Physiotherapy is a highly respected and evidence-based allied health profession. Physiotherapists work in partnership with patients and their families/carers, together with medical practitioners, nurses and health professionals, to assess, diagnose, manage, and treat a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders.
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) provides high quality and contemporary tertiary education that includes extensive theoretical, clinical, and research experiences to develop highly competent and autonomous Physiotherapy graduates with advanced knowledge and skills. The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is a four-year degree consisting of 26 units and upon successful completion you will be eligible for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia as a Physiotherapist.
There is a strong demand for Physiotherapists with employment opportunities in hospital, community and occupational settings. Physiotherapists provide services that extend from health promotion to injury minimisation, acute care, rehabilitation, chronic disease management, occupational health, research, and education.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) can find employment in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, community health centres, private practices, schools and sporting teams. Graduates may also work in education and research.
|Duration||4 years full-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||192|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||B(Hons)|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
|Rank Threshold||SR 77 | ATAR 77|
English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent; one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Physiotherapy students’ English language skills are directly aligned with the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Available at: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL13 - Diploma of Health Science|
|Compulsory Residential School||This course is not offered via distance education, however, students will undertake some units via distance education and will be required to attend compulsory residential schools.|
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|PSIO14004 - Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.|
|PSIO14003 - Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.|
|PSIO13003 - Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.|
|PSIO14002 - Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.|
|PSIO13002 - Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting email@example.com. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
Complying with the requirement for students to maintain currency of all immunisation and vaccine requirements plus maintenance booster shots e.g. COVID-19, Hepatitis B and MMR.
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placements apply to this course and as such are subject to compulsory pre-placement conditions referred to as mandatory checks and are outlined in the health, security and other compulsory requirements sections. Mandatory checks are determined by industry, organisations, legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. To be eligible for a WIL placement, students must first achieve compliance with mandatory checks by each closing date prior to a WIL placement and maintain current evidence for the duration of the course.
Mandatory health requirements include immunisation and vaccination evidence (and serology where required) to the following diseases: COVID-19 (up-to-date status), Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella, Pertussis, Influenza, and Tuberculosis screening.
Respirator mask fit testing is also an annual requirement for this course.
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement (including observational placements) for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
Mandatory security requirements include an Australian Federal Police clearance and working with children check.
Other mandatory requirements include a First Aid and CPR certificate, student agreement to privacy and confidentiality, adherence to Ahpra policies for a registered student professional, Fitness to Participate in WIL Student Declaration, jurisdictional and site-specific compulsory requirements, and other training modules.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding|
|5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Display leadership by creating inclusive work environments and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 26||Total credit points: 192|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSIO11004||Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 1|
|ALLH11001||Introduction to Allied Health Practice|
|PSYC11010||Fundamentals of Psychology 1: Understanding Human Behaviour|
|PSIO11003||Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 2|
|ALLH11006||Life Course Development for Health Professionals|
|PSIO12001||Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1|
|ALLH12008||Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics|
|ESSC12001||Exercise and Sport Physiology|
|ALLH12006||Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals|
|PSIO12004||Neurological Physiotherapy 1|
|PSIO12005||Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2|
|PSIO13001||Neurological Physiotherapy 2|
|PSIO13007||Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 3|
|PSIO13006||Physiotherapy Management of the Complex Patient|
|PSIO13002||Professional Physiotherapy Practice 1|
|PSIO13003||Professional Physiotherapy Practice 2|
|PSIO14002||Professional Physiotherapy Practice 3|
|PSIO14003||Professional Physiotherapy Practice 4|
|PSIO14004||Professional Physiotherapy Practice 5|
|BMSC11007||Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1|
|BMSC11008||Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2|
|ALLH11009||Research Methods for Health Professionals|
|ALLH13011||Rural and Remote Practice for Health Professionals|
Work Integrated Learning and Clinical Experience
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) course involves extensive clinical placement experiences embedded in the course. Over the third and fourth years students are expected to undertake five clinical placements, each of five weeks duration. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placements. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.
During the first term of study, and before commencing any clinical placements, students must have gathered the following to provide to the Physiotherapy Clinical Educator Coordinator:
1. Current Blue Card – Working with Children Check
2. Current Australian Federal Police Check (National Police Check)
3. Current approved first aid/CPR certificate
4. Annually complete the CQUniversity Student Declaration
5. Queensland Health Vaccination Evidence Form – proof of immunity or immunisations for Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Pertussis, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Mantoux for Tuberculosis
6. Queensland Health Allied Health Student Evidence Record
7. Queensland Health Student Deed Poll
Application for Credit Transfer
Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies undertaken equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.
Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.
You can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity units, if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (study guides, unit profiles, etc.) to do this. If your study was undertaken more than 10 years old, you may not be eligible to apply for this as credit.
It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.
It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.
Pre-requisite Qualifications, Knowledge or Experience
English (4SA), and a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)