Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

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CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy primarily prepares graduates for registration and employment as physiotherapists.

  • Why study this course?

    What will I learn?

    You will graduate with the knowledge to formulate physiotherapeutic diagnoses and provide appropriate programs of the therapeutic exercise and treatments to those primarily with physical conditions.

    Studies in behavioural and biomedical science, as well as clinical experience, will prepare you for employment as an entry-level physiotherapist in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, community health centres, rehabilitation centres and private practices.

    You will also develop skills in learning, problem solving and decision making, which are essential for continued high-level practice as a physiotherapist.

    Professional recognition

    CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy has been awarded full accreditation with the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC). Graduates of the course are eligible for registration in all states in territories of Australia, and may also work internationally.

  • Career opportunities

    Physiotherapy is an important part of the health care environment. As experts in movement, physiotherapists play a key role in promoting, preventing and helping people across their lifespan maintain their health, physical function and lifestyle.

    Graduates work professionally as physiotherapists throughout the health care system; in hospitals, within the community, private practices, and organisations such as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in a range of roles including:

    • acute hospital work
    • rehabilitation
    • geriatric care
    • private practitioners
    • sports therapies

    You may also work in:

    • education
    • management
    • research
    • public or private healthcare sectors as a consultant.

    If you want a dynamic and rewarding health career, which exists in a fun and friendly community environment, physiotherapy offers diverse employment opportunities that can take you places within Australia and around the world.

    The demand for physiotherapists is growing across Australia and rural people, in particular, are increasingly finding themselves lacking a service sufficient for their needs.

    CSU graduates have a proven high employment rate.

  • Credit and pathways

    If you are accepted into CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy and feel you have completed subjects or work experience that would be eligible for recognition, you can apply for credit after you have enrolled into the course. You will be required to submit sufficient documentation to the University for consideration. Common areas of credit are physiology and psychology. Credit may result in a reduced workload, but it is uncommon for credit to result in a reduced course duration.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Bachelor of Physiotherapy/Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) course is of 256 points duration, as follows.

    Common subjects to both pass and honours streams (21 subjects; 224 points)

    BMS161 Health and Human Body – Cells, Immunity and Musculoskeletal
    BMS162 Health and Human Body – Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal
    BMS171 Introductory Functional Human Anatomy 1
    BMS172 Functional anatomy of the vertebral column, pelvic girdle and lower limbs
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
    BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
    BMS257 Movement Science
    BMS263 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals
    BMS271 Functional Anatomy of the head, neck, pectoral girdle and upper limbs
    HIP100 Introduction to Health & Rehabilitation
    HIP202 Research for Health Practice
    PHS100 Introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)
    PHS250 Evolving Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
    PHS201 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice (16)
    PHS300 Integrated Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)
    PHS301 Acute Care Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS302 Neurology and Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice (12)
    PHS303 Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Clinical Experience (4)
    PHS401 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency (24)
    PHS400 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
    PHS402 Advanced Preparation for Physiotherapy Practice (16)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

    Additional compulsory subjects for Pass stream (3 subjects; 24 points)

    HIP302 Understanding Healthy Communities
    HIP303 Promoting Healthy Communities
    IKC100 Indigenous Health

    Elective subject for Pass stream (1 subject; 8 points)

    Additional compulsory subjects for Honours stream (2 subjects; 32 points)

    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation (16)
    HLT441 Health Honours project/dissertation (16)

    Enrolment pattern

    By Full-time Study

    Year 1
    Session 1 (30)

    BMS161 Health and the Human Body - Cells, Immunity, & Musculoskeletal
    BMS171 Introductory Functional Human Anatomy
    HIP100 Introduction to Health & Rehabilitation
    PHS100 Introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)(commenced)
    Session 2 (60)
    BMS162 Health and the Human Body - Cardiovascular, Renal & Respiratory
    BMS172 Functional anatomy of the vertebral column, pelvic girdle and lower limbs
    PHS100 Introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)(completed)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

    Year 2
    Session 1 (30)

    BMS257 Movement Science
    BMS263 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals
    BMS271 Functional Anatomy of the head, neck, pectoral girdle and upper limbs
    HIP202 Research for Health Practice
    Session 2 (60)
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
    BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
    PHS201 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice (16) (commenced)
    PHS250 Evolving Physiotherapy Clinical Practice

    Pass stream
    Year 3

    Session 1 (30)
    PHS201 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice (16)(completed)
    PHS300 Integrated physiotherapy clinical practice (16)(commenced)
    PHS301 Acute Care Physiotherapy Practice
    [ ] Elective
    Session 2 (60)
    PHS300 Integrated Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)(completed)
    PHS302 Neurology and Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice (12)
    PHS303 Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Clinical Experience (4)
    IKC100 Indigenous Health

    Year 4
    Session 1 (30)

    HIP302 Understanding Healthy Communities
    PHS401 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency (24)
    Session 2 (60)
    HIP303 Promoting Healthy Communities
    PHS400 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
    PHS402 Advanced Preparation for Physiotherapy Practice (16)

