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

2015

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Duration :
4 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga RC
Bendigo 94.6
Melbourne 96.1
Mildura RC
Shepparton RC
Year
2015
Course description
Help people improve their quality of life and achieve the highest possible degree of physical activity with this practical, experience-based course. Through a balance of theory and practice, youll learn how to diagnose injuries and design appropriate programs for treatment and prevention.
Work placements will give you physiotherapy experience with a clinical school in one of Melbournes health networks and with specialist partner clinics. Placements cover the specific requirements of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological practice.

In your fourth year, you may be eligible to undertake placements in more specialised areas of clinical practice such as womens health, paediatrics, sports and advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy, oncology and community health. Students at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton Campuses must relocate to Bendigo after first year.

For more information please visit our Handbook.
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: study score of at least 25 in English (any) or 30 in English (EAL), and at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (any), 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.
Middle band
La Trobe considers Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria; and a regional bonus may apply.
Costs
Students are required to complete a National Police Check (A$15.50) annually and a Working with Children Check (no cost) at the commencement of the degree. It is recommended students complete a First Aid Level II course, which is not conducted by La Trobe University, approximately A$160. Other approximate costs include: A$100 per year for practical books, A$10 for student name badge (purchased from official LaTrobe supplier), A$42 for clinical shirt (purchased from official La Trobe supplier), A$120 for stethoscope, A$45 for cardiorespiratory medial equipment, A$20 for goniometer. Text books and cardiorespiratory medical equipment are optional. Books and equipment (other than the name badge and uniform) may be purchased from any supplier; however LTU branded uniform must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain students' personal property. Accommodation and travel costs for clinical placement may also be incurred and vary according to the venue. Students maybe required to get various immunisations prior to starting clinical placements at their own cost, approximately A$250 $470. Please note costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
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 Health Sciences website.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or, apply through UAC if youre applying to study at our Albury-Wodonga or Mildura campuses.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Melbourne
Applied Science/Physiotherapy Bendigo

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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

2014

Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice (062598G/ 062798K)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
32 600
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Physiotherapists assess and treat patients with temporary or long-term physical injuries, movement disorders or disabilities, helping them achieve the highest possible degree of recovery, activity, and quality of life.

This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to formulate
physiotherapeutic diagnoses and design programs of prevention, treatment and exercise. You will study science, clinical experience, and methods of problem-solving and decision-making, as you prepare for professional roles in various healthcare settings.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions site.
English Language Requirements
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;

or approved international equivalent.

Please note you will be required to achieve an IELTS of 7 in all bands or an OET with minimum B in all components, to be eligible for registration with. Please read the .
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 85 and at least four A's, including an A in English and two As in Science
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2013 (indicative only) - 96
International Baccalaureate - 38
GCE A Levels - 14
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAA
STPM - 11
MICSS (UEC) - 2
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 85
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - MVG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 85
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
Two of Biology, Physical Education, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics (any).
Additional costs
Students are required to complete a National Police Check (A$15.50) annually and a Working with Children Check (no cost) at the commencement of the degree. It is recommended students complete a First Aid Level II course, which is not conducted by La Trobe University, approximately A$160. Other approximate costs include: A$100 per year for practical books, A$10 for student name badge (purchased from official LaTrobe supplier), A$42 for clinical shirt (purchased from official La Trobe supplier), A$120 for stethoscope, A$45 for cardiorespiratory medial equipment, A$20 for goniometer. Text books and cardiorespiratory medical equipment are optional. Books and equipment (other than the name badge and uniform) may be purchased from any supplier; however LTU branded uniform must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain students' personal property. Accommodation and travel costs for clinical placement may also be incurred and vary according to the venue. Students maybe required to get various immunisations prior to starting clinical placements at their own cost, approximately A$250 $470. Please note costs are approximate and subject to change.
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.
Full course details
Health Sciences/Physiotherapy Melbourne
Health Sciences/Physiotherapy Bendigo

How to apply?

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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

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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.

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