La Trobe University

Master of Sports Physiotherapy and Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Overview

Start dates
29 January 2018 2018
Duration
3-7 years part-time
Fees and costs
$40,000 per 120 credit points*
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year. *The tuition fee La Trobe will charge you for undertaking the course in 2018 is $29,475. This does not include tuition fees for the Graduate Certificate subjects. If you have completed the Graduate Certificate in Sports or Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, you are only required to complete the last 135 credit points of the double Masters program. The subject PTY5ASP (15 credit points) incurs no La Trobe tuition fees as this content is not delivered by the university. You will need to complete the Level 3 Sports Course at a cost of approximately $2,500 in 2018. The professional development subject (PTY5PDM or PTY5PDS: 30 credit points) incurs no La Trobe subject fees as this content is not delivered by the university. You will need to pay the external providers directly for professional development courses. 2017 approximate cost to complete external courses is $4709.

This course provides graduate physiotherapists with opportunities to develop advanced clinical and practical skills in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports physiotherapy.

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

- Bachelor of Physiotherapy or equivalent
- Full current Australian physiotherapy registration
- Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with at least a B-grade course weighted average mean and at least two years of clinical experience in the musculoskeletal field OR Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy with at least a B-grade course weighted average mean and at least three years of clinical experience in sports physiotherapy

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.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this double degree are usually highly sought after in private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, health clinics and sporting organisations.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Master of Sports Physiotherpay/Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy may apply for membership and the titles of APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and APA Sports Physiotherapist with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). Membership and titling may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$40,000 per 120 credit points*
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year. *The tuition fee La Trobe will charge you for undertaking the course in 2018 is $29,475. This does not include tuition fees for the Graduate Certificate subjects. If you have completed the Graduate Certificate in Sports or Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, you are only required to complete the last 135 credit points of the double Masters program. The subject PTY5ASP (15 credit points) incurs no La Trobe tuition fees as this content is not delivered by the university. You will need to complete the Level 3 Sports Course at a cost of approximately $2,500 in 2018. The professional development subject (PTY5PDM or PTY5PDS: 30 credit points) incurs no La Trobe subject fees as this content is not delivered by the university. You will need to pay the external providers directly for professional development courses. 2017 approximate cost to complete external courses is $4709.

Additional costs

In addition, you will also incur accommodation, travel costs and food expenses for the two-week University-based PTY5CRP subject. You may also incur costs for Clinical Placements, cost will vary according to venue. Students must have a valid Police Certificate $17.00 - $42.00 and have a Working with Children Check (no charge). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations maybe required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Scholarships

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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Additional information

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal or Sports Physiotherapy program initially as these courses forms year one of this Master's program. The graduate certificate stream determines which Master's program you will complete first. Students must complete the two-week University-based subject Clinical Reasoning for Physiotherapists (PTY5CRP Study Period - Summer 3, held in the first two weeks of February) before commencing any of the clinical placement subjects: PTY5APS Advanced Practice in Sports Physiotherapy andPTY5AMP: Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice. The Master of Sports Physiotherapy requires the successful completion of the APA Level 3 Sports Course for the subject PTY5ASP. It is the student's responsibility to apply and be accepted into the Level 3 course by meeting the minimum criteria. Contact the Australian Physiotherapy Association directly for specific information and full entry criteria.

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. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: