CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy primarily prepares graduates for registration and employment as physiotherapists.
CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a fully accredited course designed to expand the professional opportunities for students from regional and remote backgrounds, as well as addressing the shortage of health professionals in non-metropolitan areas.
Graduates will not only have specific skills for practice in rural and remote Australia, but will also be equipped to practise in metropolitan areas and internationally.
You will graduate with the knowledge to formulate physiotherapeutic diagnoses and provide appropriate programs of 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.
As a graduate of CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy, you will be eligible to work as a physiotherapist in rural, regional and metropolitan settings across Australia and internationally.
To ensure you graduate as a confident and successful professional practitioner, you will start training as a physiotherapist from your first day of study, completing 1,000 hours of clinical experience during your course. You will undertake your first clinical placement in year one and workplace learning experiences are offered in a range of settings.
If you achieve a Grade Point Average of 5 or above across your first and second year subjects, you will be eligible to apply to transfer into the Honours stream. This stream is embedded into years three and four of your course. If selected, you will complete specific Honours subjects that replace standard subjects and develop your organisational, research and writing skills. Selection into the Honours stream will depend on your academic merit, the extent to which you have considered a potential project topic, and the availability of appropriate supervisors. Applications to transfer into the Honours stream must be submitted to the School Honours Coordinator in early November. Second-year students who meet the academic merit eligibility requirements will receive an email invitation to apply in August. Instructions about how to apply are included in that email.
The 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 and territories of Australia, and may also work internationally.
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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.
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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