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Macquarie University Physiotherapy School in Australia

Program Overview - Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)

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University and Faculty: Macquarie University
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
University Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 5 million
Student Population: 40,209
Campus Location: North Ryde, Sydney
Program Duration: 3 calendar years (6 semesters)
Semester Intake: July (second semester) each year
Next Avail. Intake: July 2020
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $49,000 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $147,000 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

Macquarie University's Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) is offered through the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, which teaches courses and conducts research about people, investigating the how and why.

The Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy is an extended master's level, professional-entry degree and will produce physiotherapists with advanced clinical decision-making abilities to practice person-centred health care in contemporary health-care environments. Students will learn the skills of the physiotherapist based on the best available evidence to effectively assess, diagnose, treat and educate people across all ages with disorders of movement resulting from a range of conditions. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills as well as business, management and leadership training and will be ready to launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist across a broad range of health-care setting

The physiotherapy program consists of a combination of coursework and supervised clinical placements. Students will undertake 150 days of clinical practice, both integrated throughout your program and in five-week blocks. Students will learn from leading physiotherapy academics and researchers as well as from expert clinicians to provide you with a sound foundation of evidence-based physiotherapy practice. Students will also be required to complete a research project.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

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: http://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

1. Completion of a bachelor's degree with about a 65% average or above. This is the minimum academic standing needed to apply and does not guarantee admissions. The starting point to a competitive average would be at least a 70% cumulative average or higher; however, competitiveness changes each year depending on the quality and quantity of each year's applicants.

2. Prerequisite courses in the following areas:

  • Human Anatomy (Cell and Systems)
  • Human Physiology (Cell and Systems)
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods

The courses in the following subject areas are desired, yet not mandatory:

  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Neuroscience

Macquarie DPT applicants will be required to submit a list of completed prerequisite and desired units and their descriptors using the Doctor of Physiotherapy Supplementary Information Form.

There are a limited number of places available and selection will be competitive; therefore, meeting eligibility criteria will not guarantee selection for admission. Tertiary study of desired knowledge areas will also be considered.

Selection Process

Once entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:

  • Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any tertiary qualification.
  • Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired tertiary units of study.
  • The highest ranked candidates will be offered a place in the Doctor of Physiotherapy program.


Number of Places Available for International Students: approximately 20

Application Deadline: January 30 each year

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Lindsay Rewi

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