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Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) - BSc(Curtin) - B-PHYTH Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 90 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February
Duration 4 years full-time

Course overview

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Physiotherapists provide advice and treatment to people to prevent injury and disability, and in clinical response after an injury or disability has occurred.

In this course, you will undertake a combination of theoretical, practical and clinical subjects.

Your first year of the course is interprofessional and is undertaken with other health sciences students. The following years will be devoted to a more intensive study of the musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary areas.

You will develop your practical skills in laboratory classes and under clinical supervision in hospital and community settings, where you will work with people from all age groups. Emphasis is placed on professional development and strong interpersonal communication skills, which are needed for client-centred practice.

You will become familiar with acute and long-term case management, and may take placements in rural and remote healthcare settings. In your final year, you can undertake case studies within interprofessional groups.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology

Desirable WACE courses

At least Mathematics: Applications ATAR

Physical Education Studies does not satisfy a science prerequisite.


If you are an internationally trained physiotherapist you may wish to apply for the Abbreviated Physiotherapy Course.

Other requirements

You are required to show evidence of having completed an Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award and a Senior First Aid Certificate or respective equivalent before completing your first year. 

Note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with a disability.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:


If you are an internationally trained physiotherapist you may wish to apply for the Abbreviated Physiotherapy Course.

An Aquatic/Hydrotherapy Rescue Award or equivalent and a Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent is required before completing the first year of the course.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Physiotherapy Board of Australia (national).

Professional memberships:

Australian Physiotherapy Association (national).

Note: If you are applying for registration in the United States, United Kingdom or Canada, you will be required to provide details of your program of studies to the relevant bodies and may be required to sit a licensing examination.


Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists may work in sports organisations, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, industry, long-term rehabilitation centres, local community practice, education, health management or research. There are also opportunities for physiotherapists to work as researchers, advisors or consultants in educational, industrial or government institutions.

Why Physiotherapy?

  • More than 60 years experience underpins Curtin's internationally recognised, challenging, yet very rewarding physiotherapy program
  • The course is taught by highly qualified staff with excellent clinical and research capabilities, in purpose-built facilities