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


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, October

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2): February

Campus location

Curtin Bentley


Course not available to Australian students

Domestic International


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

Stage 2 = $37,700 ($4,712.50 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




Foundations for Professional Health Practice


Human Structure and Function


Introductory Physiotherapy Practice*


Applied Anatomy*


Semester 2




Evidence Informed Health Practice


Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours


Foundations of Pathophysiology


Introduction to Clinical Anatomy and 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

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.

Development of advanced knowledge of human anatomy including peripheral nervous system, lower limb, upper limb, and trunk anatomy. Further development of competencies for physiotherapy practices including skills such patient handling, provision of walking aids, measurement of joint movement and body composition. Development of skills in movement analysis of functional tasks.

This unit will introduce students to the pathophysiology of common diseases involving the blood, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, renal and musculoskeletal systems. Inflammation will be present as the major theme bringing together pathophysiology of the organ systems. This unit examines disorders that may be experienced by individuals over the life-span, emphasising the basic pathological processes that underlie abnormal function and the risk factors and contributing causes of disorders.

Development of the foundation competencies for physiotherapy practice Basic patient care skills such as patient handling, soft tissue manipulation and passive movements. Fundamental principles of biomechanics and the control of normal human movement.