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Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Get into a physiotherapy program straight from high school

Physiotherapy, or physical therapy as it is also known, is a profession concerned with the prevention, assessment and treatment of human movement disorders and the promotion of movement and health. Physiotherapists—also known as physical therapists—require an extensive understanding of physical, structural and physiological aspects of human form and movement, as well as factors relating to human functioning and the acquisition of skills.

There is a high demand for physiotherapists, both in Australia and in Canada.

Get into a physiotherapy program straight from high school

Study physiotherapy in Australia (Photo credit: Monash University)

In Australia, professional degrees are normally undertaken straight from high school at the undergraduate level. Bachelor of Physiotherapy degrees in Australia are four years in duration, and suitable to those students who wish to gain entry into a physiotherapy program directly from high school, or who have completed an undergraduate degree in an area other than science/health science area.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Programs at Australian Universities

James Cook University

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

Monash University

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Location: Peninsula Campus, approx. 40 km south of Melbourne, Victoria
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

University of Newcastle

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

University of Queensland

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

University of Sydney

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Next intake: March 2018
Duration: 4 years

Returning to Canada to Practice

Graduates who wish to become certified as a physiotherapist here in Canada will need to apply for certification through Canada’s provincial certification boards. In many cases these provincial certification boards will require applicants to also complete the certification process through Canada’s national physiotherapy regulatory board, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (Alliance).

As an international graduate, you would first have your Australian university qualifications assessed by the Alliance to ensure these meet their requirements. If they meet the requirements, you would then complete the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), just like any other applicant.


Do you have questions about Bachelor of Physiotherapy programs in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy application deadline is approaching

This is just a reminder for all students interested in studying physiotherapy at the Melbourne Physiotherapy School: the deadline for first round applicants is next Friday, June 7. OzTREKK encourages all applicants wishing to be considered as a first-round applicant to submit all of their application documents to the OzTREKK office prior to this date in order for their application to be submitted to the University of Melbourne on time.

Why is the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy 3 years in length?

The Doctor of Physiotherapy commenced in 2011 at the University of Melbourne and is the first three-year physiotherapy graduate-entry master’s-level program, providing a benchmark for physiotherapy education in Australia. In addition to core hands-on practical physiotherapy skills, key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, radiology, leadership and management, sports physiotherapy and inter-professional education, including a faculty student conference. Students will be well prepared for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as acute care, chronic disease management, health promotion, emergency medicine, private practice and sports medicine. The course provides a vertically integrated community group health promotion project that culminates in a presentation and possible publication at the end of three years of study. The clinical program builds progressively to independent practice, with approximately 37 weeks of clinical practice. There is also the potential for an overseas clinical experience to add depth of understanding in global health care.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School!


For more information about physiotherapy school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships available, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston by emailing shannon@oztrekk.com or by calling 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada) for more  information about studying in Australia and about physiotherapy programs at Australian universities!


Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

UQ Physiotherapy School shares good news

The Head of Physiotherapy Division at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, Prof Sandy Brauer, PhD, has recently released an annual update to share just a sample of the achievements at the UQ Physiotherapy School in 2012:

At the graduation ceremony on December 13, 2012, the UQ Physiotherapy School welcomed

  • 99 new members of the profession from the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program;
  • 36 from the graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy Studies program;
  • 24 graduates who extended their clinical skills and advocacy for the profession with the coursework master’s programs in Musculoskeletal and in Sports Physiotherapy; and
  • 5 graduates with research Doctorates (PhDs) and 2 with Master of Philosophy degrees, to develop their career.

The UQ Physiotherapy School encourages all physiotherapy graduates to update their UQ Alumni membership. It is free for all who have studied physiotherapy at UQ. There are many benefits as well as the ability to keep in contact with your year-group. In addition to the masters programs and research higher degrees, The UQ Alumni group aims to support lifelong learning through professional development in the years ahead.

The following are just a few examples of high impact teaching and research from UQ Physiotherapy School, which will inform and support UQ Physiotherapy clinical practice:

Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy
From the UQ Sports Injury Rehabilitation & Prevention for Health centre, study of tennis elbow showed that the efficacy of physiotherapy intervention was reduced if steroid injections were included, and another on “barefoot” running shoes showed that knee and ankle movement remain similar to that with regular running shoes, and not running with bare feet.

Neurological & Gerontological Physiotherapy
UQ Physiotherapy School‘s development of the SMART Arm (TM) device to retrain reaching after severe and chronic stroke achieved new milestones. Training with it has been shown to produce neuroplastic changes in the cortex—a new and exciting finding giving hope to those with chronic stroke. Through SMART Arm Pty Ltd, it is planned that the device will be available for purchase early in 2014.

Teaching in Physiotherapy
UQ Physiotherapy School is proud to announce that Dr Allison Mandrusiak received an Early Career Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Faculty of Health Sciences, UQ for her individual teaching, and Dr Jenny Nitz was a member of a team that won a Faculty Award for Programmes that Enhance Learning.

Clinical Education
Four UQ students had invaluable experiences with paediatrics clinical placement in Hue, Vietnam. In addition, remote supervision of students was undertaken in Townsville and Mt Isa, exploring the possibility of supporting student placements in rural / remote communities where there may be limited local supervision.

Together with the Centre for Online Health and the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, the Telerehabilitation Unit have been awarded a $1m NHMRC grant to trial the online provision of specialist and rehabilitation services to the bedside in 10 residential aged care facilities.


Master of Physiotherapy Studies

Program title: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31, 2013

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to UQ’s Master of Physiotherapy Studies program, you must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of human kinetics/kinesiology or physical or biological sciences);
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and
  • completed the Master of Physiotherapy Studies prerequisite subjects as follows:

– one full year, or two semesters, of human anatomy (including systems and musculoskeletal anatomy); and
– one full year, or two semesters, of human physiology (including systems and integrative physiology); and
– one semester of psychology;
– and one semester of statistics.

Apply to UQ Physiotherapy School!

For more information about the UQ Physiotherapy School and physiotherapy school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit the OzTREKK Australian Physiotherapy Schools page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston:

Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or phone Shannon at 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about physiotherapy programs at Australian universities.