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OP 8

Rank 84

Course information set

  • Exercise physiologists develop programs for patients for the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of chronic medical conditions. They can also provide advanced injury prevention and exercise programming advice.
  • Graduates work alongside other health professionals in hospitals and private practice, providing Medicare services in exercise therapy.
  • As a student, you have access to the industry equipment in biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology and strength conditioning laboratories, and in QUT Health Clinics.
  • Complete more than 500 hours of clinical placement for valuable work experience that prepares you for the transition to employment.
QTAC course code425422
QUT course code XN51
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2019 February

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
CRICOS code 070085K
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  • Exercise Physiologist
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Clinical exercise physiologists have expert knowledge about how exercise can improve health and fitness or reduce the onset of chronic disease and its related symptoms. They are skilled in developing rehabilitation programs for patients with acute and chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. With their extensive understanding about the effects of exercise on the body’s systems, they can also provide advanced injury prevention and exercise programming advice. Medicare and many private health insurers recognise and cover services supplied by accredited exercise physiologists.

Why choose this course?

You will complete 500 hours of professional placement during this course. This work integrated learning is completed at QUT Health Clinics and external locations including hospitals, local government and private health providers.

QUT Health Clinics, located at Kelvin Grove campus, provide professional health services to the community and students in this course deliver many of these services under the supervision of accredited professionals. You will become familiar with equipment and techniques that are used across industry, including technology used by clinicians to analyse and monitor performance.

During your studies, you will be taught by experts who have industry experience that spans hospitals, private practice, and research. You will access industry equipment in the biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology, strength conditioning and clinical skills laboratories and consultation rooms.

From your first year you will start applying knowledge about the human body in a sport and exercise context. You will undertake studies in exercise psychology, coaching, physical activity and health.

During second year, you will continue with studies in exercise physiology, motor control, skill acquisition, resistance training and biomechanics. As you move through the course, you will learn how professional practice is evolving with studies in related areas including nutrition and research in exercise science.

Units in third and fourth year concentrate on clinical exercise physiology, specifically understanding pathology and management of chronic disease including cardiovascular, metabolic, neuro-musculoskeletal, injury prevention and rehabilitation, oncology and mental health. In your final years, you will prepare for professional practice with placements that encourage you to apply your knowledge and patient care skills to effectively assess, prescribe, and deliver exercise to help clients manage their chronic disease.

Honours pathway

At the end of second year of study in this course you will have the option to apply for the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours). This allows you to complete an honours research project that extends your knowledge of the professional field, offering a competitive advantage in your career. Entry to the program is competitive, based on grade point average. On entry to the course you will retain all of the credit you have successfully completed in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and will complete a further two years of full-time study.

Career outcomes

Accredited exercise physiologists have skills that can be applied to a variety of clinical professions. Many graduates are employed by hospitals and clinics for prevention and rehabilitation of patients with injuries and a range of cardiac, musculoskeletal, occupational, neurological and psychological disorders. Graduates can also move into private practice and work as specialists in clinical diagnostics, exercise programming and health promotion.

Professional recognition

QUT is currently seeking accreditation of this redeveloped course with Exercise and Sports Science Australia to give graduates professional recognition as an accredited exercise physiologist.

Advanced standing

To ensure students meet accreditation requirements after successful completion of this degree, advanced standing will not be granted:

  • for studies completed at Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5 or lower. AQF levels can be confirmed at
  • for un-credentialed learning or work experience cannot be used for the purposes of receiving credit for units of study or meeting practicum requirements within the course.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where they may work with children or young people.

The processing of your application may take several months so you must submit your blue card application to HiQ as early as possible to ensure you have your card before you begin any unit that requires contact with children. There is no charge for student blue cards. Students who already have a blue card must register it with QUT.

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 8

Rank 84

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English
  • Maths B

Plus one of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended study: Health Education or Physical Education.

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Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

2019: CSP $7,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (425422) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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