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
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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.
What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
It’s essential that all students that partake in a professional masters program are registered with the Physiotherapists Registration Board of Western Australia. Applicants who enrol into a professional masters program, who don’t hold a current registration with the Physiotherapists Registration Board, are required to obtain temporary registration.
Application for temporary registration is made in person by providing the Physiotherapists Registration Board of WA with certified copies of physiotherapy qualifications, as well as an original Letter of Good Standing (or a Statutory Declaration), dated within six months of the date of making an application for temporary registration. More information can be found on the AHPRA website.
Application for temporary registration should be completed prior to your arrival in Perth for the start of the course.
Temporary registration and participation in this professional masters program won’t be possible without proof of (temporary) registration.
Please submit the following documents with your application:
academic transcript and award certificate
Two academic/professional referees [.pdf 118 kB]. If you have completed or are in the process of completing the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy you aren’t required to submit referee reports with your course application.
professional registration (please provide evidence of current registration as a physiotherapist).
Domestic application deadline: four weeks before the start of each semester.
International application deadline: 31 August (the year prior to the course start date).
Credit for recognised learning (CRL)
Use your experience to get credit towards your degree
Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.
Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.
Frequently asked questions
There are 3 different categories of acceptance due dates:
For countries listed here (Country List), acceptance due date is 7 weeks before course start date, as stated on your Offer Letter. If you have a GTE Finance or GTE Interview condition on your offer, you must submit the GTE documentation 2 weeks before the acceptance closing date.
For all other countries which are not listed in the list, the acceptance due date is 3 weeks before the course start date.
If you are currently in Australia on a valid visa, the acceptance closing date is 1 week before the course start date.
Curtin has a duty of care to ensure all international students have sufficient time to have their student visa issued and to arrive in Perth in time for the Orientation Week and the start of classes. The timeframes stipulated above allows Curtin to process your completed documents and for the Department of Home Affairs to issue your student visa in time. For more information on visa processing times, please refer to the Visa Processing Times on the Department of Home Affairs website.
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