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(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


Careers Include

  • Physiotherapist

If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

9 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy).

Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

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

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Chemistry
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Information and Media Technologies

Elective Units (Select two)

  • Accounting
  • Design Skills
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Design Computing
  • Media Culture and Communications
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Physics
  • Project Management
  • Programming
  • Technical Mathematics

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

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

Core Units

  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours
  • Applied Anatomy – Semester 1 only
  • Introduction to Clinical Anatomy & Physiotherapy Practice – Semester 2 only
  • Foundations of Pathophysiology
  • Introductory Physiotherapy Practice – Semester 1 only

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

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Evidence Informed Health Practice

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.

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

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.

Human Structure and Function

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.

Indigenous Cultures and Health

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)

Applied Anatomy

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

Introduction to Clinical Anatomy & Physiotherapy Practice

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.

Fundamentals of Pathophysiology

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.

Introductory Physiotherapy Practice

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.

2022 Fees

Australian Students

This pathway is currently not available to Australian students.

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,125 25,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,712.50 37,700

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

This pathway is not currently available to Australian students.

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 11 points from 3 GCE A-Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 33 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

For more information about entry requirements and pre-requisites for Australian and International applicants:

Entry Requirements Pre-Requisites English requirements

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience:

Entry Options Student & ATAR Profiles


Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | June | October

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Note: This course has limited places available.


Diploma (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake February 2022 (Stage 1 & 2)

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University.

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Why Physiotherapy?

"I felt like all the teachers cared about my success and I knew they would guide me to it".
- Reem Shalabi, graduated physiotherapy student.

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