Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)

AUT offers one of the largest physiotherapy programmes in the Southern Hemisphere. Our physiotherapy graduates are recognised throughout the world for their knowledge and leadership in healthcare.

Physiotherapists help people improve their quality of life. As a physiotherapist you work with a wide range of people, helping them overcome physical problems due to ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. Most New Zealand physiotherapists work privately, treating acute sport and accidental injuries, chronic pain, back and neck problems. You also find physiotherapists in most hospitals and general practices.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) has a strong focus on clinical practice, and you complete about 1,000 hours of clinical experience as part of your studies.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) and Children’s Act 2014 requirements, including police clearance

Applicants with English as a second or other language who have not completed at least three years of secondary schooling in NZ will be required to meet IELTS requirements.

Ranking of applicants will occur. Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with all bands 6.5 or higher

English language requirements

Year 1

Semester 1 courses

You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Semester 2 courses

Year 2

You’re introduced to the management of abnormal function and physiotherapy assessment, including clinical reasoning principles, evidence-based practice and a range of physiotherapeutic techniques. You develop an understanding of the rehabilitation of disorders of movement and function, exercise-based rehabilitation and clinical science reasoning and research methods.

You could also spend one week observing physiotherapy in practice.

Complete the following courses

Year 3

You develop more specific assessment and treatment skills, and become familiar with a wider range of complex health issues. This requires more detailed assessment and advanced treatment strategies, together with an understanding of reflective, professional and ethical practice.

You’ll also be provided with a two-week student assistantship.

Complete the following courses

And one of

Year 4

The majority of the year is spent in a clinical centre, where you complete the approximately 1,000 hours of supervised physiotherapy practice experience required for registration. You also complete the Research Project course.

Complete the following courses

Workplace experience

There is a strong focus on clinical practice, and you complete about 1,000 hours of clinical experience as part of your studies.

Te Ara Hauora Māori courses

If you're interested in a career with a Māori development perspective select the following courses as electives or as an alternative course of study

We will help you form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.

Physiotherapists specialise in:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiothoracic illness
  • Hand therapy
  • Health promotion and primary healthcare
  • Manual therapy (including acute and chronic pain, injury, back and neck problems)
  • Mental health
  • Neurology (for spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis)
  • Occupational health
  • Older adults
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

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Quick facts
Programme code:
4 years full-time
North Campus
26 Feb 2024
$8,165 - $8,469 (for 120 points)
($7091- $7,395 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$40,874 (for 120 points)
($39,800 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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