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Masters extended

The Doctor of Physiotherapy is an Extended Masters degree that offers a fast-track pathway to becoming a physiotherapist.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Doctor of Physiotherapy
  • Duration


    3 years full-time
  • Credit




  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Intensive Study Period 1, 2024

1 May 2023

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Intensive Study Period 1, 2025

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7 November 2024

Course outline



The Doctor of Physiotherapy is an Extended Masters degree that offers a fast-track pathway to becoming a physiotherapist. A series of coursework units will provide you with foundational knowledge in the broad range of specialist and practical areas that encompass the physiotherapy profession.

You will complete case studies and clinical placements to help you apply your knowledge to make well-informed clinical decisions. Furthermore, your studies will emphasise evidence-based practice and encourage you to think critically.

Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes, which require frequent disrobing when acting as clients or patients within the peer group. Being able to physically manipulate people, including lifting and supporting those with disabilities, is also an essential requirement.

What you'll learn

  • Critically appraise and synthesise appropriate evidence to ethically apply physiotherapeutic strategies for individuals and groups across the lifespan
  • Competently and confidently apply and lead physiotherapeutic practice in diverse and changing environments and across a range of practice areas for improved healthcare outcomes at individual and/or group level
  • Communicate confidently and effectively to advocate for and educate individuals and groups of diverse cultural, linguistic, ability and gender backgrounds
  • Competently and innovatively use digital technologies that enhance healthcare delivery
  • Be curious, creative, and responsive to emerging evidence and practice change, and engage proactively and reflectively in lifelong learning
  • Demonstrate knowledge of socio-politico-cultural influences on health care in a local and global context and an ability to respond to the national and international healthcare environment and broader healthcare priorities
  • Demonstrate cultural capability and implement culturally appropriate interventions to improve healthcare outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Display leadership and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders in interprofessional teams to achieve optimal client/patient outcomes

Professional recognition

All practising physiotherapists must be registered with Physiotherapy Board of Australia which is part of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

This course is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates are eligible for registration in any state or territory of Australia. Registration in New Zealand is available under the terms of the Trans-Tasman agreement. Graduates applying for licensure in the United States of America, United Kingdom or Canada will be required to provide details of their program of studies to the relevant bodies and sit a licensing examination.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Specifically, applicants require a relevant bachelor degree or equivalent and completion of units at a tertiary level in 1. musculoskeletal limb anatomy, 2. human biology or physiology and 3. health research methods or evidence-based practice. Desirable units include physics, psychology and statistics. Students are required to have a current Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent and a swimming qualification (Bronze medal, Aquatic Rescue Award, as per Royal lifesaving awards or equivalent) and criminal record screening and clearance before entering the course. Prospective applicants are advised that the program requires full participation in laboratory classes where manual skills, including the ability to lift and support severely disabled patients, and topics such as surface anatomy are presented.



Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Application Requirements

Please refer to our application requirements before applying for this Curtin course.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

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  • Curtin course code: MX-PHYTH
  • CRICOS code: 0100217
  • Last updated on: 22 May 2024

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