Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHCP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2022: AUD$ 37,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
095008F

Degree overview

  • Study South Australia’s only degree which will qualify you as an accredited Exercise Physiologist in four years.
  • This degree is for people who have a genuine ambition to help people lead healthier lives through the power of exercise.
  • Study at South Australia’s No.1 university for graduate careers in health1 and student satisfaction in health.2
  • Learn from a university with well-above world class research in clinical exercise physiology.3
  • Study at a university with more than 50 years' experience in delivering allied health education and research.
  • Get hands-on training in our on-campus High Performance Sport Centre, exercise physiology clinics; and state-of-the-art biomechanics and anatomy laboratories.
  • Get real-world experience with 600 clinical placement hours across a range of South Australia's best clinical exercise facilities.
  • Benefit from UniSA’s strong industry partnerships and alliances.
  • Get ahead of the crowd with a highly regarded honour's degree.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support, — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 2ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Health Services and Support - Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 3Results in Human Movement and Sports Science - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Exercise PhysiologistGet an in-depth understanding of how to use exercise management to prevent disease onset and treat a range of cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as cancer and mental health.

People who study this degree naturally have a strong interest in the science of exercise and physical activity, are interested in treating and managing injuries and illnesses with exercise. Strong communication skills, including the ability to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds as well as other health professionals, are essential.

Students complete industry-based, clinical placements, which are both a practical way to apply what you learn during your studies, and a great way to build industry networking opportunities.

As with exercise physiology in real-world practice, you‘ll be exposed to research and learning opportunities in collaboration with other allied health students including physiotherapy and podiatry, in our on-campus exercise physiology clinics.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in UniSA’s clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Through a variety of theoretical classes, practical experiences and clinical placements you'll develop an understanding of how exercise management is used to prevent disease onset and to treat a range of diverse health conditions. These include cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as cancer and mental health. 

A major part of your studies in third and fourth year will involve completing an honours level professional project related to clinical exercise physiology in partnership with an academic researcher or industry professional.

You'll study courses across key topics, such as:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • biomechanics
  • motor learning and control
  • exercise and sport psychology
  • exercise programming and nutrition.

You'll also complete specialised training in areas such as:

  • pathophysiology
  • clinical exercise assessment, prescription and delivery
  • occupational rehabilitation
  • lifestyle modification strategies such as behavioural change and motivational interviewing.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Foundations of Health HLTH 1029 4.5
Foundations of Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Motor Development and Ageing HLTH 1065 4.5
Functional Anatomy HLTH 1045 4.5
Societal Issues in Clinical Exercise Physiology HLTH 2029 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Motor Control and Learning HLTH 2026 4.5
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Exercise Delivery HLTH 2027 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Exercise Physiology 2 HLTH 2005 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5
Exercise Prescription HLTH 3011 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Practice Education in Exercise Delivery HLTH 3047 4.5
Pain Mechanisms and Management REHB 3066 4.5
Applied Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) HLTH 3071 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Rule(s): 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical Exercise Assessment HLTH 3056 4.5
Clinical Basis of Chronic Disease Management HLTH 4010 4.5
Clinical Studies for Exercise Physiology HLTH 4015 4.5
Elective 2 Rule(s): 9
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Exercise Physiology Studies for Workplace Evaluation and Rehabilitation HLTH 4016 4.5 Note(s): 5
Clinical Exercise Physiology HLTH 4011 9
Health Science Honours Project REHB 4052 9
OR
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical Exercise Physiology Practicum 1 HLTH 4012 4.5
Clinical Exercise Physiology Practicum 2 HLTH 4013 4.5
Clinical Exercise Physiology Practicum 3 HLTH 4014 4.5

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, as well as to 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:

  • practical tests
  • theory tests
  • quizzes
  • group assignments
  • research proposals
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Over the third and fourth years of your degree, you will complete an honours level individual professional project related to clinical exercise physiology in partnership with an academic researcher or industry professional.

