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Where can I study Physiotherapy?

Once a person has graduated with a physiotherapy degree they may wish to specialise in a particular field which will involve further postgraduate study, usually in the form of a Master’s Degree.

Where can you study physiotherapy?

In Australia, physiotherapy can be studied through TAFE, University or private college.

  • TAFE institutes offer courses for various Diploma level qualifications such as the Diploma of Practice Management which can help an individual get accepted for a higher education physiotherapy course. They usually include a mixture of theory and practical learning with clinical placements being necessary in some courses.
  • At present Australia has 17 universities where physiotherapy can be studied. All courses have a large component made up of work experience which gives students a chance to increase their knowledge, hone their skills and meet useful contacts within a professional environment. Some physiotherapist degrees also offer an Honours stream for high achieving students in their third and fourth years. Successfully completing an Honours degree can give students a competitive edge in the job market.
  • There are a handful of private colleges which offer physiotherapy courses and these typically tend to be at Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels. They also offer short courses in subjects such as Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injuries or Clinical Practice Management.

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, Specialising in Physiotherapy

This practical online course will prepare you for a wide variety of roles in allied health assistance, while introducing you to the specialist skills needed to deliver exercise programs and support physiotherapy treatments. You'll learn how to deliver and monitor exercise and mobility programs, and assist in client movement and rehabilitation. A work placement will help you build your contacts and your readiness for work. Career outcomes include: Physiotherapy Assistant, Sports Physiotherapy Assistant, Physiotherapy Aide, Allied Health Assistant.

What subjects do you need to have studied prior to University acceptance?

Physiotherapy usually requires prerequisite subjects which can vary from one university to another along with a good foundation in English, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, health and physical education. For some courses, students may be required to sit the Undergraduate Medical and Health Science Admission Test and undergo an interview process. Most courses also require a healthy Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score in the low to high nineties.

Physiotherapy courses include:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (physiotherapy)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy/Bachelor of Exercise Science
  • Graduates who wish to embark on a physiotherapy course will normally have to have completed a science degree before applying for a two year Master of Physiotherapy degree.

How to study physiotherapy
Source: healthtimes.com.au
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