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Start Date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHPZ

SATAC Code
414481 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): AdvDIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Biology
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Key features

  • Benefit from over 40 years' experience in physiotherapy education.
  • Experience first-hand what it’s like when you take part in real-world clinical placements as part of your study. 
  • UniSA undergraduate rehabilitation students have the highest satisfaction in the state1.
  • Graduate with clinical experience when you learn in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic.  
  • Enjoy a rewarding career in the assessment, prevention and treatment of injuries and conditions.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.  
  • Learn from above world-class researchers2 in Clinical Studies and Medical Physiology.
  • Use your qualification as a pathway to further learning, including Masters by Research and doctoral studies.
  • This degree is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

1QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree prepares you for a rewarding career in the fast-growing physiotherapy industry. 

As an honours student you will train to work as a member of a healthcare team and also as a first-contact practitioner concerned with the prevention and treatment of injury and illnesses. You will also undertake advanced research training, preparing you for the option of further study or a career in research.  

You will learn from registered physiotherapists and above world-class researchers1, and experience first-hand what it’s like to work in clinical practice in our state-of-the-art Physiotherapy Clinic, located on-campus.  

Practical experience will be further highlighted when you complete real-world clinical placements. These field placements are a practical way for you to apply what you have learnt during your studies, and are also a great way to build industry networks and relationships. 

All students enrolled in a degree leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the degree.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the program.

Why Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Why this Degree

If you want a career in research or would like to complete further study this degree will provide you with the necessary skills, knowledge and research training to do so.

Graduating with an honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study.

When you study this degree at UniSA you will learn in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic. You will also take part in laboratory classes and gain further practical experience through clinical placements within a variety of metropolitan, rural, regional or overseas health settings.  

You will also benefit from the expertise of our above world-class researchers1, as well as that of practicing physiotherapists and award-winning academics. We’ve been teaching in this field for more than 40 years, and are proud of the rich knowledge base we have created.   

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

You will benefit from our strong industry links when you complete clinical placements in a variety of metropolitan, rural, regional or overseas health settings. This offers you the opportunity to build important industry networks as you work alongside expert physiotherapists in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community clinic and aged care organisations. 

During your final year you will complete a research project and thesis under the supervision of experienced researchers. This affiliation not only provides exceptional learning opportunities, but is also an important network opportunity. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As a physiotherapist you will assess and treat patients with injury or disease, you will devise and implement rehabilitative plans and provide ongoing care and assessment. To do this you will need to have a genuine desire to help people, as well as patience and good communication skills. As an honours student you will also need to have a strong interest in research.

As an accredited physiotherapist you can gain employment in a range of settings, including: 

  • hospitals
  • private practice 
  • women’s health services 
  • disability services 
  • aged care centres 
  • home care
  • sports centres and sporting teams 
  • mental health services 
  • occupational health units
  • research 

You may also choose to pursue a career in research – graduates with honours degrees are highly sought after by prospective employers, particularly within academia and research settings.

The career prospects in Australia are excellent, with very strong growth expected in this field through to November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

The program is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Successful completion of the program is accepted for membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Industry facts

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Healthcare and social assistance in Australia is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth (increasing by 250,200) nationwide1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Employment for physiotherapists in Australia is projected to increase by 16.7 per cent by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What others are saying

I really enjoyed the research aspect of my degree and would love to pursue further study.

Liam McAuliffe

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Liam McAuliffe

Liam McAuliffe

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

UniSA provides students with the opportunity to work onsite in the real world, through practical placements. This was the highlight of my degree, particularly working with Port Adelaide Football Club where I got to analyse injury data and assess the relationship with injuries.

Leigh Schneebichler

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Leigh Schneebichler

Leigh Schneebichler

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders across various areas of practice, including sports, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions in people of all ages.

During your first years of study you will focus on normal movement and basic medical science courses, such as human anatomy and physiology. The remainder of the degree focuses on abnormal movement and the treatment of disease and disability. 

You will be trained not only as a member of a healthcare team concerned with the physical and psychosocial rehabilitation of people who are ill or disabled, but also as a first-contact practitioner concerned with prevention and management of disability and illness in the workplace or community.

Throughout your learning you will participate in: 

  • laboratory classes, where you will develop manual and technical skills 
  • professional practical experience at our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic and during field placements 

As an honours student you will also undertake advanced research training courses in:

  • research methods
  • ethics

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • projects  
  • group assignments 
  • workbooks 
  • practical skills tests 
  • examinations  

You will also complete a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher; as part of this project you will complete a thesis and an oral presentation.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Honours

This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. 

The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

In the Honours Thesis course, you will undertake and complete a research project which may be either quantitative or qualitative. Specific training and education within appropriate approaches relevant to your research project will be developed through consultation, discussion, problem-solving and liaison with a group of experienced researchers.

You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you well for a career in industry or research.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Human Physiology 100 BIOL 1049 4.5
Foundations of Health HLTH 1029 4.5
Physiotherapy Studies 100 REHB 1026 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Anatomy 101 HLTH 1030 4.5
Human Physiology 101 BIOL 1050 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
Physiotherapy Studies 101 REHB 1027 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Anatomy 200 HLTH 2022 4.5
Fundamentals of Pharmacology PHAR 2019 4.5
Physiotherapy Studies 200 REHB 2041 4.5
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Neurosciences in Physiotherapy REHB 2048 4.5
Biopsychosocial Practice REHB 2047 4.5
Physiotherapy Studies 201 REHB 2042 4.5
Physiotherapy Clinical Studies 201 REHB 2012 4.5
THIRD YEAR - PROFESSIONAL STREAM
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3) or Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Acute Care REHB 3007 9
Rehabilitation REHB 3011 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6) or First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Primary and Ambulatory Care in Physiotherapy REHB 3065 9
Pain Sciences REHB 3009 4.5
Elective 4.5
FOURTH YEAR - PROFESSIONAL STREAM
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3) or Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health Promotion in Physiotherapy B REHB 4035 4.5
Ethics and Communication REHB 4034 4.5
Advanced Rehabilitation B REHB 4051 4.5
Physiotherapy with Children REHB 3059 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6) or First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Work Health and Safety Practice REHB 4011 4.5
Advanced Evidence Based Practice HLTH 3057 4.5
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice B REHB 4050 9
THIRD YEAR - RESEARCH STREAM
Note(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Health Science Honours Preparation REHB 3010 4.5
Primary and Ambulatory Care in Physiotherapy REHB 3065 9
Pain Sciences REHB 3009 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Acute Care REHB 3007 9
Rehabilitation REHB 3011 9
FOURTH YEAR - RESEARCH STREAM
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Rehabilitation B REHB 4051 4.5
Physiotherapy with Children REHB 3059 4.5
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice B REHB 4050 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Ethics and Communication REHB 4034 4.5
Work Health and Safety Practice REHB 4011 4.5

My interests lie with investigating interventions, as well as ways of translating research into practice. I have a keen interest in exercise therapy, clinical biomechanics and injury prevention in older people.

AsPr Shylie Mackintosh

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a physiotherapy student you will have access to our state-of-the-art, on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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