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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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New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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Outline

If COVID-19 restrictions apply, we may need to make changes to units and/or delivery modes.

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.

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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.

Why study

  • Physiotherapy is a challenging, rewarding and satisfying career. You’ll make a real difference to people’s quality of life.
  • You'll have access to specialised anatomy facilities and physical health laboratories. Take a virtual tour.
  • The course is taught by highly qualified staff with excellent clinical and research capabilities, to ensure you are prepared for the workforce.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

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.

Career information

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

Admission criteria

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

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

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 90
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

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

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

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

Other admission options

We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who 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.

‘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.

  • Minimum ATAR : 90
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

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

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

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

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

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.

  • Minimum ATAR : 90 OR
  • TAFE:

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

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

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

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

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

I’ve gone to university before

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.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

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

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

Curtin course switcher criteria

Completion of a full-time load (75-100 credits within one semester or 150-200 credits over two semesters) 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.

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.

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.

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.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

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

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • 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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  • Curtin course code: BH-PHYTH
  • CRICOS code: 108991C
  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022