Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)

AUT offers one of the largest physiotherapy programmes in the Southern Hemisphere, and the only one in the North Island. 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.

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) including police clearance
  • Applicants with two or more years of secondary and/or tertiary education outside New Zealand must meet IELTS requirements and may be interviewed

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field
  • Interview may be required

English language requirements

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

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

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

Semester 2 papers

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 papers

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 papers

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 paper.

Complete the following papers

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 papers

If you're interested in a career with a Māori development perspective select the following papers 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

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Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3313
Level:
7
Points:
480
Duration:
4 years full-time
Campus:
North Campus
Starts:

25 Feb 2019

  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.