Graduate Certificate in Exercise Prescription for Manual Therapy

Victoria University (VU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00124K

This program is aimed at practising health professionals in the field of manual therapy who wish to extend their skills in the area of exercise prescription. The course has been designed to cover those areas of exercise prescription most relevant to manual therapists, including underlying exercise physiology principles, the rehabilitation of common musculo-skeletal conditions, as well as an introduction to rehabilitation of the orthopaedic surgery patient, and preventive exercise for all age groups, but especially the older patients who form an increasing part of manual therapists' workload. The later will serve as an introduction, as these topics will be developed more in the graduate diploma. The course will equip practitioners with the skills required to meet the needs of third party payers such as Work Cover and TAC, who are increasingly demanding that manual therapists incorporate exercise prescription into their patient management plans.


  • 48 credit points
  • 4 units in total.


  • Exercise prescription for manual therapy

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor level qualification or equivalent in a manual therapy discipline such as osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy or myotherapy and currently working in clinical practice. Practitioners who are currently registered osteopaths, chiropractors or physiotherapists in New Zealand will be eligible for admission. Therapists who have completed a relevant cognate TAFE award (e.g. Advanced Diploma in Rehabilitation Therapy/Myotherapy) and have a minimum of five years of relevant clinical practice are eligible for admission.


Osteopathy Australia (OA) are the national peak representative body for Osteopathy. OA approves and advertises many courses for Continued Professional Development (CPD) for practitioners. After the Graduate Certificate in Exercise Prescription for Manual Therapists has been approved by the University the course coordinator will contact OA and seek support from the professional body for this course to be approved as CPD point for practitioners.

Study pathways

Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)

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