OzTREKK Guide to Bachelor Physiotherapy Programs
Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge physiotherapy research and practice. At Australian universities, physiotherapy is a strong academic and clinical discipline, and Australian research in physiotherapy drives teaching and learning. This provides Australia’s physiotherapy students with opportunities to be educated in contemporary, evidence-based clinical practice.
Practicing in Canada
In order to practice physiotherapy in Canada, graduates of an Australian physiotherapy program must register with the provincial physiotherapy regulatory body. The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) recognizes degrees from Australian universities, as long as they meet the requirements including completion of a minimum number of clinical hours.
For more information, please visit our practicing as a physiotherapist page.
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How do I know if I have enough qualified physio clinical hours?
In order to begin the process of certification, CAPR requires that the applicant show evidence of having completed 1,025 hours of supervised clinical education with at least 100 of these hours in musculoskeletal, 100 in neurological and 40 in cardiorespiratory conditions.
As long as you graduate from one of the Australian university programs that OzTREKK features, it is expected that you will fulfill your 1025 clinical hours as they are worked into the program; however, we still encourage all students to keep track of their hours because it is ultimately your responsibility to record and report.
A good start would be to speak with your faculty advisor to inquire about clinical hours; they will have resources to help you. For more information, please visit our Practicing physiotherapy in Canada page.
How long does it typically take after graduation to start practicing physiotherapy?
The process can take up to two years as the timing of the exams can make the process very protracted; however, you are permitted to work under supervision between the written and clinical portions of the PCE exam. Get more information about the process on our Practicing physiotherapy in Canada page.
Can I work as a physiotherapist when I return to Canada?
You are encouraged to contact the regulators directly so you’re 100% clear on the accreditation process. You can contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators or your provincial authority with any detailed accreditation questions.
All the physiotherapy programs OzTREKK features are accredited in Australia, so you could practice immediately in Australia, or return to Canada as many students do. The process to stay in Australia is very simple.
In order to return to Canada, you must first complete a course called “The Context of Physiotherapy in Canada” that is offered at several universities in Canada, including UofT, which has an online course that you can complete before leaving Australia.
Once you complete the course, your next step is to apply to the Alliance to have them assess your qualifications based on two criteria: education (degree at an accredited university) and supervised clinical hours (minimum of 1,025). There are five criteria, but the other ones are less complex: identification, English language and your understanding of the practice in Canada (the course mentioned).
After Alliance successfully assesses your credentials, you would need to complete the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) like any other physiotherapy graduate in Canada prior to provincial registration.
Learn more about the process on our Practicing physiotherapy in Canada page.
What is considered a competitive GPA for physio programs?
For graduate-entry physio programs (master or doctor), anything above a 75% cGPA is considered competitive for most of our physiotherapy programs. If you have a cGPA of 70% or lower, we would not recommend applying to physiotherapy programs.
For undergraduate-entry physio programs, most eligible candidates have a university degree with an overall average of approximately 85% – 95%, with studies in math, science, and English. Varies by university. Keep in mind entry is competitive and meeting minimum GPA requirements do not guarantee entry.