Bachelor of Physiotherapy

School of Physiotherapy, Fremantle Campus

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The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a 4-year full-time program that prepares graduates to become effective, culturally-appropriate practitioners with a focus on the physiotherapist-client relationship. This program includes a suite of foundational courses which align with specialised physiotherapy-specific courses and clinical placement experiences. There is a strong focus on ethical and professional communication and behaviours as well as on development of high-level communication skills with clients and as part of collaborative multi-disciplinary practice. The program also has a strong focus on evidence-based and reflective practice ensuring graduates will be well prepared to meet the challenge of current and future health provision across the many clinical and non-clinical areas in which Physiotherapists are employed.Graduates from this program will be eligible for registration as a physiotherapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).

  • Why study this degree?

    Are you the kind of person who wants to make a career helping others be the best they can be? Do you dream of joining a profession that bases their decisions on scientific evidence and makes exciting therapeutic advancements every day?

    At Notre Dame, we explore every avenue of physiotherapy practice in your on-campus studies and 1100- 1200 hours of clinical practice (practicum).

    You will develop clinical assessment and intervention skills in laboratories, simulated learning environments, and through exposure to patients in physiotherapy practices, hospitals or community health settings in both urban and rural locations.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Ethics and the Law

    Year One

    • Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy A
    • Aboriginal People
    • Developmental Psychology and Mental Health in Physiotherapy
    • Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy B
    • Medical Sciences
    • Anatomy & Physiology of Body Systems
    • Movement Sciences for Physiotherapy

    Year Two

    • Research and Evidence in Physiotherapy
    • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Lower Limb)
    • Principles of Clinical Rehabilitation
    • Applied Neuroscience
    • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences I
    • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Upper Limb)
    • Physiotherapy in Gerontology
    • Clinical Education I
    • Physiotherapy in Gender Health

    Year Three

    • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Spinal I)
    • Rehabilitation for the Neurosciences
    • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences II
    • Physiotherapy in Paediatrics
    • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Spinal II)
    • Clinical Education II and Practitioner Development

    Year Four

    • Clinical Education III
    • Clinical Education IV
    • Clinical Education V
    • Clinical Education VI
    • Professional Issues in Physiotherapy Practice
    • Complex Cases

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 90 or equivalent with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 33
    • In order to be a competitive applicant, it is strongly preferred that school leaver prospective students have studied at least one of the following ATAR courses:
      • Mathematics Specialist;
      • Mathematics Methods;
      • Human Biology;
      • Physics; and/or
      • Chemistry.

      Additionally, students may find ATAR courses in Biology, Physical Education Studies and/or Mathematics Applications useful preparation for the Physiotherapy program.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study:

    Completion of at least one year of study (full-time equivalent) in another relevant undergraduate university program, with at least a 65% average grade or higher.

    In order to be a competitive applicant, it is strongly preferred that mature age prospective students have studied in a health or science related area, at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The HECS-HELP  loan scheme assists eligible students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your HECS-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information on fee places and Government loan schemes, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Cardiorespiratory
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Neurology
    • Paediatrics
    • Research
    • Clinical
    • Academic teaching
  • Professional accreditation

    The fully accredited Physiotherapy course offers a formal curriculum that contains all of the elements required for professional registration. Graduates are eligible to register as physiotherapists with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) allowing them to work throughout Australia and New Zealand.

    Registration allows graduates to work across all states and territories in Australia, with mutual recognition also permitting registration in New Zealand. Although each country has its own registration processes the standard of Australian physiotherapy qualification is highly regarded internationally.

  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Physiotherapy BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) studyN/AN/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    International studentsN/AN/A
    All students3168100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer N/A N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer N/A N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    N/A N/A


    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Physiotherapy and related double degrees, please call our Prospective Students Office
    on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All International enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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