ATAR cut-off
96.45
97.55 (Median ATAR)
About ATARs
International entry requirement

UAC code

483850
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

Find out more about IELTS.

Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 12337
CRICOS code: 039298M

Program handbook

Description

Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with the prevention, assessment and treatment of human movement disorders. Clinical problems encountered by the physiotherapist are wide ranging and often challenging, but usually involve musculoskeletal, neurological or cardiorespiratory disorders. Physiotherapists are people with effective interpersonal skills, including communicative and empathic abilities, highly developed problem solving skills, proficient manual handling skills and a motivation to continually improve and learn. The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) curriculum integrates the clinical and basic sciences, focusing on evidence-based physiotherapy practice. The program involves case-based learning with  a strong inter-disciplinary focus. The program prepares graduates for professional physiotherapy employment undertaking evidence based practice as well as providing a pathway for ongoing research and further learning.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrated application of a defined body of knowledge and procedural skills, to collect and interpret data, make appropriate clinical decisions, and carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures safely and effectively (Physiotherpay practitioner)
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and/or non-verbal communication skills to build effective partnerships and establish rapport with patients, care givers, health professionals, other sectors and stakeholders (Communicator)
  • The ability to effectively work in partnership with patients and others with respect to the care of individuals, specific groups, communities or populations (Collaborative practitioner)
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise and effectively execute tasks through teamwork and make systematic decisions when allocating finite health care resources (Manager/Leader)
  • Recognised the importance of advocacy in responding to challenges represented by social, environmental, and biological factors that determine the health of patients and society (Educator)
  • Demonstrated skills that support lifelong learning in personal and professional development (Reflective practitioner and self-directed learner)
  • Competently applied a distinct body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, incorporating ethical action, to improve the health and well-being of others (Professional and ethical practitioner)

Details

Information correct as at28th Jun 2017 9:02am
Program code12337
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face - Includes online and clinical placements
Duration
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time.
  • International students - 4 years full-time.
ATAR (2017)
LocationCut-offMedian
Callaghan Campus96.4597.55

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Assumed knowledgeHSC Chemistry, either Physics or Biology and Advanced English or equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
  2. School of Health Sciences
  3. School of Medicine and Public Health
  4. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code039298M

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Find out if you are eligible for bonus points.

Current Australian Year 12 Students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

Non-school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:          

  • Previous Year 12 studies and/or
  • Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
  • Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.

All International Students

Apply directly to International Admissions. International applicants must satisfy an English Language proficiency requirement.

Special selection procedures apply to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0  Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline in most states of Australia is IELTS 7.0.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.


Compulsory program requirements

Clinical placement is undertaken in each year of the program, and students complete approximately 1000 hours over the course of their studies. Programs generally have defined periods for their professional placements, based on negotiations between health providers and the University; however these may be at any time throughout the calendar year, not just within University Terms. Students are required to undertake rural as well as urban placements including, but not limited to, the University's Department of Rural Health, based in Tamworth and Taree. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for placements will be the responsibility of the student.

Post-admission requirements

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements

    Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement

  • First Aid Certificate

    Before beginning their first clinical placement students are required to obtain a WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.

Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

PHTY2060 - Physiotherapy Clinical Practice I

PHTY3060 - Physiotherapy Clinical Practice III

PHTY4010 - Physiotherapy Clinical Practice IV

PHTY4040 - Physiotherapy Clinical Practice V


Professional recognition

Australian Physiotherapy Council

Physiotherapy Board of Australia (under AHPRA)

Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

320 units

Program duration

4 years full-time.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for Ungraded Honours. High performing students (minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5 at the end of Year 3) may be selected for admission into a Graded Honours stream. Positions within the Graded Honours stream are limited and entry is not guaranteed. Students selected into the Graded Honours stream are required to successfully complete 20 units of research courses as detailed in the Program Plan.The criteria for the determination of class of Honours are detailed in the Bachelor Honours policy [000990] section 5.2.2. Enquiries concerning eligibility for Graded Honours should be directed to the Program Convenor.

All registered health practitioners and education providers have a professional and ethical obligation to protect public health and provide safe healthcare. Students enrolled in this course should be aware that under the National Law (http://www.ahpra.gov.au/About-AHPRA/What-we-do/Legislation.aspx) there is a mandatory obligation for education providers and practitioners to report a student with an impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm while undertaking a professional practice placement. For more information please see the UON Student Placement Website or http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Notifications/Make-a-complaint/Mandatory-notifications.aspx.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Transition arrangements

Transition arrangements will apply only to the on campus 4th year courses. The availability of Clinical Practice courses will be unchanged. Students failing PHTY3050 and PHTY4060 4th year in 2014 will then undertake the new courses, PHTY4070 and PHTY4080.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC1000Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1105Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS1403Biomedical Science Part 1
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1404Biomedical Science Part 2
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PHTY1020Physiotherapy II
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHTY1040Introduction to Physiotherapy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PUBH1080Studies in Population Health and Health Promotion
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Summer 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS2103Neural and Visceral Anatomy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS2503Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS2505Human Pathophysiology
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PHTY2010Physiotherapy III
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY2020Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY2030Neurological Physiotherapy I
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY2040Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy I
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY2060Physiotherapy Clinical Practice I
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY3020Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy II
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY3060Physiotherapy Clinical Practice III
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY3070Advanced Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY3080Physiotherapy Through Life Stages
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY3090Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY3100Critical Thinking in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
HLSC4120Research Methodology and Design
  • Summer 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY4010Physiotherapy Clinical Practice IV
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHTY4040Physiotherapy Clinical Practice V
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHTY4070Advanced Concepts in Physiotherapy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHTY4080Advanced Concepts in Physiotherapy in Community Health
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Graded Honours and Ungraded Honours options

Students in the Graded Honours Stream must take HLSC4310A and HLSC4310B. Students in the Ungraded Honours Stream must take 20 units of electives.

Graded Honours Project

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC4310AResearch Project A
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
HLSC4310BResearch Project B
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

20 units

Honours

All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for Ungraded honours. High performing students (minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5 at the end of Year 3) may be selected for admission into a Graded Honours stream. Positions within the Graded Honours stream are limited and entry is not guaranteed. Students selected into the Graded Honours stream are required to successfully complete 20 units of research courses as detailed in the Program Plan. The criteria for the determination of class of Honours are detailed in the Bachelor Honours policy [000990] section 5.2.2. Enquiries concerning eligibility for Graded Honours should be directed to the Program Convenor.


Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

The NSW Department of Health has issued guidelines that prevent health-care workers and students who have HIV or HbeAg from performing any exposure-prone procedures as defined by the Department's definition of exposure prone procedures.  Consequently students with HIV, or HbeAg, may be limited in the range of procedures they can perform and there may be a potential problem with professional registration.  Policies in this area are subject to regular review.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue.

The B Physiotherapy Honours Program and future professional practice are both mentally and physically demanding.  Prospective students should be aware that physical mobility, sensory ability, motor coordination and manual dexterity, sufficient to undertake laboratory classes and all aspects of routine clinical practices are required in order to meet program requirements.  The Physiotherapy program requires students to undertake extensive practical/clinical fieldwork.