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BH-PHYTH

Physiotherapy (Honours)

Bachelor honours degree

Become a qualified physiotherapist who can provide hands-on treatment, and devise exercise and health management strategies.

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  • ATAR
    Minimum ATAR 90
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) (Honours)
  • Duration
    4 years full-time
  • Credit
    800
  • CRICOS
    108991C
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
  • Fieldwork
    See requirements
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Select your preferred campus:

2023

Semester 1

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

See full course structure

Why study Physiotherapy (Honours) at Curtin?

Work experience

Work in a small group to complete and potentially publish a small research study under staff supervision in your third and fourth years.

Work experience

Complete 1,100 hours in supervised placements in hospitals and community settings.

Professional recognition

Graduates can apply for professional registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Outline

Outline

In this course, you'll learn how to prevent, treat and manage physical injuries and assist people of all ages with musculoskeletal conditions and chronic health conditions. You’ll graduate with an integrated honours-level qualification, ready to make a difference as a physiotherapist or to continue your studies as a researcher in a field of physiotherapy.

Your first year is interprofessional, giving you the skills you need to work as part of a dynamic healthcare team, while learning about the physical, structural and physiological aspects of human form and movement.

In the following years, you’ll study musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary cardiorespiratory and neurological sciences, as well as gerontology, paediatrics, gender health issues and pain management.

Throughout the course, you will learn how to select the best treatment option by analysing the available research evidence, the perspective of the person and the heath environment they are in.

You’ll become proficient in treating acute and chronic conditions and disabilities using hands-on treatment, prescriptive exercise and lifestyle advice. You’ll also build essential soft skills, such as empathic listening to help accurately diagnose an issue, problem-solving to address clinical obstacles, and reflective practice to critically analyse evidence, and monitor the success of your management strategies.

To put your skills into practice, you’ll develop your practical skills in laboratory classes and complete 1,100 hours in supervised placements in hospitals and community settings, including those in rural and remote locations.

You will also become part of a research group with your peers in your third and fourth years, and work to complete and potentially publish a small research study under staff supervision.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What jobs can the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) (Honours) lead to?

Careers

  • Physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapy researcher.

Industries

  • Education
  • Government
  • Health management
  • Hospitals
  • Local community practice
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Research
  • Schools
  • Sports organisations.

What you'll learn

  • ethically use research-informed / evidence-based 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
  • effectively communicate with individuals and groups with diverse cultural, linguistic, ability, or gender perspectives, providing education and advocacy
  • competently and innovatively use digital technologies that enhance healthcare delivery
  • be curious, creative and responsive to emerging evidence and practice change, and engage proactively in lifelong learning
  • demonstrate awareness of and an ability to respond to the national and international healthcare environment and broader healthcare priorities
  • demonstrate cultural capability to improve healthcare outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders in interprofessional teams to achieve optimal client/patient outcomes

Professional recognition

On graduating you can apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).

You may also apply for registration in New Zealand. To work in the US, UK or Canada, you will need to provide details of your program of studies to the relevant bodies and you may be required to 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.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 90

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    STAT is not accepted for entry to this course, but may be used to demonstrate English competence requirements.

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)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This course only has a Semester 1 intake, entry requirements are published on the TISC website.

Students should be able to swim. If a prospective applicant cannot swim, they need to remedy this by the beginning of the second year of the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You are required to show evidence of having completed an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award and a Senior First Aid Certificate or respective equivalent before completing your first year. You are required to be able to swim to complete an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award.

Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with a disability.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    STAT is not accepted for entry to this course, but may be used to demonstrate English competence requirements.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 90

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

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)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

This course only has a Semester 1 intake, entry requirements are published on the TISC website.

Students should be able to swim. If a prospective applicant cannot swim, they need to remedy this by the beginning of the second year of the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You are required to show evidence of having completed an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award and a Senior First Aid Certificate or respective equivalent before completing your first year. You are required to be able to swim to complete an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award.

Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with a disability.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • STAT entry

    STAT is not accepted for entry to this course, but may be used to demonstrate English competence requirements.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 90

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

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)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

This course only has a Semester 1 intake, entry requirements are published on the TISC website.

Students should be able to swim. If a prospective applicant cannot swim, they need to remedy this by the beginning of the second year of the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You are required to show evidence of having completed an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award and a Senior First Aid Certificate or respective equivalent before completing your first year. You are required to be able to swim to complete an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award.

Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with a disability.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Completion of a full-time load (75-100 credits within one semester or 150-200 credits over two semesters) with a SWA of 80% or higher and the science pre-requisite to be eligible.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Students who complete UniReady in Semester 1 should apply for a related course for Semester 2; e.g. BSc(Exercise and Sport Science) course or BSc(Health Science), and perform well to be competitive with their course switching application.

Students who complete UniReady in Semester 1 should apply for a related course for Semester 2; e.g. BSc(Exercise and Sport Science) course or BSc(Health Science), and perform well to be competitive with their course switching application.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 90

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

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)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

This course only has a Semester 1 intake, entry requirements are published on the TISC website.

Students should be able to swim. If a prospective applicant cannot swim, they need to remedy this by the beginning of the second year of the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You are required to show evidence of having completed an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award and a Senior First Aid Certificate or respective equivalent before completing your first year. You are required to be able to swim to complete an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award.

Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with a disability.

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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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

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $8,300*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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