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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.

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  • Qualification
    Doctor of Physiotherapy
  • Duration
    3 years full-time
  • Credit
  • Fieldwork
    See requirements
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Why study Physiotherapy at Curtin?

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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.

Classes commence Monday, 4 January 2021.

What you'll learn

  • Utilise knowledge of biophysical, behavioural and clinical science into the safe and ethical delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and dynamic settings
  • Critically analyse information to plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy practice
  • Source, appraise, manage and use a wide range of information relevant to evidence-informed physiotherapy practice and effective decision-making
  • Use effective and respectful strategies for communication with diverse stakeholders
  • Use relevant technologies as part of contemporary physiotherapy practice
  • Demonstrate ongoing commitment to professional development and contribution to the profession through building personal lifelong learning capacities
  • Understand the local, national and global factors that inform the delivery of physiotherapy services within a global health care perspective
  • Demonstrate effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice
  • Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within interprofessional teams

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.

A three-year bachelor degree or equivalent with a CWA (course weighted average) of at least 70.

Three subjects (units) at Bachelor of Science (BSc) or equivalent (Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7): Human musculoskeletal anatomy, human biology/physiology and health research methods or evidence-based practice.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

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


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.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.