Become a work-ready Physiotherapy graduate
Programs offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine include significant placements and/or practical/skills components. Programs are structured so that students gradually develop skills and/or professional competencies across the entire duration of each program. Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, modifications have been made to enable remote study for as much of each program as possible. However, there is a point in every program beyond which students will need to be face-to-face on campus in order to continue.
Details for this program are:
The upcoming semester for first year students in this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with a remote option available to students unable to attend for COVID-19 related reasons*. Whether a student is on campus or remote, students will be able to access Bond’s personalised learning experience. Continuing students in this program are required to attend campus face-to-face to complete clinical competencies, placements in Semesters 4-6. Students who are unable to attend face-to-face for these semesters will be required to take a leave of absence until they can do so. Students who are living overseas may be eligible to apply for an exemption from the Office of Home Affairs that will enable them to enter Australia for these semesters however the continuing availability of these exemptions or individual success cannot be guaranteed.
* All students who wish to attend remotely must contact the Head of Program to confirm individual arrangements and study plans.
Bond University’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program is renowned for its unique blend of problem-based scientific learning, practical application and up to 1400 hours of clinical placements.
The curriculum integrates the clinical, pathological, and related basic sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose, and treat physiotherapy clients.
There is a strong emphasis on clinical experiential learning with six units of placements in clinical settings included in the core subject listing and a further internship offered as an elective. Placements are sought in a variety of settings that cover the lifespan of client services (paediatric, adult, ageing) and across the full spectrum of clinical areas (orthopaedics, cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, neurological, ortho-geriatric, rehabilitation, chronic disease, disability, occupational, and sports practice) in hospitals, community clinics, and private practice.
Practical experience is also built into theoretical learning, with classes primarily delivered at the Bond Institute of Health and Sport. At this world-class testing and training facility, you will work with elite athletes and professional sporting teams using the most advanced testing equipment available today. You will also have the opportunity to get involved with ground-breaking research projects, such as the studies carried out with emergency workers and first responders by our Tactical Research Unit.
Bond’s innovative approach to physiotherapy education ensures that graduates are work-ready, competent and confident to practice in a wide range of settings.
Thanks to Bond’s trimester system, you can complete the Doctor of Physiotherapy in just two years. Undergraduate pathways include Bond’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science or the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Performance, which can also be completed in two years. As such, this is the fastest pathway to a career in Physiotherapy with the highest level of physiotherapy graduate entry qualification possible in Australia.
Campus and Bond University Experience
Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade.
For our Physiotherapy students, this means learning in adaptive theoretical and practical classes with high staff to student ratios and leading physiotherapists, health scientists, and researchers.
The Bond Institute of Health and Sport will be your base - adjacent to the CBus Super Stadium at Robina. During relevant clinical placements, teaching sessions and research projects you will have access to the most advanced testing, training and recovery technologies in a suite of health science and sports research laboratories. The Institute also includes a high-performance gymnasium, pool and temperature contrast pools, an altitude training room. In addition, the building has its own cafeteria and multimedia study centre.
Building on the skills and resources produced during the Well-Rounded Physiotherapy subject, the team at the Career Development Centre on the main Bond campus will help strengthen your interpersonal and employability skills, as well as helping you prepare for the job application and interview process. You’ll also be able to work on real-life projects of your own choosing under the guidance of academics and industry mentors in the Transformer program.
Bond is renowned for its amazing student facilities and social activities, with a huge range of active student clubs, sporting teams, swimming pools, the aquatic centre, student gym, fitness and yoga classes, restaurants and cafes, all right here on campus.
Unique experiences in the physiotherapy industry
What our students and graduates say
- Complete the full educational pathway to qualify as a Physiotherapist in just 4 years (2-year Bond undergraduate program + 2-year Doctor of Physiotherapy)
- Up to 1400 hours of hands-on patient experience in the full spectrum of clinical settings
- Work with elite athletes and professional sportspeople in the advanced testing and training facilities at the Bond Institute of Health and Sport
- Opportunity to engage in ground-breaking research projects
- Pathway to Bond’s Medical Program
- Dedicated physiotherapy-specific leadership, management, and advocacy subject
About the program
The Doctor of Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem- and case-based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first-contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related basic sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients. Show more
The Doctor of Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem- and case-based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first-contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related basic sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients. The Doctor of Physiotherapy assists students to progressively develop and apply their knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and behaviours to undertake physiotherapy practice and places a strong emphasis on clinical experiential learning with up to 1440 hours of learning in a clinical environment. Clinical practice experiences are designed to produce work-ready, entry-level graduates who are competent to practise across the lifespan in a range of environments and settings. Variable experiences across the lifespan are sought in the clinical areas of: Orthopaedics; Cardiorespiratory practice; outpatient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings); neurological and ortho-geriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings); community rehabilitation across the lifespan - chronic disease or disability; and paediatrics or women’s / men’s health, or private / sports practice. In the final semester, students complete a research project and an elective placement or elective coursework subject, both of which are designed to extend the skills and knowledge of the student beyond commonly encountered clinical experiences. These extending clinical / research and coursework opportunities are designed to ensure graduates are well prepared for entry into the physiotherapy workforce. Show less
|Mode||On Campus and Remote|
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Masters Extended|
|Study area||Health Sciences, Sport|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
Please note that the following structure is for the 2020 May intake.
