Bachelor of Applied Science / Master of Physiotherapy Practice

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

You'll learn to assess and treat patients with physical injuries and movement disorders, helping them achieve the highest possible degree of recovery. In first year, you'll study the fundamentals of health sciences, then develop skills in physiotherapy and deepen your knowledge in biosciences in second year. In the final two years, you'll apply your knowledge in practical settings, covering areas such as sport, women's health, paediatrics, amputees and spinal cord injury. La Trobe's small class sizes mean students have a one-on-one connection with staff and fellow students. La Trobe University emphasises clinical practice, giving students 30 weeks of clinical training throughout the degree. This amounts to approximately seven months of work experience. During clinical placements, you'll gain skills in talking with patients and working in healthcare teams along with learning the fundamentals of physiotherapy practice. You'll get experience in a range of healthcare settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres and private practice. To get an even broader range of experience, you may choose to do part of their clinical experience overseas. The course structure lets students complete the required subjects for this 4.5-year degree in only four years.


In first year students do core subjects with students from other health sciences courses, focusing on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health, and the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. In second year, students will develop physiotherapy skills and further explore the human biosciences of anatomy and physiology. In third and fourth years, through case-based learning techniques and clinical experiences, students will apply their knowledge and practical skills to the physiotherapy management of disorders across the lifespan. The course fosters small-group teaching to master the practical aspects of physiotherapy skills. Students will have the opportunity to treat patients in hospitals and other clinical settings under clinical supervision. Please note: clinical placements may be undertaken outside official semester dates. An Honours program starting in the final year is available to selected high-achieving students.


  • Physiotherapy, Physiology and Anatomy, Determinants of Health and Wellbeing.

Standard entry requirements

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
  • And a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. International students must meet the academic and English language requirements. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study pathways

An Honours program starting in the final year is available to selected high-achieving students.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Bendigo International: $204,300 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
Melbourne International: $204,300 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
Albury-Wodonga International: $204,300 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
Shepparton International: $204,300 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
Mildura International: $204,300 No
  • Full-time : 4 years

Further information

Students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year (regional students cannot transfer to the Melbourne Campus). International students may study this program at Bendigo and Melbourne campuses. Students must obtain a police check and Working With Children (WWC) check before undertaking clinical placements, and will be registered with the Physiotherapy Registration Board of Australia. This course has a clinical component.

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