Course

Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Physiotherapy

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc/MPhysio


Western Sydney University Course Code: 4662.4

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 2013 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 2012 - 4662.3 Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Physiotherapy

Commencement Year 2011 - 4662.2 Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Physiotherapy

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

NameEmail
Course AdviceHealthSciences@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
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.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent requirements

Admission

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

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.

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

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

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

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website. Applicants must have IELTS equal to 7.0 or above, with a minimum of 6.5 in all of the components.

http://pubsites.uws.edu.au/international/

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 Spring units, all students must have: National Criminal History Record Check (National Police Certificate), Prohibited Employment Declaration Form prior to 1st June 2010 or a Working with Children Check Student Declaration after 1st June 2010 First Aid Certificate (including cardiopulmonary resuscitation). To be eligible for clinical placements, students must comply with vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. NSW Health can provide details of necessary vaccinations. To be eligible to undertake field/work/practice placements, students must also comply with the NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2004) and complete a relevant declaration. In clinical placement units, students must wear the UWS physiotherapy uniform, which complies with NSW uniform requirements.

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

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

400870Population Health and Society
400868Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
400906Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice
400871Professional Health Competencies

Spring session

400732Communication in Health
400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400863Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400881Functional Anatomy

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

Year 2

Autumn session

400882Introduction to Biomechanics
400138Pathophysiology 1
400864Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)
400866Culture, Diversity and Health

2H session

400982Core Competencies in Physiotherapy Practice

Spring session

101614Psychology and Health
400981Clinical Pharmacology
300754Neuroanatomy

Year 3

1H session

400984Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
400986Neurological Physiotherapy
400983Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Autumn session

400985Clinical Education A (Acute Care)

Spring session

400997Exercise Rehabilitation
400998Neurological Rehabilitation
400865Evidence-Based Practice
400999Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

At this point, students may exit with a Bachelor of Health Science.

Year 4

1H session

401047Paediatric Physiotherapy
401048Physiotherapy for Chronic Illness and Disease

2H

401049Complex Cases and Professional Issues
401050Integrating 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.

401051Clinical Education B (Rehabilitation)
401052Clinical Education C (Ambulatory Care)
401053Clinical Education D (Paediatrics)
401054Clinical Education E (Advanced Care)


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