La Trobe University

Master of Physiotherapy Practice

La Trobe University

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

Make a positive impact on your community's health. La Trobe's Master of Physiotherapy Practice could be your best step into an in-demand industry. Our entry-to-practice course boosts your employability while giving you the opportunity to explore different healthcare settings and practice areas. You'll have the opportunity to find the best fit for you and your career goals. Physiotherapists assess and treat patients with temporary or long-term physical injuries, movement disorders or disabilities, aiming to achieve the highest possible degree of recovery, activity, participation and quality of life. Physiotherapists may work independently or as members of healthcare teams. They are active in the prevention of illness and injury and in the promotion of health. They are also involved in clinical research, movement rehabilitation, ergonomics and the management of healthcare organisations.


To qualify for the award of Master of Physiotherapy Practice, students must complete 255 credit points consisting of: 255 core credit points


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Applied Anatomy for Physiotherapy
  • Development and Ageing
  • Physiotherapy: Acute Care
  • Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory
  • Physiotherapy: Community Practice
  • Physiotherapy: Essentials
  • Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal
  • Physiotherapy: Neurological
  • Physiotherapy: Preparation for Clinical Practice

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Applicants must have completed their degree within the last five years.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Specialisation - Compulsory: Tertiary-level subjects in musculoskeletal anatomy (2 units) and human physiology (1 unit). Specialisation - Recommended: Tertiary-level subjects in neuroanatomy, pathophysiology, psychology, pharmacology, evidence-based practice, research methods or statistics, determinants of health, human movement, biomechanics, communication or education are also desirable.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) at least 70% Additional Information regarding WAM and Early Conditional Offers
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Undergraduate requirements - Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • International: IELTS - 7.0 < 7.0 - 7.0 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 7.0.
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website:


The Master of Physiotherapy Practice is conditionally accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council.Graduates of the 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.

Further information

Clinical practice and theory subjects extend outside normal university semesters. In some subjects students are expected to practise on each other during practical classes. Tertiary-level subjects in pathophysiology, psychology, pharmacology, evidence-based practice, research methods or statistics, determinants of health, human movement, communication or education are desirable. Applicants will be ranked on GPA and the number of desirable prerequisites held.

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