|University and Faculty:||University of Melbourne
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
|Program:||Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)|
|University Location:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|City Population:||4 million|
|Campus Location:||Parkville (downtown Melbourne)|
|Program Duration:||3 years|
|Semester Intake:||late February/early March each year|
|Next Intake:||February 2018|
|Est. Annual Tuition:||$46,720 AUD (2017)|
|Est. Indicative Total:||$147,285 AUD (2017)|
The University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School offers a Doctor of Physiotherapy which will provide an evidence-based physiotherapy degree that combines theoretical principles, clinical practice and high-level abilities in knowledge transfer and professional leadership. Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy graduates will be professional leaders who are able to apply their discipline-specific knowledge to a wide range of health care settings.
This physical therapy program will combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of human movement. The physio curriculum will include integrated theory and evidence-based clinical practice in affiliated clinical teaching hospitals. Students will be exposed to a broad range of clinical experiences and will draw on the strengths of a world-renowned research faculty.
Key defining features of the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy will be the availability of advanced skills subjects, inclusion of business and leadership subjects, participation in group research projects and an explicit focus on interprofessional learning opportunities. The vision of this program is to ensure that its graduates will become leaders in physiotherapy clinical practice, clinical research and knowledge exchange. These features of the course will enable graduates to have high-level knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to practice ethically, safely and effectively in both national and international environments.
Canadian student Michael Killip during his final year of the Melbourne DPT program.
The Melbourne Physiotherapy School is based in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, a vibrant multi-disciplinary school that incorporates nursing, social work and physiotherapy. The Melbourne School of Health Sciences is one of four schools in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. The faculty is internationally renowned for its global leadership in health research, policy and practice. The university educates more health professionals, graduates more research and higher degrees students, produces more peer-reviewed papers and attracts more nationally competitive funding than any other Australian university.
In addition, the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Melbourne will offer a focus on professional commitment, responsibility and clinical leadership through
Eligible Melbourne DPT candidates for admission will have completed undergraduate studies in human anatomy and human physiology at the university level. Other subjects which may be helpful for physiotherapy applicants include psychology, physics, biomechanics, research methods, evidence-based practice, statistics, biochemistry, and additional units of anatomy.Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the University of Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy program!
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.
The Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the last 10 years or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.
To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must
Selection will be based on academic record (grade point average--GPA) from a completed three- or four-year university degree. The Selection Committee will also conduct interviews. To be competitive, it is anticipated that applicants will have achieved a standard of at least 70% or higher GPA in their undergraduate degree.
An applicant's GPA results will be measured by considering the last three years of the applicant's undergraduate coursework studies (including Honours). Weightings will be applied according to the approved Melbourne Adjusted Grade Point Average (MAGPA) calculations in force in any given year, or in the absence of any defined MAGPA, by weighting the first of the final three full-time years by 1, the second year by 2, and the final year by 3.
Offers of admission will be made from a combined ranking list where a candidate's GPA and interview results are given equal weightings.
As an international applicant, a Canadian student must also meet the university's English language proficiency requirements. If you have recently completed your undergraduate degree in Canada and the institution's language of instruction is English, the university will refer to your official academic transcript to assess your English language proficiency. For further information on English language admission requirements, please refer to the University of Melbourne's website at http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/entry-requirements/language-requirements
There are approximately 15 - 20 places for international students. For the 2016 intake, 19 international student offers were awarded to OzTREKK students.
Some courses at the University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply for the course. The Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) requires prerequisite subjects in anatomy and physiology taught at the first-year level, or equivalent. For the two courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing.
The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is responsible for assessing prospective students' courses to see if they meet application eligibility. If your subjects (human anatomy and human physiology) have not been previously assessed, OzTREKK strongly recommends having your subjects assessed well in advance of applying. The assessment process may be lengthy, so try to have your subjects assessed as soon as possible before applying. To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne's prerequisites page. You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the "International" link under the heading "Have you already assessed my subjects?"
Prospective applicants for the DPT program must submit documentation through the University of Melbourne's webform for assessment by April 30 of the year in which they wish to apply in order to be considered for admission for the following year. Applicants who submit complete documentation by this deadline will be advised of the subject equivalent before the closing date for applications. Note: Submissions received after this date will be processed but applicants will not receive advice about the outcome of the request until after the closing date for applications.
Please note, the University of Melbourne charges $100 AUD application fee for the Doctor of Physiotherapy program; however, for the 2016 intake, the Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences has advised OzTREKK that we may request a fee waiver for our DPT applicants who meet certain admissions criteria. When you submit your University of Melbourne application to OzTREKK, your OzTREKK Admissions Officer will automatically consider you for an application fee waiver. We will let you know if your Melbourne application fee can be waived as an OzTREKK student!
Melbourne has not yet released the admissions timeline for the 2018 intake. Please see below for an example of 2017 intake.
Melbourne DPT First Round Applications for the 2017 Intake
Deadline for prerequisite assessment forms: May 5, 2016
Deadline for first round applicants: June 2, 2016
Offers for first round Skype MMI interviews released: June 17, 2016
First round Skype MMI interviews conducted: June 27 - July 1, 2016
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: July 1, 2016
Offers for first round released: July 29, 2016
Melbourne DPT Second Round Applications for the 2017 Intake
Deadline for second round applicants: July 28, 2016
Offers for second round Skype MMI Interviews released: August 12, 2016
Second round Skype MMI interviews conducted: August 22 - 26, 2016
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: September 2, 2016
Offers for second round released: October 14, 2016
Deadline for final results and other offer conditions to be met by applicants: December 15, 2016
Mandatory DPT Orientation: TBA
DPT Classes commence: February 2017
Total Number of Places in the Program: 90 - 95
Number of Places Available for International Students: approximately 15 - 20
Application Deadline: TBA. Applications for the February 2017 intake closed July 28, 2016.
OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Krista McVeigh