Honours Degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy New
Transform lives through freedom of movement
Physiotherapists help us recover, maintain and enhance our ability to move freely and without pain. They help us overcome injury and disability, preserve physical condition during and after illness, and improve athletic performance.
But the psychological impact of that is far from purely technical; it’s a critical component of positive mental health and an enabler of a rewarding quality of life.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) equips you assess and manage a range of health conditions.
With many courses taught by registered practising physiotherapists, the degree places an emphasis on real-world experience. In over 900 hours of work-based training, you’ll work with children and adults of all ages in multiple settings: public and private health organisations; schools; rehabilitation centres; sporting organisations; aged care and more.
You’ll gain high-level knowledge and skills in:
- human anatomy, biomechanics and physiology
- clinical assessment and management of patients with cardiothoracic, musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunction, and developmental disorders
- safe patient handling practices and patient education
- broad public health issues
- evidence-based, patient-centred care.
You’ll regularly access our purpose-built training facilities and state-of-the-art simulation suites—among Australasia’s most advanced. And you’ll benefit from collaborative learning with key complementary disciplines, speech pathology and occupational therapy.
From third year, you’ll choose one of two streams—research* or industry—and undertake a major project. Research will hone your skills in developing new knowledge; industry focuses on integrating research into practice.
Where could it take you?
You’ll graduate eligible to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. You could help cancer patients improve their condition—and spirit—during treatment. You could help a range of people better manage a variety of health conditions. You might help a child take their first steps, or you could help someone get back to work, sport or other activities. Those in the research stream may change the way we assess and manage a range of conditions, leading to better health outcomes for the population.
The University of Adelaide is currently working with the Australian Physiotherapy Council to achieve accreditation for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).
*Entry into the research stream will be based on academic merit.
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English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7 TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27 Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65 C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
International Qualifications One of the following subjects:
- SACE Stage 2 Biology or,
- SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or,
- SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessQualified physiotherapists have a wide range of career options in metropolitan and rural settings. Physiotherapists work in public and private hospitals, community health care, private practice, aged care, sporting organisations, rehabilitation centres, education, and research.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Professional AccreditationThe University of Adelaide is currently working with the Australian Physiotherapy Council to achieve accreditation for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).
Degree StructureThe Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) requires four years of full-time study, with no option for part-time study.
In the first year of study, you will be introduced to anatomy, physiology, public health and health research courses, with a focus on physiotherapy principles and body movement combined with an introduction to professional practice.
The second year includes detailed applied anatomy, biomechanics of the human body, principles behind physiotherapy management, and incorporates pathophysiology and pharmacology.
The final two years of the program include specialised practice principles including gender- and age-specific needs relative to women’s health and paediatrics; while developing your knowledge of specialty content relating to the clinical assessment and management of clients with cardiothoracic, musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunction.
Clinical placement courses within the third and fourth year of the program provide you with an opportunity to apply learning in professional practice settings, under the supervision of qualified and registered clinical professionals.
From late third year, you’ll choose one of two streams—research or industry— and undertake a major project. Research will hone your skills in developing new knowledge; industry focuses on integrating research into practice.
Entry into the research stream will be based on academic merit.
Academic Program Rules
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AssessmentAssessment in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) consists of formative and summative work including but not limited to; essays, case studies, tests, oral presentations, practical assignments, tutorial participation, structured clinical assessments and written examinations. Both face-to-face and online methodologies will be used.
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Last updated: Friday, 7 Feb 2020