Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice
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.
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.
English language requirement
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
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
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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
Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
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:
CRICOS code: 083317C/062798K