Start date
July

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
ICMS

Fees
AUD$ 19,700 per annum (per 0.5 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
0100852

Degree overview

  • Advance your specialised skills in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy in just six months (full-time equivalent).
  • Use this qualification as your pathway to a Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal) or Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports).
  • Benefit from flexible learning options including a blend of on-campus and online study, with part-time study options available.
  • Learn from internationally renowned teachers and clinicians.
  • Benefit from more than 50 years’ experience in physiotherapy education.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in physiotherapy.1
  • Learn from a university ranked in the top 5 in Australia for teaching quality in physiotherapy.2
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people3. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2Ranked #5 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Rehabilitation (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public universities only. 3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. 4Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This graduate certificate is for qualified physiotherapists who want specialised qualifications in both musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. You'll develop advanced knowledge and leadership skills through critical, reflective engagement with contemporary theory and case-based discussion.

This graduate certificate involves a blend of on-campus and online learning, making it ideally suited to busy physiotherapists already working in their field and balancing clinical commitments.  

Graduates wishing to expand their knowledge even further can use this program to continue, with credit, into the Masters of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal) or Masters of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports) programs. Master’s graduates can then seek formal recognition for titling as a Sports Physiotherapist or Musculoskeletal physiotherapist by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

To excel in the fields of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, you need to be able to assess and manage a wide range of clinical presentations within an evidence-informed framework. This requires advanced biomedical and psychosocial knowledge, advanced clinical examination skills, clinical reasoning, communication, and procedural management skills.

Through a variety of theoretical classes and practical experiences you'll develop advanced skills in:

  • allied health evidence translation
  • pain theory and science
  • exercise and conditioning
  • advanced musculoskeletal examination and management

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester
Allied Health Research Evidence Translation REHB 5118 4.5 Note(s): 3
Integrated Pain Sciences REHB 5122 4.5
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 1 REHB 5120 4.5
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 2 REHB 5121 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.

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

Why Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy

Why this Degree

UniSA has over 50 years' experience in physiotherapy education. If you want to advance your skills in specialised physiotherapy, then this may be the program for you. With progressive study pathways at UniSA, you'll have a competitive edge as you progress in your career.

You’ll learn from postgraduate-qualified Physiotherapists, with a curriculum informed by above world-class research in physiotherapy1 to advance your musculoskeletal physiotherapy reasoning and clinical skills.

You'll get the flexibility and convenience of blended on-campus and online learning, with digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who will be with you every step of the way.

1Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Career outcomes

Your career

Contemporary healthcare and clinical practice require therapists’ reasoning and practice to be critical, reflective, patient-centred and evidence-informed. Postgraduate education is the optimal way to develop the advanced clinical knowledge and skills essential to expert physiotherapy clinical practice.

This graduate certificate offers physiotherapists the opportunity to extend their practical skills in specialised areas and across a variety of settings, including:

  • private practice
  • clinics
  • sport and exercise services
  • rehabilitation centres
  • hospitals
  • home and community services
  • disability services
  • aged care facilities

Industry facts

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Employment for physiotherapists in Australia is projected to increase by 28.7% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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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 National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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.

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 gain access 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. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a physiotherapy student, you’ll have access to:

You’ll be able to access a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms, and relaxed student lounges.

Your study spaces

Your program director

Postgraduate clinical education is the optimal way to develop the advanced clinical knowledge and skills essential to expert clinical practice. Graduates have testified that their advanced knowledge and expertise has created new opportunities, enhanced their patient outcomes and increased their professional work satisfaction.

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