Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Australian trained physical therapists are recognized globally as being at the forefront of physical therapy research and techniques. Obtaining an Australian DPT qualification is your passport to the best jobs in the industry, no matter where in the world you want to practice as a physical therapist.
Bond University created Australia's first DPT program and has trained more USA and Canadian physical therapists than any other program in Australia. The Bond DPT also has the highest student satisfaction rating in Australia (96%) which is well above the national average of 84%.
Specialized Purpose Built Facility
The Bond DPT program is housed in the Bond Institute of Health & Sport which is 3 miles from the main campus. The Institute is a world class facility that not only supports the university’s student athletes and premier health and sport programs, but also attracts international athletes and sports teams for elite competition preparation.
Bond University was Australia’s first DPT program and its innovative curriculum incorporates:
More than 50% of the program is located in varied clinical settings.
A major strength of the program is the amount of time (1,200 hours) students spend in a clinical setting across a number of core areas. Thes placements provide experiential learning that assists students to develop further by applying their knowledge and skills in practice.
A clinical internship with research project.
Students complete a clinical internship with an aligned research project in their final semester. This placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally placed for entering the workforce.
Principles of Physiotherapy
Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy I
Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy I Clinical Practice
Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy II
Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy II Clinical Practice
Neurological Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
Physiotherapy Leadership, Management and Advocacy
Physiotherapy for Chronic Disease and Disability
Maximizing Human Potential
Chronic Disease and Disability Clinical Practice
Evidence Based Practice Research (Part A)
Diversity and/or Life Stage Clinical Practice
Evidence Based Practice Research (Part B)
The Well Rounded Physiotherapist
* this class will further strengthen the academic portfolio of graduates applying for accreditation as a Physical Therapist in the USA where the number of clinical practice hours that can be recognised is capped, but other forms of additional academic hours are viewed positively in applications for accreditation.
Accreditation & Licensing in Australia, USA and Canada
The Bond University DPT has been accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and is listed as an approved program of study by The Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Graduates of the Bond University DPT are eligible for registration as a physiotherapist by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). No further examinations are required to be eligible for registration. You will also qualify for an Australian Immigration Work Visa which will allow you to remain in Australia and work as a physical therapist.
Physical therapists are licensed by each state. When you receive your degree outside of the USA, your first step is to have your degree evaluated so it can be deemed equivalent to an APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) accredited degree. The organization that performs the evaluation is the FCCPT (Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy). All Bond DPT graduates who return to the USA have successfully completed this process (ie. a Bond DPT degree is considered equal to an accredited USA DPT degree for the purposes of state licensing).
We will help you with your submission to the FCCPT when you are nearing graduation. Here is the link to the FCCPT page that outlines the exact steps for DPT graduates trained overseas and returning to the USA. This process takes approximately 6 months, after which you can apply to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) which is offered four times per year. Many Bond DPT graduates choose to stay in Australia and work (as licensed therapists) while their FCCPT application is being reviewed.
Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in Canada. To become a licensed physiotherapist in Canada (excepting the province of Quebec) all graduates must pass the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE). The PCE consists of two exams: a written, multiple choice exam and a clinical exam. To be eligible to sit the PCE, internationally-educated physiotherapy graduates must have their physiotherapy qualifications credentialed by the Canadian
Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR). This is to determine whether their physiotherapy education is substantially different from a Canadian physiotherapy education.
Five criteria must be met to determine that an applicant’s international physiotherapy education is not substantially different from a Canadian one:
• Verification of identity.
• Completion of a university level, entry-to-practice degree in physiotherapy (ie. the Bond DPT).
• Successful completion of a minimum of 1025 hours of supervised clinical education.
• Fluency in English or French.
• Completion of a ‘Context of Physiotherapy Practice in Canada’ course.
If these criteria are met, applicants are eligible to apply to write the PCE.
For complete details, visit www.alliancept.org.
Total Students: 61
Average Age: 25
Females: 27 (44%) | Males: 34 (56%)
Australians: 31 (51%) | USA & Canadians: 29 (47.5%) | Others: (1) 1.5%
DPT Fees & Expenses
Tuition for the DPT program is AUD$140,640 (AUD$23,440 per semester for 6 semesters).
Living costs are approximately $30,000 per year. So the total all-in cost for a Bond DPT is AUD$200,000. This is roughly US$144,000 or CAD$184,000 at the current exchange rate.
To see all the fees in detail (and convert to US or Canadian dollars), go to Fees & Expenses.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
There are no scholarships of any kind offered by Bond University for the DPT program.
USA: Students can use FAFSA based student loans to cover 100% of costs (tuition and living). Go to our USA Financial Aid page for details and instructions.
Canada: Canadian students can use federal and provincial loans (eg. OSAP, StudentAid BC, Alberta Student Aid) to cover some costs (eg. $15,000 per year), but the majority of the required funds will need to come from private sources or a bank loan. Go to our Canada Student Loans page for more information on government financing. Please contact the banks (eg. TD, Scotia, RBC) to enquire about a line of credit for grad school. As from 2017, the banks require a co-signor (guarantor) for most loan applications.
1) A Bachelors degree in Exercise/Sports Science or equivalent with a strong GPA (eg. 3.0/4.0 or higher). The minimum required GPA is lower, but since the program is very competitive, we haven't seen any student accepted with a GPA below 3.0.
2) Completion of the following pre-requisite classes which appear on your transcript:
* Completing Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II satisfies the requirements for 2 semesters of Anatomy and 2 semesters of Physiology.
3) Attend a selection interview (by Skype). Only applications that are complete and meet the above requirements will be invited to interview. Invitation to interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the program, but it does mean your odds of acceptance are improved.
There are limited enrolments available in the DPT program (50-60 students per year) with a limit of roughly half those spaces for international students. The acceptance rate for international students is approximately 70% for those who meet the minimum entry requirements referred to above.
In years past, USA and Canadian students that applied with the help of our North American office enjoyed the highest acceptance rate for all regions. So having one of our local representatives help you apply is to your advantage.
How to Apply
Applications for the May 2022 DPT program (the next available intake) open in May 2021 and close on August 2, 2021. Interviews (by Zoom) will be conducted in early September 2021 and successful applicants will be notified in October 2021.
To receive a reminder of when applications open, please complete the form at Contact Us (if you have not contacted us before). Go to our application page for the online application and list of documents required.
How to Apply
Visit our Application page for complete instructions and the online application form.