Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
The Doctor of Physiotherapy is Australia’s first three-year entry to practice graduate masters level program. With its first intake in 2011, the Doctor of Physiotherapy creates a new benchmark in 21st century education.
Building on prior learning at an undergraduate level, the Doctor of Physiotherapy provides students with a comprehensive, integrated course in the theory and practice of physiotherapy to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of human movement.
The new degree is focused on the future needs of the physiotherapy profession - both locally and internationally - and was developed through extensive consultations with physiotherapists, students and leaders in the public and private health and research sectors.
With highly credentialed and networked lecturers, mentors, and connections with leading hospitals, research institutes and the private sector, the Doctor of Physiotherapy is designed to meet the current and future needs of students, patients and the changing nature of the health workforce.
Key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, leadership and management, and inter-professional education, including a faculty student conference. Students experience a dynamic and interactive learning environment, with opportunities to study under the guidance of internationally renowned staff.
The course prepares students for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as chronic disease management, health promotion and prevention, emergency medicine, acute care and private practice. The clinical program builds progressively to independent practice, with approximately 37 weeks of clinical practice.
Graduates will be work-ready and immediately employable following registration having gained diverse clinical experience in major hospitals and increased their focus on primary healthcare and community engagement.
Graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers in a range of health settings including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organisations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. This degree provides opportunities to study and work overseas.
Please see the Course and Subject Handbook for more information about the subjects.
How long is the course?
The Doctor of Physiotherapy is a three year full-time program.
What will I gain from the course?
The Doctor of Physiotherapy offers a focus on professional commitment, responsibility and clinical leadership through:
- clinical placements in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals, primary care, rural and international settings
- innovative teaching methods and an extensive clinical program that offers advanced skills that will create work ready and highly employable graduates
- being part of one of the largest health sciences faculties in Australia
- an international focus to develop skills and attitudes enabling practice in both national and international environments
- being part of Australia’s strongest research University
- opportunities to explore advanced practice (e.g. emergency medicine, sports physiotherapy)
How to apply
For details on how to apply for the Doctor of Physiotherapy please see the how to apply page of this website.