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Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

Kick off a rewarding career in exercise physiology with this Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of New England (UNE).

This course is designed to help you acquire an in-depth understanding of the scientific theory of sports science and practical hands-on application of exercise prescription.

Encompassing both the physiological and psychological responses to exercise in healthy individuals as well as those with chronic or more complex health conditions, this course will help you become an expert in exercise-based rehabilitation.

Offered online or on campus, you will be well prepared for a fulfilling career in the growing health and wellness sector. As well as the opportunity to take control of your own career path by setting up a private clinic or consultancy, qualified exercise physiologists can make a significant difference to the lives of others in various settings, from hospitals and workplaces to specialised clinical sciences, such as cardiac, respiratory or sleep technology.

Honours program

This course allows you to undertake an optional Honours year for students who would like to extend the depth and breadth of their undergraduate studies. Completing Honours studies helps improve your problem-solving and research skills, and demonstrates a more wide-ranging understanding of your chosen discipline to prospective employers.

High-achieving students with a GPA that meets the eligibility criteria for this course may be able to complete an additional one-year degree program, and graduate with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology with Honours.

Practical industry experience

This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. You will be required to complete 500 hours of placement, in consultation with the School.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies, or overseas equivalent

This course assumes a prior knowledge of English and mathematics, with previous studies in biology, chemistry, physics and/or health and physical education also recommended.

Student are also expected to hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate, obtained through an accredited, WorkCover-approved provider prior to the first trimester.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this health science course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Introduction to human anatomy
  • Functional musculoskeletal anatomy
  • History and practice of sports
  • Orientation to exercise and sports science
  • Introductory biomechanics
  • Introductory exercise physiology
  • Physical activity and health
  • Motor skill acquisition and performance
  • Testing and training for physical fitness
  • Advanced biomechanics
  • Exercise, patho-physiology, ageing and disease
  • Neuromuscular disease and injury
  • Motor control and human development
  • Clinical exercise testing
  • Advanced exercise physiology
  • Exercise prescription and programming
  • Clinical exercise physiology practice
  • Practicum with apparently healthy population
  • Practicum with clinical populations
  • Issues in human nutrition
  • Introductory human physiology
  • Introductory psychology
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Introduction to statistical modelling

Listed units (choose two):

  • Introduction to management accounting
  • Small business management
  • Australian sports development: international comparisons
  • Professional communication practice
  • Health promotion in practice
  • The dynamics of health and health care systems
  • Law, ethics, advocacy and health care
  • Sports law
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Introduction to marketing
  • Professional ethics in contemporary society
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of New England.

UNE is currently seeking accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) for this course, which will prepare you for professional employment in a range of settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Private clinics
  • Workplace health assessor
  • Health and wellbeing consultant
  • Sports science
  • Personal training
  • Specialised clinical sciences (cardiac, respirator or sleep technology)

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in health could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Cardiac Technologist
  • Workplace Health Assessor
  • Health and Wellbeing Consultant
  • Sports Scientist

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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