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Fast track your career to become a Physiotherapist with our consecutive degrees

The Bond University packaged degrees allow you to combine your passion for science with your desire to be a physiotherapist, completing two degrees in just four years. The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science equips you with an understanding of health and human movement, while the Doctor of Physiotherapy integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge preparing entry level physiotherapists for their next role.

Become both an accredited exercise scientist and an accredited physiotherapist in just over 4 years

Learn in the world class facilities of Bond's very own Institute of Health and Sport, which is equipped with award winning equipment purpose made for athletes testing and student learning.

Key features

  • Taught in world-class facilities at the Bond Institute of Health & Sport
  • Students complete a 12-week clinical internship with an aligned research project
  • Complete two degrees in just over four years

About the program

Bond University’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science sequentially followed by the Doctor of Physiotherapy enable you to become both an accredited exercise scientist and an accredited physiotherapist.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science equips you with an understanding of health and human movement including healthy ageing, chronic disease prevention, athlete preparation, exercise prescription, health promotion and nutrition. Show more

Bond University’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science sequentially followed by the Doctor of Physiotherapy enable you to become both an accredited exercise scientist and an accredited physiotherapist.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science equips you with an understanding of health and human movement including healthy ageing, chronic disease prevention, athlete preparation, exercise prescription, health promotion and nutrition. It provides a strong foundation for the Doctor of Physiotherapy, enabling you to explore areas of study such as anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biochemistry, biomechanics, motor learning and control, as well as sports nutrition and exercise prescription and planning for both athletic and non-athletic populations.

The Doctor of Physiotherapy offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

The Doctor of Physiotherapy assists you to progressively develop and apply your knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and behaviour for physiotherapy practice and places a strong emphasis on clinical experiential learning with 50 per cent of the program undertaken in a clinical context. The first 30 weeks of clinical practice addresses five core areas in both hospital and community settings and one elective. Variable experiences across the lifespan are sought in the clinical areas of:

  • orthopaedics cardio-respiratory practice; out-patient musculo-skeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings)
  • neurological and ortho-geriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings)
  • chronic disease and disability, whether paediatric or adult in context
  • paediatrics or women’s / men’s health, or
  • private / sports practice.

In the final semester, the program culminates in a 12-week clinical internship with an aligned research project. This extending clinical / research opportunity is designed to ensure graduates are well prepared for entry into the physiotherapy workforce.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and the Doctor of Physiotherapy each comprise 6 semesters delivered over 2 years, with the two sequential degrees being 12 semesters in total. Dependent on the semester of commencement, with University’s three semesters-per-year schedule, these two programs may be completed in just over 4 years and 4 months.

In order to progress directly into the Doctor of Physiotherapy upon completion of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, students must be approved through an interview process regarding their suitability for physiotherapy. This will take place during the admissions process into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science.

Students admitted into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science who successfully  complete their interview for the Doctor of Physiotherapy must also complete the Bachelors program with a minimum GPA of 2/4 (equivalent to a 5/7) or better to automatically progress to the Doctor of Physiotherapy program.

To take up this package, first make an application to the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science then email [email protected]  and a Bond Staff member will assist to add the second part of the package to your application, including the interview process. Show less

TitleBachelor of Exercise and Sports ScienceDoctor of Physiotherapy​
ModeOn CampusOn Campus
Duration2 years2 years
Starting semesters

January 2018

May 2018

Program typeBachelors degreeMasters Extended
Study areaHealth SciencesHealth Sciences
Program codeCC-60025CC-63034
CRICOS code080641D075478G
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Doctor of Physiotherapy produces work-ready graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes and behaviours to be eligible for registration as a physiotherapist in Australia.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science enables you to seek employment in a range of careers in Australia and around the world such as an exercise and sports scientist, strength and conditioning coach, athletic/sport program coordinator.

Graduates may be eligible to progress to further post-graduate research, leading to potential career options in research organisations and academia.

Please visit Recommended Program Structures for guidance on study plans.

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:

University core subjects (3)
  • CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication (CORE 1)
  • CORE11-002 Leadership and Team Dynamics (CORE 2)
  • CORE11-003 Ethical Thought and Action (CORE 3)
  • Plus: Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement
Foundation subjects (6)
Introductory specialist subjects (8)
Advanced specialist subjects (7)

Students must also complete any compliance requirements.  

Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Doctor of Physiotherapy program is a set program. Students must complete the following 18 subjects:

Semester 1
  • Principles of Physiotherapy (20CP) (PHTY91-410)
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I (20CP) (PHTY91-408)
Semester 2
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy (20CP) (PHTY91-409)
  • Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy I Clinical Practice (10CP) (PHTY91-411)
  • Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (10CP)  (PHTY91-412)
Semester 3
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II (10CP) (PHTY92-415)
  • Neurological Physiotherapy (10CP) (PHTY92-416)
  • Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy II Clinical Practice (10CP)(PHTY92-417)
  • Neurological Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (10CP) (PHTY92-418)
Semester 4
  • Physiotherapy Leadership, Management and Advocacy (15CP) (PHTY92-419)
  • Physiotherapy for Chronic Disease and Disability (15CP)    (PHTY92-420)
  • Maximising Human Potential (15CP) (PHTY93-423)
Semester 5
  • Chronic Disease and Disability Clinical Practice (10CP)    (PHTY92-421)
  • Diversity and Life Stage Clinical Practice (10CP) (PHTY93-424)
  • Evidence Based Practice Research (Part A) (15CP) (PHTY93-421)
Semester 6
  • Evidence Based Practice Research (Part B) (15CP) (PHTY93-422)
  • Clinical Internship (20CP) (PHTY93-425)
  • The Well Rounded Physiotherapist (5CP)  (PHTY93-426)

*Subject names and structure may change

The total program fees for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and Doctor of Physiotherapy are:

  • $100,920 + 118,128 = $219,048
  • $101,928 + 122,256 = $224,184

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Academic requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.

In addition, this program requires successful completion of:

  • English, and
  • Mathematics at the level of Mathematics A or equivalent; and
  • One (1) of Physical Education or Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Science 21 or equivalent.

The following table provides comparative information for those students admitted into this program wholly or partly on the basis of OP/ATAR in January semester 2017.

ATAR based offers only, across all offer roundsATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR/OP plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offerOP1/ATAR 9999
75th percentile rank to receive an offer #N/PN/P
Median percentile rank to receive an offer #N/PN/P
25th percentile rank to receive an offer #N/PN/P
Lowest rank to receive an offerOP13/ATAR 7576

Note: #N/P - indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR-based offers made.

Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at Bond University in the January semester 2017.

In order to progress directly into the Doctor of Physiotherapy upon completion of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, students must be approved through an interview process regarding their suitability for physiotherapy. This will take place during the admissions process into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science.

Students admitted into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science who successfully complete their interview for the Doctor of Physiotherapy must also complete the Bachelors program with a minimum GPA of 2/4 (equivalent to a 5/7) or better to automatically progress to the Doctor of Physiotherapy program. Students must also complete any compulsory compliance requirements.

To take up this package, first make an application to the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science then email [email protected]  and a Bond Staff member will assist to add the second part of the package to your application, including the interview process.

International secondary school students

For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page. 

In order to progress directly into the Doctor of Physiotherapy upon completion of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, students must be approved through an interview process regarding their suitability for physiotherapy. This will take place during the admissions process into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science.

Students admitted into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science who successfully  complete their interview for the Doctor of Physiotherapy must also complete the Bachelors program with a minimum GPA of 2/4 (equivalent to a 5/7) or better to automatically progress to the Doctor of Physiotherapy program. Students must also complete any compulsory compliance requirements.

To take up this package, first make an application to the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science then email [email protected]  and a Bond Staff member will assist to add the second part of the package to your application, including the interview process.

Alternative entry pathways

For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:

  • Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
  • Bond University Diploma programs
  • Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
  • Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
  • Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
  • Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.

For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science not only includes a high level of practical experience within the classroom but also features a minimum of 140 hours internship experience in a variety of sport, exercise and healthcare environments as required for accreditation as an Accredited Exercise Scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

The Doctor of Physiotherapy includes 30 weeks of clinical experiences gained in both hospital and community settings.  You will also complete an additional clinical internship (12 weeks) with an embedded research project in your final semester. This final placement is designed to ensure you are ideally prepared for entering the workforce.

The Bond University Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science is currently midway through the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) “Exercise Scientist” Accreditation process.

The Bond University Doctor of Physiotherapy program has been accredited as an entry-level program by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and is listed as an approved program of study by The Physiotherapy Board of Australia.