Bond University

Doctor of Physiotherapy



University Location Gold Coast, Queensland
City Population 600,000
Student Population 4,500
Int'l Student Population 2,100
Main Campus Robina
Program Campus Gold Coast
Program Duration 2 years (6 semesters)
Estimated Annual Tuition $73,920 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake May
Next Available Intake May 2023
Application Deadline TBA*
International Places up to 35 (total 65 – 70)


The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond Physiotherapy School is an innovative, problem-based learning curriculum based on small-group facilitated tutorials, resource sessions and learning in a clinical environment. Examination formats include objective structure clinical examinations (OSCEs), theory papers, assignments and oral presentations.

You will undertake studies in Bond University’s $20-million, state-of-the-art Bond Institute of Health & Sport. Features include 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.


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

The Doctor of Physiotherapy assists you to progressively develop and apply your knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and behaviour for physiotherapy practice and places a strong emphasis on clinical experiential learning with 50 per cent of the program undertaken in a clinical context. The first 30 weeks of clinical practice address five core areas in both hospital and community settings and one elective.

Variable experiences are sought in the clinical areas of

  • orthopaedics;
  • cardio-respiratory practice;
  • out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private-practice settings);
  • neurological and ortho-geriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings);
  • chronic disease and disability, whether paediatric or adult in context;
  • paediatrics or women’s / men’s health, or private / sports practice.

In the final semester, the program culminates in a 12-week clinical internship with an aligned research project. This extending clinical / research opportunity is designed to ensure you are well prepared for entry into the physiotherapy workforce.

The highly regarded Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy provides more than 1,400 hours of clinical placement across several core areas.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science or Bachelor of Sport Science or equivalent from a recognized institution with a GPA of at least 2.5/4.0  (5.0/7.0) and completed the following minimum prerequisite subjects:

  • Two semesters of human anatomy
  • Two semesters of human physiology
  • One semester of biomechanics
  • One semester of research design/statistics
  • One semester of physiology of exercise
  • One semester of exercise prescription and
  • Successful performance at a selection interview

View Bond’s Canadian equivalent courses.

Admission Timeline

*Applications for the 2022 intake closed August 6, 2021. For information about the 2023 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.

Admissions Timeline for 2022 Intake

Applications close: August 6, 2021
Applicants notified of application outcome: September 20, 2021
All enrolled students to attend Doctor of Physiotherapy Orientation: May 13, 2022 (TBC)
Classes commence: May 16, 2022 (TBC)

Applications will be held until the application deadline has passed. 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.


“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