How to become a physiotherapist

Help patients with physical difficulties resulting from ageing, disability, illness, or injury.

Pathways to this career

  1. Study a physiotherapy degree. Similar pathways include a Bachelor of Exercise Science or a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Physiotherapy.
  2. Already studied an undergraduate degree? Complete a Master of Physiotherapy to meet the registration criteria to practice.
  3. Upon finishing your degree, register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to practice as a qualified physiotherapist.
  4. As a registered physiotherapist, you are required to commit to at least 20 hours of continued professional development every year.

What does a physiotherapist do?

Duties and tasks

  • A degree in physiotherapy is required, as is licensing (often including an exam) masters and doctoral programs are available in the field of rehabilitation science.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills and excellent communication skills.
  • Create and review treatment programmes comprised of movement, manual therapy, exercise, and the utilisation of technological equipment such as an ultrasound machine.
  • Document patient reports and case notes.
  • Provide advice to people about how to avoid injuries before they happen.

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