Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

303047 v.4 Master of Physiotherapy


Course CRICOS Code: 038783F
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 2.4 Years


This course 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.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A relevant bachelor degree or equivalent and a history of above average grades. Admission is competitive and applicants are required to complete a personal information form which is available from the School of Physiotherapy and may be required to attend an interview.

Specific Requirements

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 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. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance section of this publication.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is of two and one third calendar years and is offered only on a full-time basis.

Course Organisation

Students complete a summer semester in addition to the two usual semesters each year. Students are required to have passed all units in a semester before being allowed to proceed to the next semester.

Professional Recognition

The Physiotherapists Act of the State of Western Australia requires that all practising physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapist Registration Board of Western Australia. This course has been accredited by the Australian Council of Physiotherapy Regulating Authorities. 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-asman agreement. Graduates applying for licensure in theUSA, UK or Canada will be required to provide details of their program of studies to the relevant bodies and sit a licensing examination.

Additional Course Expenses

Students are required to purchase a laboratory coat and an approved clinical uniform. Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Special Note

Essential learning strategies demand that all students 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.

Course Structure



Year 1 Study Period 1

309925 v.1   Clinical Anatomy and Physiotherapy Practice 550 5.0 12.5

Year 1 Semester 1

303048 v.2   Anatomy and Pathology 551 5.0 25.0
303183 v.2   Lifespan Health Issues 551 3.0 25.0
303184 v.2   Movement Science 551 3.0 25.0
303185 v.2   Musculoskeletal Science 551 3.0 12.5
303186 v.2   Physiotherapy Practice 551 2.0 12.5

Year 1 Semester 2

303187 v.2   Anatomy and Pathology 552 5.0 25.0
303188 v.2   Clinical Physiology 552 5.0 25.0
303194 v.2   Movement Science 552 3.0 12.5
303196 v.2   Musculoskeletal Science 552 6.0 25.0
303197 v.2   Physiotherapy Practice 552 2.0 12.5

Year 2 Study Period 1

303198 v.2   Physiotherapy Clinics 553 30.0 75.0
303199 v.2   Physiotherapy Management 553 2.0 12.5
303200 v.2   Physiotherapy Practice 553 4.0 12.5

Year 2 Semester 1

303201 v.2   Cardiopulmonary Science 651 4.0 25.0
303202 v.2   Electrophysical Agents 651 2.0 12.5
303204 v.2   Musculoskeletal Science 651 6.0 25.0
303205 v.2   Neuroscience 651 4.0 25.0
303207 v.2   Physiotherapy Practice 651 2.0 12.5

Year 2 Semester 2

303209 v.2   Cardiopulmonary Science 652 4.0 12.5
303211 v.2   Physiotherapy Practice 652 4.0 25.0
303215 v.2   Neuroscience 652 4.0 25.0
303219 v.4   Musculoskeletal Specialisation 652 3.0 25.0
303221 v.2   Physiotherapy Research 652 2.0 12.5

Year 3 Quarter 1

303222 v.2   Physiotherapy Clinics 653 20.0 50.0
303255 v.3   Physiotherapy Clinics 655 20.0 25.0
310035 v.1   Physiotherapy Research 655 2.0 12.5


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        
2006 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.

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