Handbook

Bachelor of Physiotherapy – Indigenous Health Careers Access Program

Course Code

108010

Version

1

Faculty

Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Honours

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, plus one of Chemistry, Biological Science, Physics, Physical Education or Health Education.

Additional selection requirements

Submit JCU internal application form by 30 September

Special admission requirements

Nominate with QTAC as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that candidates hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Some placement agencies will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. Students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

108 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Not applicable

Additional completion requirements

Nil

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

BM1041:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 1

BM1042:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 2

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics

PS1001:03 Introduction to Physiotherapy

PS1002:03 Introduction to Physiotherapy Applications

RH1002:03 Communication Skills for Therapy

RH1004:03 Allied Health Professionals in the Health Environment

Level 2

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

HS2405:03 Health Professional Research for Physiotherapy

PS2002:03 Physiotherapy 1

PS2003:03 Physiotherapy 2

PS2004:03 Neuroscience in Physiotherapy

PS2005:03 Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan

RH2002:03 Clinical Medicine for Therapy

Level 3

PS3001:03 Physiotherapy 3

PS3002:03 Physiotherapy 4

PS3003:03 Physiotherapy 5

PS3006:03 Complex Cases in Rural, Remote and Indigenous Communities

PS3007:12 Physiotherapy Theory and Application 1

Level 4

PS4001:12 Physiotherapy Theory and Applications 2

PS4002:03 Contemporary Issues for Physiotherapists

PS4003:03 Physiotherapy Health Law and Ethics

PS4004:03 Advanced Topics in Physiotherapy

TM4401:03 Health, Policy and Planning

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4.5 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 and level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject

Must successfully complete all level 3 subjects before attempting any level 4 subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards .

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available both within this course and as a separate graduate entry course

Eligibility

Entry to embedded honours

At the start of level 3 of the course the Head of School will invite applications from students

  • Normally candidates will have obtained a GPA of 5 (Credit or better) for the subjects completed for levels 1 and 2 of the course

  • A quota may be imposed on the number of candidates accepted for entry to the honours course depending on the availability of supervisors

Entry to graduate honours

Successful completion of a pass degree in Physiotherapy

  • Normally candidates will have achieved a GPA of not less than 5.0 calculated over the four levels of the pass degree.

  • Candidates professional experience and continuing professional development will be also be considered in their application

  • Candidates may be required to undertake work additional to the pass degree before commencing honours


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