Honours Degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy New

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 354251
CRICOS 101679

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, 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 to 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. In addition 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.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 354251
    Deferment Yes - 1 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Minimum eligibility score 90
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling.

    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors).

    Please note: the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) degree does not consider adjustment factors for undertaking particular subjects in year 12.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.

    Prerequisites One of the following subjects:
    - SACE Stage 2 Biology or,
    - SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or,
    - SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods, OR equivalent.

    MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.

    Additional Entry Requirements
    Academic Score: To meet the minimum academic threshold for entry into the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy you must achieve: - a Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) of 90 or above, or - an International Baccalaureate score of 33 or above, or - a GPA of 5.00 or above or - the interstate/ overseas equivalent.

    Applicants need to meet the academic score with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements.

    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units).

    A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.

    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2019).

    If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.

    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 354251
    Applications for domestic students will open via SATAC in early August 2020.

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 101679
    Intake February 
    Selection Criteria
    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
    Pearson 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
    More Information
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 90
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 33
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 22
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 12
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 85%
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.0
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 90
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1410
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 12
    Abitur 2.3
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.33
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 83
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 83
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 412
    ANU Foundation Studies 87%
    Monash Foundation Year 82.5%
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 83
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.8
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 7.6
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 70
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 5.5
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 83
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) Not accepted
    Tertiary Qualifications University of Adelaide GPA of 5.0 or equivalent
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 One of the following subjects:
    - SACE Stage 2 Biology or,
    - SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or,
    - SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods, OR equivalent.

    MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.

    International Qualifications One of the following subjects:
    • SACE Stage 2 Biology or,
    • SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or,
    • SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $39,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Qualified 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.

    Please see the inherent requirements for physiotherapy programs for further information.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    From first year, students will undertake an observational clinical placement, before completing 900+ hours of clinical placement in a range of metropolitan and rural settings throughout the final 18 months of the program.

    Professional Accreditation

    The University of Adelaide is currently working with the Australian Physiotherapy Council to achieve accreditation for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).

    Potential careers

    Physiotherapist

  • Degree Structure

    The 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, the 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

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Level I
    S1 HLTH SC 1400

    Biosciences for Human Health A
    HLTH SC 1401

    Communication in Professional Practice
    HLTH SC 1402

    Foundations of Health and Wellbeing
    PHYSIOTH 1000         

    Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice
    S2 HLTH SC 1403

    Biosciences for Human Health B
    HLTH SC 1404

    Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 1
    PHYSIOTH 1001

    Physiotherapy Exercise Prescription and Activity
    PHYSIOTH 1002

    Clinical Biomechanics of Human Movement
    Level II
    S1

    HLTH SC 2400

    Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 2

    ANAT SC 22400

    Anatomy of Lower Limb and Trunk

    PHYSIOTH 2000

    Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan

    PHYSIOTH 2001

    Applied Physiotherapy Practice A

    S2

    PATHOL 2400

    Pathophysiology for Allied Health

    ANAT SC 2402

    Anatomy of Upper Limb, Head and Neuroscience

    PHARM 2400

    Pharmacology Essentials for Physiotherapy

    PHYSIOTH 2002

    Applied Physiotherapy Practice B

    Level III – Industry Honours Stream
    S1

    PHYSIOTH 3000

    Person Centred Physiotherapy Practice

    PHYSIOTH 3001

    Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Practice

    PHYSIOTH 3002

    Neurological Physiotherapy Practice

    PHYSIOTH 3003

    Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice

    S2

    PHYSIOTH 3004

    Paediatric & Women's Health Physiotherapy Practice

    PHYSIOTH 300

    Managing Complexity in Clinical Settings

    PHYSIOTH 3006

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice A

    PHYSIOTH 4000

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice B

    Level IV – Industry Honours Stream
    S1

    PHYSIOTH 4001

    Managing Chronic Conditions

    PHYSIOTH 4002

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice C

    PHYSIOTH 4003

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice D

    PHYSIOTH 4004

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice E

    S2

    PHYSIOTH 4005

    Advanced EBP in Physiotherapy

    PHYSIOTH 4006

    Advanced Physiotherapy Practice (6 units)

    PHYSIOTH 4007

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice F

    Level III – Research Honours Stream
    S1

    PHYSIOTH 3000

    Person Centred Physiotherapy Practice

    PHYSIOTH 3001

    Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Practice

    PHYSIOTH 3002

    Neurological Physiotherapy Practice

    PHYSIOTH 3003

    Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice

    S2

    PHYSIOTH 3004

    Paediatric & Women's Health Physiotherapy Practice

    PHYSIOTH 300

    Managing Complexity in Clinical Settings

    PHYSIOTH 3006

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice A

    HLTH SC 4400

    Allied Health Research Project Planning

    Level IV – Research Honours Stream
    S1

    PHYSIOTH 4001

    Managing Chronic Conditions

    PHYSIOTH 4000

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice B

    PHYSIOTH 4002

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice C

    PHYSIOTH 4003

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice D

    S2

    HLTH SC 4401

    Allied Health Honours Research Project (9 units)

    PHYSIOTH 4004

    Physiotherapy Clinical Practice E



    Further information
    All courses are compulsory. The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) does not contain elective courses. 

    Assessment

    Assessment 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 Aug 2020