This course will expand your specialist knowledge and skills in clinical exercise physiology for a range of target pathologies and population groups.
You’ll gain the expertise to assess, prescribe, deliver and adapt exercise interventions to guide and optimise health and function for people with chronic medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. These include cardiovascular, respiratory, chronic renal, metabolic and neurological conditions; and musculoskeletal pain, mental health and cancer.
This course offers blended learning and throughout the course you’ll learn to work with clients through client-centred care and evidence-based approaches, to provide optimal care that encompasses the whole person (including comorbidities).
You’ll have fully supported clinical practicum opportunities, including the option of a clinical placement in Cambodia, and beneficial interprofessional education with students in other Curtin allied health courses.
In addition to gaining advanced theoretical knowledge, you’ll have the opportunity to develop valuable research skills to confidently take you into the workforce or to pursue research in a specialist area.
Note that practical classes may require students to disrobe as appropriate for the learning of clinical skills.
How this course will make you industry ready
- This is a practical course featuring content informed by industry, including the standards of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
- All units are taught by specialist academics and industry experts who have clinical experience in their particular area, giving you direct insights into industry practice.
- You’ll have opportunities to learn from lived-experience educators and guest speakers.
- You’ll gain hands-on experience working with a range of accredited exercise physiologists in clinical and community settings.
- Our Clinical Exercise Physiology Practicum skills units equip you with several professional practice certifications.
What jobs can the Clinical Exercise Physiology lead to?
- Exercise physiologist (accredited)
- Exercise rehabilitation provider
- Holistic health case manager
- Public and private hospitals and healthcare
- Fitness and wellbeing
What you'll learn
- Apply clinical exercise physiology principles and approaches in the treatment and management of persons at high risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex clinical presentations drawing upon current research to guide clinical decision making
- Incorporate creativity and initiative to formulate, implement and critically evaluate effective exercise physiology practice
- Source and synthesise complex information and evidence using a range of technologies; apply professional and independent judgement to exercise physiology practice
- Exemplify highly developed communication and technical skills, both written and verbal, to effectively design, apply and justify professional practice with clients, health professionals and stakeholders
- Integrate appropriate technologies to create, amend and validate exercise interventions and professional decisions based on scientific evidence and clinical reasoning
- Apply a commitment to professional and personal development in the field of clinical exercise through educational engagement and on-going learning, self-evaluation of practice, and advocacy for exercise physiology
- Understand and promote a global health care perspective in regards to exercise physiology practice
- Support and respect individual human rights and cultural diversity in regards to exercise physiology services within a variety of settings
- Independently and through inter-professional working relationships, apply professional and ethical skills and behaviour across a range of professional settings