The last couple of years have been tough on our year 12 students, and final year school students everywhere.
With the uncertainty of assessments for the HSC you may be worried about not being accepted into your preferred course.
If you are planning on a career as a physio, you may be looking at the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, for which currently you’ll need an ATAR between 95-99.95 depending on which university you would like to attend. We acknowledge that is a daunting goal.
We are here to say, Try not to stress. Just as there are many ways to ‘skin a cat’ there are multiple ways to complete the necessary qualification and become a physiotherapist.
Pathways to Physiotherapy
There are 3 pathways:
1. Achieve the ATAR
This is the most direct route, but can also be the most difficult one.
2. Start a different degree and request an internal transfer
After completing the first semester you can apply for a transfer to the degree you want. This may be from a completely unrelated degree! Your request to transfer can be denied if your marks (Grade Point Average – GPA or Weighted Average Mark – WAM) aren’t competitive enough. The benefit of this method is that you can work your hardest for a shorter period of time (length of a semester) to achieve a competitive GPA/WAM.
3. Complete a separate Bachelor’s degree and apply for a Master’s of Physiotherapy
The degree you complete needs to cover the core subjects required as a prerequisite for physiotherapy. This may be a Bachelor of Health Science or a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
This is typically the path of least resistance. There are a few universities that offer this post graduate degree, however, you still need to apply for a position.
The benefit of this route is the experience you gain from an undergraduate degree. The limitation is that it is one year longer when compared to the undergraduate physiotherapy degree.
Whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate physio student, during your studies you will be given placements (work experience) which expose you to the different career paths of physiotherapy. The two most common workplaces are the hospital system or private practice – which is where we are!
To provide students with much needed experience in their final year of study, we have created an internship program. This entails spending 5-10 hours per week at one of our practices, assisting the physiotherapists and reception staff. An internship with us provides insight into how a private physiotherapy practice is run and how we work together with our clients to achieve their goals.
Chat to one of our physios and ask them why they enjoy the job, maybe this career is for you too!