DC-CLPHYT v.1 Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy
Course CRICOS Code: 088216A
Registered full-time Duration: 4 Years
Doctoral Degrees prepares students to acquire a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills to advance learning and/or professional practice corresponding to AQF level 10 qualifications.
While the traditional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program caters well for physiotherapists intending to focus or realign their careers towards researching, not all physiotherapists seeking doctoral level studies intend to become researchers. Some intend to become leaders in highly advanced areas of clinical practice. Others already occupying positions of leadership positions in a variety of organisations may need to upgrade their qualifications. These potential students seek doctoral level study which will simultaneously provide them with advanced in-depth knowledge related to their profession and involvement in research work which is closely related to the improvement of their professional practice. The aims and objectives of the Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy (DClinPhysio) are to provide high-level clinical practice, inquiry and research skills for senior health professionals, enabling them to evaluate, commission, design, implement and administer research into different aspects of health.and to understand the policy implications of such research. The primary aim is to support the emergence of clinical expertise based on a solid foundation of evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills. It is anticipated that graduates will be expert consumers of research and evaluators of available research evidence and that as they progress through the program they will become expert in conducting clinical research. Students will also have the opportunity to acquire expertise in areas related to clinical practice to further enhance their professional development to the stage where they may be recognised as advanced clinical practitioners.
Additional Course Expenses
Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials. Doctoral students are expected to pay for thesis preparation and binding. Students are also expected to meet costs associated with successful completion of an approved course in first aid (CPR) and costs associated with meeting immunisation requirements.
Course Overview Note
Prospective applicants are advised that the program requires full participation in laboratory classes where practical skills and topics are presented. Essential learning strategies demand that all students disrobe appropriately to act as subjects for their peer group. Curtin's Higher Degree by Coursework Regulations for Doctoral Degrees will apply in respect of enrolment, candidacy, the program committee and the examination process. For further information please refer to the General Information section of the Handbook. A candidate shall comply with these regulations, except where the University Graduate Studies Committee is of the opinion that any candidate has been or may be adversely affected by a change in the regulations since initial enrolment. The candidate may be permitted to continue under such regulation or regulations in force at any time during the period of candidature and on conditions the Committee may prescribe.
Course Entry and Completion Details
Applicants for a Doctoral Degree are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards. Applicants require a Master Degree (Research) or Bachelor Honours Degree (first or second class) or a high standard in either a Master Degree (Coursework) or Bachelor Degree with a Graduate Diploma (or equivalent). Alternative entry requirements may be considered, details are provided at http://research.curtin.edu.au/postgraduate-research/future-research-students/entry-requirements/. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
For admission as a candidate in this doctoral coursework program an applicant needs to ensure that at least ONE of the following eligibility criteria has been met: 1. graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of Master of Clinical Physiotherapy within the University; 2. graduated with or qualified for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Physiotherapy or its equivalent plus no less than two years relevant advanced clinical experience 3. obtained qualifications from another institution which are recognised by tertiary admission authorities in Australia and which are deemed to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, any other qualifications prescribed in the points above. Applicants must either be registered physiotherapists, or eligible for limited registration (postgraduate training) as a physiotherapist in Australia.
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.
Course Entry/Completion Note
Students are required to be registered with the Physiotherapy Registration Board of Australia, which is part of AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), if they undertake a unit involving clinical practice within Australia. Students completing units within or outside of Western Australia must comply with legislative requirements and are responsible for any associated fees. Eligibility for limited registration (postgraduate training) with the Physiotherapy Registration Board of Australia is a prerequisite for acceptance into the course.
Doctoral Degrees require students to undertake a program of independent supervised study and produce significant and original research outcomes culminating in a thesis, dissertation, exegesis or equivalent for independent examination.
Course Learning Outcomes
A graduate of this course can:
1. apply highly advanced theoretical and clinical knowledge to the delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and changing settings
2. critically analyse information to plan, implement and evaluate highly advanced physiotherapy practice
3. locate, extract and critically appraise evidence and information at a highly advanced level from a range of resources and apply to practice
4. use appropriate written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills for effective interactions with individuals and groups
5. use new and existing technologies relevant to specialised practice responsibly and effectively
6. understand and implement varied learning strategies and take responsibility for ongoing highly advanced professional and personal development
7. understand and apply ways of practicing highly advanced physiotherapy internationally through continued development of cross-cultural awareness within a global health care perspective
8. demonstrate respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
9. independently and collaboratively apply highly advanced professional skills in an ethical manner across a range of professional settings
Duration and Availability
A domestic candidate may enrol in the coursework Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy either full-time or part-time. Due to legislative and visa restrictions, International students will be required to enrol on a full-time basis. Enrolment shall be continuous with the exception of periods of leave of absence as approved by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee. A doctoral candidate may enrol either full-time or part-time. The course is by coursework and research and normally requires a minimum enrolment period of three years and maximum of four years' equivalent full-time study. The time limits shall be adjusted for approved periods of leave of absence.
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|PHTY7013||v.1||Advanced Musculoskeletal Professional Practice||3.0||25.0|
|PHTY7000||v.1||Doctoral Thesis - Physiotherapy|
|SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:||50.0|
|Optional Units to Select from in Year 1||Hrs/Wk||Credit|
|PHRM5002||v.1||Pharmacology for Health Professionals||4.0||25.0|
|PHTY7011||v.1||Sports Physiotherapy Professional Practice||10.0||25.0|
|PHTY7009||v.1||Sports Rehabilitation Science||4.0||25.0|
|PHTY7008||v.1||Advanced Musculoskeletal Science Management||6.0||25.0|
|PHTY7007||v.1||Advanced Physiotherapy Clinics 2||6.0||25.0|
|GMED6006||v.1||Advanced Management of Pain Disorders||3.0||25.0|
Further information concerning doctoral research can be obtained at http://www.curtin.edu.au/research/futurestudents/ and for research graduate studies http://research.curtin.edu.au/guides/ at Curtin University
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International students studying in Australia on a student visa can only study full-time and there are also specific entry requirements that must be met. As some information contained in this publication may not be applicable to international students, refer to international.curtin.edu.au for further information. Australian citizens, permanent residents and international students studying outside Australia may have the choice of full-time, part-time and external study, depending on course availability and in-country requirements.