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Interested in Physiotherapy?

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

Practical experience is a major focus of UniSA’s physiotherapy qualifications and practical field placements in a variety of metropolitan, rural, regional and international settings allow you to apply what you have learnt during your studies. We’ve also been teaching in this field for more than 40 years, and are proud of the rich knowledge base we have created for our students.   

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Key features

  • Benefit from over 40 years' experience in physiotherapy education. 
  • Graduate with real-world experience when you learn in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic and undertake clinical placements.  
  • UniSA undergraduate rehabilitation students have the highest satisfaction in the state1.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.  
  • Study a degree that is informed by our well above world-class research Clinical Sciences2.
  • Use your qualification as a pathway to further learning, including our Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy.

1 QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 overall satisfaction Item
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

We have invested more than $2 million in on-campus clinics, including our state-of-the-art Physiotherapy Clinic, to ensure you graduate with valuable real-world experience. You'll also gain practical experience when you work on real-world projects under the supervision of industry professionals. 

Want more? UniSA is Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international heavyweights to deliver impact and change.

12017 QS Stars Rankings

UniSA offers 7 Physiotherapy degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

As a physiotherapist you will assess and treat patients with injury or disease, devise and implement rehabilitative plans, and provide ongoing care and assessment. 

As an accredited physiotherapist you may 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 
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Aged Care and Housing Group (ACH)
  • Antipodeans Abroad
  • Back in Motion Health Group
  • Department for Education and Child Development
  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • Helping Hand Aged Care
  • Novita Children’s Services
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital

Industry facts


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


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


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

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Study at UniSA

Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Danielle shares her experience of her rural placement at Sports Physiotherapy in Port Lincoln, supported by UniSA’s Department of Rural Health.

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What others are saying

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

I always knew I wanted to be on my toes and work outside an office, which is why physiotherapy was a good fit for me. I also like the idea of working in the health industry and helping other people. Physiotherapy is a broad profession, with many different areas like sport injuries, rehabilitation, acute care and paediatrics.

Liam McAuliffe

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Liam McAuliffe

Liam McAuliffe

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017