Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical)

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical)

The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) provides you with the education and training to embark on a career as a clinical exercise physiologist working with clients with injury, chronic disease and complex care needs.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; (Maths B, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education or Health Education desirable)
OP/Rank
16/65

Career opportunities

Upon graduation you’ll have freedom to choose from a variety of disciplines including:

  • Private and government run exercise physiology or rehabilitation clinics
  • Case management for medical insurance organisations
  • Hospital based scientists (e.g. cardiac investigations, cardiac rehabilitation or respiratory science)
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Sports training and rehabilitation
  • Health and wellness management
  • Clinical research and testing.

This course is currently under consideration for re-accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA, NUCAP Accreditation).

Course highlights

At JCU we equip you with work-ready skills so you hit the ground running when you enter the workforce. Your studies will include:

  • Specialist anatomical studies with cadavers
  • Practical work experience in community-based clinics with accredited exercise physiologists and other allied health practitioners
  • World-class technical, training and testing facilities
  • Application of health that is specific to north Queensland’s tropical climate and rich cultural heritage

Course overview

As a qualified exercise physiologist, you will have a strong understanding of the scientific benefits of exercise for health and disease management. Your 4 year Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) for JCU lets you:

  • Tailor exercise solutions for everyone — from the seemingly healthy to high risk individuals
  • Support health and recovery in people with injury, chronic disease and complex care needs
  • Conduct exercise testing and movement analysis
  • Provide practical strength, endurance and functional solutions for improved quality of life
  • Incorporate psychological and behavioural principles for improved well-being
  • Work with other allied health professionals.

Following your degree, graduates can advance their knowledge and experience with a special emphasis on clinical exercise physiology research with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical – Honours).

Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates plus a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (317071) - Apply now
Cairns (327071) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1061:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 1 (Townsville) or MH1061:03 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (Cairns)

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology 1

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Physical Activity

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or Students with HA or better in Year 12 Maths B, select 3 credit points of any level 1 subjects

Teaching Period 2:

BM1062:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 2 (Townsville) or MH1062:03 The Musculoskeletal System for Sports and Exercise Science (Cairns)

SP1002:03 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

SP2200:03  Exercise and Sport Testing

SP2003:03 Functional Kinesiology and Biomechanics

SP2007:03 Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport

Teaching Period 2:

SP2201:03  Exercise Prescription

SP2009:03 Strength Training and Conditioning

SP2010:03 Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control

SP2011:03 Advanced Biomechanics

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

SP3006:03 Environmental and Sports Medicine

SP3007:03 Dynamics of Sport and Exercise Behaviour

SP3008:03 Sport and Exercise Science Practice

SP3015:03 Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control

Teaching Period 2:

SP3011:03 Sports Training and Rehabilitation

SP3014:03 Independent Project in Sport and Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology

SP3016:03 Exercise Prescription Practices and Procedures

SP3017:03 Principles of Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

SP4103:06 Clinical Exercise Physiology 1

SP4104:06 Clinical Exercise Physiology 2

Teaching Period 2:

SP4108:06 Practicum in Clinical Exercise Physiology 2

SP4109:06 Practicum in Clinical Exercise Physiology 1

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Get prepared - Bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist you in your pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).

Handbook

Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical)

Course code

71210

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

Reaccreditation for this course is under consideration by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA, NUCAP Accreditation). Students are eligible for ESSA professional membership on completion of this award and for professional registration as Accredited Exercise Physiologists.

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (any of Maths B, Chemistry, Biological Science, Health Education or Physical Education is desirable).

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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

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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Post admission
requirements

Immunisations:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B and that they have been vaccinated or evidence that they are not susceptible for the vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella and Pertussis. Professional experience placement is a requirement of this course and students may be engaged in roles where there is contact that would allow transmission of a VPD. Students are required to comply with the above requirement prior to commencing their first Professional Experience Placement or by the end of the first teaching period of their studies, otherwise their enrolment will be terminated.

Current Apply First Aid and CPR certificate:

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

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

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Blue Card Services

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

James Cook University’s Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) meets the Exercise and Sports Science Australia standards for Exercise Science membership and Exercise Physiology Accreditation.

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

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts, in the disciplines of clinical exercise physiology and sport and exercise science

  • Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply evidence in clinical exercise physiology and sport and exercise science practice, across a range of social, personal, economic and environmental contexts

  • Assess health status and formulate, implement and critically evaluate sustainable management plans to promote and optimise the health and welfare of apparently healthy individuals and/or populations and those who present with acute or chronic health conditions

  • Communicate clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for graduate entry into the clinical exercise physiology and sport and exercise science workforces

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour, clinical reasoning and sound judgement in problem solving and decision making, in the provision of client-centred practice that is contemporary, evidence-based, legal, ethical, safe and culturally sensitive

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs

  • Contribute to the design and delivery of safe, sustainable and effective collaborative allied health services.

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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1061:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 1 (Townsville) or MH1061:03 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (Cairns)

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology 1

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Physical Activity

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or Students with HA or better in Year 12 Maths B, select 3 credit points of any level 1 subjects

Teaching Period 2:

BM1062:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 2 (Townsville) or MH1062:03 The Musculoskeletal System for Sports and Exercise Science (Cairns)

SP1002:03 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

SP2200:03  Exercise and Sport Testing

SP2003:03 Functional Kinesiology and Biomechanics

SP2007:03 Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport

Teaching Period 2:

SP2201:03  Exercise Prescription

SP2009:03 Strength Training and Conditioning

SP2010:03 Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control

SP2011:03 Advanced Biomechanics

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

SP3006:03 Environmental and Sports Medicine

SP3007:03 Dynamics of Sport and Exercise Behaviour

SP3008:03 Sport and Exercise Science Practice

SP3015:03 Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control

Teaching Period 2:

SP3011:03 Sports Training and Rehabilitation

SP3014:03 Independent Project in Sport and Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology

SP3016:03 Exercise Prescription Practices and Procedures

SP3017:03 Principles of Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

SP4103:06 Clinical Exercise Physiology 1

SP4104:06 Clinical Exercise Physiology 2

Teaching Period 2:

SP4108:06 Practicum in Clinical Exercise Physiology 2

SP4109:06 Practicum in Clinical Exercise Physiology 1

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Only available first, second and third year in Cairns

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Special assessment requirements

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

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted in any subjects taught by Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

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 student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will not be applied for non-university study or work experience.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (CLINICAL)

Approved abbreviation

BExPhysiol(Clin)

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

In-course honours available as well as a separate graduate entry course.

Eligibility

Students will normally be required to have an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across their undergraduate degree and/or a grade point average of 5.0 in the third year of their undergraduate degree, with credits or better in specific discipline areas.  A minimum of a pass grade in a basic statistics subject is also required.

Honours

The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.