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4 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 39,700 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]
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Degree overview

  • Study South Australia’s only degree that will qualify you as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in four years.
  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for student satisfaction in Health Services.1
  • Learn from a university that has well-above world class research in Clinical Exercise Physiology.2
  • Study at a university with more than 50 years' experience in delivering allied health education and research.
  • Provide services and learn in our on-campus High Performance Sport Centre and Exercise Physiology Clinics.
  • Learn in our state-of-the-art on-campus exercise physiology, biomechanics and anatomy laboratories.
  • Gain practical experience when you complete more than 600 clinical placement hours of work experience across a range of South Australia's best clinical exercise facilities.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.
  • Get ahead of the crowd with a highly regarded honours degree.

1ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19, Health Services and Support, — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
2Results in Human Movement and Sports Science - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).


Exercise Physiologist

This industry-relevant, practical degree will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how to use exercise management to prevent disease onset and treat a range of cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as cancer and mental health.

Practical experience will be further highlighted when you complete real-world clinical placements. These industry-based placements are not only a practical way for you to apply what you have learnt during your studies but are also a great way to build industry networks and relationships.

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 will also 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 University 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 will develop an understanding of how exercise management can be 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. 

You will study a number of core courses that cover topics such as:

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

You will 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 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)
Lifespan Growth and Motor Development HLTH 1043 4.5
Functional Anatomy HLTH 1045 4.5
Societal Issues in Clinical Exercise Physiology HLTH 2029 4.5
Research Methods and Statistics MATH 1071 4.5
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
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
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
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 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.



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. 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


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 conducted by students have included assisting staff at the Flinders Medical Centre to review a new exercise testing protocol, 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 an intellectual disability, and investigating blood flow restricted training as an alternative exercise mode for people with respiratory disease.

Your honours degree will prepare you well for a career in industry or research.

Why Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

Helping Hand Aged Care

You should have a strong interest in the science of exercise and physical activity, be interested in treating and managing injuries and illnesses with exercise and have a genuine ambition to help people lead healthier lives. Strong communication skills, including the ability to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds as well as other health professionals, are essential.

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. This unique degree also equips you with the educational requirements to practice as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, and an Accredited Exercise Scientist in Australia.

UniSA has invested significant funding in on-campus facilities over the past six years, and as an exercise physiology student you will reap the rewards.

You will 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 will 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 is another space that 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 will benefit from our strong industry links when you complete clinical placements across a range of South Australia's best clinical exercise facilities in metropolitan and rural locations, including Goodlife Health Clubs, Adelaide Exercise Physiology, SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Adelaide based hospitals, as well as multidisciplinary clinics such as iNform Health and Fitness Solutions.

You will complete more than 600 hours of clinical placements, where you will be given opportunities to develop industry relationships that will become part of your future business network. 

Final year students host an annual industry conference to facilitate networking opportunities for all clinical exercise physiology students. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events 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.

UniSA Video

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 Accredited 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


Employment as a health therapy professional in Australia is projected to increase by 17,400 (19.4 per cent) by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Employment for sports and fitness workers in Australia is projected to increase by 18,800 (15.9 per cent) by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian 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 the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would 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

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree: 


There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree: 


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 student at the University of South Australia 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, laboratories, and areas 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 have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, 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 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, a 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

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.

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Your study spaces

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Your program director

I am an accredited clinical exercise physiologist in private practice, hospitals, GP super clinics and university health practices – I have a passion for the exercise physiology and how this can influence human function and health.

Dr Kade Davison

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Kade Davison

Dr Kade Davison

Program Director


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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


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