Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists assess and diagnose human movement disorders, then plan and administer treatment programs to restore function or minimise dysfunction after sickness or injury.

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
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Career opportunities

Physiotherapy is a growing profession and in high demand, particularly in rural and remote areas and in Indigenous communities. Physiotherapists can work in a variety of settings including: hospitals, rehabilitation units, community health centres, schools, research, organisational/occupational health units, aged care services, private practice and sports medicine clinics.

The 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 highlights

The course has a focus on the skills needed for Physiotherapy practice in rural, remote and tropical settings and offers:

  • Individual attention: During your first year you will be mentored by a staff member and 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 Health 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: JCU students in rehabilitation science courses have high levels of satisfaction, with their courses well above the national average (91% course satisfaction; 2013 National Course Experience Questionnaire).

Course overview

The 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 behavior.

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 (317031) - Apply now


Bachelor of Physiotherapy –  closing date 30 September 2016.


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 2016. Download the form at jcu.edu.au/dthm/forms

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Not applicable

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. Please refer to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (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.