Subjects and clinical placements
Our coursework focuses on a combination of the latest research in physiotherapy, practice and new technologies.
Beyond theoretical learning, UTS Physiotherapy students build vital professional skills such as clinical reasoning, quality assurance, research, teamwork and leadership - preparing them for clinical placements and the realities of work in the profession.
- Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning
- Professional Practice
- Core Practice for Physiotherapists
- Pain Neuroscience and Management
- Sub-acute Rehabilitation
- Outpatient Rehabilitation
- Research Project 1
- Clinical Placement 1
- Acute Physiotherapy Care
- Prevention and Rehabilitation in the Community
- Specialist Practice
- Clinical Placement 2
- Research Project 2
- Transition to Practice
- Clinical Placement 3
- Clinical Placement 4
Clinical placements are an integral part of the physiotherapy course and enable you to gain relevant ‘hands on’ training in a clinical setting, link theory to practice in a meaningful way and apply the skills you have acquired at UTS to the treatment of real patients.
Our integrated clinical placements ensure you gain a breadth of physiotherapy experience in a broad range of settings addressing issues across the lifespan. You will complete 700 hours of clinical placement over the two-year program, undertaken as four blocks, each full-time and of five weeks in duration. During placements you can expect to manage a diverse caseload of patients under the guidance of a clinical supervisor who will also be an experienced physiotherapist.
The UTS Master of Physiotherapy holds Australian Physiotherapy Council accreditation.
Benefits of the UTS clinical placement program:
assess and treat real patients and gain relevant clinical experience
gain experience across a range of settings which may include private practice, acute care, community
enhance your clinical reasoning, organisation, time management, supervision, communication and conflict resolution skills
increase your awareness and understanding of the different areas of physiotherapy practice, helping to shape your future career path
network with other health professionals and begin to build contacts within the profession
be prepared for entering the workforce with a wide range of skills and capabilities
Finding a placement
UTS Physiotherapy sources all your placements at sites carefully selected to offer quality supervision that complements in-class learning.
You are allocated placements within the Sydney metropolitan and greater Sydney areas. Opportunities to undertake placements in rural and regional settings may also be available.
Clinical simulation, which takes place on campus from session 1, is designed to prepare you for external placements. It puts into practice the principles of professionalism as well as consolidating learning of core physiotherapy skills.
Clinical simulation may include role plays, the use of high-fidelity mannequins, professional actors and real patients; all designed to create authentic real-time settings in which you can apply your physiotherapy skills. The Simulation facilities at UTS are world class and feature 16 cutting-edge labs that are purpose built to simulate hospital settings.
Hospital placement partners include some of the largest teaching hospitals across Sydney ensuring you are engaged in the Australian public health system. In any public health setting you can expect to see acutely ill patients, those requiring rehabilitation and those attending an outpatient clinic.
Clinical placements in private practice across Sydney offer opportunities to see a range of musculoskeletal injuries arising from sport or lifestyle; for example upper and lower limb injuries, back pain and postural disorders.
Clinical education schedule
1 week clinical simulation placement (full-time)
5 week block placement (full-time)
5 week block placement (full-time)
2 x 5 week block placement (full-time)
2 x 1 week clinical simulation placement (full-time)
Detailed information on clinical placement requirements and logistics including uniform, vaccinations and more can be found on the UTS Current Students site.