Students of the Doctor of Physiotherapy program must complete the following 20 subjects.
- Foundations of Physiotherapy (20 CP) (PHTY71-401)
- Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal 1 (20 CP) (PHTY71-402)
- Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory (15CP) (PHTY71-403)
- Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal 2 (10CP) (PHTY71-404)
- Physiotherapy: Neurological and Rehabilitation (15CP) (PHTY71-405)
- Transition to Professional Practice (5CP) (PHTY71-406)
- Physiotherapy: Clinical Practice Unit 1 (10CP) (PHTY71-407)
- Physiotherapy: Clinical Practice Unit 2 (10CP) (PHTY71-408)
- Physiotherapy: Clinical Practice Unit 3 (10CP) (PHTY71-409)
- Health Research: Literacy, Planning and Design (5CP) (PHTY72-410)
- Healthcare: Leadership, Management and Advocacy (10CP) (PHTY72-411)
- Community Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan (15CP) (PHTY72-412)
- Physiotherapy: Clinical Practice Unit 4(10CP) (PHTY72-413)
- Maximising Human Potential and Performance (10CP) (PHTY72-414)
- Evidence Based Practice Research 1 (15CP) (PHTY72-415)
- Physiotherapy: Clinical Practice Unit 5 (10CP) (PHTY72-416)
- Physiotherapy: Clinical Practice Unit 6 (10CP) (PHTY72-417)
- The Work Ready Physiotherapist (10CP) (PHTY73-418)
- Evidence Based Practice Research 2 (20CP) (PHTY73-419)
- Elective subjects - complete (1) of the following options:
This program list is for the existing Doctor of Physiotherapy students pre-2020, May intake. Students of the Doctor of Physiotherapy program must complete the following 20 subjects.
- Principles of Physiotherapy (20CP) (PHTY91-410)
- Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I (20CP) (PHTY91-408)
- Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy (20CP) (PHTY91-409)
- Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 1 (10CP) (PHTY91-413)
- Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 2 (10CP) (PHTY91-414)
- Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II (10CP) (PHTY92-415)
- Neurological Physiotherapy (10CP) (PHTY92-416)
- Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 3 (10CP) (PHTY92-422)
- Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 4 (10CP) (PHTY92-423)
- Physiotherapy Leadership, Management and Advocacy (15CP) (PHTY92-419)
- Physiotherapy for Chronic Disease and Disability (15CP) (PHTY92-420)
- Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 5 (10CP) (PHTY92-424)
- Maximising Human Potential (15CP) (PHTY93-423)
- Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 6 (10CP) (PHTY93-428)
- Evidence Based Practice Research (Part A) (15CP) (PHTY93-421)
- Evidence Based Practice Research (Part B) (15CP) (PHTY93-422)
- The Well Rounded Physiotherapist (5CP) (PHTY93-426)
- Elective subjects - complete (1) of the following options:
The Doctor of Physiotherapy program uses a problem-based learning (PBL) model for education. Resource teaching sessions (lectures and practical problem-solving classes), along with seminars and assignments support and extend the PBL mode of learning. Examination formats include objective structure clinical examinations (OSCEs), theory papers, assignments and oral presentations.
Recommended study structure
Please visit Recommended Program Structures for guidance on study plans.
The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.
Semester program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2020: $21,840* per semester average
- Students commencing study in 2021: $22,640* per semester average
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2020: $131,040
- Students commencing study in 2021: $135,840
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.
Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.
* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.
- Successful completion of a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science or Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Performance or Bachelor of Biomedical Science degrees from Bond University, or equivalent degree from a recognised institution with a cumulative GPA 2/4 or 5/7 or better.
