Physiotherapy (Diploma of Health Sciences)

Learn physical therapy techniques that enable you to improve movement, reduce pain, and support healing of others. Please note: This pathway is not currently available to Australian students.

Key Information

Duration

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1): 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2): 2 Semesters (12 months)

Intake dates

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1): February, June

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2): February

Campus location

Curtin Bentley

Fees

Course not available to Australian students

Domestic International

Fees

Stage 1 = $25,000 ($3,125 per unit)

Stage 2 = $36,800 ($4,600 per unit)

Course overview

Become an accredited physiotherapist

(Available to International students only)

The Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and is recognised by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.  Entry is via the Diploma of Health Sciences.

Leading to:

Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)

Careers include

  • Physiotherapist

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and one elective unit with a Course Weighted Average of 65%:

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Chemistry
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Studies in Society
  • Computer Skills

  • Management
  • Marketing

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units with a Course Weighted Average of 65%:

Semester 1

Code

Title

FPHP1000

 Foundations for Professional Health Practice

HSF1000

 Human Structure and Function

IPP1000*

 Introductory Physiotherapy Practice*

AA1005S*

 Applied Anatomy*

 

Semester 2

Code

Title

EIHP1001

 Evidence Informed Health Practice

ICHB1006

 Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours

IAA1008/HUMB1008*

 Integrated Applied Anatomy

 

FPP1000S/PHTY1001*

 

 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice

 

*Service taught units are units where Curtin College students join Curtin University students in the same classroom. Such units are taught by university staff and Curtin College students will be enrolled as Curtin University students. Curtin University Policies and Processes will apply to these units. 

 

Physiotherapy Diploma of Health Science (Core Units – Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

In this unit students will engage in reflective practice to build students agency and explore the scope and limits of physiotherapeutic practice within the context of professional practice. Students will be introduced to the practice of creating therapeutic alliance through safe person-centred touch and communication, reflecting on frameworks for care. Blended learning and practical classes that simulate clinical physiotherapeutic interactions will introduce students to the scope of movement problems and manual strategies to assist functional movement. Students will be introduced to clinical reasoning as a problem-solving process.

This unit allows students to integrate anatomical terminology and foundational systems with the understanding of functional human movement to inform clinical reasoning. Students will engage in understanding the neurovascular and musculoskeletal upper limb and trunk anatomy required for the development of physiotherapeutic skills. An understanding of underlying anatomical features will be explored to enable the identification of surface anatomy and palpation for clinical examination and imaging. This unit will involve interactions between peer learning and reflection, cadaveric specimens, imaging, problem solving, and blended learning.

 

In this unit students will engage in reflective practice to build students agency and explore the scope and limits of physiotherapeutic practice within the context of professional practice. Students will be introduced to the practice of creating therapeutic alliance through safe person-centred touch and communication, reflecting on frameworks for care. Blended learning and practical classes that simulate clinical physiotherapeutic interactions will introduce students to the scope of movement problems and manual strategies to assist functional movement. Students will be introduced to clinical reasoning as a problem-solving process.

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Physiotherapy Diploma of Health Science (Specialist Units – Stage 2)

Development of foundation competencies in understanding neuromusculoskeletal anatomy of the trunk, upper and lower limbs as a basis to understanding normal human movement.