    Honours stream
    Year 3

    Session 1 (30)
    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation (16)(commenced)
    PHS201 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice (16)(completed)
    PHS300 Integrated physiotherapy clinical practice (16)(commenced)
    PHS301 Acute Care Physiotherapy Practice
    Session 2 (60)
    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation (16)(completed)
    PHS300 Integrated physiotherapy clinical practice (16)(completed)
    PHS302 Neurology and Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS303 Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Clinical Experience

    Year 4
    Session 1 (30)

    HLT441 Health Honours project/dissertation (16)(commenced)
    PHS401 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency (24)
    Session 2 (60)
    HLT441 Health Honours project/dissertation (16)(completed)
    PHS400 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
    PHS402 Advanced Preparation for Physiotherapy Practice (16)

  • Residential schools
  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    Not applicable (Albury-Wodonga)
    89.50 (Orange)

    CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy offers 40 places at Albury-Wodonga Campus and 40 places at Orange Campus for new students each year. These places are in high demand. Competition from year-to-year dictates the entry score, but as an indication, the published score is usually over 90.00. This includes Regional Bonus Points, available to eligible students who complete their schooling in regional NSW or Victoria.

    While there are no prerequisite HSC subjects specified for admission, the course involves the study of science-based subjects. Applicants will benefit from having studied English and mathematics as well as science subjects. Successful applicants who believe they do not have an appropriate science background may consider undertaking subjects offered in CSU's STUDY LINK supplementary program prior to commencing the course. 

    Please note the TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate is not accepted for entry into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

    The application process

    The normal application process for CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy is through UAC or VTAC.

    STAT or UMAT scores are not considered for entry into CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy. For school leavers, the ATAR is all that is considered. For applicants who have studied at tertiary level, previous Grade Point Average (GPA) is the primary indicator, with their ATAR also considered. Over the past five years, the average GPA has been around 6.0. This constitutes a Distinction, or B or H2 average.

    If you are not accepted into this course, you are advised to consider whether physiotherapy is the profession you really want to pursue. To assist you with this decision, you could obtain some work experience or seek advice from a career counsellor. If you still wish to pursue physiotherapy as a career and you have no Year 12 qualification, or if your first ATAR was not high enough, you may consider re-sitting Year 12. Alternatively, you could enrol in another course with the view to reapplying for CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy in future. You should enrol in a course that is of interest to you, that you feel you will do well in and that you will be happy to stay in should you not be accepted into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy on your following applications. All Bachelor degrees are considered equally and no preference is given to particular fields of study.

    Principal's Report Entry Program (PREP)

    CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy accepts applicants through the Principal's Report Entry Program (PREP). This is a competitive process and a small number of PREP applicants receive offers each year. Completed forms must be signed by the school principal and bear the school stamp. Applicants should ensure that they have included evidence of their academic ability through school reports.

    NB: As with the regional bonus scheme, the PREP scheme is only available to students from high schools in NSW, ACT and Victoria.

    International applicants

    International applicants should apply direct to the University for admission to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Places are highly competitive, and students should apply by 31 July each year to commence study the following year.

    First-round offers are made in August, and if places remain, second-round offers may be made in September or October. Late applications will be considered with applicants for the next intake.

    International students who have already completed a Diploma or equivalent may be eligible for credit for relevant study. Credit packages may be available for some Diplomas. Applicants with a prior qualification, such as a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or equivalent, may apply at the time of application. Subject outlines are to be submitted for credit to be assessed.

    Non-school leavers / mature-aged applicants

    Each year, depending on the quality of applications, around 10 to 15 students are admitted who are not directly from Year 12. Some may have completed as little as one year of university study in another degree, and others may have completed degrees and have significant life experience.

    Non-school leavers are judged on a combination of their ATAR and their grades at a Bachelor level (or higher) from a tertiary institution. The primary method of ranking non-school leaver applicants is according to the Grade Point Average (GPA) of previous tertiary study plus their ATAR. The length of prior study is also taken into account, as well as the level of study, e.g. Bachelor degree versus postgraduate degree. All Bachelor degrees are considered equal - no preference is given to particular fields of study.

    Physical demands

    CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy course involves physical demands on students, particularly in clinical placements. Students will be undertaking practical classes where they will be expected to practise skills on other students as well as act as models for their colleagues. Any students who believe that they may have difficulty with these requirements are advised to contact the Course Coordinator or the Student Equity Officer through info.csu on 1800 334 733 before enrolling.

    Travel away from home

    You will undertake clinical placements away from your home campus and place of residence. CSU will locate and organise clinical placements for you and you will have some preference in the allocation of placements, however, these preferences cannot always be met.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8284*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    3250*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    Direct On Campus Orange FPOS Y N N ISPB
    Direct On Campus Albury-Wodonga FPOS Y N N ISBP
    UAC On Campus Orange CGS Y N N 214408
    VTAC On Campus Albury-Wodonga CGS Y N N 1300113481
    UAC On Campus Albury-Wodonga CGS Y N N 214401

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for on-campus study.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre for students who do not reside in NSW or ACT who wish to apply to courses at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    039053K (Orange, Albury-Wodonga)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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