Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

303079 v.2 Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)

BSc(Curtin) OR BSc(Hons)(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 003890C
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


This course provides the learning experiences to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours expected of an entry level physiotherapist. It has a hybrid structure using curriculum based learning to efficiently learn foundation knowledge togetherwith case studies and clinical practice to integrate knowledge into clinical decision making. It also emphasises evidence-based practice and encourages students in critical thinking.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

At least one TEE science subject. Physics desirable.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication. Students are required to have swimming qualifications to Bronze Medallion standard, or equivalent, before completing the first year of the course. A first aid qualification (Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent) is also required before completing first year. All applicants, who are not currently classed as a 'School Leaver' or currently completing Year 12 TEEmust complete a Personal Information Form. This includes students undertaking Year 12 studies outside Western Australia and students undertaking mature age TEE. Applicants who do not submit this required form will not be considered. The STAT is not accepted for entry to this course.


The Personal Information Form is available from the School of Physiotherapy ( Potential honours students refer to Admission into Honours Degree Programs and Regulations for Honours Degrees in the General Information section of the Curtin Courses Handbook.

Duration and Availability

The course is four years full-time study. It is not available part-time.

Course Organisation

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. 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.

Professional Recognition

The Physiotherapists Act of the State of Western Australia requires that all practising physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapists Registration Board of Western Australia. This course is accredited by the Australian Council of Physiotherapy Regulating Authorities and is recognised by the Physiotherapists Registration Board of Western Australia and the Australian Physiotherapy Association. 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 sit a licensing examination.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials. In addition to the usual course expenses, students undertaking this course will be required to purchase a laboratory coat and an approved clinical uniform.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

13019 v.2   Psychology 123 3.0 25.0
303084 v.1   Physiotherapy Practice 151 5.0 25.0
303149 v.2   Human Biology 131 5.0 12.5
7713 v.9   Health Science Communication 180 2.0 12.5
9930 v.5   Anatomy 151 4.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

1441 v.4   Psychology 114 2.0 12.5
1644 v.7   Human Biology 134 4.0 25.0
303090 v.1   Physiotherapy Practice 152 5.0 25.0
7698 v.4   Physics 125 3.0 12.5
9931 v.5   Anatomy 152 4.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

11108 v.5   Musculoskeletal Science 251 3.0 12.5
11109 v.6   Movement Science 251 5.0 25.0
11111 v.6   Lifespan Health Issues 251 3.0 25.0
303092 v.2   Physiotherapy Practice 251 2.0 12.5
7704 v.9   Anatomy and Pathology 251 5.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 2

11112 v.5   Musculoskeletal Science 252 6.0 25.0
11113 v.5   Movement Science 252 2.0 12.5
11468 v.5   Clinical Physiology 252 5.0 25.0
303094 v.2   Physiotherapy Practice 252 2.0 12.5
7706 v.9   Anatomy and Pathology 252 6.0 25.0

Year 3 Semester 1

303108 v.2   Physiotherapy Third and Fourth Year Stream   400.0
304122 v.2   Honours Physiotherapy Stream   400.0


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