MG-PHYTH v.1 Master of Physiotherapy
Course CRICOS Code: 038783F
Registered full-time Duration: 2.4 Years
Master Degrees (Coursework) prepare students to apply advanced knowledge for professional practice, scholarship and further learning corresponding to AQF level 9 qualifications.
This Graduate Entry Master (GEM) of Physiotherapy provides a fast track learning experience for talented students with a degree to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours expected of an entry level physiotherapist. The course has a hybrid structure using curriculum to efficiently learn foundation knowledge, together with case studies and clinical practice to integrate knowledge into clinical decision making. It emphasises evidence based practice and encourages students in critical thinking. Course quality is under constant review with students participating in this review.
All practising physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. This course has been accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates are eligible for physiotherapy registration in any state or territory of Australia. Registration in New Zealand is available under the terms of the Trans-Tasman agreement. 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 may be required to sit a licensing examination.
All practising physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.
Additional Course Expenses
Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials. Students are required to purchase a laboratory coat and an approved clinical uniform.
Course Overview Note
Essential learning strategies demand that all students have the ability to disrobe appropriately, have the ability to participate fully and are willing to act as patients/clients for their peer group and as mock patients for other students.
Course Entry and Completion Details
Applicants for a Master Degree (Coursework) are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au. Subject to the duration of the course applicants usually require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (and may require relevant work experience), Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Specifically, applicants require a relevant bachelor degree or equivalent and completion of units at a tertiary level in 1. musculoskeletal anatomy, 2. human biology or physiology and 3. health research methods or evidence-based practice. Desirable units include physics, psychology and statistics. Students are required to have a current Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent and a swimming qualification (Bronze medal, Aquatic Rescue Award, as per Royal lifesaving awards or equivalent) and criminal record screening and clearance before entering the course. Prospective applicants are advised that the program requires full participation in laboratory classes where manual skills, including the ability to lift and support severely disabled patients independently, and topics such as surface anatomy are presented.
Credit for Recognised Learning
Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
Pathway to Further Study
Graduates may qualify for entry to Doctoral degrees. For further details, see the Graduate Research School website http://research.curtin.edu.au/postgraduate-research/future-research-students/entry-requirements/
Course Entry/Completion Note
Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance.
Master Degrees (Coursework) contain a series of units in a specialised area of study which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may also contain a range of majors/streams for students to choose from.
In this graduate entry masters degree, a series of coursework units provide students with foundation knowledge in a range of specialist and practical areas. Students complete case studies and clinical practice that helps them integrate their knowledge into well-informed clinical decision making. Studies emphasise evidence-based practice and encourage students to think critically when making decisions.
Duration and Availability
This course is of two and one third calendar years and is offered only on a full-time basis.
Location and delivery Mode
|Year||Location||Period||All*||Internal||Partially Online Internal^||External||Fully Online#|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Study Period 1||Y|
The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.
* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.
^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.
# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.
Course Organisation Note
Essential learning strategies demand that all students have the ability to disrobe appropriately, have the ability to participate fully and are willing to act as subjects for their peer group and as mock patients for other students. Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as patients/clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.
|Year 1 Study Period 1|
|HUMB5000||v.1||Fundamentals of Clinical Anatomy and Physiotherapy Practice||30.0||25.0|
|Year 1 Semester 1|
|PATH2002||v.1||Anatomy and Pathology||5.0||25.0|
|GMED2004||v.1||Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Science||3.0||25.0|
|PHTY5000||v.1||Fundamentals of Communication in Physiotherapy||3.0||12.5|
|MEDI5001||v.1||Physiotherapy Applied Clinical Science Fundamentals||5.0||25.0|
|Year 1 Semester 2|
|PATH2003||v.1||Neuroanatomy and Pathology||5.0||25.0|
|HUMB2005||v.1||Applied Movement Science||4.0||12.5|
|MEDI2007||v.1||Peripheral Musculoskeletal Science||6.0||25.0|
|PHTY2001||v.1||Basic Physiotherapy Practice||3.0||12.5|
|Year 2 Study Period 1|
|PHTY6013||v.1||Evidence Based Physiotherapy||3.0||37.5|
|PHTY5003||v.1||Long Term Physiotherapy Clinics||35.0||25.0|
|PHTY5006||v.1||Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinics||35.0||25.0|
|Year 2 Semester 1|
|GMED6007||v.1||Medical Cardiopulmonary Science Fundamentals||4.0||12.5|
|GMED3007||v.1||Management of Pain Disorders||5.0||12.5|
|GMED6002||v.1||Spinal Musculoskeletal Science Fundamentals||6.0||25.0|
|GMED6003||v.1||Neuroscience Physiotherapy Fundamentals||4.0||25.0|
|PHTY6012||v.1||Applied Physiotherapy Management||5.5||25.0|
|Year 2 Semester 2|
|GMED6004||v.1||Acute Care Fundamentals in Cardiopulmonary Science||4.0||12.5|
|GMED6005||v.1||Neuroscience Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Fundamentals||5.0||25.0|
|PHTY6002||v.1||Integrated Physiotherapy Management||121.5||25.0|
|GMED6000||v.1||Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Science Fundamentals||4.0||12.5|
|GMED6001||v.1||Fundamentals of Lifespan Health Science||6.0||25.0|
|Year 3 Quarter 1|
|PHTY6003||v.1||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1||20.0||50.0|
|PHTY6008||v.1||Evidence Based Physiotherapy Projects||2.0||12.5|
|PHTY6004||v.1||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 2||20.0||25.0|
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