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Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) - BSc(Curtin) - B-PHYTH Health Sciences
Minimum ATAR 90 This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
STAT entry Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence 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.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February

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.

Duration 4 years full-time

Course overview

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Investigate the physical, structural and physiological aspects of the human form and movement. You will learn to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries and disabilities using hands-on treatment, prescriptive exercise and lifestyle advice.

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

Your first year of the course is interprofessional and is taken with other health sciences students. You will learn foundational skills critical to physiotherapy.

The following years will be devoted to a more intensive study of the musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary areas.

You will develop practical skills in laboratory classes and under clinical supervision at hospitals and community settings. You will become familiar with acute and long-term case management, and may take placements in rural and remote healthcare settings.

Abbreviated BSc (Physiotherapy)

Course completion of the abbreviated version of the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) course provides internationally trained physiotherapists with the opportunity to further develop clinical skills and theoretical knowledge in a degree that enables registration in Australia and New Zealand.


  • BSc Physiotherapy (Abbreviated) course has a 15th October offer acceptance deadline.
  • Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore): Different enrolment options are available to applicants who hold a Diploma in Physiotherapy qualification from Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

Find out more about our Abbreviated BSc (Physiotherapy) course, and how to apply.

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Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Minimum ATAR This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.


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

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

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.


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.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Fieldwork requirements

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 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 (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). 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. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

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

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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

Professional memberships:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Professional Registration:

On graduating you are eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

You may also apply for registration in New Zealand. To work in the US, UK or Canada, you will need to provide details of your program of studies to the relevant bodies and you may be required to sit a licensing examination.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on or 1300 222 888.

Internationally trained physiotherapists may be eligible for our Abbreviated Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) course to enable them to register in Australia and New Zealand. Credit for recognised learning will be granted to suitably qualified applicants and enable admission into Study Period 1 (January) of the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) course.

Find out more about our Abbreviated BSc (Physiotherapy) course and how to apply.

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.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.