PHS401 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency (24)

Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency' provides physiotherapy students with the opportunity to undertake sustained periods of physiotherapy clinical practice in a diverse range of workplace settings. The purpose of these three (3) five week clinical placements is to enable students to further develop and consolidate their knowledge, skills and attributes in: professional physiotherapy practice; client assessment; clinical reasoning; intervention planning; implementation of physiotherapy interventions; and evaluation of management strategies. Students' learning will be enabled through direct client contact under the supervision of qualified physiotherapists. Students will integrate knowledge from their university studies into clinical practice. Students will be assessed for their achievement of the Australian Standards for Physiotherapy using the criteria and forms developed for the National Assessment of Physiotherapy (AAP).


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS401. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy and the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).


( PHS301 ) and ( PHS307 or HLT333 ) and ( PHS318 and PHS328 ) and ( PHS309 ) and ( PHS314 or PHS201 ) and ( PHS350 or PHS300 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to integrate and apply knowledge gained from academic subjects into a variety of clinical settings;
  • be able to demonstrate achievement of the standards required of an entry level physiotherapist according to the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand (2015);
  • be able to articulate and demonstrate their achievement of entry-level competency and the CSU Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLOs);
  • be able to effectively integrate skills in assessment, clinical reasoning, planning and implementation of physiotherapy intervention in the management of a client's condition; and
  • be able to demonstrate leadership capabilities and describe possible professional development strategies to continue to develop qualities of leadership in the workplace.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Three (3) five week placements equivalent to 75 days;
  • Clinical placements will be offered in a diverse range of settings including but not limited to: hospitals; community based facilities; schools based services; outpatient settings;
  • Application of physiotherapy practice knowledge across a broad range of practice settings and relevant to diverse client groups;
  • Safe and competent practice in a broad range of physiotherapy skills;
  • Clinical reasoning processes;
  • Critical appraisal of knowledge and skills;
  • Application of knowledge and skills in the workplace;
  • Self-appraisal of professional practice capabilities; and
  • Professional practice roles and responsibilities.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHS401 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Workplace learning assessment 1
Workplace learning assessment 2
Workplace learning assessment 3
Post clinical forms

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 75 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertaking this subject will complete three (3) five week placements equivalent to 75 days. Students will be assessed for safety and competency in a range of physiotherapy skills and settings that reflect integration of knowledge and practice in core areas.

Special Resources

Students are required to attend a full-time clinical placement. Associated accommodation and transport costs are the responsibility of the individual student.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.