Clinical Exercise Physiology graduates are in high demand in the exercise rehabilitation, health and fitness, and sport science industries.
This program is designed to permit suitably qualified university graduates to meet the requirements for Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation in just one and a half years of intensive study and clinical training. Only ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologists can provide exercise science services covered by Medicare (the national health care scheme), Work Cover and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Students are provided with specialised skills and knowledge in exercise prescription and programming for patients with acute and chronic medical conditions, injury prevention and exercise interventions. The program provides a comprehensive coverage of key pathologies including metabolic, cardiovascular, neurological, musculoskeletal, and acute conditions. Students will work with clients with specific clinical conditions in each of our five specialised on-campus exercise clinics. Students will also appreciate the role of exercise scientists in health promotion, injury prevention and effective treatment planning, implementation and evaluation.
This program provides students with a comprehensive coverage of key pathologies including metabolic, cardiovascular, neurological, musculoskeletal and progressive conditions. Students will develop specialised skills and knowledge in the design and delivery of exercise interventions for clinical populations including acute and chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes mellitis and coronary heart disease), injury (e.g. spinal cord injury, brain injury) and lower back pain.
Students will undertake approximately 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of health care organisations. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting.
Students will commence their clinical placements in the second semester of the program. During the third and final semester students will undertake their final two major clinical placements.
Please note, some placement providers require students to provide a criminal history check and the students allocated to these placement providers will be required to supply this.
The School is committed to the reduction of urban bias in the content of its programs. Students undertaking practicum as part of their program could be allocated placements outside the Brisbane metropolitan area. Allocation of placements will be as equitable as possible and issues of hardship will be dealt with at the discretion of the Practicum and Clinical Education Manager. Where allocated placements are allocated regional, rural or remote students should expect to fund these placements independently.