Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Rank thresholdATAR: 77 SR: 77
Duration4 years full-time
Location
Bundaberg and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus
Course codeCB85
First-year fee
$9,866 cspifyf
$24,702 dffpifyf
Applications for Term 1, 2024, are closed.
Physiotherapy Students practicing on each other, with the guidance of the teacher

Overview

Have a positive influence on the health and wellbeing of people through movement and study the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at CQU to develop the knowledge and skills required to practice as a Physiotherapist.  Accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Board of Australia, the course features extensive real-world learning in purpose-built physiotherapy labs and professional clinical practice placements.

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession focussed on human function and movement. Physiotherapists use a range of techniques to treat patients, including:

  • manual therapy,
  • exercise,
  • education and
  • advice.

Through this course, you will develop the essential skills required to assess, treat and manage people of all ages and with musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory injuries or diseases.

You'll learn from an experienced physiotherapy academic team and gain relevant industry experience through clinical placements. Upon completion, you'll be equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to excel in a wide range of physiotherapy roles. 

Study experience

  • Tahlia Blanchfield standing in front of garden and trees smiling
    I always knew I wanted to work in health and loved working with people. I loved that physiotherapy would provide an opportunity for me to do both. The staff at CQU are simply unmatched. They are experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate and their doors are always open.

    Tahlia Blanchfield

    Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Career Opportunities

There is a very high demand for Physiotherapists across the healthcare sector, and this demand will continue to increase as the trend of an ageing population continues. 

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) degree will enable you to work both nationally and internationally in a career in a variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • community health centres
  • rehabilitation units
  • private practice
  • schools
  • research
  • occupational health
  • sport clinics and teams.

Structure & Availability

Course structure

You are required to complete 26 core units.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

IntakeLocations
Term 1, 2024Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton
Term 1, 2025Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton

Applications Closing Dates for Term 1, 2024

This course has early closing dates as follows:

  • Direct applications (STEPS) closed on Friday, 8 December 2023.
  • Applications via QTAC for Cairns closed on Friday, 19 January 2024.
  • Applications via QTAC for Rockhampton and Bundaberg closed on Thursday, 1 February 2024.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course is not offered via distance education, however, students will undertake some units via distance education and may be required to attend compulsory residential schools.
Professional Physiotherapy Practice 5 - PSIO14004

Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.

Professional Physiotherapy Practice 4 - PSIO14003

Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.

Professional Physiotherapy Practice 2 - PSIO13003

Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.

Professional Physiotherapy Practice 3 - PSIO14002

Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.

Professional Physiotherapy Practice 1 - PSIO13002

Students are required to complete an extensive 5 week clinical placement in this unit. Students may be required to travel to complete the 5 week clinical placement. Students will be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.

Your Clinical Placements

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) involves extensive practical experience through university-based units and clinical education placements embedded into the course. In the third and fourth years, students are expected to undertake five clinical education placements, each of five weeks duration.

As a student, you will be required to travel to complete clinical placements across Queensland and be financially responsible for clinical placement accommodation and travel costs.

Requirements

 

Rank Threshold

The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 77 | ATAR 77.0

Lowest Ranks

The lowest selection rank refers to the lowest rank to which an offer was made for an intake or term and includes adjustment factors applied to an applicant's ATAR, such as the Regional Adjustment Scheme and Educational Access Scheme. The lowest selection rank listed below can be helpful as a historical guide of past performance. An ATAR with adjustment factors applied is referred to as a selection rank (SR).

Term 1, 2024, lowest selection rank (includes adjustment factors)

  • Bundaberg: SR 78.90
  • Cairns: SR 79.30
  • Rockhampton: SR 80.20

Entry to courses is competitive, and the lowest score (ATAR or selection rank) will vary from year to year and from campus to campus.

 

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course, view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.

 

 

Institute profile

View our Institute Profile to learn about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023.

 

 

Recommended study

No recommended study required

Prerequisites

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent; and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent.

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent; one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 with a minimum 7.0 in each subset; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt - 94 or better overall and no score less than 24 for listening and reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking; or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 65 with no sub-score less than 65.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Physiotherapy students’ English language skills are directly aligned with the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Available at: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx

 

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for this course to be eligible for WIL placements.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placements apply to this course and as such are subject to compulsory pre-placement conditions referred to as mandatory checks and are outlined in the health, security and other compulsory requirements sections. Mandatory checks are determined by industry, organisations, legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. To be eligible for a WIL placement, students must first achieve compliance with mandatory checks by each closing date prior to a WIL placement and maintain current evidence for the duration of the course.

Mandatory health requirements include immunisation and vaccination evidence (and serology where required) to the following diseases: COVID-19, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella, Pertussis, Influenza, and Tuberculosis screening.

Respirator mask fit testing is also an annual requirement for this course.

Mandatory security requirements include an Australian Federal Police clearance and working with children check.

Other mandatory requirements include a First Aid and CPR certificate, student agreement to privacy and confidentiality, adherence to Ahpra policies for a registered student professional, Fitness to Participate in WIL Student Declaration, jurisdictional and site-specific compulsory requirements, and other training modules.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$9,866
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$24,702

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
QueenslandBundaberg: 811422; Cairns: 821422; Rockhampton: 851422

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?

View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations, such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you have studied our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program or Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP).

OPTION 1: IN MOST SITUATIONS, YOU WILL NEED TO APPLY VIA THE QUEENSLAND TERTIARY ADMISSION CENTRE
To apply for this course, you will need to submit your application for this course via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Apply via QTAC

Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via QTAC.


OPTION 2: ARE YOU A CQUNI STEPS OR TEP GRADUATE? APPLY DIRECTLY TO CQUNIVERSITY
You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have successfully completed or are completing CQUniversity's Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program.
  • You have successfully completed CQUniversity's Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP).