Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy


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Course Overview

This degree is developed around the concept of Physiotherapy as an applied science. The foundation sciences are introduced to the student in parallel with their Physiotherapy studies. Emphasis is placed on the importance of evidence-based clinical practice, clinical reasoning, communication and the practical skills of physiotherapy. The degree uses a problem-oriented, interactive approach to learning. Professional ethics and behaviour are key integrating factors. These concepts permeate all teaching from the first day of the undergraduate course. Simple case studies are introduced early into various units of study and these become increasingly complex as the program develops. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
PHTY 101 Anatomy & Physiology of the Neuromusculoskeletal System A 5
PHTY 102 Molecular & Cell Biology 5
PHTY 103 Foundations of Human Behavior 5
PHTY 104 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 5
PHTY 105 Anatomy & Physiology of Body Systems 5
PHTY 106 Movement Sciences for Physiotherapy 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credits
PHTY 111 Anatomy & Physiology of the Neuromusculoskeletal System B 5
PHTY 112 Soft Tissue Injury Management 5
PHTY 113 Exercise Physiology 5
PHTY 114 Research Methods for Physiotherapists 5
PHTY 115 Medical Sciences 5
PHTY 116 Principles of Strength and Conditioning 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
PHTY 201 Physiology of Training and Environmental Extremes 5
PHTY 202 Health and Disease Risk Factors and Counselling 5
PHTY 203 Exercise Biomechanics 5
PHTY 204 Motor Control Development & Learning 5
PHTY 205 Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity 5
PHTY 206 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
PHTY 211 Health and Fitness Assessment 5
PHTY 212 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Lower Limb) 5
PHTY 213 Clinical Orthopedics 5
PHTY 214 Applied Neuroscience 5
PHTY 215 Introduction to Philosophy 5
PHTY 216 Ethics 5
Course Code Fifth Semester Courses Credit
PHTY 301 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences I 6
PHTY 302 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Upper Limb) 6
PHTY 303 Physiotherapy in Gerontology and Gender Health 6
PHTY 304 Clinical Education I 6
PHTY 305 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Spinal I) 6
Course Code Sixth Semester Courses Credit
PHTY 311 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences II 5
PHTY 312 Advanced Biomechanics 5
PHTY 313 Evidence-Based Physiotherapy 5
PHTY 314 Physiotherapy in Pediatrics 5
PHTY 315 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Spinal II) 5
PHTY 316 Physiotherapy in Healthcare & Management Systems 5
Course Code Seventh Semester Courses Credit
PHTY 401 Clinical Education II 6
PHTY 402 Clinical Education III 6
PHTY 403 Clinical Education IV 6
PHTY 404 Clinical Education V 6
PHTY 405 Clinical Education VI 6
Course Code Eighth Semester Courses Credit
PHTY 411 Complex Cases and Professional Issues 5
PHTY 412 Introduction to Theology 5
PHTY 413 Rehabilitation for the Neurosciences 5
PHTY 414 Entrepreneurship 5
PHTY 415 Bachelor Thesis 10


Career Opportunities

The opportunities for a career utilizing the double degree in Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sport Science are excellent, whether that be a physiotherapy career in the public hospital system, private practice or non–government organizations (NGOs) and/or with the combined knowledge from the Exercise & Sport Science program, a career pathway incorporating application of exercise, physical activity and sport in the community. Career pathways include the disciplines and areas of:

  • Aged care
  • Cardiorespiratorys
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurology
  • Pediatrics
  • Sport
  • Women’s and men’s health
  • Healthcare management
  • Industrial rehabilitation
  • Research and/or academia/lecturing etc

Potential employers in the sports industry may look favourably upon this double degree, although the degree does not result in qualification as a sports physiotherapist. This title is reserved for those with recognised postgraduate qualifications in the area of sports physiotherapy. Postgraduate pathways exist within all specialities of physiotherapy. This pathway allows graduates to refine their
knowledge and skills through further study and the application of clinical skills. Successful completion of these studies allows physiotherapists to use titles specifying their areas of clinical practice and expertise.


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