Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Physiotherapy

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc/MPhysio

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4662.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 069908G

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This course version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2011 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2010 - 4662.1 Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a highly regarded profession and demand for physiotherapists is strong. Physiotherapists work in private practice, aged care settings, private and public hospitals, workplaces, community based agencies, schools, rehabilitation centres and chronic health management clinics. Patients range across the life span, from birth to athletes and the elderly.

The course in physiotherapy is offered as a combined Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Physiotherapy. The first three years of the program combine studies in physiotherapy with a broad understanding of biomedicine and health science fields to develop the professional competencies important for ethical and safe practice, high quality care and the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams. The progression to the Master’s component of the combined degree is seamless. The final year focuses predominately on the development of physiotherapy practice skills which are used during clinical placements to treat patients in the community. Evidence-based practice is one of the most important trends in healthcare today and a strong feature of the program.

Study Mode
Four years full-time

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above

The Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Physiotherapy is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and is an approved program of study by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.


For local students admission is through UAC. Assumed knowledge, any 2 units of English.

Recommended studies, Mathematics, Physics and/or Biology.

For international students, admission is through direct application to the university with IELTS equal to 7.0 or above.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).


International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website (UAC).


Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
In order to enrol in Second Year Autumn units, all students must have: 1. NSW Health National Criminal Record Check prior to 1 June 2010 OR a Student Undertaking Form after 1 June 2010 and have applied for a National Police Certificate, 2. Prohibited Employment Declaration Form (PPED) prior to 1 June 2010 OR a Working with Children Check Student Declaration after 1 June 2010. In order to enrol in Second Year Spring units, all students must have a First Aid Certificate. To be eligible to undertake fieldwork placements in public hospitals, students must comply with vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. Details of necessary vaccinations are available from NSW Health.

Course Structure

Special Note:

Students in this program are required to participate fully in practical classes. This involves disrobing to shorts and singlet or swim-suit equivalent in mixed gender classes. Students will practice hands-on physiotherapy examination and treatment techniques on both genders, and will personally experience these techniques which will be performed on them by other students and relevant academic staff.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400870.2Population Health and Society
400868.3Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
400906.2Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice
400871.2Professional Health Competencies

Spring session

400732.2Communication in Health
400869.3Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400863.2Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400881.3Functional Anatomy

Students may enter by transfer from Bachelor of Health Science at this point.

Year 2

Autumn session

400882.2Introduction to Biomechanics
400138.3Pathophysiology 1
400864.3Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)
400866.3Culture, Diversity and Health

2H session

400982.4Core Competencies in Physiotherapy Practice

Spring session

101614.3Psychology and Health
400981.2Clinical Pharmacology

Year 3

1H session

400984.2Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
400986.2Neurological Physiotherapy
400983.1Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Autumn session

400985.2Clinical Education A (Acute Care)

Spring session

400997.4Exercise Rehabilitation
400998.3Neurological Rehabilitation
400865.3Evidence-Based Practice
400999.3Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

At this point, students may exit with a Bachelor of Health Science. Note: this qualification does not contain a key program or allow students to register or practice as a physiotherapist.

Year 4

1H session

401047.1Paediatric Physiotherapy
401048.1Physiotherapy for Chronic Illness and Disease


401049.1Complex Cases and Professional Issues
401050.1Integrating Research into Physiotherapy Practice

Students must also complete the following four units in year 4 of the course. These units are available in both 1H and 2H sessions.

401051.1Clinical Education B (Rehabilitation)
401052.1Clinical Education C (Ambulatory Care)
401053.1Clinical Education D (Paediatrics)
401054.2Clinical Education E (Advanced Care)

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