Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$7944 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - Applications closed , Semester 2 - July

Overview

The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology provides advanced academic study in the discipline of clinical exercise physiology. The postgraduate course delivers a sequence of units in the context of clinical assessment and exercise as a preventative, prescriptive and rehabilitative process for acute, sub-acute and chronic injuries as well as non-communicable diseases and concomitant multimorbidities. This specialisation will provide professional training, skills, competencies and clinical experience needed for accreditation by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

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Professional experience

Students are requirement to complete a minimum of 360 hours of clinical practicum across three categories including;

  • Category 1: at least 200 hours spread across the areas of cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and metabolic domains to allow students to demonstrate capability as an entry level practitioner in these areas;
  • Category 2: at least 100 hours in any of the other AEP pathology domains as specified in the AEP professional standards i.e. cancer, kidney, mental health, neurological, respiratory/pulmonary;
  • Category 3: 60 hours in any of the AEP pathology domains or in any other activities relevant to the AEP professional standards, if a total of 360 hours of practicum has not been completed in categories 1 and 2.

Professional recognition

From 2019, any graduate of our Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology program at the Brisbane, Melbourne or Strathfield campus can apply to ESSA to become an accredited Exercise Physiologist. This degree is fully accredited for graduates in the program from 2019-2023.

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • chronic disease management
  • musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • return-to-work conditioning
  • primary prevention/wellness
  • health and fitness
  • strength and conditioning
  • workplace wellness
  • community health

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, a student must complete 120 credit points (cp).

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AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed 40cp from Specified units may exit from the course with the following qualification:

  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation.

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.

Pathway A

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

a. have completed a bachelor degree that is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) at Exercise Science level, with one of the following:

  1. a grade point average (GPA) of at least 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale; or
  2. evidence of substantial relevant industry experience for at least one year post-Bachelor graduation; or
  3. have completed ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Exercise Rehabilitation for Sports Injuries.

OR

b. have met the requirements of ESSA Graduate assessment for postgraduate study, and have completed a Bachelor degree or higher in exercise science or related field with one of the following:

  1. a grade point average (GPA) of at least 4.6 on the ACU 7 scale; or
  2. evidence of substantial relevant industry experience for at least one year post-Bachelor graduation; or
  3. have completed ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Exercise Rehabilitation for Sports Injuries.

OR

c. have completed ACU's Graduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation

AND

d. submit a curriculum vitae outlining relevant industry experience for this course of study;

AND

e. submit professional referee/s information relevant to industry experience.

Pathway B

To be eligible for Pathway B (Thesis stream), a student must have completed at least 80 cp of Specified and/or Professional Experience units, with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.50, and if the student's proposed area of study aligns with a demonstrated capacity for research and supervision within the School.

Disclaimer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

English language requirements

Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 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

Pathways

Further study

Graduates from the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology may be eligible to progress to another postgraduate health program at Australian Catholic University ( e.g. Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport and Master of Rehabilitation) and be awarded 10cps in recognition of prior learning.

Graduates from the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Thesis stream) may be eligible to progress to a Research Higher Degree.

Graduates from the Graduate Certificate for Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation at Australian Catholic University are eligible to enter the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology program and be awarded 40cps in recognition of prior learning.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$7944 CSP

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.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

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. 

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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.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Brisbane

Apply through ACU

ACU code 1220001281

We have some additional information to help you with the application and assessment process for the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Read more


Deferment

Deferment is available for one year for Fee-Paying places only. Deferment is not available for CSP offers. Find out more about deferment.

 

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