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How to become a physiotherapist

Everything you need to know about becoming a physiotherapist in Australia
To become a registered physiotherapist in Australia you must complete an accredited university degree and then register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia before you can practice.

1. Complete a university degree in physiotherapy

Straight from high-school

You can apply to study physiotherapy as an undergraduate student straight from high school if you meet the minimum ATAR score, assumed knowledge and English language requirements.

At the University of Sydney you can study the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) (4-year degree), where you will learn to assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle and nerve disorders.

After completing a bachelor’s degree at university

If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree, you can apply to study physiotherapy as a postgraduate student if you meet the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 out of 7.0 and English language requirements.*

You will also need to provide evidence that you have met the pre-existing knowledge requirements in all of the following areas:

  • Human anatomy
  • Human physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

Learn more about the approved degrees and units that meet the knowledge requirements listed above. Applicants will need to complete a pre-requisite information form if their undergraduate degree is not listed as an approved degree.

With a strong practical focus, the Master of Physiotherapy is a two-year graduate-entry program accommodating all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their previous discipline, designed to prepare you for professional practice as a physiotherapist.

* This does not guarantee an offer as places are limited and offers are made based on academic merit.

2. Register to become a certified practicing physiotherapist

Our courses in physiotherapy are accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC).

After completing your degree, you need to register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (PBA), overseen by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), before you can practice.  

More information can be obtained from the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

3. Meet the Continuing Professional Development requirements required for ongoing certification

To continue practising as a physiotherapist in Australia, you will need to complete a minimum of 20 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities each year.

12 January 2021

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