Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (BPhysio(Hons))

Program Code

HPHYS

Academic Year

2022

Program Faculty

Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies).

Overview

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is designed to develop the knowledge and clinical skills required for entry-level physiotherapists, through coursework and simulated learning experiences within the classroom, progressing to clinical placements in the third and fourth year.  Students will undertake up to 900 hours of clinical placement under the guidance of qualified, registered physiotherapists.  Placements will include paediatrics, acute care, rehabilitation, and outpatients. 

Students will enter one of two streams in third year: Research or Industry.  Students in the Industry Stream will undertake additional clinical training, while students in the Research Stream will undertake an individual research project, under supervision.

This program will develop the professional skills required to assist a variety of people of all ages, in the prevention, management and rehabilitation of a range of conditions, including musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of four years.

Conditions

Conditions of enrolment
Clinical Deed Poll: The University of Adelaide and the Minister for Health have a clinical placement agreement in place which allows the University to request clinical placements in SA Health facilities. As part of this agreement students are required to complete a deed poll. A deed poll is an agreement between the student and SA Health to ensure patient information is treated with confidentiality and that the student has met the required clearances. By signing a deed poll students understand their obligations and agree to comply with the relevant state legislation.  See https://health.adelaide.edu.au/study-with-us/student-support/clinical-placements

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Registration: Students undertaking a clinical placement at a hospital or other health facility require student registration with the relevant National Board. This process is undertaken by the AHPRA. It is completed on enrolment into the program and does not require action by the student. Students will be advised when they have been registered.  Students will also have additional requirements for each hospital site that must be met and maintained throughout their study.

Criminal History Clearance: Students who undertake clinical placements, internships or research projects involving children or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable are now required to demonstrate clearance by producing either a Working with Children Check (WWCC) or Criminal History Clearance obtained through the Department for Human Services. International students are required to obtain a certificate from their home country. All students studying a clinical-based program will be required to demonstrate a satisfactory criminal history clearance and maintain an up to date National Police check throughout their study.

Immunisation: Students undertaking professional placements are required to demonstrate the appropriate level of immunisation requested by the placement provider. 
Students are required to have the appropriate level of immunisation required by the Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia Policy Directive for tuberculosis (TB) screening and criminal history clearances (CHC), Prescribed Communicable Infections (PCI) screening, including recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.

Failure to comply with the immunisation requirements will prevent students from attending their professional placement(s). Immunisation records are requested by placement providers and it is a student's responsibility to acquire their immunisation record and take it with them to all professional placements.

Tuberculosis Clearance: Students who undertake clinical placements, internships or research projects involving children or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable are required to demonstrate tuberculosis (TB) clearance through obtaining a TB Screening Notification from SA Tuberculosis Services.

Inherent requirements: Students are required to acknowledge their understanding of the University of Adelaide Physiotherapy programs inherent requirements.  See https://health.adelaide.edu.au/study-with-us/allied-health/physiotherapy-inherent-requirements

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Coordinator or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedure in place at the time.

Uniform: During clinical placements students are required to comply with professional dress standards.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

There shall be a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 96 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 96 units

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) comprises of two options:

Option # 1 Industry Honours Stream
1. Core courses to the value of 48 units
2. Industry Stream Honours Core courses to the value of 48 units

Option # 2 Research Honours Stream*
1. Core courses to the value of 48 units
2. Research Honours Stream Core courses to the value of 48 units

*Entry into the research stream will be based on academic merit

Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 96 units.

Students must complete the following Level III and Level IV courses relevant to the stream they are enrolled in.
 

Level I

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
HLTH SC 1400 Biosciences for Human Health A 3
HLTH SC 1401 Communication in Professional Practice 3
HLTH SC 1402 Foundations of Health and Wellbeing 3
PHYSIOTH 1000 Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice 3
HLTH SC 1403 Biosciences for Human Health B 3
HLTH SC 1404 Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 1 3
PHYSIOTH 1001 Physiotherapy Exercise Prescription and Activity 3
PHYSIOTH 1002 Clinical Biomechanics of Human Movement 3

Level II

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
HLTH SC 2400 Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 2 3
ANAT SC 2400 Anatomy of Lower Limb & Trunk 3
PHYSIOTH 2000 Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan 3
PHYSIOTH 2001 Applied Physiotherapy Practice A 3
PATHOL 2400 Pathophysiology for Allied Health 3
ANAT SC 2402 Anatomy of Upper Limb, Head & Neurosciences 3
PHARM 2400 Foundations of Pharmacology 3
PHYSIOTH 2002 Applied Physiotherapy Practice B 3

Level III Industry Honours Stream

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PHYSIOTH 3000 Person Centred Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3001 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3002 Neurological Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3003 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3004 Paediatric & Women's Health Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3005 Managing Complexity in Clinical Settings 3
PHYSIOTH 3006 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice A 3
PHYSIOTH 4000 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice B 3

Level IV Industry Honours Stream

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PHYSIOTH 4001 Managing Chronic Conditions 3
PHYSIOTH 4002 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice C 3
PHYSIOTH 4003 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice D 3
PHYSIOTH 4004 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice E 3
PHYSIOTH 4005 Advanced EBP in Physiotherapy 3
PHYSIOTH 4006 Advanced Physiotherapy Practice 6
PHYSIOTH 4007 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice F 3

Level III Research Honours Stream

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PHYSIOTH 3000 Person Centred Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3001 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3002 Neurological Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3003 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3004 Paediatric & Women's Health Physiotherapy Practice 3
PHYSIOTH 3005 Managing Complexity in Clinical Settings 3
PHYSIOTH 3006 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice A 3
HLTH SC 4400 Allied Health Research Project Planning 3

Level IV Research Honours Stream

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PHYSIOTH 4001 Managing Chronic Conditions 3
PHYSIOTH 4000 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice B 3
PHYSIOTH 4002 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice C 3
PHYSIOTH 4003 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice D 3
PHYSIOTH 4004 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice E 3
HLTH SC 4401 Allied Health Honours Research Project 9