Bachelor of Physiotherapy
School of Primary Health Care
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) Gerontology
is a four-year undergraduate course Providing healthcare to older people,
within the School of Primary Health including maintaining ﬁtness and
Care, in the Faculty of Medicine, maximizing physical ability.
Nursing and Health Sciences. It is
part of the health sciences program Health and wellbeing
based at the Monash Peninsula campus. Design, delivery and promotion of age-speciﬁc
activities for individuals or groups to promote
Monash physiotherapy education
strength, ﬁtness and wellness in the
is a fully integrated curriculum and
community and prevent functional decline.
includes interdisciplinary studies.
Commencing semester one, the
curriculum is structured around Management
case-based learning. Conditions for Managing healthcare facilities, allied health
Physiotherapy students experience group learning. services, and coordinating other aspects
which people typically seek physiotherapy
provide the context for integrating of the healthcare system.
learning about biomedical and behavioural Career opportunities
sciences and physiotherapy skills. Musculoskeletal
A degree in physiotherapy prepares Healthcare delivery in sports physiotherapy,
In the later years of the course, you for a range of career opportunities spinal physiotherapy, exercise prescription
the focus moves from campus-based in metropolitan, rural and remote settings. and rehabilitation following surgery.
patient scenarios to learning in a clinical Physiotherapists may work independently
environment. This provides opportunities or as part of a team of healthcare
professionals. They work in public and Neurology
for students to appreciate the relevance
private hospitals, health centres, sports Healthcare services for people with
of on-going learning in the context of
medicine clinics, maternity hospitals, neurological conditions such as stroke,
supervised healthcare delivery. rehabilitation centres, aged-care facilities spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease
and in private practices, as well as and multiple sclerosis.
Monash physiotherapy education
in health promotion, education,
facilitates development of skills through management and research.
small group learning. Other features Occupational health
of this degree are opportunities to Physiotherapists practice Analysis of biomechanics in the workplace,
experience rural healthcare delivery in many specialised areas: strategic management of risks of injury in
and Interprofessional Education (IPE). the workplace and healthcare services for
In IPE, students spend some time each Animal injured workers.
semester learning and collaborating with Treating animals with
students enrolled in other health science musculoskeletal problems. Paediatrics
courses including occupational therapy, Provision of healthcare services to babies,
nursing, ambulance and paramedic Aquatic children, adolescents and their families.
studies and social work.
Treating clients in water.
Monash physiotherapy promotes Women’s health
the skills required for clinical and Cardiorespiratory Promoting the wellbeing of women across
community practice and includes Providing healthcare services to people with the lifespan, including before and after
education in health promotion and heart or lung problems, including people in childbirth and strategies for management
disease prevention, as well as traditional intensive care and following surgery as well of incontinence.
approaches to healthcare delivery. as maintenance of cardiovascular ﬁtness.
In recognition that this is a time of Research
exponential growth in knowledge, the Education Advancing fundamental knowledge
course aims to produce graduates with Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate and healthcare practices.
a ﬂexible skill-set who are well equipped students of physiotherapy and related www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/
to continue learning and advancing their disciplines. All Monash graduates are courses/3868.html
skills throughout their careers. prepared to provide clinical education
Theme 4: Applied practice
Duration of the course Theme 4 develops clinical competencies
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a four-year integral to physiotherapy practice. It focuses
degree offered on a full-time basis. on the incorporation of the best available Years one and two
research evidence with the clinical reasoning During the early years of the course,
skills of assessment and care of patients education in the biomedical and
Campus within a range of environments. behavioural sciences (anatomy,
biomechanics, kinesiology, pathology,
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is
pharmacology, physiology, psychology,
offered at the Monash Peninsula campus. Theme 5: Research
radiology, sociology), foundations of
One day per week will usually be spent at Theme 5 focuses on the knowledge and physiotherapy practice and research
the Monash Clayton campus in the early skills that are required to locate, interpret are provided on-campus in the context
years of the course. and critically evaluate research relevant of a patient-centred approach to learning.
to physiotherapy practice.
