Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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Description (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


Admission Requirements (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.

International Students

International students currently undertaking:

  • an Australian Year 12 in Australia
  • an Australian Year 12 outside Australia
  • an International Baccalaureat (IB) in Australia

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

All other international students:

Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement.

Students who completed their education in a non-English speaking country must have an IELTS of 7.0 on admission in line with University policy.


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

English Advanced, Chemistry, and either Biology or Physics Applicants who have not studied these courses should consider taking relevant bridging courses before the commencement of the University year.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Milestone:
  • National Police Certificate
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration
Additional Selection Criteria:
  • Students are required to complete a NSW Department of Health Vaccination Card in order to undertake professional placements in a NSW Department of Health facility. First Aid Certificate.


Credit Transfer (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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 new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students who have achieved a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or more over the program by the completion of year 3, will be invited to undertake HLSC4310 (Research Project) and, where the candidate's research project outcomes are of a sufficient standard, the degree may be awarded with Honours.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students will complete substantial supervised clinical practice in a variety of settings both locally and nationally as part of the program. Rural placements will be mandatory. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for professional experience will be the responsibility of the student.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy program has full accreditation awarded by the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

Graduates apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The current standard English Language Competency for registration as a practitioner in your chose health discipline in most states of Australia is an IELTS of 7.0.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.

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.


Special Needs (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made.

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 or professional practice. 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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The Physiotherapy program requires students to undertake extensive practical learning and clinical fieldwork. Prospective students requiring further information should contact the Student Hub.

Students must obtain a WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate before their first clinical fieldwork placement.

Students in this program may also be required to spend a period of time in the University's Department of Rural Health based in Tamworth in rural NSW or in the Central Coast Clinical Unit based in Gosford or other locations outside the Hunter Region. While attending one of these placements, students are responsible for all travel, accommodation and related expenses. Applicants should be aware of this requirement when applying for entry to the B Physiotherapy program.

Except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, a candidate shall complete the program within six years of study from the date of commencement.


Requirements and Structure Back to top

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Physiotherapy requires the completion of 320 units. The degree may be conferred with Honours. Candidates for Honours will be selected on the basis of high academic achievement as determined by Faculty Board.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HLSC1000Transition to Health Sciences Education and PracticeSemester 110 units
HUBS1105Musculoskeletal AnatomySemester 110 units
HUBS1403Biomedical Science Part 1Semester 110 units
PHTY1040Introduction to PhysiotherapySemester 110 units
HUBS1404Biomedical Science Part 2Semester 210 units
PHTY1020Physiotherapy II

Prior successful completion of PHTY1040 and HLSC1000. Current National Police Check, Workcover Approved First Aid Certificate, Prohibited Employment Declaration & NSW Health Immunisation Requirements.

Semester 220 units
PUBH1080Studies in Population Health and Health PromotionSemester 210 units
Back to topYear 2 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS2103Neural and Visceral AnatomySemester 110 units
HUBS2505Human PathophysiologySemester 110 units
PHTY2010Physiotherapy III

Prior successful completion of PHTY1020. Current National Police Certificate, Workcover Approved First Aid Certificate, Prohibited Employment Declaration & NSW Health Immunisation Requirements.

Semester 110 units
PHTY2020Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I

Prior successful completion of PHTY1020.

Semester 110 units
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 210 units
PHTY2030Neurological Physiotherapy I

Prior successful completion of PHTY1020.

Semester 210 units
PHTY2040Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy I

Prior successful completion of PHTY1020.

Semester 210 units
PHTY2060Physiotherapy Clinical Practice I

Prior successful completion of PHTY2010. Current National Police Certificate, Workcover Approved First Aid Certificate, Prohibited Employment Declaration & NSW Health Immunisation Requirements.

Semester 210 units
Back to topYear 3 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS2503Clinical Exercise PhysiologySemester 110 units
PHTY3020Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy II

Prior successful completion of PHTY2040.

Semester 110 units
PHTY3070Advanced Neurological Physiotherapy

Prior successful completion of PHTY2030.

Semester 110 units
HLSC4120Research Methodology and DesignSemester 110 units
PHTY3060Physiotherapy Clinical Practice III

Prior successful completion of PHTY2060. Current National Police Certificate, Workcover Approved First Aid Certificate, Prohibited Employment Declaration & NSW Health Immunisation Requirements.

Semester 210 units
PHTY3080Physiotherapy Through Life Stages

Prior successful completion of PHTY2030.

Semester 210 units
PHTY3090Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Prior successful completion of PHTY2020.

Semester 210 units
PHTY3100Critical Thinking in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Prior successful completion of PHTY2020.

Semester 210 units
Back to topYear 4 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PHTY3050Physiotherapy IV

Prior successful completion of PHTY2010.

Semester 110 units
PHTY4010Physiotherapy Clinical Practice IV

Prior successful completion of PHTY3090, PHTY3100 and PHTY3060. Current NPC, Workcover Approved First Aid Certificate, Prohibited Employment Declaration & NSW Health Immunisation Requirements.

Semester 120 units
PHTY4060Physiotherapy in Community Health

Prior successful completion of PHTY3080.

Semester 110 units
PHTY4040Physiotherapy Clinical Practice V

Prior successful completion of PHTY3020, PHTY3090, PHTY3100 & PHTY3070. Current NPC, Workcover Approved First Aid Certificate, Prohibited Employment Declaration & NSW Health Immunisation Reqs.

Semester 220 units
Electives
Elective 1Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 210 units
Elective 2Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 210 units
Back to topHonours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Year 4 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements for Honours.
HLSC4310Research Project

To be taken in lieu of the 20 units of electives.

Semester 220 units