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Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty)

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Overview

The Otago Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty) degree is a prestigious four-year programme positioned at the cutting edge of physiotherapy education. It is internationally renowned for excellence, because the graduates it prepares for the profession are among the best in the field.

The academic year is from late February to November. The programme is of four years' duration with years 2 to 4 being undertaken at the School of Physiotherapy. In the first year students take the Health Sciences First Year course and in the majority of cases students are selected from this year.

Students who complete all the competencies of the four years of study are then eligible to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board.

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Information for New Applicants

Applications for 2015

Open: August 2014
Close: 15 September 2014

Information regarding the guidelines for admission can be found on the following website.
Division of Health Sciences

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Contact details

Email us at physiotherapy@otago.ac.nz or visit the School of Physiotherapy website.

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Subject area

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Division of class after third year

Clinical education teaching facilities for undergraduate Physiotherapy programmes are provided in the Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington Clinical Centres and associated Clinical Hubs. After completion of the third year, the class will be divided and students allocated to one of the Clinical Centres or Clinical Hubs for the remainder of their programme. Students may also be required to complete their third year clinical training at one of the School's Clinical Centres.

In dividing the class, account will be taken of each student's personal preference as far as possible. However, if the number of applicants for entry to any Clinical Centre or Clinical Hub exceeds the number of places available, a ballot may be held to determine which students will be required to take a place in one of the other Centres or Hubs.

Honours students will normally be allocated to the Dunedin Centre. However, such students may be assigned to another Centre, or required to complete a component of their final year of clinical training at a location outside Dunedin at the discretion of the School. In determining the location, account will be taken of each student's personal preference as far as possible.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty)

Year Papers Points
1st year

Health Sciences First Year Course

Notes:

(i) Students enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course will be required to achieve a satisfactory mark in a standard diagnostic English test or another approved measure of achievement.

(ii) No student will be permitted to take an examination in a subject of the first year course in which a pass has already been gained.

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2nd year

PHTY 250  Anatomy (for BPhty)

PHTY 251  Physiology (for BPhty)

PHTY 252  Pharmacology (for BPhty)

PHTY 254  Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science 1

PHTY 255  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1

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17

12

48

17

3rd year

PHTY 353  Pathology (for BPhty)

PHTY 354  Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science 2

PHTY 355  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 2

15

70

35

4th year

PHTY 455  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 3

PHTY 456  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 4

PHTY 457  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 5

PHTY 458  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 6

PHTY 459  Research for Physiotherapy

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24

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    Notes:
    (i) All applicants seeking admission to the second year of the Physiotherapy programme must have completed the requirements of the Health Sciences First Year course at the University of Otago (or equivalent for the Two or More Years of University Study and Graduate admissions categories).
    (ii) For specific enquiries about admission to the Physiotherapy programme intending students should make an appointment with the Health Sciences Admissions Office (health-sciences@otago.ac.nz).

    1. Admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy programme shall be determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee.
    2. Admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy programme is normally limited to 120 Domestic students (but see regulation 1(j) regarding International student admissions).
    3. Note: ‘Domestic student’ is defined in the Admission to University Statute 2011, clause 3.3.

    4. Applications for admission may be made under the following categories:
      Health Sciences First Year (see 1(f))
      Two or More Years of University Study (see 1(g))
      Graduate (see 1(h))
      Alternative (see 1(i))
    5. In selecting Domestic students from the categories in 1(c) above, to enter the second year of the Physiotherapy programme, the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee will first select from those applicants who have specified that they are seeking admission to the Physiotherapy programme only and not also to one or more of the Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, or Radiation Therapy programmes offered by the University of Otago, and who, normally, achieve a minimum average of 65% for the Health Sciences First Year category, or a minimum average of B- (grade point average (GPA) of 4) for the Two or More Years of University Study and Graduate categories. (See Note (ii) below.)

      Thereafter if Domestic places are still available in each of the applicable categories, the Committee will then select from the group of applicants who are seeking to enter Physiotherapy and one or more of those other programmes.

