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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC). Graduates of this course will be eligible for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled.


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Healthcare Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Unit 3/4,C), plus one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Health, Physical Education or Psychology (Units 3/4,C).

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3aSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration.

Additional selection requirementsInformation published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course.  Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Procedure.

Post-admission requirements

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and adapt a broad and coherent body of theoretical knowledge and technical competencies in diverse contexts as an entry level physiotherapist

  • Review professional and ethical frameworks, and underlying principles and concepts, to inform professional behaviours and responsibilities

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to physiotherapy practice

  • Formulate, implement and evaluate physiotherapy management plans, across the lifespan, for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written English language and numerical skills that enable clear, coherent and appropriate communication of theoretical or therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions, with clients, families, communities and other professionals

  • Apply physiotherapy-based health assessment, promotion, prevention and self-management strategies to individuals and populations

  • Deliver and facilitate safe, sustainable and effective collaborative client-centred healthcare within a clearly defined and accepted scope of practice for a physiotherapist

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to determine future professional development requirements.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1041:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 1

PS1001:03 Introduction to Physiotherapy

RH1002:03 Communication Skills for Health Professionals

RH1004:03 Foundations of Allied Health Professional Practice

Teaching Period 2:

BM1042:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 2

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

PS1002:03 Introduction to Physiotherapy Applications

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

HS2405:03 Health Professional Research 2

PS2004:03 Neuroscience in Physiotherapy

Teaching Period 2:

PS2002:03 Physiotherapy 1

PS2003:03 Physiotherapy 2

PS2005:03 Physiotherapy Applications Across the Lifespan

RH2002:03 Clinical Medicine for Therapy

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

PS3001:03 Physiotherapy 3

PS3002:03 Physiotherapy 4

PS3003:03 Physiotherapy 5

PS3006:03 Complex Cases in Rural, Remote and Indigenous Communities

Teaching Period 2:

PS3007:12 Physiotherapy Theory and Application (Part 1 of 2)

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

PS4001:12 Physiotherapy Theory and Applications (Part 2 of 2)

Teaching Period 2:

PS4002:03 Contemporary Issues for Physiotherapists

PS4003:03 Physiotherapy Health Law and Ethics

PS4004:03 Advanced Topics in Physiotherapy

TM4401:03 Health, Policy and Planning




JCU Townsville



Expected time to complete

4 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 and level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject.

Must successfully complete all level 3 subjects before attempting any level 4 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Procedure.

Special assessment requirements

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.

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



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviations


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Available both within this course and as a separate graduate entry course


Entry to embedded honours

At the start of level 3 of the course the College Dean will invite applications from students

  • Normally students will have obtained a GPA of 5 (Credit or better) for the subjects completed for levels 1 and 2 of the course

  • A quota may be imposed on the number of students accepted for entry to the honours course depending on the availability of supervisors

Graduate entry to honours

Successful completion of a pass degree in Physiotherapy

  • Normally students will have achieved a GPA of not less than 5.0 calculated over the four levels of the pass degree

  • Students’ professional experience and continuing professional development will be also be considered in their application

  • Students may be required to undertake work additional to the pass degree before commencing honours