Becoming a PhysiotherapistBecause physiotherapy is a science-based discipline, universities that offer physiotherapy degree programs usually favour applicants who have a sound background in maths and science. If these are lacking, students can take related supplementary courses prior to commencing the degree program.
Both theoretical and practical studies will be undertaken. Some of the courses required for a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree include:
- Anatomy: This may be divided into several components, including general anatomy, functional anatomy for physiotherapists and others.
- Exercise science.
- Movement science.
All accredited physiotherapy course providers operate under the guidelines set by the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC). This ensures a consistently high standard of education and training.
Career Opportunities for PhysiotherapistsAfter successful completion of a four year course of studies, a number of entry level positions become available to graduates. Just some of the career opportunities for physiotherapists include:
- Hospitals: acute and rehabilitation care.
- Aged care facilities.
- Sports therapy.
- Private practice.
- Community centres.
Techniques Used by PhysiotherapistsThe hallmarks of all physiotherapy techniques are that they are safe, gentle, non-invasive and effective. Some specific techniques include:
- Therapeutic soft tissue massage.
- Tailored stretching and/or exercise programs.
- Breathing exercises.
- The application of heat, cold or ultrasound to relieve inflammation.