James Cook University

Bachelor of Physiotherapy



University Location Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
City Population 194,000
Student Population 22,000
Int'l Student Population 6,640
Main Campus Townsville
Program Campus Townsville
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $42,640 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*


JCU Physiotherapy prepares you to work in all areas of physiotherapy practice. While your qualifications will equip you to work throughout Australia and internationally, this course has a unique focus on the skills needed for physiotherapy practice in tropical, rural, remote, Indigenous settings.

You’ll work alongside other rehabilitation students including those from the disciplines of occupational therapy, speech pathology, clinical exercise physiology and sports science. That means your knowledge and experience will be broad, and you’ll be able to build some amazing networks to call on when you start your career.


This 4-year full time JCU course combines the study of science, anatomy, physiology, human movement analysis, manual therapy and exercise for rehabilitation. Clinical placements form a key component. The course is grounded in evidence-based practice and emphasizes ethical principles and professional behaviour.

Individual attention: During your first year you will be mentored by a staff member who will help you create an Individual Learning Plan, set goals, and identify strategies so you can achieve success in your course.

Extensive practical experience: You will have more than 30 weeks of supervised clinical placements in urban, rural and remote locations to develop your clinical skills, including at the JCU Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinic on campus. You will also have the option to complete an international placement.

Unique skills: You will gain valuable experience in rural and remote health settings and understand the health needs of diverse communities including those of Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

Quality course and teaching: You’ll be among the many JCU students in rehabilitation science courses who have recorded their high levels of satisfaction.

Admission Requirements

Completed high school diploma
You must have a high school diploma with a minimum 78% GPA based on the average of the best five Grade 12 subjects as a percentage; as well as prerequisites English (4, SA); maths B (4, SA); plus one of biological science, chemistry, physics, physical education or health education (4, SA).

Admission Timeline

*Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.