Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program is for those who want to prevent injury and disability and rehabilitate those already injured. Students learn how to identify, assess and treat a range of conditions: musculoskeletal; cardiorespiratory; orthopaedic; neurological. This physiotherapy course also offers students clinical placements during which they will be supervised by a clinical facilitator. During each placement they will develop and integrate knowledge, skills and professional behaviour in accordance with the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates will be a skilled physiotherapist who can work with everyone from children to the elderly, as well as deal with gender-specific issues. Possible career paths include: community health centres and/or private practice; ergonomics; gerontology; hospitals and rehabilitation units; orthopaedics; paediatrics; rehabilitation; sports physiotherapy and women's health. They also work as consultants in educational, government and industrial institutions, to conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW: English (any) plus one of biology, chemistry or physics; QLD: English (4, SA) plus one of biology, chemistry or physics (4, SA); VIC: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English EAL or 25 in any other English; and a study score of at least 25 in one of biology, chemistry or physics and be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Structure:

320 credit points consisting of: 70 cp from Foundation Units; 20 cp from Inter-professional Units; 10 cp from University Core Curriculum Units; and 220 cp from Physiotherapy Practice Units. Students will undertake clinical placements in which they will be supervised by a clinical facilitator. Clinical placements allow students to use their knowledge of practical skills and apply them to the everyday needs of individuals in hospitals, private practice, aged care facilities and rehabilitation units.

Subjects you can Study:

Physiotherapy

Study Pathways:

High achieving Bachelor of Physiotherapy students can undertake Honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.

Recognition:

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Graduates will also be eligible for membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Physiotherapist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) 99.25 No Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 4 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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