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Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHPZ

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Biology
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Fees
2019: AUD$ 36,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
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International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
088338B

Degree overview

  • No.1 in SA for graduate careers in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy1.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Undertake a research stream in methods and ethics, or a professional stream of advanced courses.
  • Study a degree that is informed by our well above world-class research in Clinical Sciences2.
  • 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: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Rehabilitation Overall Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.
22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

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This degree prepares you for a rewarding career as a registered physiotherapist in the fast-growing physiotherapy industry, where you will be eligible to work as a first contact professional and valued member of allied health care teams.

Your studies will develop your capability to assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders, enabling people to lead more functional lives. As part of your honours studies, you will also have the choice to undertake advanced research training, preparing you for 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 Clinics, 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 a great way to build industry networks and relationships.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Clinical Sciences

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, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program 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 program.

What you'll learn

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Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders across various areas of practice, including sport, 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 prevention and 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, and
  • 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 and ethics.

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

Degree 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

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 either a research stream or a professional stream. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

The research stream involves an Honours Thesis course, where 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. The professional stream includes a range of advanced courses where you will gain in-depth knowledge through the completion of industry projects.

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.

Why Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Student helping patient at Magill Health Clinic

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 Clinics. 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) in Clinical Sciences

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.

Career outcomes

Your career

As a registered physiotherapist you will address a diverse range of movement disorders related to sport, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and neurological conditions present over the life span in a variety of settings including:

  • private practice
  • sport and exercise services 
  • rehabilitation centres
  • hospitals
  • home and community services 
  • disability services
  • aged care facilities 
  • women's health and paediatric services 
  • occupational and health promotion 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.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

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

Australian

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

International

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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 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 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

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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As a physiotherapy student you will have access to:

Your program director

I have the privilege of directing a degree delivered by world-class researchers and educators who enable students to graduate ready to work autonomously to meet the needs of the community. I strive to create innovative and supportive learning environments that enable students to flourish and fulfil their potential.

Dr Gisela Van Kessel

Program Director

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What others are saying

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)

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

Every student faces their own unique struggles. I battled with an eating disorder before I could embark on my journey to becoming a physiotherapist. My goal is to help other people overcome their health challenges and improve their quality of life. Drawing on my personal experience, my ultimate wish is to start a foundation that supports teenagers struggling with eating disorders and related illnesses, empowering them to change their lives for the better.

Leticia Mcwhinnie

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Leticia Mcwhinnie, Physiotherapy

Leticia Mcwhinnie

Bachelor of Physiotherapy