Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
4 years full-time
VTAC code
1200110231
ATAR
77.00 for Ballarat
Fees (first year)*
$8763 Commonwealth Supported
Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is for those who want to prevent injury and disability in others as well as rehabilitate those already injured. You will learn how to identify, assess and treat a range of conditions.

As a graduate, you will have developed skills to work with everyone from children to the elderly, as well as deal with gender-specific issues.

This physiotherapy course also offers students clinical placements during which they will be supervised by a clinical educator. During each placement students will develop and integrate knowledge, skills and professional behaviours in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

High achieving Bachelor of Physiotherapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.

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Professional experience

Students will undertake clinical placements in which they will be supervised by a clinical educator. Clinical placements allow students to use their knowledge of practical skills and apply them to the everyday needs of individuals in hospitals, private practice, aged care facilities and rehabilitation units.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.


Professional recognition

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). To obtain further information relating to Registration Standards for Physiotherapy visit the AHPRA website.

Graduates will also be eligible for membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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Careers

Our graduates have careers in:

  • rehabilitation
  • paediatrics
  • women’s health
  • sports physiotherapy
  • cardiorespiratory
  • orthopaedics
  • gerontology and ergonomics
  • hospitals and rehabilitation units
  • community health centres
  • private practice
  • research
  • educational, government and industrial institutions

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

ANAT101 Physiotherapy Anatomy 1

BIOL125 Human Biology 1

ALHT106 Psychology for Allied Health

PHTY102 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 1

Year 1 - Semester 2

ANAT102 Physiotherapy Anatomy 2

BIOL126 Human Biology 2

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

PHTY103 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 2

Year 2 - Semester 1

PHTY208 Pathophysiology for Physiotherapy


PHTY209 Neuroscience for Physiotherapy


PHTY211 Research and Evidence-Based Practice for Physiotherapy


PHTY206 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice 1


Year 2 - Semester 2

PHTY203 Physical Activity and Exercise in Physiotherapy


PHTY205 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Practice 1


PHTY210 Movement Science for Physiotherapy


PHTY207 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice 2


Year 3 - Semester 1

PHTY302 Neurological Physiotherapy Practice 1


PHTY300 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Practice 2


PHTY301 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice 3


UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


Year 3 - Semester 2

PHTY303 Neurological Physiotherapy Practice 2


HLSC220 Health Care Ethics

PHTY304 Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice


PHTY306 Integrated Physiotherapy Practice in Selected Populations


Year 4 – Professional Term 1

PHTY400 Preparation for Physiotherapy Practice


   
Year 4 - Semester 1

PHTY402 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1


PHTY403 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 2


PHTY404 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 3


 
Year 4 – Professional Term 5

PHTY417 Professional Physiotherapy Practice


   
Year 4 - Semester 2

PHTY405 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 4


PHTY406 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 5


PHTY407 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 6


 

A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

A student who has successfully completed 230 cp from units, and 10 cp from Core Curriculum units may exit from the course with following qualification:

  • Bachelor of Allied Health

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:


StatePrerequisites
NSW

English Standard, or English Advanced, or ESL (Band 4 for all), plus: at least one of Biology, or Chemistry or Physics (Band 2 for all)

QLD

English (Units 3 & 4, C); one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C)

VIC

Units 3 and 4 - a study score of 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Disclamer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 


For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 


For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.


ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study. 

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 


If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process.


If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

 

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.


  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.


Find your path into study

English language requirements

Applicants  require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of  7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.


Learn more about adjustment factors

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Honours graduates may be eligible to undertake a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Additional course information

Honours

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program is embedded into years 3 and 4 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Pass) program. To be eligible to apply for admission to the honours program, a student must have completed 160 cp from years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy pass degree, with a grade point average of at least 5.50. Meritorious students may apply to undertake honours in the third and fourth years of the course, subject to meeting the admission requirements.

Determination of students who meet the requirements to enrol in the Honours program, and will be offered a place, will be the responsibility of the undergraduate course coordinator in collaboration with the Head of School.

Student registration

All students enrolled in an approved physiotherapy program must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. The University will pass students details to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. No fees are required for student registration. To obtain further information visit the Physiotherapy Board of Australia website.

Before you can begin placements for this course, you must meet mandatory State or Territory legal and industry policy requirements. Comprehensive information about these requirements and the submission process of relevant documentation can be found here www.wil.acu.edu.au

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$8763 Commonwealth Supported

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Ballarat

Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200110231

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year (excludes Honours course). Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

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