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.

This course has been granted accreditation by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

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 online in a part-time mode.

Career Opportunities

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).

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

4 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2017 ATAR / OP

78.85 / 10

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BClinExerPhys
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 069336F
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 4 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
2017 ATAR 78.85
2017 OP 10
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 192
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and 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, 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 Mathematics.

Recommended studies: Biology and/or Chemistry.

Additional Requirements

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.

2. Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

To attain full membership with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as an accredited exercise physiologist, students must complete 500 hours of practicum experience as part of the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Practicum hours are undertaken to consolidate learning and develop competency with professional skills under supervision within the practicum units EXSC322 and EXSC390 to meet professional standards. The clinical placement officer will assist students in identifying suitable practicum sites/supervisors, and facilitate the practicum placement process in compliance with ESSA accreditation requirements.

Clinical Placement is an essential part of the UNE Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology Program. There are several mandatory requirements that need to be completed as part of the University enrolment process. Please note a number of these requirements take some time to complete, thus students are advised to commence processes as soon as possible to ensure early compliance requirements are met. Please note that there are NSW Ministry of Health and UNE requirements that must be met by all students before placement.

Regardless of whether you are undertaking a placement within NSW or other State, all enrolled students are expected to complete these clinical requirements.

Please note that the mandatory requirements may differ for each State and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have checked the requirements of the State where you will be completing your placement. This also relates to Hospitals in each State, as they may have different requirements from those required for NSW Ministry of Health placements.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2018.

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.

Additional Requirements

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.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

To attain full membership with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as an accredited exercise physiologist, students must complete 500 hours of practicum experience as part of the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Practicum hours are undertaken to consolidate learning and develop competency with professional skills under supervision within the practicum units EXSC322 and EXSC390 to meet professional standards. The clinical placement officer will assist students in identifying suitable practicum sites/supervisors, and facilitate the practicum placement process in compliance with ESSA accreditation requirements.

Clinical Placement

Clinical Placement is an essential part of the UNE Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology Program. There are several mandatory requirements that need to be completed as part of the University enrolment process. Please note a number of these requirements take some time to complete, thus students are advised to commence processes as soon as possible to ensure early compliance requirements are met. Please note that there are NSW Ministry of Health and UNE requirements that must be met by all students before placement.

Regardless of whether you are undertaking a placement within NSW or other State, all enrolled students are expected to complete these clinical requirements.

Please note that these mandatory requirements may differ for each State and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have checked the requirements of the State where you will be completing your placement. This also relates to Hospitals in each State, as they may have different requirements from those required for NSW Ministry of Health placements.

NSW Ministry of Health requirements

To be eligible to attend clinical placement all Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology students must meet NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements within the ClinConnect system by the end of the first trimester of study. These include:

  1. Adult Vaccination** as per the NSW Ministry of Health requirements for Category A Health Care Workers (Any interim compliance issued by NSW Ministry of Health has individual dates of issue and expiry)
  2. National Criminal History Check**
    Students must have a current (expires 3 years from date of issue) National Criminal History check and International students must also have an International Police Check or statutory declaration. A valid National Criminal history check must comply with the following requirements:
    - It must be from a CrimTrac Accredited Broker Agency (as listed on the CrimTrac website) or an Australian State NSW Police or Territory Police Force or the Australian Federal Police, and
    - It must state that it is a National or Australia wide check, and
    - It must include the student's full name and their date of birth, and
    - It must not have any offences listed (students with criminal history must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the Employment Screening and Review Unit, NSW Health Share), and
    - The name on the Police Certificate must be the same name as on the Student's ID card.
  3. Completion of mandatory NSW Ministry of Health NSW Working with Children Check** (Valid for 5 years from date of issue).
  4. A current First Aid and CPR Certificate **.

** Indicates requirements that have expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for the student's entire candidature.

Student Declaration/Fitness for Practice Form

All students of the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology course will be required to complete an electronic Student Declaration form by the due date (end of Trimester 1). Students must read the document carefully and ensure that they fully understand and comply with all compulsory requirements for the clinical component of the program. Students MUST complete the declaration prior to commencement of their first Clinical Placement.

It is the individual student's responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the contents of the declaration, including all associated documents and abide by it at all times when enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology Degree.

Students who are aware of any chronic or acute injuries, illnesses or other such issues that may affect the safety of themselves or others in the clinical setting will be required to provide a Fitness for Practice Certificate signed by their Medical Practitioner prior to commencement of placement.

More detailed information regarding each of the specific requirements including TB screening can be found on the ClinConnect website.

Non-compliance with the above requirements will result in students being ineligible for placement. This will result in a fail grade for the attached unit. Compliance with all the above requirements at all times remains the sole responsibility of the student.

Advanced Standing

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.

Progression Requirement

Students will not be permitted to enrol in EXSC322 (Practicum in Exercise and Sport) 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.

Course Requirements

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, including 500 hours of practicum experience.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units
(including 500 hours of embedded Praticum Experience)
186 cps
Listed Units 6 cps
Total 192 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Exit Pathways

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.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the sub-disciplines of exercise and sports science with an in-depth understanding of their clinical applications, including the creative endeavor involved in acquiring knowledge, and the contestable and testable nature of scientific knowledge;
  2. use scientific literacy to analyse and evaluate the relationships between exercise, athletic performance and health within a global context;
  3. communicate specialist advice on safe and effective participation in physical activity to improve health and/or performance, and prevent injury and/or disease;
  4. use knowledge of injury and disease etiology, pathophysiology/pathomechanics and common medical interventions to manage/rehabilitate individuals with chronic and/or complex medical conditions or injuries through physical activity interventions; and
  5. provide evidence based health care services in individual and team environments that adhere to Australian health care policy, safety guidelines and ethical frameworks.
Graduate Attributes
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.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, health information, or arguments, to a range of audiences, and for a range of purposes.

Problem Solving

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.

Information Literacy

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.

Lifelong Learning

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

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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