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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
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 (Physiotherapy 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).
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.
- Admission information for Australian students and residents
- Admission information for international students
During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Find out if you are eligible.
Current Australian Year 12 Students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on Selection Rank 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
All Applicants 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.
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 for more information on applying 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.
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.
PHTY1020 - Physiotherapy II
PHTY1040 - Introduction to Physiotherapy
PHTY2060 - Physiotherapy Clinical Practice I
PHTY3060 - Physiotherapy Clinical Practice III
PHTY4010 - Physiotherapy Clinical Practice IV
PHTY4040 - Physiotherapy Clinical Practice V
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
4 years full-time.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
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  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.
Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.
You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.
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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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
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|HLSC1000||Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice||10 units|
|HUBS1105||Musculoskeletal Anatomy||10 units|
|HUBS1403||Biomedical Science Part 1||10 units|
|HUBS1404||Biomedical Science Part 2||10 units|
|PHTY1020||Physiotherapy II||20 units|
|PHTY1040||Introduction to Physiotherapy||10 units|
|PUBH1080||Studies in Population Health and Health Promotion||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|HUBS2103||Neural and Visceral Anatomy||10 units|
|HUBS2503||Clinical Exercise Physiology||10 units|
|HUBS2505||Human Pathophysiology||10 units|
|PHTY2010||Physiotherapy III||10 units|
|PHTY2020||Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I||10 units|
|PHTY2030||Neurological Physiotherapy I||10 units|
|PHTY2040||Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy I||10 units|
|PHTY2060||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice I||10 units|
|PHTY3020||Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy II||10 units|
|PHTY3060||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice III||10 units|
|PHTY3070||Advanced Neurological Physiotherapy||10 units|
|PHTY3080||Physiotherapy Through Life Stages||10 units|
|PHTY3090||Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy||10 units|
|PHTY3100||Critical Thinking in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy||10 units|
|HLSC4120||Research Methodology and Design||10 units|
|PHTY4010||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice IV||20 units|
|PHTY4040||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice V||20 units|
|PHTY4070||Advanced Concepts in Physiotherapy||10 units|
|PHTY4080||Advanced Concepts in Physiotherapy in Community Health||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.
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  section 5.2.2. Enquiries concerning eligibility for Graded Honours should be directed to the Program Convenor.
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.
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.
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 College 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.
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