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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

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Passionate about physical health and wellbeing? Looking for a rewarding career helping people to feel their best? Physiotherapists help to maintain or restore movement and function in people who are affected by injury, illness or disability. As experts in movement, they play a key role in promoting health, independence and quality of life for people of all ages.

With a proud history spanning nearly two decades, CSU’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy has a reputation for producing highly sought after graduates who have gone on to launch physiotherapy careers in Australia and overseas.

  • Why study this course?

    You won’t just learn physiotherapy, you will live it

    You’ll gain hands-on experience through extensive workplace learning, making you job-ready when you graduate. You’ll work with clients of all ages from diverse backgrounds and you may even have the opportunity to work at an orphanage in Vietnam in your fourth year of study.

    Exceptional teachers

    As recognised leaders in the profession, our physiotherapy staff contribute to the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) National Professional Standards Panel and APA’s national groups, the National Allied Health Conference, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) and the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network.

    Quality facilities

    CSU’s School of Community Health works in partnership with communities to provide allied health education and research. Facilities designed to simulate clinical environments found in real workplaces include a musculoskeletal clinic, hospital ward, rehabilitation gym, movement laboratory, on campus clinics, skills laboratories and simulation facilities.

    Graduate with Honours

    If you achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above across your first and second year subjects, you’ll be eligible to apply to transfer to the Honours stream. If selected, you’ll complete specific Honours subjects that replace standard subjects and develop your organisational, research and writing skills.

    Pathways to physiotherapy

    If you haven’t achieved the required ATAR (or equivalent) for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, you may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science or the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. On successful completion of the first year of either of these courses, it is possible to transfer to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, subject to approval based on academic merit.

  • Career opportunities

    Demand for physiotherapists is growing as the population ages and awareness of the benefits of physiotherapy increases. The Australian Government’s Job Outlook forecasts very strong employment growth in the profession in the next five years.

    Diverse employers

    You’ll find roles in hospitals, community health, rehabilitation, aged care, sports therapy clinics or organisations like the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Employment opportunities are also found in education, management and research.

    Private practice

    Work in private practices or as a consultant to the public or private sector.

    Rural opportunities

    Want to work in rural Australia? There are great opportunities to apply your skills in rural and regional communities where there is often limited access to physiotherapy services.

  • Professional recognition

    CSU’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy has been awarded full accreditation with the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC). Graduates of the course are eligible for registration in all states and territories of Australia and may also work internationally.

  • Credit and pathways

    If you are accepted into CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy and feel you have completed subjects or work experience that would be eligible for recognition, you can apply for credit after you have enrolled into the course. You will be required to submit sufficient documentation to the University for consideration. Common areas of credit are physiology and psychology. Credit may result in a reduced workload, but it is uncommon for credit to result in a reduced course duration.

  • Workplace learning

    To ensure that you graduate as a confident and successful practitioner, your course includes 1,000 hours of clinical experience. This is essential to develop high-level skills in clinical reasoning as preparation for employment in health and community contexts. Clinical education opportunities will prepare you to work in diverse environments – including regional, rural and remote communities – and to collaborate with other allied health professionals.

    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

    PHS404 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (Honours)
    PHS401 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency
    PHS307 Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Clinical Experience
    PHS250 Evolving Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
    HIP100 Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation
    PHS405 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Bachelor of Physiotherapy/Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) course is of 256 points duration, as follows.

    Common subjects to both pass and honours streams (21 subjects; 224 points)

    BMS161 Health and Human Body – Cells, Immunity and Musculoskeletal
    BMS162 Health and Human Body II – Systemic Human Physiology
    BMS171 Introductory Functional Human Anatomy
    BMS172 Functional anatomy of the vertebral column, pelvic girdle and lower limbs
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
    BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
    BMS257 Movement Science
    BMS263 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals
    BMS271 Functional Anatomy of the head, neck, pectoral girdle and upper limbs
    HIP100 Introduction to Health & Rehabilitation
    HIP202 Research for Health Practice
    PHS100 Introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)
    PHS250 Evolving Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
    PHS301 Acute Care Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS307 Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Clinical Experience
    PHS308 Physiotherapy in Adult Neurological Practice
    PHS309 Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice (4)
    PHS313 Foundations of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS350 Integrated Chronic Health Condition Management
    PHS314 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS401 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency (24)
    PHS403 Rural and Remote Physiotherapy 
    PHS405 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16) 
    PHS406 Advanced Preparation for Physiotherapy Practice (8)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

    HIP302 Understanding Healthy Communities
    IKC100 Indigenous Health

    Elective subject for Pass stream (1 subject; 8 points)

    Additional compulsory subjects for Honours stream (2 subjects; 32 points)

    PHS404 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (Honours) 
    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation (16)
    HLT441 Health Honours project/dissertation (16)

    Key Subjects

    BMS171 Introductory Functional Human Anatomy
    PHS301 Acute Care Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS307 Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Clinical Experience
    PHS308 Physiotherapy in Adult Neurological Practice
    PHS309 Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice (4)
    PHS313 Foundations of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS350 Integrated Chronic Health Condition Managment
    PHS401 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency (24)

    Enrolment pattern

    By Full-time Study
    Year 1

    Session 1 (30)
    BMS161 Health and the Human Body - Cells, Immunity, & Musculoskeletal
    BMS171 Introductory Functional Human Anatomy
    HIP100   Introduction to Health & Rehabilitation
    PHS100 Introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)(commenced)
    Session 2 (60)
    BMS162 Health and the Human Body II - Systemic Human Physiology
    BMS172 Functional anatomy of the vertebral column, pelvic girdle and lower limbs
    PHS100 Introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)(completed)
    IKC100   Indigenous Health

    Year 2
    Session 1 (30)
    BMS257 Movement Science
    BMS263 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals
    BMS271 Functional Anatomy of the head, neck, pectoral girdle and upper limbs
    HIP202  Research for Health Practice
    Session 2 (60)
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
    BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
    PHS250 Evolving Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
    PSY111  Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

    Pass stream
    Year 3

    Session 1 (30)
    PHS313 Foundations of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS308 Physiotherapy in Adult Neurological Practice (commenced) (8)
    PHS301 Acute Care Physiotherapy Practice
    [ ] Elective
    Session 2 (60)
    PHS314 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS308 Physiotherapy in Adult Neurological Practice (completed) (4)
    PHS309 Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice (4)
    PHS307 Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Clinical Experience
    PHS350 Integrated Chronic Health Condition Management

    Year 4
    Session 1 (30)
    HIP302  Understanding Healthy Communities
    PHS401 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency (24)
    Session 2 (60)
    PHS403 Rural and Remote Physiotherapy 
    PHS405 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)
    PHS406 Advanced Preparation for Physiotherapy Practice (8)

    Honours stream
    Year 3

    Session 1 (30)
    PHS313 Foundations of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS308 Physiotherapy in Adult Neurological Practice (commenced) (8)
    PHS301 Acute Care Physiotherapy Practice
    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation
    Session 2 (60)
    PHS314 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
    PHS308 Physiotherapy in Adult Neurological Practice (completed) (4)
    PHS309 Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice (4)
    PHS350 Integrated Chronic Health Condition Management
    HLT333  Community Health Honours Research Preparation

    Year 4
    Session 1 (30)
    HLT441  Health Honours Project/Dissertation
    PHS401 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Competency (24)
    Session 2 (60)
    HLT441  Health Honours Project/Dissertation
    PHS403 Rural and Remote Physiotherapy 
    PHS404 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (Honours)
    PHS406 Advanced Preparation for Physiotherapy Practice
     

  • Residential schools
  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    9000

    CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy offers 40 places at Albury-Wodonga Campus, 40 places at Orange Campus and 40 places at Port Macquarie Campus for new students each year. These places are in high demand. Competition from year-to-year dictates the entry score, but as an indication, the published score is usually over 90.00. This includes Regional Bonus Points, available to eligible students who complete their schooling in regional NSW or Victoria.

    While there are no prerequisite HSC subjects specified for admission, the course involves the study of science-based subjects. Applicants will benefit from having studied English and mathematics as well as science subjects. Successful applicants who believe they do not have an appropriate science background may consider undertaking subjects offered in CSU's STUDY LINK supplementary program prior to commencing the course. 

    Please note the TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate is not accepted for entry into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

    The application process

    The normal application process for CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy is through UAC or VTAC.

    STAT or UMAT scores are not considered for entry into CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy. For school leavers, the ATAR is all that is considered. For applicants who have studied at tertiary level, previous Grade Point Average (GPA) is the primary indicator, with their ATAR also considered. Over the past five years, the average GPA has been around 6.0. This constitutes a Distinction, or B or H2 average.

    If you are not accepted into this course, you are advised to consider whether physiotherapy is the profession you really want to pursue. To assist you with this decision, you could obtain some work experience or seek advice from a career counsellor. If you still wish to pursue physiotherapy as a career and you have no Year 12 qualification, or if your first ATAR was not high enough, you may consider re-sitting Year 12. Alternatively, you could enrol in another course with the view to reapplying for CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy in future. You should enrol in a course that is of interest to you, that you feel you will do well in and that you will be happy to stay in should you not be accepted into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy on your following applications. All Bachelor degrees are considered equally and no preference is given to particular fields of study.

    International applicants

    International applicants should apply direct to the University for admission to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Places are highly competitive, and students should submit an application at the earliest opportunity.

    First-round offers are made in August, and if places remain, second-round offers may be made in September or October. Late applications will be considered with applicants for the next intake.

    International students who have already completed a Diploma or equivalent may be eligible for credit for relevant study. Credit packages may be available for some Diplomas. Applicants with a prior qualification, such as a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or equivalent, may apply at the time of application. Subject outlines are to be submitted for credit to be assessed.

    Non-school leavers / mature-aged applicants

    Each year, depending on the quality of applications, around 20 to 25 students are admitted who are not directly from Year 12. Some may have completed as little as one year of university study in another degree, and others may have completed degrees and have significant life experience.

    Non-school leavers are judged on a combination of their ATAR and their grades at a Bachelor level (or higher) from a tertiary institution. The primary method of ranking non-school leaver applicants is according to the Grade Point Average (GPA) of previous tertiary study plus their ATAR. The length of prior study is also taken into account, as well as the level of study, e.g. Bachelor degree versus postgraduate degree. All Bachelor degrees are considered equal - no preference is given to particular fields of study.

    Physical demands

    CSU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy course involves physical demands on students, particularly in clinical placements. Students will be undertaking practical classes where they will be expected to practise skills on other students as well as act as models for their colleagues. Any students who believe that they may have difficulty with these requirements are advised to contact the Course Coordinator or the Student Equity Officer through info.csu on 1800 334 733 before enrolling.

    Travel away from home

    You will undertake clinical placements away from your home campus and place of residence. CSU will locate and organise clinical placements for you and you will have some preference in the allocation of placements, however, these preferences cannot always be met.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8564*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113481
    UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNN214400
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNN1300113483
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNNKSBP
    DirectOn CampusOrangeCGSYNNKSBO
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNNKSPM
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNNISBP
    UACOn CampusOrangeCGSYNN214408
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN214401
    DirectOn CampusOrangeFPOSYNNISPB

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    039053K (Albury-Wodonga, Orange)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    The School of Community Health

    The School of Community Health aims to work in partnership with communities to provide quality allied health education and research, offering courses in the areas of health and rehabilitation science, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology. Courses are delivered across three campuses at Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Port Macquarie. The School aims to develop future health graduates to work both nationally and internationally, developing specific skills in regional and rural practice. The School uses a range of innovative teaching practices that seek to foster graduates' ability to work in the current and future health environment, and have received citations and awards for excellence in teaching.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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