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Undergraduate study in physiotherapy

Overview

The Otago Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty) is a prestigious four-year programme internationally renowned for excellence.

Otago graduates rank highly in terms of best practice. Because clinical teaching and research programmes are continually refined and improved, our students keep in step with contemporary physiotherapy practice, leading research, and current thinking on teaching methodologies.

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy graduating class 2015

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Background required

There are no subject requirements for entry into the Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) programme, but we strongly recommend you take chemistry, physics, and biology at Year 13.

HSFY must be your first year of university study.

If you are considering tertiary study before enrolling, you are strongly advised to contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office beforehand.

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Admission to the physiotherapy programme

Admission to physiotherapy is competitive; each year approximately 80 places are offered to students who have completed the HSFY programme at the University of Otago. Selection is based on your grades in the HSFY papers.

The minimum grade point average requirement is 65%

Applications are also considered in the Two or More Years of University Study category, the Graduate category, and the Alternative category (for allied health professionals and mature graduates). Additional places are available for international students who return to their home country after graduating. Applicants who are of Māori or Pacific Island (Polynesian) descent may request this be taken into account as part of their application.

Persons who do not hold New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence should address their enquiries to the University's International Office, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand.

Important: The deadline for applications is 15th September 2017.

Read the guidelines for admission on the Division of Health Sciences website

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty)

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty) is a four-year degree. Each year's study buildings on knowlege from the year before, starting with the Health Sciences First Year programme:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours (BPhty(Hons))

Top achieving students in the third year of the programme are invited to undertake an honours programme in the final year. This qualification enables direct entry to a research career.

Read about the fourth-year honours programme

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International student clinical placements

A limited number of international students per year will be accepted on student clinical placement providing a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the School of Physiotherapy and the student's institution is in place.

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Student research

  • Von Aesch, A. V., Perry, M., & Sole, G. (2015). Physiotherapists' experiences of the management of anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Physical Therapy in Sports doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.08.004
  • van Bysterveldt, E., Davey, S., Douglas, N., & Liu, R., Robertson, L., Conroy, J., Higgs, C., & Hale, L. (2014). A group exercise programme for people at risk of type II diabetes run as a physiotherapy student clinical placement is beneficial: A qualitative study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 42(2), 81–88.

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Professional registration

Completion of the four-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree makes you eligible to apply for registration in New Zealand and many other countries.

To practice as a physiotherapist in New Zealand you have to hold an Annual Practicing Certificate and be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.

The Physiotherapy Board website has further information about registration.

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