Want a career in physiotherapy and already have an undergraduate degree? Study the Master of Physiotherapy Practice to develop the skills for registration as a New Zealand physiotherapist.
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.
This graduate-entry master’s programme focuses on real-life problems and clinical case scenarios. Content will be delivered using a combination of case studies, role plays and simulations incorporating e-learning and collaborative learning opportunities. Clinical placements will be embedded throughout the programme, allowing for integration of theoretical learning with practice.
After successfully completing the Master of Physiotherapy Practice, graduates will be able to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.
This new qualification is subject to New Zealand Physiotherapy Board accreditation.
Applicants with English as a second or other language who have not completed at least three years of secondary schooling in New Zealand will be required to meet IELTS requirements (see above).
The Master of Physiotherapy Practice prepares you to contextualise your physiotherapy practice, applying advanced and current knowledge. You’ll also use a range of communication methods, critical reflection tools and clinical skills to work interprofessionally with clients, whānau and other health professionals while practising autonomously to provide safe, effective and efficient care.
Courses are taught at the AUT North Campus. Clinical placements can take place throughout Auckland.
You develop an understanding of general healthcare and health conditions in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand. You begin to learn clinical reasoning principles and evidence-based physiotherapeutic assessment and management techniques, and are introduced to the clinical environment with an observational experience.
You develop an increasing range of assessment and management skills applicable to a wider range of patient populations, health needs and contexts. You’re introduced to research methodologies and approaches to interpret evidence and apply it to practice. Clinical experiences will now also include clinical practice opportunities.
You develop a deeper understanding of the rehabilitation of disorders of respiration, movement and function, and learn how to undertake exercise-based rehabilitation. You also demonstrate and justify deeper clinical reasoning and research methods to your practice. You explore a topic and research area of interest with a supervisor, and expand your supervised clinical practice experience.
You refine your clinical practice skills in a wider range of clinical settings demonstrating more detailed assessment and advanced treatment strategies, together with an understanding of reflective, professional and ethical practice.
Many physiotherapists work privately, treating acute sport and accidental injuries, chronic pain, back and neck problems. They also work in rehabilitation for people after a stroke or head injury, improving fitness and quality of life for people with chronic heart and lung disease and working across the lifespan, from neonatal to the very elderly.
Some physiotherapists maintain a general practice. Other physiotherapists can focus their practice on:
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