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Entry into Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a health profession that assesses and provides treatment to individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and function throughout life. This includes providing treatment in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.

Specialty areas
Because the body of knowledge of physical therapy is quite large, some PTs specialize in a specific clinical area. The six most common specialty areas in physical therapy are:

Cardiopulmonary: treat a wide variety of individuals with cardiopulmonary disorders or those who have had cardiac or pulmonary surgery. Primary goals of this specialty include increasing endurance and functional independence.

Geriatric: covers a wide area of issues concerning people as they go through normal adult aging but is usually focused on the older adult. There are many conditions that affect many people as they grow older and include but are not limited to the following: arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, hip and joint replacement, balance disorders, incontinence.

Neurological: is a field focused on working with individuals who have a neurological disorder or disease. These include Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury, cerebal palsy, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and stroke.

Orthopedic: diagnose, manage, and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system including rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery. Orthopaedic therapists are trained in the treatment of post-operative orthopaedic procedures, fractures, acute sports injuries, arthritis, sprains, strains, back and neck pain, spinal conditions and amputations.

Pediatric: assists in early detection of health problems and uses a wide variety of modalities to treat disorders in the pediatric population. These therapists are specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases.

Integumentary: treatment of conditions involving the skin and related organs. Common conditions managed include wounds and burns. Physical therapists utilize surgical instruments, mechanical lavage, dressings and topical agents to debride necrotic tissue and promote tissue healing.

ENTRY

There are two pathways to physiotherapy in Australia:

Undergraduate degree: 4 years Full Time
Postgraduate degree: 2 years Full Time

In order to apply you must have one of the three options:

School leaver: Completed secondary education with either OP/ENTER/ATAR/UAI/RANK/TER
Non standard: Completed at least one year of full time tertiary study
Graduate: Completed a tertiary degree

Certain universities have certain subject requirements. Make sure you have fulfilled this criteria or you may not be considered for a place.

University requirements when applying for Physiotherapy as a domestic applicant

Queensland (QTAC)
University of Queensland – Bachelor of Physiotherapy
School leaver: OP 2/ Rank 98
Non standard: GPA 6.0
Prerequisites
: English (4,SA); one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (4,SA)
Quota: ** places
James Cook University – Bachelor of Physiotherapy
School leaver: OP/Rank & Application
Non standard: GPA 5.75 & Application
Prerequisites
:English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA); one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health Education or Physical Education (4,SA)
Quota: ** places
Griffith University –Bachelor of Exercise Science (Pre-Physiotherapy)/Doctor of Physiotherapy

School leaver: OP 3/Rank 96
Non standard: GPA 5.0
Prerequisites:
English (4,SA); one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths B (4,SA)
Quota: ** places
Australian Catholic University- Bachelor of Physiotherapy
School Leaver: OP3/96
Non standard: GPA 5.0
Prerequisites:
English (4,SA); one of Chemistry, Biology or Physics (4,SA)

Quota: ** places

New South Wales (UAC)
University of Sydney – Bachelor of Applied Science (physiotherapy)
School Leaver: ATAR of 96.8
Non standard: GPA 5.5
Prerequisites:
Quota: ** places
Charles Sturt University – Bachelor of Physiotherapy
School leaver:ATAR of 86 for Orange campus and 97 for Albury-Wodonga campus
Non standard: GPA 5
Prerequisites:Currently no secondary school subjects are prerequisites for admission
Quota: ** places
University of NewcastleBachelor of Physiotherapy
School Leaver: ATAR of 97.3
Non standard: GPA 5.75
Prerequisites:Currently no secondary school subjects are prerequisites for admission
Quota: ** places
University of Western Sydney- Bachelor of Health Science/ Master of Physiotherapy
School Leaver: ATAR of 98.55
Non standard: GPA 6.5
Prerequisites:Currently no secondary school subjects are prerequisites for admission
Quota: ** places

Victoria (VTAC)

La Trobe University – Bachelor ofHealth Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy Practice
School leaver: ATAR 96.75 (Bundoora) or 95.45 (Shepperton); and STAT in high 90s
Non standard: GPA 6.5 and STAT in high 90s
Prerequisites:
English (Standard) or English (Advanced) (Band 3) or English as a Second Language (Band 4) and (Band 3) in two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.
Quota: ** places
Monash University – Bachelor ofPhysiotherapy
School leaver: UMAT / ATAR Combined (ENTER 93-95 & UMAT ~150 is competitive) and Interview
Non standard: GPA / UMAT / Interview Combined Scores
Prerequisites:
Any English and two of chemistry, biology, mathematical methods, physics or specialists mathematics.
Quota: ** places

South Australia (SATAC)
University of South Australia- Bachelor of Physiotherapy
School leaver: Rank 90
Non standard: GPA 5.0
Prerequisites:Currently no secondary school subjects are prerequisites for admission
Quota: ** places
Flinders University- Bachelor of Health Science/ Master of Physiotherapy
School leaver: Rank 90
Non standard: GPA 5.0
Prerequisites:Currently no secondary school subjects are prerequisites for admission
Quota: ** places

Western Australia (TISC)
Curtin University – Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)
School leaver: Rank 90
Non Standard: GPA 5.0
Prerequisites:At least one science course from the following list: Biological Sciences 3A/3B, Chemistry 3A/3B, Earth and Environmental Science 3A/3B, Human Biological Science 3A/3B, Integrated Science 3A/3B or Physics 3A/3B. Physics 3A/3B is desirable.
Quota: ** places

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