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Abbreviated BSc (Physiotherapy) Course


Completion of the abbreviated version of the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) course provides internationally trained physiotherapists with the opportunity to further develop clinical skills and theoretical knowledge in a degree that enables registration in Australia and New Zealand.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for undergraduate study at Curtin University, including the English requirement. Applicants must also have previously completed tertiary level studies leading to a physiotherapy qualification equivalent in duration to no less than three academic years. This qualification must have:

  • included theoretical and clinical components of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy and electrotherapy, similar in content and duration to Australian physiotherapy education programs AND
  • qualified the candidate to be registered/licensed as a physiotherapist in the country in which the course was undertaken.

If applicants do not fulfil these requirements, they may be eligible to apply for the four year Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) course.

Course structure

View the full Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) structure on Courses Handbook. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine their entry point into the course. Where appropriate, credit for recognised learning (CRL) will be granted to suitably qualified applicants. Some applicants will need to be prepared for admission into Study Period 1 (January) of the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) course.

Credit for recognised learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) will be granted to suitably qualified applicants and enable admission into Study Period 1 (January) of the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) course.

How to apply

Applications close 28 April 2017. 

Please ensure you provide all required essential documentation together with your scanned application form in one email to: using the subject tile: Application for Abbreviated Physiotherapy course.

Essential documents to include with your application

  • Original or certified copies of qualifications including academic transcripts (grades)
  • Provided full course curricula detail (syllabus/unit outlines) for physiotherapy program completed, including detail of all theoretical and clinical components. This is essential for evaluation to allow for credit for recognised learning (CRL) to be granted
  • Evidence of eligibility for current registration as a physiotherapist in the country in which the course was undertaken
  • Evidence of meeting the English requirement for undergraduate entry
  • Detail of current and previous employment

International applicants

International applicants are required to apply through Curtin’s International Office.

Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens

Domestic applicants need to complete an application form and submit this directly to the University Admission Centre at Curtin University. Applications will be accepted via email only.

Essential course requirements

Before commencing in the program, students are required to provide evidence of having a current Senior First Aid Certificate, or equivalent, and a National Police Clearance. Within the first six weeks students must attain the certification “Aquatic Rescue for Hydrotherapy” from Royal Life Saving Western Australia.

It is a requirement of the physiotherapy program that all enrolled students participate fully in all laboratories and clinical activities. Students, as part of their enrolled course requirements, practice techniques on each other, which requires that all students be suitably disrobed (ie in appropriate swimwear or undergarments) throughout many of the laboratory sessions for the duration of the course.

Professional recognition

The Physiotherapists Act of the State of Western Australia requires that all practising physiotherapists must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This course is accredited by the Australian Council of Physiotherapy Regulating Authorities and is recognised by the AHPRA and the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Under the terms of mutual recognition, registration in all Australian States is available and in New Zealand under the terms of Trans Tasman Recognition. Graduates applying for licensure in the USA, UK or Canada will be required to provide details of their program of studies to the relevant bodies and sit a licensing examination.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are calculated on a per credit basis. The total course fee will therefore depend on applicants’ point of entry into the program (which is dependent on the amount of CRL awarded). Each semester, students are required to be enrolled into specified units equaling 100 credits. The fee is indexed and is likely to increase annually. For further fee information please visit the Fees web site.

Special notes

Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore)
Different enrolment options are available to applicants who hold a Diploma in Physiotherapy qualification from Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.