Start date
July

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
ICMS

Fees
2021: AUD$ 37,500 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]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
0100852

Degree overview

  • Develop advanced theoretical and practical skills in both Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy in just six months (full-time equivalent).
  • Use this qualification to proceed to either the 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 suitable for working professionals.
  • Differentiate with a postgraduate specialisation.
  • Benefit from more than 40 years’ experience in physiotherapy education.
  • Learn from internationally-renowned teachers and clinicians.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Clinical Sciences.1
  • Learn from a University ranked in the top 10 in Australia for Student Satisfaction in Physiotherapy.2

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
2ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Rehabilitation – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public universities only.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This Graduate Certificate is for qualified physiotherapists who want to gain advanced clinical skills and knowledge in both musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. You will develop advanced competencies through student-centred, critical, reflective engagement with contemporary theory, case-based discussion and critical reflection.

This Graduate Certificate involves a blend of on-campus and online learning, making it ideally suited to busy working professionals 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. Graduates can then seek formal recognition by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, and specialist recognition by the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Graduates can also use the Graduate Certificate as a pathway to Research, with the Graduate Certificate satisfying the coursework requirements to proceed to a Masters by Research degree.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Musculoskeletal and Sports physiotherapists 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, advanced clinical reasoning, and communication, education and procedural management skills. Through a variety of theoretical classes and practical experiences you will develop advanced skills and knowledge in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You will study topics such as:

  • 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 (Study Period 4, 5 or 7)
Allied Health Research Evidence Translation REHB 5118 4.5 Note(s): 3
Pain Theory and Science REHB 5123 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 more than 50 years' experience in physiotherapy education. If you want to advance your skills and knowledge in specialised physiotherapy, then this may be the degree for you.

You will learn from postgraduate-qualified physiotherapists, with a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Clinical Sciences1 to advance your musculoskeletal physiotherapy reasoning and clinical skills.

We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12018 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.

As a graduate, you may further your physiotherapy career 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

data-presentation

Employment for physiotherapists in Australia is projected to increase by 7,900 (24.6 per cent) by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

job-listings

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

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

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.

Your study spaces

You will be able to experience 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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Program Director

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