Bond University

Doctor of Physiotherapy



University Location Gold Coast, Queensland
City Population 630,000
Student Population 4,000
Int'l Student Population 1,840
Main Campus Robina
Program Campus Gold Coast
Program Duration 2 years (6 semesters)
Estimated Annual Tuition $80,400 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)**
Semester Intake May
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*
International Places 30 – 40 (total 60 – 80)

Studying Physiotherapy at Bond University

Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade. For Bond physiotherapy students, this means learning in adaptive theoretical and practical classes with high staff-to-student ratios and leading physiotherapists, health scientists, and researchers.

Bond Institute of Health & Sport
As a DPT student, you’ll undertake studies in Bond University’s brand-new $45-million, state-of-the-art Bond Institute of Health & Sport. It’s a world-class teaching and training facility, focusing on promoting healthy behaviours and lifestyles through research to better the lives of students, athletes, and the wider community.

Located just 4 km from the Bond University main campus, the institute is adjacent to the Robina Hospital, the CBus Super Stadium, and the Robina train station.

You’ll be studying in clinical skills laboratories designed to simulate real medical environments, and modern teaching and research laboratories with the latest scientific equipment. The purpose-built tutorial rooms cater to small-group learning and lecture theatres are equipped with video streaming, wireless, and an audience-response system. The building also features a dedicated computer laboratory, conference and meeting facilities, a multimedia study centre, and an on-site café.

The facilities at the institute not only support the university’s student athletes and premier health and sport programs but also attract international athletes and sport organizations for elite competition preparation.

Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy Key Features

  • Be immersed in a problem-based model of education and undertake a Leadership, Management and Advocacy capstone project.
  • Gain up to 1,400 hours of hands-on, patient experience in the full spectrum of clinical settings.
  • Work with a variety of clinical and athletic populations in the advanced testing and training facilities at the Bond Institute of Health and Sport.
  • Opportunity to engage in innovative and clinical research projects.
  • Complete the full educational pathway to qualify as a physiotherapist in just 2 years of study.

Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Doctor of Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem- and case-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 basic sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Clinical Practice
The Bond DPT features up to 1,400 hours of learning in a clinical environment. Clinical practice experiences are designed to produce work-ready, entry-level graduates who are competent to practice across the lifespan in a range of environments and settings. Variable experiences across the lifespan are sought in a range of clinical settings. These will include

  • acute care (such as general cardiorespiratory and orthopedics),
  • inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation, and
  • musculoskeletal outpatients (such as hospital outpatients or private practice).

You may also have the opportunity to experience a diverse clinical experiences in line with your interests dependent on placement availability:

  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s/men’s health
  • Specialist acute care services
  • Sports
  • Rural, remote or international placements

In your final semester, you’ll complete a research project and an elective placement or elective coursework subject, both of which are designed to extend your skills and knowledge beyond commonly encountered clinical experiences. These extending clinical / research and coursework opportunities are designed to ensure you’re well prepared for entry into the physiotherapy workforce.

Career Development
Building on the skills and resources produced during the Physiotherapist: Work Ready subject, the team at the Career Development Centre on the main Bond campus will help strengthen your interpersonal and employability skills, as well as helping you prepare for the job application and interview process. You’ll also be able to work on real-life projects of your own choosing under the guidance of academics and industry mentors in the Transformer program.

**Bond DPT’s fees are calculated by semester (3 semesters per year instead of the standard 2)

What does a former OzTREKK student say about Bond’s Doctor of Physiotherapy?

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree in a related discipline from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0 (approximately 65% +/-) and have extensive pre-existing knowledge in the following areas:

  • Human anatomy (2 semesters)
  • Human physiology (2 semesters)
  • Biomechanics (1 semester)
  • Research design/statistics (1 semester)
  • Physiology of exercise (1 semester)

View Bond’s Canadian equivalent courses.

2. Successful performance at a selection interview

Admission Timeline

*Applications are assessed on a rolling-admission basis (first come, first served)—the earlier you apply the better.

Admissions Timeline

First-round interviews: Mid-August
First-round offers: September

Second-round interviews: October (Tentative)
Second-round offers: November (Tentative)

Applications will be held until the first round of interviews. The university will first assess all applicants’ prerequisite areas. Students who do not meet prerequisite areas will be notified that they are not successful. All applicants who meet the prerequisite areas will then be ranked according to academic standing and the top international applicants will be shortlisted for an interview. Based on academic standing and interview results, the top international applicants will be offered places in the program.



“…the instructors are amazing”

Facilities on campus are amazing, best university I have ever been to. Educators are amazing and small class sizes are extremely beneficial to the overall learning experience. I like the class sizes, course material, teaching methods, and the instructors are amazing. Get ready to have the time of your life, whilst learning from the top minds in the profession. Make friends and remember to enjoy your time. Explore this wonderful country.

Bond University Matthew C
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bond University, 2023

“Great professors that know you by name and are looking out for you”

Great professors that know you by name and are looking out for you, great facilities, new friends, accelerates program that is fast pace. I like the instructors, overall material learned thus far and the way it is taught. Not a fan of certain subjects within the program but they are mandatory no matter where u take the degree but the professors make it fun.

Bond University Cody D
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bond University, 2023

“Profs genuinely want you to do well”

Small class sizes, lots of facilities and services for students. Program is more expensive than others though. Profs genuinely want you to do well and want to get to know you.

Bond University Sarah M
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bond University, 2023

“I find the instructors/profs very knowledgeable”

It is a good [university]! I like the campus and the facilities. I find the instructors/profs very knowledgeable. I don't like the pacing of the courses, I find some need much more time and others could be shortened.

Bond University Samir Z
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bond University, 2022

“…courses are engaging and interesting”

Easy to access services, small class sizes, friendly and enjoyable campus personnel and activities ...the staff is amazing and courses are engaging and interesting.

Bond University Zachary W
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bond University, 2022

“Top notch education”

Yes I do like Bond University. Top notch education and the teacher to student ratio makes it a great learning environment. The program is difficult but I love the profession ...I am enjoying the program.  Be sure to refresh your anatomy and do a bit of prep work in the coming months of your departure. It will make a world of difference.

Bond University Simon M
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bond University, 2019

“I love the small class sizes”

I love the small class sizes and all the close interactions with professor as it helps to facilitate better learning.

Bond University Catherine P
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bond University, 2019

“…all of the professors know you by name”

I love the small community feel to the university, all of the professors know you by name and are there to help you succeed.

Bond University Alexander L
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bond University, 2018

“…the teacher to student ratio is so good!”

Bond is great! The facilitators and teachers are very personable and the teacher to student ratio is so good! It's a fast paced course so sometimes I feel so far behind and unable to stay caught up.

Bond University Tricia S
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bond University, 2018

“The staff do care about your physiotherapy process here”

Both campuses are great. The main campus is absolutely beautiful if most of your classes are there. The staff do care about your physiotherapy process here, which is hard to find.

Bond University Kai-Jing L
Bond University, 2018