About the program

The Doctor of Physiotherapy offers an innovative problem-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 sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients. The Doctor of Physiotherapy assists you to progressively develop and apply your knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and behaviour for physiotherapy practice and places a strong emphasis on clinical experiential learning with 50 per cent of the program undertaken in a clinical context. The first 30 weeks of clinical practice addresses five core areas in both hospital and community settings and one elective.

Variable experiences across the lifespan are sought in the clinical areas of:

Orthopaedics; Cardio-respiratory practice;
Out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings);
Neurological and ortho-geriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings);
Chronic Disease and Disability, whether paediatric or adult in context;
Paediatrics or women’s / men’s health, or private / sports practice.

In the final semester, the program culminates in a 12-week clinical internship with an aligned research project. This extending clinical / research opportunity is designed to ensure graduates are well prepared for entry into the physiotherapy workforce.

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.

The Doctor of Physiotherapy program is a set program. Students must complete the following 18 subjects:

Semester 1
  • Principles of Physiotherapy (20CP) (PHTY91-410)
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I (20CP) (PHTY91-408)
Semester 2
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy (20CP) (PHTY91-409)
  • Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy I Clinical Practice (10CP) (PHTY91-411)
  • Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (10CP)  (PHTY91-412)
Semester 3
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II (10CP) (PHTY92-415)
  • Neurological Physiotherapy (10CP) (PHTY92-416)
  • Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy II Clinical Practice (10CP)(PHTY92-417)
  • Neurological Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (10CP) (PHTY92-418)
Semester 4
  • Physiotherapy Leadership, Management and Advocacy (15CP) (PHTY92-419)
  • Physiotherapy for Chronic Disease and Disability (15CP)    (PHTY92-420)
  • Maximising Human Potential (15CP) (PHTY93-423)
Semester 5
  • Chronic Disease and Disability Clinical Practice (10CP)    (PHTY92-421)
  • Diversity and Life Stage Clinical Practice (10CP) (PHTY93-424)
  • Evidence Based Practice Research (Part A) (15CP) (PHTY93-421)
Semester 6
  • Evidence Based Practice Research (Part B) (15CP) (PHTY93-422)
  • The Well Rounded Physiotherapist (5CP) (PHTY93-426)
  • Elective Subjects - complete (1) of the following options:
    - Clinical Internship (20CP) (PHTY93-425)
    - Innovation and Global Practice in Physiotherapy (20CP) (PHTY93-427)* New subject

this subject will further strengthen the academic portfolio of graduates applying for accreditation as a Physical Therapist in the USA, where the number of clinical practice hours that can be recognised is capped but other forms of additional academic hours are viewed positively in applications for accreditation. It will provide a variety of additional knowledge and skills of strong relevance to Physiotherapist/ Physical Therapists and will provide an optional alternative to the existing Clinical Internship subject, which is of equal standing. Either alternative will provide a solid basis for seeking registration or accreditation as a Physiotherapist in Australia and other countries.

Teaching methodology

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.

Academic requirements

  1. Successful completion of a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree from Bond University, or equivalent degree from a recognised institution with a cumulative GPA 2/4 or 5/7 or better.
  2. Evidence of the following tertiary subject prerequisites:
    • Two semesters of Human Anatomy
    • Two semesters of Human Physiology
    • One semester of Biomechanics
    • One semester of Research Design/Statistics
    • One semester of Physiology of Exercise
    • One semester of Exercise Prescription

    For more information please go to Doctor Physiotherapy Prerequisites.

  3. Successful performance at a selection interview.

Application

2017 application process for domestic students

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.

  1. Applications must be lodged online by Friday 4 August 2017 and should include all accompanying documentation, including your academic transcript and subject outlines (if they are not listed on the Doctor Physiotherapy Prerequisites page).
  2. Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
  3. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be preferably held on-campus (at the expense of the applicant). Interviews are offered in person or utilising video calling software.
2017 application process for international students

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.

  1. Applications must be lodged online by Friday 4 August 2017 and should include all accompanying documentation, including your academic transcript, subject outlines (if they are not listed on Doctor Physiotherapy Prerequisites page) and documented proof of your English language proficiency.
  2. Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
  3. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be conducted remotely utilising video calling software.

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.

Please refer below for the following key dates for the 2018 intake:

Tuesday 2 May 2017Online applications open (domestic and international)
Friday 4 August 2017Applications close
Monday 16 October 2017Applicants notified of application outcome
Tuesday 30 April 2018Orientation week - Doctor of Physiotherapy
(Note: these dates are outside the official O week for 2018
due to the continuing external placements agreements
)
Monday 7 May Classes commence
(Note: these dates are outside the official commencement week 
for 2018 due to the continuing external placements agreements
)

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.

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.

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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, completion of GAMSAT 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 BMedStudies. 
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.