Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is for those who want to prevent injury and disability in others as well as rehabilitate those already injured. You will learn how to identify, assess and treat a range of conditions. As a graduate, you will have developed skills to work with everyone from children to the elderly, as well as deal with gender-specific issues. This physiotherapy course also offers students clinical placements during which they will be supervised by a clinical educator. During each placement students will develop and integrate knowledge, skills and professional behaviours in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Physiotherapy Council. High achieving Bachelor of Physiotherapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.


320 credit points. Students will undertake clinical placements in which they will be supervised by a clinical educator. 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.As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.UniformsStudents are required to purchase and wear an ACU student physiotherapist uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)Students are required to wear personal protection equipment when entering/participating in anatomy wet lab practical sessions. The protective equipment comprises of a lab coat, fully enclosed shoes and Australian standard safety glasses.


  • Physiotherapy

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:New South Wales Prerequisites: English Standard, or English Advanced, or ESL (Band 4 for all), plus: at least one of Biology, or Chemistry or Physics (Band 2 for all)Queensland Prerequisites: English (Units 3 and 4, C)
  • One of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 and 4, C)Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.


Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). To obtain further information relating to Registration Standards for Physiotherapy visit the AHPRA website. Graduates will also be eligible for membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Study pathways

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Honours graduates may be eligible to undertake a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Ballarat (Aquinas) International: $169,216
  • ATAR: 93.5
  • Full-time : 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) International: $169,216
  • ATAR: 97
  • Full-time : 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) International: $169,216
  • ATAR: 99.5
  • Full-time : 4 years

Further information

Graduates may work in a variety of areas including rehabilitation, paediatrics, women's health, sports physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, gerontology and ergonomics, hospitals and rehabilitation units, community health centres and/or private practice.Graduates can also work as consultants in educational, government and industrial institutions, and/or conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession.

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