- Evidence of the following tertiary subject prerequisites:
- Two semesters of Human Anatomy OR equivalent
- Two semesters of Human Physiology OR equivalent
- One semester of Biomechanics OR equivalent
- One semester of Research Design/Statistics OR equivalent
- One semester of Physiology of Exercise OR equivalent
- Successful performance at a selection interview.
Please lodge a Direct Entry Application Form for Postgraduate Study form online. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.
- Applications open on Monday, 1 May 2021 and must be lodged online by Saturday, 7 August 2021. Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including your academic transcript and subject outlines (if they are not listed on the Doctor Physiotherapy Prerequisites page) and documented proof of your English language proficiency (international students).
- Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
- Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview, either to be held on-campus at the expense of the applicant (for those students currently in Australia) or conducted remotely utilising video calling software (for shortlisted applicants based overseas).
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.
This program is designed to produce work-ready, entry-level graduates who are competent to practice across the lifespan in a range of environments and settings including:
- Cardiorespiratory practice
- Outpatient musculoskeletal practice
- Neurological and ortho-geriatric rehabilitation
- Community rehabilitation
- Chronic disease
- Women’s / Men’s Health
- Sports practice
- Occupational rehabilitation
The Doctor of Physiotherapy produces work-ready graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes and behaviours to be eligible for registration as a physiotherapist in Australia.
Postgraduate research studies can lead to careers in research organisations and academia. Research degrees available at Bond include:
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – maximum 4 years
The Doctor of Physiotherapy also offers a pathway into Bond’s medical program for domestic and international students. Students eligible to graduate from the Doctor of Physiotherapy who meet the minimum required GPA may be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and progress to the Doctor of Medicine (MD). In addition to GPA, the selection process will be based on psychometric testing and an interview. Applicants must also meet the broader entry requirements for the BMedSt. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt are strictly limited and dependent on availability.
The Bond University Doctor of Physiotherapy program has been accredited as an entry-level program by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and is listed as an approved program of study by The Physiotherapy Board of Australia.
According to the annual Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Australian Government Department of Education, employer satisfaction with Bond graduates has been rated highest in Australia for three years in a row.
We believe this is due to Bond’s uniquely personalised approach to teaching, combined with the application of case-based learning that encourages the development of increased analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and a range of broader employability skills.
The Doctor of Physiotherapy’s focus on practical experience through extensive clinical placements ensures that Bond graduates stand out from their competitors in terms of their ability, patient skills and confidence.
Key dates for the 2022 intake:
Saturday, 1 May 2021
|Online applications open (domestic and international)|
|Saturday, 7 August 2021||Applications close|
|Monday, 20 September 2021||Applicants notified of application outcome|
|Friday, 13 May* 2022||Orientation - Doctor of Physiotherapy|
|Monday, 16 May* 2022||Classes commence|
* Dates to be confirmed
The first 30 weeks of clinical experiences will be gained in both hospital and community settings and includes working in the clinical areas outlined above.
You will complete an additional clinical internship (12 weeks) with an embedded research project in your final semester. This final placement is designed to ensure you are ideally prepared for entering the workforce.
Bond University boasts world class teaching facilities that create an invigorating learning environment. View some of the physiotherapy facilities below...
- Bond Institute of Health & Sport
- Clinical Skills Rooms
- Clinical Education & Research Centre
- Exercise & Sports Science Laboratories
- Physiotherapy Facilities
Graduates may be eligible to progress to further post-graduate research, leading to potential career options in research organisations and academia.
Successful graduates of this degree may also be eligible to apply for the Bond University Bachelor of Medical Studies (Medical Program)*
* Domestic and international ~ students eligible to graduate from the Doctor of Physiotherapy meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). The selection process will be based on GPA, psychometric testing and an interview. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt for the graduates of the Doctor of Physiotherapy are limited and dependant on availability. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the BMedSt.
Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine available to international students. Successful students will commence in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and will be allowed to progress to the Doctor of Medicine (MD).
Important note for international/overseas students
Students, including New Zealand citizens, who will not be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of enrolment, may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a provider number in Australia. Graduates who wish to stay in Australia after graduation must make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of the University. In Australia, the number of internships is controlled by the Department of Health or Human Services in each state/territory and Australian citizens and permanent residents currently receive priority for internship access. Graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practise medicine in countries other than Australia must contact the professional medical associations in that country to determine requirements to practice. Bond University is not responsible for organising any internship or medical registration of students upon their graduation.