La Trobe University

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice


Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Improve quality of life as a respected physiotherapist.

By studying La Trobe’s Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Physiotherapy, you’ll learn from experienced, practising physiotherapists and develop skills to help patients recuperate from physical disabilities and movement disorders.

In first year, you’ll study the fundamentals of health science and in second year, you’ll deepen your knowledge of biosciences and develop your physiotherapy skills. In the final two years you’ll apply your knowledge in the areas of cardiothoracic, neurological, musculoskeletal dysfunction, women’s health and paediatrics in a variety of settings. In final year you can pursue a range of specialty areas including advanced neurology and private practice.

La Trobe’s Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Physiotherapy Practice gives you clinical training equivalent to seven months of work experience. Undertake your work placements close to home or overseas.

Reasons to study physiotherapy at La Trobe:

  • We’re Victoria’s number one choice for undergraduate physiotherapy.*
  • This course is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council.
  • Undertake work placements in leading hospitals and private practices such as The Alfred, Northern Health, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Bendigo Health, Olympic Park Sports Medicine or Back in Motion.

    Take advantage of opportunities for overseas placements in countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Denmark and Italy.

  • Access the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre: a world-leading centre for sport and exercise medicine research at the Melbourne campus.
  • Learn from researchers who work with Olympic and world-championship athletes.

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

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

*VTAC first preferences December 2017.

Entry requirements


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. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Special consideration

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.

Advanced standing - credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.

Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.


If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.

Career outcomes

Graduates in this field are highly employable and in demand, with opportunities arising in clinical settings, hospitals, community health centres and more. La Trobe’s physiotherapy graduates have found work with Melbourne Victory, Essendon Football Club, Monash Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, the AFL Players’ Association and private practices throughout the world.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

Learn more about the fees for graduate research.

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.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for an undergraduate degree 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.

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).
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website. 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. You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.

Advanced Standing (credit)

If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out more

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.