Doctor of Physiotherapy


Program Description


  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. 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
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  2. Successful performance at a selection interview.


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 behaviors 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 behavior for physiotherapy practice and places a strong emphasis on clinical experiential learning with 50 percent 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 pediatric or adult in context
  • Paediatrics or women’s / men’s health, or private / sports practice


Semester 1

  • Principles of Physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I

Semester 2

  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinical Practice I
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Clinical Practice I

Semester 3

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II
  • Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinical Practice II
  • Neurological Physiotherapy Clinical Practice

Semester 4

  • Physiotherapy for Chronic Disease and Disability
  • Physiotherapy Leadership, Management, and Advocacy
  • Chronic Disease and Disability Clinical Practice

Semester 5

  • Diversity and Life Stage Clinical Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project I
  • Maximising Human Potential

Semester 6

  • Clinical Internship
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project II
  • The Well-Rounded Physiotherapist


The first 30 weeks of clinical experience take place in hospital and community settings working within the clinical areas outlined above. You will also complete a clinical internship (12 weeks) with an embedded research project in your final semester. This final placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally prepared for entering the workforce.


The Doctor of Physiotherapy produces work-ready graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes and behaviors to be eligible for registration as a physiotherapist in Australia.


The 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.

Last updated Jul 2019

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