Bond University

Doctor of Physiotherapy

Graduate

Details

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 $75,840 AUD (2023 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake May
Next Available Intake 2024
Application Deadline TBA*
International Places 30 – 40 (total 60 – 80)

Overview

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 $20-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.

 

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

 

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 more than 1,200 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.

Program

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 1440 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 setting 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 Well-Rounded Physiotherapy 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.

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 2.0/4.0 (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 for the May 2023 intake closed August 5, 2022. For information about the 2024 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.

2023 Intake Timeline

Applications close: August 5, 2022; however, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Applicants notified of application outcome: September 19, 2022

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.

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“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