complete the below:

  • Tuberculosis Risk Assessment
  • Mask fit testing for face masks worn in clinical settings  

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, the pathway options available to you include:

 

Degree structure

This degree is made of 32 units and full-time typically involves completing eight units per year.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Discipline-specific courses  16
Honours course (Research or Practice Pathway)  8
Total  32

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience

As part of the degree, you will need to complete professional experience placements. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional practice within this degree.

Professional and clinical experience

You will have the opportunity have a wide range of professional and clinical experiences while studying. 

You will complete five clinical placement blocks, each five weeks in duration, to put your theory knowledge into action and learn from working professionals. Placements will be organised by the University and at least one will be in a regional, rural or remote area. Travel and living expenses incurred during placement will need to be paid by the students. Please note that students will need to purchase and wear a clinical uniform during clinical experiences and designated assessments Scholarships of up to $500 are available through Southern Queensland Rural Health and UniSQ’s wellbeing team.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional practice within the degree.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
On-campus

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 32640

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Scholarships

At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.

CRICOS: 111903D

Intakes

  • Applications for 2024 are now open.

Please note: Meeting entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within this degree are limited by quota. Quota size is determined by the availability of placements. Where the quota is filled, no further places will be offered.

As places are limited in this degree, applications may close early if all places are filled for a specific intake.

Study period  Orientation  Study period start date
Trimester 1, 2024 Monday 15 January Monday 22 January 

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