Physiotherapy

Why study Physiotherapy?

A degree in physiotherapy can lead to a rewarding career working with people of all ages. You will be able to help your clients achieve the highest possible degree of physical activity, participation and quality of life. Develop the knowledge and skills to formulate physiotherapeutic diagnoses and design appropriate programs of prevention, treatment and exercise. Studies in science, clinical experience and skills in problem solving and decision making will prepare you for employment in a variety of healthcare settings.

Career opportunities

There is a strong demand for physiotherapists and you can expect to work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, rehabilitation and community health centres, private practice, industrial clinics and specialist facilities. You may also work in education and research.

Courses

Local students

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Duration :
4.5 years full-time (4 years in an accelerated program)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga N/A
Bendigo N/A
Melbourne N/A
Mildura N/A
Shepparton N/A
Year
2017
About this course
Learn to assess and treat patients with physical injuries and movement disorders, helping them achieve the highest possible degree of recovery.

In first year you'll study the fundamentals of health sciences, then develop your skills in physiotherapy and deepen your knowledge in biosciences in second year. In your final two years you'll apply your knowledge in practical settings, covering areas such as sport, women's health, paediatrics, amputees and spinal cord injury. Our small class sizes mean you'll have a one-on-one connection with staff and fellow students.

We emphasise clinical practice, giving you 30 weeks of clinical training throughout your degree. This amounts to approximately seven months of work experience.

During your clinical placements, you'll gain skills in talking with patients and working in healthcare teams along with learning the fundamentals of physiotherapy practice. You'll get experience in a range of healthcare settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres and private practice. To get an even broader range of experience, you may choose to do part of your clinical experience overseas.

The course structure lets you to complete the required subjects for this 4.5-year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
Once you graduate you'll be eligible to register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Our graduates have gone on to work in hospitals and sporting organisations, in preventative healthcare, in research, or in their own private practice.
Professional recognition
Our graduates are eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and The Australian Physiotherapy Council.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Subject proficiency: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites.
Subject bonus
A study score of 30 in any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development equals 4 aggregate points. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$350 for a uniform, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Download this information about the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy (PDF 440k).

NOTE: students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year (regional students cannot transfer to the Melbourne Campus).

Students must obtain a police check and Working With Children (WWC) check before undertaking clinical placements, and will be registered with the Physiotherapy Registration Board of Australia.

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/Physiotherapy Melbourne
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Bendigo
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Mildura
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Shepparton
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Albury-Wodonga

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice (083317C/ 062798K)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
38 000
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Learn to assess and treat patients with physical injuries and movement disorders, helping them achieve the highest possible degree of recovery.

In first year you'll study the fundamentals of health sciences, then develop your skills in physiotherapy and deepen your knowledge in biosciences in second year. In your final two years you'll apply your knowledge in practical settings, covering areas such as sport, women's health, paediatrics, amputees and spinal cord injury. Our small class sizes mean you'll have a one-on-one connection with staff and fellow students.

We emphasise clinical practice, giving you 30 weeks of clinical training throughout your degree. This amounts to approximately seven months of work experience.

During your clinical placements, you'll gain skills in talking with patients and working in healthcare teams along with learning the fundamentals of physiotherapy practice. You'll get experience in a range of healthcare settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres and private practice. To get an even broader range of experience, you may choose to do part of your clinical experience overseas.

The course structure lets you to complete the required subjects for this 4.5-year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
Completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B certificate at postgraduate (EFS PG2a (75%) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 85 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.

To register with the Australian Health Professions Regulation Agency as a physiotherapist, podiatrist, occupational therapist or registered nurse you are required to demonstrate an overall IELTS score of 7.0, and with no individual band less than 7.0 or an OET score of A or B in every component, achieved at the one sitting. The test must be taken no more than two years prior to applying for registration. Please visit: ahpra.gov.au/National-Boards
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 85 and at least four As, including an A in English and two As in Science
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - Melbourne: 97.6, Bendigo: 95.25, Albury-Wodonga: 96.65, Mildura: 96.8, Shepparton: 97.3
International Baccalaureate - 37
GCE A Levels - 14
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAA
STPM - 11
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG/MVG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 80
Vietnam (Year 12) - 9
Indonesia (SMA) - 9
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Subject proficiency: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$350 for a uniform, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Accelerated study program
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Registration is an essential legal prerequisite for practice as a physiotherapist in Australia.
Career opportunities
Once you graduate you'll be eligible to register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Our graduates have gone on to work in hospitals and sporting organisations, in preventative healthcare, in research, or in their own private practice..
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. Selection will be done in three rounds. Successful applicants will be notified in June or September or December 2016, depending on when applications are received. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/Physiotherapy Melbourne
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Bendigo
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Mildura
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Shepparton
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Albury-Wodonga

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

There are a small number of places available if you wish to transfer into the second year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy Practice degree and have completed common first-year Health Sciences subjects as part of your enrolment in another degree at La Trobe University.

A two-year graduate entry Master of Physiotherapy Practice is available if you hold a relevant undergraduate degree and meet the entry prerequisites.

See Physiotherapy postgraduate information.

Physiotherapy placements

Practical placements are an important part of our program. You will complete 30 weeks of full-time clinical experience in a range of healthcare settings. Placements happen throughout the year and are not limited to standard semester weeks.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Overseas clinical placements may be available in your final semester of study.

Regional campus transfer

Students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to the Bendigo campus for second year, and parts of third and fourth years.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Physiotherapy.