      Notes:
      (i) To be considered in the “Physiotherapy Single Programme Preference” group, an applicant must specify that he or she is applying only for the Physiotherapy professional programme by close of applications (15 September) for admission to Health Sciences Undergraduate Professional Programmes in the year prior to admission. Applicants in this group may apply for admission to other programmes excluding Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Radiation Therapy at the University of Otago.
      (ii) For guidance on how average grades are calculated, see the Guidelines for Admission into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034699.html.

    6. The University of Otago is committed to initiatives that increase the number of students of Māori and Pacific ancestry. The Division of Health Sciences is focused on ensuring that New Zealand’s need for a diverse health workforce is met, honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and promoting academic equity for under-represented groups.

      Applicants in any category (see regulation 1(c)) who have fulfilled the requirements as described in 1(f), 1(g), 1(h), or 1(i) may also be considered in one or both of the following sub-categories:

      1. Māori
      2. Indigenous Pacific (see note).

      An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must provide verified evidence of either Māori whakapapa or indigenous Pacific ancestry and be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand, and complete a written statement describing their commitment to Māori and/or Pacific health.

      An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee from year to year in the course of study on which the application is based.

      Note: Students applying under the Indigenous Pacific sub-category need to provide verified evidence of family ancestry originating from one or more of the following Pacific nations: Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawai'i, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).

    7. To be considered for admission under the Health Sciences First Year category an applicant must:
      1. be enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course at the University of Otago (see also 1(k));
      2. pass all of the papers prescribed for the University of Otago Health Sciences First Year course, normally with a minimum average of 65% (but see 1(e)).

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on their average mark in the Health Sciences First Year papers and in accordance with 1(d).

      Note:
      (i) If an additional optional paper from the approved list is taken, and provided all of the prescribed papers are passed at or above the required minimum standard, the results in the highest scoring seven papers will be counted for admission purposes.
      (ii) To be admitted to the Health Sciences First Year course, the applicant must not have studied any university degree-level papers that include a subject that is the same, similar to, or contains significant portions of any of the prescribed Health Sciences First Year papers. Prior university degree-level study in any subject area must not comprise more than one year of equivalent full-time study.

    8. To be considered for admission under the Two or More Years of University Study category, an applicant must not be a finalist, but must have completed two or more years of full-time study at a university in New Zealand comprising at least three papers at 200-level, including the equivalent of the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course, normally with a minimum of a B- (grade point average (GPA) of 4) across all papers (but see 1(e)).
    9. Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on their GPA and in accordance with 1(d).

      Notes:
      (i) For guidance on how average grades are calculated, see the Guidelines for Admission into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034699.html.
      (ii) Applicants offered a place under the Two or More Years of University Study category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee, before being admitted to second year classes.

    10. To be considered for admission under the Graduate category, an applicant must have completed, normally in the minimum academic time, at least one of the following qualifications awarded by a university in New Zealand:

      - a bachelor's degree: or
      - a bachelor's honours degree: or
      - a bachelor's degree, followed by a postgraduate diploma equivalent to a bachelor’s honours degree from the awarding university.

      Notes:
      (i) The qualifying degree for the Graduate category will be the first university degree awarded to the applicant.
      (ii) The grades obtained in a bachelor’s honours degree (if separate from the qualifying degree) or an equivalent postgraduate diploma will be included in the GPA calculation, along with the qualifying degree.

      Applications must be received within three years of completion of the qualifying degree. Normally, the date of completion will be taken as the end of the teaching period in which the final paper or papers included in the programme are undertaken. Repeat applications within the eligibility period are allowed.

      The applicant must have passed the papers of the Health Sciences First Year course or their equivalents. The average grade for all papers in the qualifying programme must be at least B- (GPA of 4) (but see 1(e)).

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on their GPA, as calculated by the Division of Health Sciences, and in accordance with 1(d)).

      Note: Applicants offered a place under the Graduate category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee, before being admitted to second year classes.

    11. To be considered for admission under the Alternative category, an applicant must:

      either
      hold a degree from a New Zealand university, and no longer be eligible under the Graduate category;
      or
      have completed a degree at an overseas university at a standard of at least NZQF Level 7;
      or
      hold a master’s or doctoral degree;
      or
      be an allied health professional who holds a relevant tertiary-level qualification and has completed no less than five years of full-time work in that allied health profession.

