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Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)

Australian trained physical therapists are recognized globally as being at the forefront of physical therapy research and techniques. Obtaining an Australian DPT qualification is your passport to the best jobs in the industry, no matter where in the world you want to practice as a physical therapist.

 

Bond University created Australia's first DPT program and has trained more USA and Canadian physical therapists than any other program in Australia. The Bond DPT also has the highest student satisfaction rating in Australia (96%) which is well above the national average of 84%.

 

Program Highlights

  • The Bond DPT is completed in 2 years.
  • There is just one intake per year (in May).
  • The Bond DPT is recognized in the USA and Canada for licensing and practice.
  • Bond is Australia's #1 rated university.
  • Australia is the worlds #1 English speaking country for education.
  • Study International rates Bond as the Worlds Best Beachside University.
  • Bond's MBA and Law Students are world champions.
  • Australia is world renowned for its physical therapists.
  • The staff to student ratio at Bond is 1:11 (one of the worlds lowest).
  • USA Financial Aid (FAFSA based student loans) can be used at Bond.
  • Canada Student Loans (eg. OSAP, BC Student Aid, Alberta Student Aid) can be used at Bond.

 

Specialized Purpose Built Facility

The Bond DPT program is housed in the Bond Institute of Health & Sport which is 3 miles from the main campus. The Institute is a world class facility that not only supports the university’s student athletes and premier health and sport programs, but also attracts international athletes and sports teams for elite competition preparation.

BIHS Building: The Institute is adjacent to the Robina Hospital, a Sports Stadium and the local train station. Parking is available to students and staff within the vicinity and surrounding areas of the Institute. Bicycle storage facilities are also available.
BIHS Building: The Institute is adjacent to the Robina Hospital, a Sports Stadium and the local train station. Parking is available to students and staff within the vicinity and surrounding areas of the Institute. Bicycle storage facilities are also available.
Altitude Room: Oxygen reduced exercise room for 10 people to improve athletic performance, pre-acclimatize to altitude or improve physical wellness.
Altitude Room: Oxygen reduced exercise room for 10 people to improve athletic performance, pre-acclimatize to altitude or improve physical wellness.
Biomechanics Lab: Provides superior learning and research opportunities for students and staff and is also commonly used by elite athletes.
Biomechanics Lab: Provides superior learning and research opportunities for students and staff and is also commonly used by elite athletes.
Kinetic Cafe: Cafe open Monday to Friday.
Kinetic Cafe: Cafe open Monday to Friday.
Clinical Skills Room: All rooms are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and reflect what is currently used in clinical practice.
Clinical Skills Room: All rooms are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and reflect what is currently used in clinical practice.
Clinical Skills Room
Clinical Skills Room
Specialized Pool Lab: Rehab pool, contrast temperature recovery pools, sauna and steam rooms.
Specialized Pool Lab: Rehab pool, contrast temperature recovery pools, sauna and steam rooms.
Lap Pool
Lap Pool
Multimedia Study Center: A space designed for group study, meetings or spending time online.
Multimedia Study Center: A space designed for group study, meetings or spending time online.
Multimedia Study Center
Multimedia Study Center
Study Center Terrace: Outdoor terrace for eating, meeting, or relaxing.
Study Center Terrace: Outdoor terrace for eating, meeting, or relaxing.
Training Center: Strength and conditioning gym and training facility, women’s and men’s change and bathroom facilities, coach and team meeting rooms. This was the only facility in Australia to be awarded the 2017 Strength of America Award (by the US National Strength & Conditioning Association and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition) for its world class strength and conditioning standards.
Training Center: Strength and conditioning gym and training facility, women’s and men’s change and bathroom facilities, coach and team meeting rooms. This was the only facility in Australia to be awarded the 2017 Strength of America Award (by the US National Strength & Conditioning Association and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition) for its world class strength and conditioning standards.
Sport Science Lab: Specialised technology to deliver a wide range of athlete testing and performance analysis. These facilities provide sports science testing and training services to a variety of elite and sub-elite athletes, providing an exceptional learning experience.
Sport Science Lab: Specialised technology to deliver a wide range of athlete testing and performance analysis. These facilities provide sports science testing and training services to a variety of elite and sub-elite athletes, providing an exceptional learning experience.
Teaching Space
Teaching Space
Teaching Space
Teaching Space

Program Overview

Bond University was Australia’s first DPT program and its innovative curriculum incorporates:

  • Small group problem based learning (PBL).
  • The pre-clinical preparation through the PBL program enables holistic preparation for case management in a clinical setting and enables an effective transition into the work place.

 

More than 50% of the program is located in varied clinical settings.

A major strength of the program is the amount of time (1,200 hours) students spend in a clinical setting across a number of core areas. Thes placements provide experiential learning that assists students to develop further by applying their knowledge and skills in practice.

 

A clinical internship with research project.

Students complete a clinical internship with an aligned research project in their final semester. This placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally placed for entering the workforce.

Year 1

 

Semester 1

Principles of Physiotherapy

Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy I

 

Semester 2

Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy

Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy I Clinical Practice

Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy Clinical Practice

 

Semester 3

Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy II

Neurological Physiotherapy

Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy II Clinical Practice

Neurological Physiotherapy Clinical Practice

Year 2

 

Semester 4

Physiotherapy Leadership, Management and Advocacy

Physiotherapy for Chronic Disease and Disability

Maximizing Human Potential

 

Semester 5

Chronic Disease and Disability Clinical Practice

Evidence Based Practice Research (Part A)

Diversity and/or Life Stage Clinical Practice

 

Semester 6

Evidence Based Practice Research (Part B)

The Well Rounded Physiotherapist

Choice between:

  • Innovation and Global Practice in Physiotherapy * ; OR
  • Clinical Internship

 

* this class will further strengthen the academic portfolio of graduates applying for accreditation as a Physical Therapist in the USA where the number of clinical practice hours that can be recognised is capped, but other forms of additional academic hours are viewed positively in applications for accreditation.

Accreditation & Licensing in Australia, USA and Canada

 

Australia

The Bond University DPT has been accredited as an entry-level program by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and is listed as an approved program of study by The Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

 

United States

Physical therapists are licensed by each state. When you receive your degree outside of the USA, your first step is to have your degree evaluated so it can be deemed equivalent to an APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) accredited degree. The organization that performs the evaluation is the FCCPT (Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy).  All Bond DPT graduates who return to the USA have successfully completed this process (ie. a Bond DPT degree is considered equal to an accredited USA DPT degree for the purposes of state licensing).

We will help you with your submission to the FCCPT when you are nearing graduation. Here is the link to the FCCPT page that outlines the exact steps for DPT graduates trained overseas and returning to the USA.

 

Canada

Canadian students who wish to practice as a physiotherapist upon their return to Canada should visit the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators' website for accreditation and certification information: www.alliancept.org/. There are four basic components that are part of the certification process when you return to Canada and it is important that each applicant understand the steps involved in this process.

 

DPT Fees & Expenses

Tuition for the DPT program is AUD$125,808. Living costs are approximately $30,000 per year. So the total all-in cost for a Bond DPT is AUD$185,000. This is roughly US$145,000 or CAD$185,000 at the current exchange rate.

 

To see all the fees in detail (and convert to US or Canadian dollars), go to Fees & Expenses.

 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

There are no scholarships of any kind offered by Bond University for the DPT program.

 

Financing options:

 

USA: Students can use FAFSA based student loans to cover 100% of costs (tuition and living). Go to USA Financial Aid for details and instructions.

 

Canada: Canadian students can use provincial loans (eg. OSAP, BC Student Aid, Alberta Student Aid) to cover some costs but the majority of the required funds will need to come from a bank loan. Go to Canada Student Loans for more information on government financing and contact the banks (eg. TD, Scotia, RBC etc) to enquire about a line of credit for grad school.

 

Entry Requirements

1) A Bachelors degree in Exercise/Sports Science or equivalent with a strong GPA (eg. 3.0/4.0 or higher). The minimum required GPA is lower, but since the program is very competitive, we haven't seen any student accepted with a GPA below 3.0.

 

2) Completion of  the following pre-requisite classes which appear on your transcript:

  • Two semesters of Human Anatomy *
  • Two semesters of Human Physiology *
  • One semester of Research/Statistics
  • One semester of Physiology of Exercise
  • One semester of Biomechanics (Kinesiology)
  • One semester of Exercise Prescription

 

* Completing Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II satisfies the requirements for 2 semesters of Anatomy and 2 semesters of Physiology.

 

3) Attend a selection interview (by Skype). Only applications that are complete and meet the above requirements will be invited to interview. Invitation to interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the program, but it does mean your odds of acceptance are improved.

 

Acceptance Rate

There are limited enrolments available in the DPT program (50-60 students per year) but the acceptance rate is quite high (approximately 70%) for those who meet the minimum entry requirements.

For the 2017 and 2018 intakes, 13 USA and Canadian students that applied with the help of our North American office were accepted to the program (the largest group from any region).

 

How to Apply

Applications for the May 2019 DPT program (the next available intake) will open on May 1, 2018 and close on August 3, 2018. Interviews (by Skype) will be conducted in September 2018 and successful applicants will be notified in October 2018.

 

To receive a reminder of when applications open, please complete the form at Contact Us (if you have not contacted us before). Go to our application page for the online application and list of documents required.

How to Apply

Visit our Application page for complete instructions and the online application form.

We are North American based Bond University Admissions Agents and provide free support to USA and Canadian students seeking Undergraduate, Graduate & Study Abroad programs at Bond University, Australia.

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