Professional The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a
All students participate in an interdisciplinary
rural attachment in year one and an
registration challenging course. Students can expect
to spend signiﬁcant time in self-directed
interdisciplinary program in year two
to gain knowledge and insight into
Following successful completion of the learning that supports the course of study. rural interdisciplinary health issues.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, graduates Students will be expected to be ﬁt to
will be eligible for registration by the undertake the course by accepting In addition, students will complete their
Physiotherapists Registration Board responsibility to maintain their health First Aid Certiﬁcate as part of their studies.
of Victoria. and take adequate rest. Students are
also expected to demonstrate respectful
Years three and four
and responsible behaviour towards each
Course themes other and staff from the time of entering On-campus learning continues in the early
the course. weeks of year three. The focus then changes
The four-year physiotherapy curriculum to learning in the clinical setting. Clinical
incorporates ﬁve themes: Clinical education across all years of the education aims to develop knowledge
course is compulsory. In the third- and and practical experience in the delivery of
Theme 1: Personal and fourth-years of study, the majority of time physiotherapy services under the supervision
professional development is spent in clinical education. Some ﬂexibility of experienced physiotherapists.
may be required of students, both in terms
This theme focuses on the development
of hours worked at clinics, and scheduling
of personal attributes and related skills Clinical education
of clinical education.
that assist the student in the transition from Clinical education becomes increasingly
student to physiotherapist. It includes verbal All students can expect to experience challenging from year two to year four.
and written communication skills, ethics and education in a rural environment during the Students undertake clinical education
legal issues. course. Some students will have additional in the public and private sector in
rural education of 4, 12 or 15 weeks in years rural and metropolitan locations in
Theme 2: Population, three and four. Students should take these both the Victorian and Tasmanian
matters into consideration when considering healthcare systems.
society and health
Theme 2 provides the structure to develop
abilities in dealing with broader society and Bachelor of Physiotherapy
population health and is underpinned by an (Honours)
internationally accepted socio-ecological An honours program embedded in the
model of health. second, third and fourth years of the course
commenced in 2007. Students enrolled in
Theme 3: Fundamental knowledge honours receive individualised tuition from
an academic supervisor. Honours students
of health science are assessed by coursework and a
Theme 3 provides the knowledge and skills 10,000–12,000 word thesis. Applicants will
that underpin physiotherapy clinical practice. be invited to apply for honours based on
It includes basic biomedical sciences such their academic achievement after year one.
as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology,
pathology and psychology as well as
Students of physiotherapy on the Peninsula campus
study anatomy on the Clayton campus.
Physiotherapy domestic Additional information
Admission process admissions application procedure: Prospective students are advised that there
www.monash.edu.au/study/courseﬁnder/ may be additional costs associated with the
Course prerequisites course/3868/domestic-requirements.html course for text books and course support
Admission to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy material, uniforms for clinical attachments,
requires the following prerequisites: VCE travel, accommodation, living costs
units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 Physiotherapy international associated with rural clinical attachments,
in English (ESL) or 25 in English (any) and in admissions application procedure: a Police Check and precautionary procedures
any two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematical www.monash.edu.au/study/courseﬁnder/ (such as immunisations) that are required
Methods, Physics or Specialist Mathematics. course/3868/international-requirements.html prior to commencing the course.
International Baccalaureate (IB) – English and
any two of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Unsolicited written or electronic information
Physics, or Further Mathematics at a Health requirements – for example, letters to the physiotherapy
minimum of grade four at standard level. and police checks selection ofﬁcer, will not be considered
in the selection process and are
Students will be required to comply with
Non-school leavers must also meet these strongly discouraged.
the Faculty Immunisation and Infection Risk
requirements either at year 12 level or
Policy, recommendations and procedures,
equivalent university studies. Successful
to enable them to proceed through the
completion of two semesters (semester one
course with an acceptably low-level of
and two) of tertiary studies in the prerequisite
risk and meet health service requirements.
VCE subjects at a recognised tertiary
institution would be considered comparable It is recommended that all students
to VCE success in those subjects. accept responsibility for having up-to-date
immunisations before commencing the
Additional requirements for entry course. Recommended immunisations
include diphtheria, tetanus, polio,
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measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B.
Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT)
Prospective students are provided
All applicants must sit the UMAT in order
with detailed written information and, as
to be eligible for selection for physiotherapy. Students in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy study
appropriate, counselling about the effect with experienced clinicians in state-of-the-art
Application procedures, examination dates
that HIV or hepatitis B infection may have teaching laboratories.
and venue details can be found at:
on the ability of healthcare workers to
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Children Check is required for each student. Further information
Domestic students apply through VTAC Credit provision or recognition School of Primary Health Care
(www.vtac.edu.au). of prior learning Monash University
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of the admissions process. Interviews are must clearly demonstrate to the selection Frankston, Victoria 3199
held in November/December of the year committee that the content of their previous Australia
prior to entry. studies is at least equivalent to the Monash
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