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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA); plus one of Biological Science, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education or Health Education (4,SA)
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Make a difference with the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, accredited with the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Receive complete support with mentoring in your first year and network with students from occupational therapy, speech pathology, and clinical exercise physiology.

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy has a focus on ethical and professional practice alongside extensive clinical placements to be prepared for every aspect of the job. Develop professional skills to meet the needs of people in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.

Take part in clinical placements in urban, rural, and remote locations and develop your clinical skills at the JCU Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinic.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Today's healthcare employers are looking for motivated, passionate people ready to be the best professionals they can be. Be ready to reach your full potential and make an impact in the world around you. Your world-class education with JCU's Bachelor of Physiotherapy course will give you the training you need to succeed.

Your World-Class Education Begins Here

Learn how to integrate theoretical knowledge with technical competence. A focus on ethical and professional practice equips JCU students to succeed in your physiotherapy courses in Queensland.

Develop Through Collaboration

Healthcare professionals know how important it is to work with their peers, both for personal enrichment and to get a broad perspective on patient needs. While you study physiotherapy in Queensland, you will work alongside students in related disciplines, building the network of connections you need for a lifetime of professional success.

Learn from JCU's dedicated lecturers and join a supportive learning environment. JCU lecturers are leaders in their fields. They will be with you at every step to help you set and meet your goals, master the skills necessary for success, and excel in your physio courses.

Learn Practical Skills at JCU's Physiotherapy School

Experience has no substitute, and an integral part of your physiotherapy degree courses are hands-on clinical and professional placements. Over the course of 30 weeks of supervised placements, learn how to take your classroom knowledge into the real world.

Gain experience with a diverse range of patients from a variety of backgrounds at the JCU Health Physiotherapy Clinic where you build practical skills throughout your degree. JCU graduates use their well-developed skills and knowledge to achieve positive outcomes for patients.

Study Physiotherapy in Queensland and Launch a Rewarding Career

Physiotherapy focuses on restoring patient function and improving quality of life. As you work alongside JCU's physiotherapy school professionals, you will master effective strategies for planning and executing treatment plans that improve outcomes for your patients.

Throughout your career, your training, expertise, and passion will make the difference between a life of dependence and one of independence for patients. No matter where you choose to work, you will know that you are making a positive impact on the future of others.

Physiotherapy Degree Courses That Lead To A Lifetime of Success

While pursuing your Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Queensland, you will develop more than just the necessary skills for your career. You will be equipped as a critical thinker — able to gather and analyse data effectively. Through your studies you will learn how to effectively apply that data to achieve client-centered healthcare outcomes.

Learn the communication skills and collaborative expertise necessary to work with patients and cooperate with peers over the course of your career. You will embark on your career with the confidence that comes from personal experience working across cultures and socioeconomic classes.

Get Ready Today for Tomorrow With a JCU Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Your physiotherapy university studies at JCU will open up a world of possibilities for your future. You will be able to provide appropriate, sustainable and clinically relevant services to address the issues found in rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical communities.

With a degree accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council, you can choose to work in community and government healthcare, in private practice, at schools, or anywhere else your passions and interests may take you.
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Consult the handbook for specific admission requirements and a detailed overview of available subjects.


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.

Career Opportunities

JCU Physiotherapy graduates have a positive impact on their communities.

Graduates pursue careers across Australia and are especially equipped to work in rural and remote settings with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

You could work in aged care services, community health centres, hospitals, private practices, schools, or sports and rehab clinics.

Graduates can register to practice with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and become members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)

If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

As well as having studied the subjects listed in the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet necessary minimum academic entry scores and requirements.

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

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Handbook year


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.


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, plus one of Chemistry, Biology, 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 Coursework Enrolment Policy.

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







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 Policy.

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 a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$35,280 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

Emily's Story

Physiotherapy student Emily talks about the experience she received while on professional placement.

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