Previous honours projects have included:

  • working with the oncology department  at the Flinders Medical Centre to develop a clinical framework for patients to access specialist exercise services
  • reviewing evidence for isometric exercise in managing hypertension
  • evaluating the use of a new online lifestyle monitoring system developed by a local exercise physiology business
  • developing a new type of exercise program for cardiac rehabilitation at a local medical centre
  • looking at the challenges and opportunities in workplace fitness programs as part of supported work environments for people living with intellectual disabilities
  • investigating blood flow restricted training as an alternative exercise mode for people with respiratory disease.

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. 

Why Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

Helping Hand Aged CareThis unique degree equips you with the educational requirements to practice as an accredited Exercise Physiologist, and an accredited Exercise Scientist in Australia.

You'll gain practical skills in our exercise physiology clinics, working in collaboration with a range of other allied health students to provide services to real clients. Here, you'll provide support and laboratory monitoring for people with chronic conditions and exercise therapies for rehabilitation, providing you with valuable learning opportunities to prepare for your career.

Conduct various tests using equipment such as metabolic carts, dynamometers and ergometers in our exercise physiology laboratories and dedicated exercise testing and prescription learning spaces. The biomechanics laboratory space offers the opportunity for you to be involved in 2D and 3D motion capture to understand how people move.

Our UniSA Sport gyms aren't just a place for you to work out, they act as an integrated teaching and resource facility where you can undertake physical activity measurement research.

Real-world connections

You'll benefit from UniSA’s strong industry links when you complete clinical placements across a range of South Australia's best clinical exercise facilities in metro and rural locations. You could be training at Adelaide Exercise Physiology, SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Adelaide based hospitals, as well as multidisciplinary clinics like iNform Health and Fitness Solutions. You may also work with returned service men and women as part of the Invictus Pathways Program, further enhancing industry networks and relationships.

Through your degree, you’ll complete more than 600 hours of clinical placements, which is an opportunity to develop good industry relationships. Final year students host an annual industry conference to facilitate networking opportunities for all clinical exercise physiology students.

We also host regular University-wide alumni eventsemployee master classes and employment expos in Australia and overseas.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Careers Snapshot

Hear from UniSA graduate Georgia Perkins and her rewarding career as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at aged care facility, Helping Hand. With UniSA’s strong ties to industry partners such as Helping Hand, our students graduate career-ready.

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Career outcomes

Your career

As recognised allied health professionals, accredited Exercise Physiologists are qualified in clinical exercise prescription and the delivery of exercise-based lifestyle and behaviour modification programs to prevent and treat injury and disease.

Career prospects for Exercise Physiologists are expected to grow nationally due to our ageing population and an increased awareness regarding the benefits of exercise for a range of health conditions.

As an Exercise Physiologist, you may work in a variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • general practices
  • private clinics
  • health and fitness facilities
  • workplace and population health services
  • exercise, sports and biomedical science research.

This could also lead you to work in areas such as workplace health and wellness, aged care, primary care and high performance.

Where can my interest in health take me?

View our guide on Active Careers for more information. 

Professional accreditation and recognition

The program is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia for graduates to be eligible to apply to be recognised as Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Accredited Exercise Scientists.

Industry facts

job-listings

Employment for nutrition professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 10.4% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at UniSA. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you'd like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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Your program director

I am an accredited Clinical Exercise Physiologist with experience working in a community based and university health practices – I have a passion for exercise physiology and how this can positively influence human function and health.

Dr Danielle Girard

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What others are saying

I enjoyed Biology and PE in high school and chose this degree because it involved both the sports and clinical side of science. As part of my studies, I get the opportunity to run exercise classes, develop exercise programs and talk to different clients. 

Erin Coutts

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Erin Coutts

Erin Coutts

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

I always had an interest in health and exercise so this degree was perfect for me. I get to improve the health of others through exercise whilst sharing my passion with them – it’s very rewarding.

Georgia Perkins

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Employment: Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Helping Hand

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Georgia Perkins

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
<br />Employment: Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Helping Hand

I chose to study a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology because my family is affected by obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. As a Muay Thai Boxing champion I am aware of how important exercise is to maintaining good health. Following graduation I hope to use my knowledge to influence positive health outcomes within the community and tackle the world’s obesity crisis.

Suliana Shahrin

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Suliana Shahrin

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology