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Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Accredited exercise physiologists play a critical role enhancing the health of the nation by delivering preventative exercise programs and interventions for the management of chronic and complex conditions and injuries.

The only online course of its kind in Australia, CSU’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology prepares you for a rewarding career in this growing allied health profession.

Applications for study commencing in Session 1 close on 30 November each year.

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology develops the knowledge, skills and core competencies required to work as a professional exercise physiologist.

    Comprehensive program

    You’ll learn to determine clients’ medical and physical activity histories, perform pre-exercise screenings, use motivational interviewing to determine readiness for exercise, and perform health and exercise capacity assessments. You’ll also be prepared to design and deliver evidence-based exercise prescriptions, apply psychological strategies to promote lifestyle modification and behaviour change, and provide client education to prevent or manage cardiopulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, as well as cancer and depression.

    Convenient online study

    This course is offered online, enabling you to upgrade your qualifications while also meeting other personal and professional commitments. You will learn using a range of online resources and communication tools.

    Authentic experience

    This course includes at least 500 hours of supervised clinical placement, enabling you to apply your knowledge and skills in workplace settings while being supported by experienced health professionals. You will also hone your practical skills at on-campus residential schools.

    Pathway to the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

    If you have not previously studied exercise science, and you have received your assessment of required assumed/learned knowledge from ESSA, enrol in the Diploma of Exercise Studies to complete the pre-requisite study required for entry to the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

    Professional recognition

    First offered in 2017, this course was designed and developed following an extensive review of its predecessor, the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), which was accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) in exercise physiology from 2012–2017. An application for accreditation in exercise physiology will be submitted in 2017 in compliance with ESSA processes. Course accreditation in exercise physiology with ESSA will permit graduates to obtain provider numbers with Medicare, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, private health funds, and other compensable schemes, which will provide additional employment opportunities for graduates.

  • Career opportunities
    Demand for exercise physiologists is increasing as Australia’s population ages. Recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare indicates that chronic illness currently contributes to 70 per cent of the health burden in Australia and this is expected to rise to 80 per cent by 2020. As a graduate of CSU’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, you can work to improve people’s health and well being and make a positive contribution to the health of your community. Positions are available in private practice, multidisciplinary health clinics, workplace health centres, hospitals, aged care facilities and commercial health and fitness centres.
  • Professional recognition

    This course is scheduled for professional accreditation in late 2017 and it is not expected that the course structure and enrolment pattern will pose any risk to gaining accreditation.   The School has initiated accreditation processes with the professional body - ESSA.

  • Workplace learning

    A minimum 500 hours of clinical placement is required to meet course requirements. These hours are dispersed among healthy persons and clinical patients as stated in ESSA Exercise Physiology accreditation guidelines:

    • a minimum of 140 hours with apparently healthy persons AND
    • a minimum of 360 hours with clinical patients divided among specific categories of:
      • a minimum of 140 hours with cardiopulmonary / metabolic patients
      • a minimum of 140 hours with musculoskeletal / neurological patients
      • a maximum of 80 hours with other clinical health patients (e.g. mental health, cancer, cardiac screening, etc).

    Students with an approved Graduate Assessment from ESSA will receive credit for the 140 hours of placement with apparently healthy persons and will only be required to complete a minimum of 360 hours of clinical placement to meet course workplace learning requirements.

    NOTE: A minimum total of 500 hours of placement MUST be completed at the completion of the course in order to be eligible to graduate. No credit can be provided towards the 360 hours of clinical placement for workplace learning completed prior to course admission. All clinical placement hours must be completed within the course to meet ESSA accreditation requirements.

    Requirements to undertake clinical placements 
    Apply First Aid and CPR Certificates

    All students are required to have current Workcover approved First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) qualifications before undertaking workplace learning. Be aware that CPR must be renewed annually.

    Note: As many courses include a clinical practicum in the first session, students are advised to complete their Apply First Aid and CPR Certificates prior to commencement of their first year of study.

    National Police Clearance and Working with Children Check

    The Department of Health in NSW, and most other states, currently require all health facility staff including students on clinical placement, to undergo criminal record checks. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences, who may put patients' / clients' personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    All students must, therefore, have a Criminal Record Clearance prior to placement in any capacity in the NSW Health system and most other State organisations. Prospective students should be aware that an inability to obtain a Criminal Record Clearance will make it impossible to complete this course satisfactorily, as it will not be possible to arrange suitable clinical placements. 

    In addition, all students are required to complete a Prohibited Employment Declaration indicating whether or not they are a prohibited person under the Child Protection Action 1998.

    If you have any queries regarding these requirements, including the opportunities available for review of a particular case, contact the Course Coordinator.

    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.

    In order to meet NSW Health requirements, Hepatitis B immunisation may require a three (3) dose sequence scheduled over a period of up to 6 months. As such, students are strongly encouraged to commence Hepatitis B immunisation immediately upon course admission to ensure their eligibility to commence workplace learning.

    Additional Costs

    The following costs associated with clinical placements are not included in course fees and will need to be directly funded by the student:

    • Apply First Aid and CRP certificates
    • obtaining criminal record clearance
    • immunisations
    • uniforms for clinical placement
    • any travel and/or accommodation expenses
    • any equipment required for clinical practice e.g. stethoscope, heart rate monitor, tape measure etc.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EHR527 Clinical Workplace Learning & Professionalism - Part-Time
    EHR526 Clinical Workplace Learning & Professionalism - Full-Time

  • 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 course consists of nine (9) subjects in total; eight (8) x 8 point core subjects plus one (1) 32 point restricted elective subject. Completion of the 32 point restricted elective subject is required in order to undertake clinical placement hours. Enrolment in the restricted elective subject is dependent upon the student's mode of study. Full-time students will complete the subject within one (1) session of study and part-time students will compete the subject across two (2) multi-sessions of study.

    Core Subjects

    EHR518 Developing the Clinical Exercise Practitioner
    EHR519 Exercise Prescription for Cardiopulmonary Conditions
    EHR520 Pathomechanics & Exercise Prescription
    EHR521 Supporting Clients in Clinical Exercise
    EHR522 Exercise for Metabolic & Renal Conditions
    EHR523 Exercise Prescription for Cancer Management
    EHR524 Workplace Assessment & Rehabilitation
    EHR525 Exercise for Neurological & Mental Health Conditions

    Restricted Elective

    Students must complete one of the two (2) 32 point subjects below depending on their mode of study:

    EHR526 Clinical Workplace Learning & Professionalism - Full-time (32 points)
    or
    EHR527 Clinical Workplace Learning & Professionalism - Part-Time (32 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    FULL-TIME

    Full-time enrolment consists of three (3) consecutive sessions of study across one (1) academic year as described below:

    Year One
    Session 1 (30)

    EHR518 Developing the Clinical Exercise Practitioner 
    EHR519 Exercise Prescription for Cardiopulmonary Conditions
    EHR520 Pathomechanics & Exercise Prescription
    EHR521 Supporting Clients in Clinical Exercise

    Session 2 (60)

    EHR522 Exercise for Metabolic & Renal Conditions
    EHR523 Exercise Prescription for Cancer Management
    EHR524 Workplace Assessment & Rehabilitation
    EHR525 Exercise for Neurological & Mental Health Conditions

    Session 3 (90)

    EHR526 Clinical Workplace Learning & Professionalism - Full-time (32 points)

    PART-TIME

    Part-time enrolment consists of six (6) sessions of study across 2.5 academic years as described below:

    Year One
    Session 1 (30)

    EHR518 Developing the Clinical Exercise Practitioner
    EHR519 Exercise Prescription for Cardiopulmonary Conditions

    Session 2 (60)

    EHR522 Exercise for Metabolic & Renal Conditions
    EHR523 Exercise Prescription for Cancer Management

    Session 3 (90)

    No subjects available

    Year Two
    Session 3 (30)

    EHR520 Pathomechanics & Exercise Prescription
    EHR521 Supporting Clients in Clinical Exercise

    Session 4 (60)

    EHR524 Workplace Assessment & Rehabilitation
    EHR525 Exercise for Neurological & Mental Health Conditions 

    Session 5 (90) & Session 6 (30) [multi-session]

    EHR527 Clinical Workplace Learning & Professionalism - Part-time (32 points)

  • Residential schools

    A central component of the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology are residential schools held on the CSU Bathurst campus. These residential schools provide online students with opportunities to meet academic staff and other students face-to-face, participate in interactive lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions, and develop clinical competency skills through hands-on learning experiences. Assessment tasks may also be conducted or explained during the residential schools.

    Residential school attendance is compulsory for all students. Non-attendance will result in a fail grade for that subject. Students who are unable to attend a residential school due to extenuating circumstances must apply for an exemption. If the request for an exemption is approved, students will be required to attend the residential school at the next scheduled offering.

    Students in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology must attend compulsory residential schools for the following subjects:

     

    EHR525 Exercise for Neurological & Mental Health Conditions
    EHR527 Clinical Workplace Learning & Professionalism - Part-Time
    EHR519 Exercise Prescription for Cardiopulmonary Conditions
    EHR524 Workplace Assessment & Rehabilitation
    EHR523 Exercise Prescription for Cancer Management
    EHR520 Pathomechanics & Exercise Prescription
    EHR522 Exercise for Metabolic & Renal Conditions
    EHR526 Clinical Workplace Learning & Professionalism - Full-Time

  • Admission information

    Entry into the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is competitive based on GPA and requires:

    • a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science and/or Sport Science or equivalent qualification; and
    • an assessment for postgraduate Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) study from Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) indicating that all Exercise Science knowledge and skills criteria are met (other than apparently healthy practicum hours).

    All students applying for admission MUST apply to ESSA for the assessment for postgraduate Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) study regardless of the accreditation status of their undergraduate Exercise Science qualification or current ESSA Exercise Science (Full) membership status.

    Applicants that do not satisfy all Exercise Science knowledge and skills criteria may not be assessed for admission and will be referred to the Diploma of Exercise Studies to address knowledge and skill deficits.

    Applicants who have satisfied all of the entry criteria, but have not completed all apparently healthy placement hours prior to the start of the academic year, are considered to have met admission criteria and will be assessed based on competitiveness.

    Students interested in applying for this course are strongly encouraged to submit their assessment for postgraduate Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) study application prior to 30 September in the year prior to seeking admission. This is important to ensure that the assessment letter is attached to the admission application. Details regarding how to apply for the assessment for postgraduate Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) study can be found on the ESSA website. ESSA will perform a preliminary assessment for postgraduate study based on academic transcripts that are yet to include grades from a final session of undergraduate study. Applicants awaiting receipt of a final academic transcript are encouraged to apply for an ESSA assessment.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

     
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineBathurstCGSYNNETEX
    DirectOnlineBathurstFPPGYNNOTEX

    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 be eligible for graduation in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, students must achieve a total of 96 credit points.  This is achieved by a Pass level or better in each of the eight (8) core subjects (64 points total) and a Pass level or better in one (1) of the two (2) restricted elective subjects (32 credit points total).

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  • 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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