Graduate Diploma of Exercise Physiology (Clinical)

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a three year Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science or equivalent degree from this or another University; and

Additional selection requirements

Eligibility for full membership of the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science; or

Special admission requirements

Completion of a degree in an allied discipline which may lead to full membership of the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Candidates may be required to undertake a significant proportion of the course via block, limited and/or external mode delivery.

Additional completion requirements

Candidates may be required to arrange travel and accommodation at their own expense for periods of up to ten weeks.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the acquisition of a broad and coherent body of knowledge and skills and the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of clinical exercise physiology

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, and to apply this evidence in the provision of clinical exercise physiology‐ related activities and services across a range of social, personal, economic and environmental contexts

  • Demonstrate the necessary skills to assess health status and to formulate, implement and critically evaluate sustainable healthy lifestyle management plans to promote and optimise the health and welfare of individuals and/or populations across a range of social, personal, economic and environmental contexts and who present with acute or chronic health conditions

  • Contribute to the delivery of safe, sustainable and effective collaborative allied health service

  • Demonstrate the ability to self‐reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes and to self-manage ongoing learning and personal and professional development

  • Demonstrate professional behaviours, communication, problem solving and decision making during the provision of client‐centred practice that is contemporary, evidence‐based, legal, ethical, safe and culturally sensitive

  • Demonstrate English language and numeracy proficiency to a standard that is relevant for graduate entry into the clinical exercise physiology workforce.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

SP5103:06 Clinical Exercise Physiology 1

SP5104:06 Clinical Exercise Physiology 2

SP5108:06 Practicum in Clinical Exercise Physiology 2

SP5109:06 Practicum in Clinical Exercise Physiology 1







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that candidates hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Further information about placements e.g. Suitability to Work with Children Card can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable