Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Why study the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at UNE?
The Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at UNE is a multidisciplinary program that develops a comprehensive understanding of the scientific and applied aspects of sport, exercise and health. The course includes core studies in human structure, function and behaviour before further study on the acute and chronic physiological and psychological responses to exercise in healthy individuals and those with chronic and complex health conditions. In the first three years of study, analytical, technical and professional skills are developed in the areas of movement analysis, health and fitness assessment and exercise training for health and performance. The final year of study provides advanced training in chronic disease management, functional conditioning and clinical practice. Students complete 500 hours of workplace experience to practice exercise-based management of neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, metabolic and other health conditions. Graduates are recognised for their expertise in the clinical application of exercise-based rehabilitation.
Please note: This course was previously known as Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology)
Currently the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology is not an accredited course. UNE is seeking accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) for this course.
Well-qualified graduates may apply to complete the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise with Honours (BClinExerPhys(Hons)). BClinExerPhys(Hons) graduates who achieve the appropriate level of Honours are eligible to apply for a research Master degree or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
For students commencing in Trimester 2 this course is only offered off-campus in a part-time mode.
Graduates from this course can be employed as an Exercise Physiologist in a range of settings (hospital, private clinic, workplace health). Exercise Physiologists are recognised allied health professionals with Medicare, the Department of Veteran Affairs and some private health insurers. Additional career opportunities are available in the clinical sciences (cardiac/respiratory/sleep technician), sports (strength and conditioning, sports science) and the health and wellbeing industry (personal trainer, health and wellbeing consultant/educator).
4 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time
2016 ATAR / OP
78.85 / 10
2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
|Fees||CSP / International|
|Total Credit Points||192|
Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.
Students who have completed 120 credit points of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Admission is granted on the basis of meritorious study (a Credit grade point average (GPA) across the following 12 core units of study - EXSC210, EXSC220, EXSC230, EXSC239, EXSC240, EXSC260, EXSC310, EXSC335, EXSC340, EXSC360, EXSC360, EXSC375, HUMN240 and PSYC308). Students entering the course through this pathway will be required to complete a further 72 credit points as listed in the program of study.
Assumed knowledge is English and Mathematics.
Recommended studies: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and/or Health and Physical Education.
1. First Aid Certificate: All students are required to have a current senior first certificate prior to completing the first trimester of candidature. The certificate must be obtained from an accredited (Workcover approved) body at the student's own expense.
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To attain Exercise Physiology accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), students must complete 500 hours of clinical practicum experience which must be structured in the following manner:
a) a minimum of 140 hours in exercise service delivery for the apparently healthy;
b) a minimum of 140 clinical hours of neurological/neuromuscular or musculoskeletal practicum;
c) a minimum of 140 clinical hours of cardiorespiratory or metabolic practicum.
Any remaining hours may be completed as health related activities:
a) provision of exercise delivery for pathologies related to cancers, mental health, renal, or other pathologies;
b) provision of further exercise delivery for neurological/neuromuscular/musculoskeletal/cardiopulmonary and metabolic and pathologies;
c) diagnostic investigations or procedures (eg. cardiac, pulmonary or other clinical investigations or procedures);
d) Health Checks (eg. point of care testing);
e) case management;
f) health promotion, health education or workplace health programs;
g) other related activities as outlined in the AEP evidence-based criteria.
The activities approved under the 'health related activities' may occur in isolation, that is, without a related exercise intervention.
These hours are to be completed under the supervision of:
a) an accredited exercise physiologist;
b) a university-trained allied health professional (eg registered physiotherapist). However, for those components of clinical practice that involve exercise prescription, at least some of the clinical supervision must be conducted by an AEP;
c) an exercise professional with, or capable of attaining, full membership of ESSA (ie exercise scientist). However, for those components of clinical practice that involve exercise prescription, at least some of the clinical supervision must be conducted by an AEP.
The clinical placement officer will assist students in identifying suitable practicum sites/supervisors, and facilitate the practicum placement process. It is the student's responsibility to approach practicum sites/supervisors and arrange the terms of their placement under the guidance of the clinical placement officer. International placements can be proposed for consideration.
The University offers a number of scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.
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Admission to Candidature
A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).
Students who have completed 120 credit points of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Admission is granted on the basis of meritorious study (a Credit grade point average (GPA) across the following 12 core units of study: EXSC210, EXSC220, EXSC230, EXSC239, EXSC260, EXSC310, EXSC335, EXSC340, EXSC360, EXSC370, HUMN240 and PSYC308). Students entering the course through this pathway will be required to complete a further 72 credit points as listed in the program of study.
1. First Aid Certificate
All students are required to have a current senior first aid certificate prior to completing the first trimester of candidature. The certificate must be obtained from an accredited (Workcover approved) body at the student's own expense.
2. Inherent Requirements
Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.
Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Period of Candidature
The period of candidature shall be:
(a) four years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.
Students will not be permitted to enrol in EXSC380 (Practicum for Apparently Healthy Populations) without meeting the following progression requirement:
1. A Credit grade point average (GPA) across the following 12 core units of study: EXSC210, EXSC220, EXSC230, EXSC239, EXSC260, EXSC310, EXSC335, EXSC340, EXSC360, EXSC370, HUMN240 and PSYC308. This is determined by taking the average grade of all of these units.
2. Candidates who fail to meet these course specific progression requirements will be asked to show cause as to why their candidature should not be discontinued and they be transferred to another course.
To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 192 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level and at least 96 credit points at 300-level.
Program of Study
Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:
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|Core Units||180 cps|
|Listed Units||12 cps|
Award of Degree
Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology.
Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science on completion of 144 credit points including 138 credit points of Core Units.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University or external accreditation body requirements.
This course aims to provide a range of learning experiences to develop expertise in the clinical application of evidence based exercise interventions to manage a variety of complex and/or chronic health conditions. This is facilitated following the acquisition of core knowledge and skills across the sub- disciplines of Exercise and Sports Science as identified by Exercise and Sports Science Australia. This includes, but is not limited to, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control/learning, exercise and sport psychology, human nutrition/development/health.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Knowledge of a Discipline
Graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of scientific thinking within the discipline of Exercise and Sports Science. They will also have specialised knowledge in the clinical application of exercise prescription to manage complex and chronic health conditions. Graduates will be able to articulate the role and clinical importance of physical activity in the local and wider community.
Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, health information, or arguments, to a range of audiences, and for a range of purposes.
Graduates will be able to investigate and solve problems by using recognised principles of exercise and sports science. Also, by formulating hypotheses, collecting valid and reliable data, and incorporating quantitative evidence into arguments.
Graduates will be able to synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources, using a range of technologies.
Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility
Graduates will be able to demonstrate social responsibility by recognising the relevant ethical frameworks within Exercise Physiologists practise. Students will also show a capacity for working responsibly and safely in both individual and team environments.
Graduates will be able to take personal responsibility for lifelong learning by demonstrating a capacity for self-directed, evidence based learning.
Independence and Collaboration
Graduates will have an awareness of the need to function effectively as members or leaders of scientific or multidisciplinary health teams. They will also be able to articulate the role and clinical importance of physical activity, as well as exercise and sports science, in the local and global community.
How to Apply
New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC
New domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE
Former and current domestic UNE students apply to study on campus or off campus direct to UNE
International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International