Melissa Shurey receiving her

University of Canberra Physiotherapy

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy takes a comprehensive approach to learning about the prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic management of pain and disorders of human movement. You will learn about the diversity of clinical specialties that are required to meet the unique needs of clients and to enhance the health and welfare of the wider community. Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, first-contact practitioners and valued members of wider health teams.

Study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UC and you will:

  • develop knowledge of the structure and function of the human body
  • obtain knowledge of the degenerative and disease processes affecting the human body
  • apply knowledge, skill, understanding and application of the assessment, intervention, therapeutic and educational tools relevant to physiotherapy
  • understand and apply the professional ethics, responsibilities, values and standards for practice of physiotherapy
  • enhance communication skills in listening, speaking, explaining, teaching, writing and reading relevant to medical and physiotherapeutic practice
  • learn to read, critique, evaluate and apply evidence from research and science into the practices of health care and health services.
  • Work integrated learning

    Throughout your degree you will complete clinical practice experience that will give you the opportunity to integrate the theoretical and practical components of your course into genuine work environments.

    Career opportunities

  • Private practice
  • Paediatrics
  • Outpatients
  • Intensive care
  • Occupational health
  • Course specific information

    The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and approved by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practice physiotherapy in Australia.

    High performing students may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours degree, based on their academic performance or on approval of the course convener.

    The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person looking to study this course, please contact Rachel Harrigan, Faculty of Health General Manager on (02) 6201 2608.

    Admission Requirements

    Normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate degree course.

    Additional Admission Requirements

    All students in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course are required to complete clinical practice placement in blocks of time, often outside teaching time. These clinical practice placements are essential to the program. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid Certificates including CPR, as a requirement of the ACT and NSW health departments. All students are required to undergo an Australian Federal Police record check prior to undertaking clinical experience in the ACT, and a NSW Police check before undertaking practice in NSW.

    Assumed Knowledge

    ACT: Mathematical Methods major and either Biology or Human Movement major(s); and Chemistry or Physics major(s). NSW: Mathematics and either Biology or Human Movement, and Physics or Chemistry.

    Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

    Year Domestic International Able to enrol full-time
    in first period of study
    2016 Semester 1
    Semester 1
    Semester 1
    2017 Semester 1
    Semester 1
    Semester 1

    Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

    Course Requirements

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (96 credit points)
  • Eligible Honours students enrol in the following units as their Physiotherapy elective units.
  • There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

    Award(s) Official Abbreviation
    Bachelor of Physiotherapy B Physio

    Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

    Unit Delivery Modes

    Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

    Information for Fee Paying Students

    CSP $27, 800
    Source: www.canberra.edu.au
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