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Curtin University Physiotherapy School Postgraduate Entry



Curtin University’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program is an extended masters degree, not a doctorate/higher degree, that will run the length of 3 years.  This extended length will allow for a more spread out course content structure giving students better study breaks and schedule.

Curtin’s Physiotherapy School has more than 60 years experience of producing outstanding graduates and research.  The Physiotherapy program is taught in world-class facilities by highly qualified staff with excellent clinical and research capabilities. The School of Physiotherapy at Curtin University makes innovative use of web technology for staff and student communication and to integrate student feedback into continual course improvement.

Course Structure

Curtin’s Master and Extended Master Degrees contain a series of units in a specialized area of study which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may also contain a range of majors/streams for students to choose from.

In this graduate entry degree, Physiotherapy, a series of coursework units provide students with foundation knowledge in a range of specialist and practical areas. Students will complete case studies and clinical practice that helps them to integrate their knowledge into well-informed clinical decision making. Curtin University emphasizes evidence-based practice and encourages students to think critically when making decisions.

Clinical Placements

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.  You will complete more then 1000 hours of clinical placement, starting in your final year.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants to Curtin’s Doctor of Physiotherapy must have a relevant 3 year bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 70%. However, due to the competitive nature of entry the program, GPAs usually run much higher.

Physiotherapy applicants must have covered the following subject areas and supply course outlines:

  • Human Musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Human Biology / Physiology
  • Health Research Methods / Evidence Based Practice

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition

Curtin University’s Doctor  of Physiotherapy program is accredited by the Australian Council of Physiotherapy.  Graduates are eligible for physiotherapy registration in any State or Territory of Australia. Registration in New Zealand is available under the terms of the Trans-Tasman agreement. Graduates applying to licensing in Canada, UK or the USA will be required to provide details of their program of studies to the relevant bodies and sit a licensing examination.

Students wishing to license as a physiotherapist in Canada should contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators for procedures and accreditation procedures. The CAPR is the national federation of provincial/territorial regulators in Canada.

KOM Consultants understands the process and requirements needed to enter the Physiotherapy profession in Canada.

Contact KOM Consultants for more information.  All students applying directly through KOM Consultants will be supported with the latest information on the accreditation process.

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Award Title:Doctor of Physiotherapy
Length of Program:3 years full time
Applications Open:mid February
Application Deadline:end of August
Next Intake:January
Selection Interview:Not Required
Number of Seats Available:30 Places available each year (includes international and domestic students)
Tuition Fees:Approx. $50,853 AUD for the first year
Faculty:Health Sciences