Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice
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Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.
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.
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.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Non-Year 12 selection: Consideration will be given to the entire educational history, which may include ATAR/ENTER, GPA/WAM, STAT Multiple Choice and VTAC Personal Statement. All applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work experience or reason for applying. Applications may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application.
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.
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.
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 costs
Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.
Find out more about undergraduate course fees.
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
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