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Bond University Physiotherapy School in Australia

Program Overview - Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)

University and Faculty: Bond University
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
University Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 590,000
Student Population: 3,700
Campus Location: Robina, Gold Coast
Program Duration: 2 calendar years (6 semesters)
Semester Intake: May each year
Next Avail. Intake: May 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $66,960 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total: $133,920 AUD (2019)

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University offers an innovative problem-based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients. The Doctor of Physiotherapy assists you to progressively develop and apply your knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and behaviour for physiotherapy practice and places a strong emphasis on clinical experiential learning with 50 per cent of the program undertaken in a clinical context. The first 30 weeks of clinical practice addresses five core areas in both hospital and community settings and one elective.

Variable experiences across the lifespan are sought in the clinical areas of

  • orthopaedics;
  • cardio-respiratory practice;
  • out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private-practice settings);
  • neurological and ortho-geriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings);
  • chronic Disease and Disability, whether paediatric or adult in context;
  • paediatrics or women’s / men’s health, or private / sports practice.

In the final semester, the program culminates in a 12-week clinical internship with an aligned research project. This extending clinical / research opportunity is designed to ensure graduates are well prepared for entry into the physiotherapy workforce.


Unique Features of the Program

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond Physiotherapy School is an innovative, problem-based learning curriculum based on small-group facilitated tutorials, resource sessions and learning in a clinical environment.

Students undertake studies in Bond University's new, $20-million, state-of-the-art building. Features include clinical skills laboratories designed to simulate real medical environments, and modern teaching and research laboratories with the latest scientific equipment. The purpose-built tutorial rooms cater to small-group learning and lecture theatres are equipped with video streaming, wireless, and an audience-response system. The building also features a dedicated computer laboratory for students.

Work Experience and Internships

Bond DPT students complete a clinical internship with an embedded research project in their final semester. This placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally placed for entering the workforce. The first 30 weeks of clinical experiences will be gained in both hospital and community settings and will include working in the clinical areas of

  • orthopaedics;
  • cardiorespiratory;
  • out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings);
  • neurological and orthogeriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings); and
  • an elective in paediatrics, women's/men's health or sports practice.

View the Bond University DPT brochure.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University produces work-ready graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to become eligible for registration as physiotherapists in Australia. The program has been accredited as an entry-level program by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and is listed as an approved program of study by The Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Canadian students who wish to practice as a physiotherapist upon their return to Canada should visit the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators' website for accreditation and certification information: www.alliancept.org/

There are four basic components that are part of the certification process when you return to Canada and it is important that each applicant understand the steps involved in this process.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Important Note from OzTREKK: Bond's DPT program can be difficult for Canadians to gain admission due to its program prerequisites.

The preferred pathway into the Doctor of Physiotherapy is via successful completion of a Bachelor of Exercise Science or Bachelor of Sports Science. Most Australian university degrees in these two areas include subjects in physiology of exercise, exercise prescription, detailed human physiology, clinical-based biomechanics and exercise testing, detailed human anatomy, and more. Often, Canadian university degrees in human kinetics, kinesiology or related health sciences fields do not include courses equivalent to Bond's DPT prerequisite subjects.

Please ensure that your undergraduate degree meets the program prerequisites for Bond's Doctor of Physiotherapy. Some applicants may gain admission to the program on the basis that they first complete outstanding prerequisite subjects, either at Bond University or at another institution, prior to commencing the DPT.

To be eligible to apply, you must have
- successfully completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science or Bachelor of Sport Science or equivalent from a recognized institution;
- have achieved a GPA of at least 5.00 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and
- completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy minimum prerequisite subjects as follows:

  • Two semesters of Human Anatomy
  • Two semesters of Human Physiology
  • One semester of Biomechanics
  • One semester of Research Design/Statistics
  • One semester of Physiology of Exercise
  • One semester of Exercise Prescription and
  • Successful performance at a selection interview

Application Timeline for 2019 Intake

Applications close: August 2, 2018

Applicants notified of application outcome: September 17, 2018

All enrolled students to attend Doctor of Physiotherapy Orientation: May 7 - 10 May, 2019

Classes commence: May 13, 2019

Applications will be held until the application deadline has passed. The university will first assess all applicants' prerequisite areas. Students who do not meet prerequisite areas will be notified that they are not successful. All applicants who meet the prerequisite areas will then be ranked according to academic standing and the top international applicants will be shortlisted for an interview. Based on academic standing and interview results, the top international applicants will be offered places in the program.

There are up to 35 places for international students. For the 2018 intake, 18 OzTREKK students accepted their international student offers to the Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond!


Total Number of Places in the Program: 65 – 70

Number of Places Available for International Students: variable; up to 35

Application Deadline: Applications for the May 2019 intake close August 2, 2018. For information about the 2020 intake and to apply, contact OzTREKK.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Lindsay Rewi

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