    12. Note: Applicants seeking admission to Physiotherapy with health-related professional experience will be required to demonstrate academic and/or professional experience in the relevant field, to a standard acceptable to the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee, as part of the selection process.

      All applicants applying for admission under the Alternative category will be required to complete, to have completed, or to be exempted from the equivalent of the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course and to have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee in any papers undertaken at university level. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit, a single programme preference for Physiotherapy and a possible interview (see also 1(e)).

      Note: Applicants offered a place under the Alternative category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee, before being admitted to second year classes.

    13. The Physiotherapy Admissions Committee shall have discretion to offer a limited number of additional places in second year classes to International students who meet all the requirements determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee. (See Note (i) below.)
    14. Admission to the programme shall be subject to applicants’ meeting an English language requirement as determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee, dependent on the category under which the application is made.
    15. Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee shall have discretion to consider any applicant who, not having satisfied these regulations in a particular aspect, warrants admission to the programme for exceptional reasons.

    16. Any applicant who
      1. is, or who has been, the subject of criminal charges; or
      2. is, or has been, subject to disciplinary proceedings of a tertiary institution or professional body; or
      3. has a mental or physical condition that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
      4. who is found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (m)(i)-(iii),

      may be declined admission to the programme by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee on the recommendation of the Health and Conduct Review Group. Any offer of admission made before responses to medical tests or requests for information regarding an applicant’s health status or past conduct have been received is conditional on the information received confirming the applicant’s suitability for admission.

    Notes:
    (i) See the Guidelines for Admission into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034699.html.
    (ii) The due date for applications for enrolment in the second year course is 15 September in the year before admission.

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  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the programme requirements above.
    2. No student may take any paper additional to the Physiotherapy programme without first obtaining the approval of the Dean of the School of Physiotherapy.

  3. Credits and Exemptions

    The Board of Studies may grant such credits and exemptions as it deems appropriate for work done previously by a candidate.

  4. Cross Credits

    A candidate who is enrolled for the degree concurrently with another degree, or who has completed another degree, may cross credit 100- and 200-level papers which are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 180 points.

  5. Terms Requirements

    1. No candidate shall be eligible to sit a final examination without having gained terms in that paper.
    2. A candidate gains terms in a paper by satisfactorily demonstrating the acquisition of sufficient knowledge and skills, by attendance at classes and by performance in a professional manner of such practical and clinical work and other work as the School of Physiotherapy may require.
    3. A candidate who fails to gain terms in any paper will be required to repeat the whole of that paper.
    4. Terms granted in any paper shall normally be for that year only.

  6. Examinations

    1. A candidate shall be required to gain terms in a paper before being permitted to sit the examination in that paper.
    2. A candidate who obtains a D grade in one or more papers in any year may be permitted to sit special examinations in those papers. Normally no candidate may be admitted to special examinations if papers worth more than half the points for the course for that year have been failed. A student may be permitted to sit a special examination in a paper only once.
    3. Any candidate who has achieved an E grade in one or more subjects shall not normally be admitted to special examinations but shall be required to repeat those papers that have not been passed.
    4. Candidates will not be permitted to enrol in any papers of a year until all papers of the preceding year have been passed.

  7. Exclusion from the Programme

    1. A candidate must complete the requirements of a paper in two consecutive years of study or may be excluded from further study towards the degree by the Board of the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Board of Studies for Physiotherapy.
    2. Any student who, during the course of their studies, is
      1. subject to criminal charges;
      2. subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body; or
      3. found to have an issue in connection with their mental or physical health that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
      4. found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (b)(i)-(iii),

      may be excluded from further study towards the degree by the Academic Board of the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Board of Studies for Physiotherapy.

  8. Withdrawal from and Readmission to the Programme

    1. A student who withdraws from the programme at any time and wishes to be readmitted to the programme at a later date shall be required to apply to the Board of Studies in Physiotherapy for readmission.
    2. The period of withdrawal from the programme shall not normally exceed one year following the year of withdrawal.
    3. Application for readmission must be received by the Board of Studies in Physiotherapy no later than 1 October in the year preceding desired readmission.

  9. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  10. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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