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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    6 months full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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What you'll learn

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About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy course allows you to build on your physiotherapy knowledge and choose to major in continence and women's health or musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

You'll have the opportunity to study the philosophy of evidence-based practice, and develop practical skills in identifying, acquiring, evaluating and using evidence. You'll add to your clinical decision-making skills with statistical analysis, which includes examining various forms of statistical testing.

You'll also undertake specialised coursework units and clinical practice to get essential hands-on experience, getting the chance to work on and evaluate a variety of real-life case studies.

Once you've completed the course, you can pursue employment in the field or further your skills and knowledge with the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy and then the Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy.

Last modified: 19 Jan 2017


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

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy or equivalent; AND
  • At least 12 months' relevant clinical experience; AND
  • Be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia or eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia; AND
  • Prior to graduation, you will need to provide evidence that you have successfully completed an approved first aid (CPR) course

Regardless of your chosen area of study, Curtin University also requires that you demonstrate sufficient competency in English.

Areas of study

In this physiotherapy course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Continence and women's health.
  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

You may be eligible for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

Ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 2016, Curtin University is a top-tier institution that puts innovation at the heart of its teaching philosophy.

Thanks to a combination of strong industry partnerships and a commitment to carrying out high-impact research, Curtin brings together some of the most respected researchers from around the globe and offers its students the opportunity to study and conduct research through more than 60 research centres, institutes and collaborations.

Curtin University’s core mission is to transform lives and communities through education. Its dedication to education access is reflected in the university’s array of scholarships and financial assistance programs, its years of experience offering courses online, and innovative initiatives such as its Autism Academy program – a program that aims to harness the unique talents of young people with Autism to provide pathways into the ICT industry.

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Curtin University offers a broad range of student support services to help you perform at your best.Online students have 24-hour access to Curtin’s online learning platform, Blackboard, where they can interact with coursework, submit assignments and collaborate with fellow students. If you encounter any technical problems, Curtin’s IT support team is contactable from 6am-11pm every day during the semester. Curtin also runs free study skills workshops and student mentoring programs on campus to help you progress through your course.

The university also provides support for online and on-campus students that extends beyond your academic studies. This includes free counseling sessions, disability support services and careers advice through its Careers Centre.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy from Curtin University.

Depending on your chosen major, this course qualifies you to either seek employment in women's health physiotherapy or as a musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You'll have the skills to work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres, health management or research.

You may also choose to advance your knowledge by studying the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy and then the Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy.

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

  • Therapy Aide
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Geriatric Care Assistant

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Curtin University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-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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