Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy at James Cook University (JCU) prepares you to work in all areas of physiotherapy practice. While your qualifications will equip you to work throughout Australia and internationally, JCU gives you unique opportunities to explore the special needs of people of the tropics and in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

You'll work alongside other rehabilitation students including those from the disciplines of occupational therapy, speech pathology, clinical exercise physiology and sports science. That means your knowledge and experience will be broad, and you'll be able to build some amazing networks to call on when you start your career.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
4 years full-time
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; Maths B; plus one of Biological Science, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education or Health Education
OP/Rank
Special Entry Requirements
See how to apply

Career opportunities

Physiotherapy is a growing profession and when you graduate your skills will be in high demand, particularly as you'll have expertise in serving tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

You'll be able to choose to work as a physiotherapist in a variety of settings including:

  • Aged care services
  • Community health centres
  • Hospitals
  • Organisational/occupational health units
  • Private practice
  • Rehabilitation units
  • Schools
  • Sports medicine clinics.

If you're keen to build a career in research, this degree could be your stepping stone to further studies.

Course highlights

Though your studies will equip you to work as a physiotherapist anywhere in Australia, or internationally, this course has a unique focus on the skills needed for physiotherapy practice in tropical, rural, remote, Indigenous settings. As a JCU student you'll experience:

  • Individual attention: During your first year you will be mentored by a staff member who will help you create an Individual Learning Plan, set goals and identify strategies so you can achieve success in your course
  • Extensive practical experience: You will have more than 30 weeks of supervised clinical placements in urban, rural and remote locations to develop your clinical skills, including at the JCU Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinic on campus. You will also have the option to complete an international placement.
  • Unique skills: You will gain valuable experience in rural and remote health settings, and understand the health needs of diverse communities including those of Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • Quality course and teaching: You'll be among the many JCU students in rehabilitation science courses who have recorded their high levels of satisfaction.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited with the Australian Physiotherapy Council. After graduating you will be able to register to practice with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. You will also be eligible to join the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Course overview

This 4-year full time JCU course combines the study of science, anatomy, physiology, human movement analysis, manual therapy and exercise for rehabilitation. Clinical placements form a key component. The course is grounded in evidence-based practice and emphasises ethical principles and professional behaviour.

This course has specific admission requirements such as immunisation, the requirement to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card, Federal Police Check and/or other requirements that you must comply with. You must complete all Professional Experience Placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of all requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

Honours

If you're a high-achieving student, you could be offered the opportunity to study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) degree. This 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. Refer to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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 (317031) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy – closing date 30 September.

We have a two-step application process for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy: You apply online at QTAC’s website and you also submit a written application form directly to JCU by 30 September.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

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 1

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

PS4001:12 Physiotherapy Theory and Applications 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

Handbook

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Course code

71310

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

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, plus one of Chemistry, Biological Science, Physics, Physical Education or Health Education.

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 requirements

Submit JCU internal application form by 30 September

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

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:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists

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

CORE SUBJECTS

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 1

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

PS4001:12 Physiotherapy Theory and Applications 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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment requirements

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

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

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

63 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 16 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.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF PHYSIOTHERAPY

Approved abbreviations

BPhysio

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

Honours availability

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

Eligibility

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

Honours

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (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. Refer to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

What is Physiotherapy?

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.