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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.
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
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.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty)
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(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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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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PHTY 353 Pathology (for BPhty)
PHTY 354 Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science 2
PHTY 355 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 2
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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
Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty)
Admission to the Programme
- The maximum number to be admitted annually to second year classes in Physiotherapy is 120 candidates (but see regulation 1(k)).
- Admission to second year classes in Physiotherapy is determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee.
- The due date for applications for enrolment in second year classes in Physiotherapy is 15 September in the year preceding desired entry.
- Applications for admission may be made under the following categories:
- Health Sciences First Year
- Second Year of University Study
- In selecting Domestic students from categories 1(d)(i-iv) 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 entry 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, have achieved an average grade of B- or better.*
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 and who, normally, have achieved an average grade of B- or better.*
*Guidance on how average grades are calculated will be published annually and made available with the application materials.
Note: Note: 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.
- The University of Otago is committed to initiatives that increase the number of Māori and indigenous Pacific Island graduates. The Division of Health Sciences is focused on ensuring that New Zealand's diverse health workforce needs are 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(d)) 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:
- 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.
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 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).
- To be considered for entry under the Health Sciences First Year category an applicant must:
- be in his or her first year of university study;
- pass all of the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course, at the first attempt;
- achieve a B- (65%) grade point average (GPA) or better, with no paper grade less than C (55%) (see also Note 1);
- To be considered for entry under the Second Year of University Study category an applicant must:
- have passed all the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course (or equivalent);
- have achieved a B- (65%) grade point average (GPA) or better across all papers upon which the application for admission is based;
- To be considered for entry under the Graduate category an applicant must have completed, normally in the minimum academic time, a qualification awarded by a university in New Zealand:
- a first degree: or
- a first degree followed by an honours degree: or
- a first degree followed by a postgraduate diploma similar to an honours degree;
An application must be received within three years of the completion of the first degree, and the equivalent of the Health Sciences First Year course must be completed with a B- grade average (Otago equivalent) or better across all papers.
- To be considered for entry under the Alternative category an applicant must not be eligible for entry under the categories detailed under 1(f), (g) or (h) and must either:
- possess not less than five years' experience in a health-related profession, of which at least two years must have been in New Zealand;
- demonstrate academic ability acceptable to the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee; and
- satisfy any other criteria set by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee.
Note: An applicant admitted under this provision may be exempted from some or all of the papers of the first year of the programme.
- have passed all the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course (or equivalent);
- have achieved normally a B- (65%) grade point average (GPA) or better across all papers;
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to candidates meeting a specified English language requirement prior to entry to second year classes.
- The Physiotherapy Admissions Committee shall have discretion to offer additional places in second year classes to international students.
- International candidates must have achieved a level of academic attainment to be determined by the Physiotherapy Admissions Committee and shall have completed the Health Sciences First Year course (or equivalent).
1. 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 best seven papers will be counted for admission purposes.
2. The due date for applications for enrolment in the second year course is 15 September in the year before admission.
Structure of the Programme
- Every programme of study shall satisfy the programme requirements above.
- No student may take any paper additional to the Physiotherapy programme without first obtaining the approval of the Dean of the School of Physiotherapy.
Credits and Exemptions
The Board of Studies may grant such credits and exemptions as it deems appropriate for work done previously by a candidate.
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.
- No candidate shall be eligible to sit a final examination without having gained terms in that paper.
- 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.
- A candidate who fails to gain terms in any paper will be required to repeat the whole of that paper.
- Terms granted in any paper shall normally be for that year only.
- A candidate shall be required to gain terms in a paper before being permitted to sit the examination in that paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- Candidates will not be permitted to enrol in any papers of a year until all papers of the preceding year have been passed.
Exclusion from the Programme
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.
Withdrawal from and Readmission to the Programme
- 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.
- The period of withdrawal from the programme shall not normally exceed one year following the year of withdrawal.
- Application for readmission must be received by the Board of Studies in Physiotherapy no later than 1 October in the year preceding desired readmission.
Level of Award of the Degree
The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.