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    Well over the last year or so I have decided that my goal is to become a physiotherapist. I have a couple questions regarding the degree.

    Does it require the UMAT?
    Would chemistry, biology and PDHPE in year 11 and 12 provide me the best grounding for physiotherapist? Or should I try physics? Could I get subject bonus points through these subjects?
    How competitive is the degree in terms of transfer/ and or getting in through atar?
    Does the university matter?

    Thanks
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    Re: Physiotherapy

    Quote Originally Posted by piethepker View Post
    Well over the last year or so I have decided that my goal is to become a physiotherapist. I have a couple questions regarding the degree.

    Does it require the UMAT?
    Would chemistry, biology and PDHPE in year 11 and 12 provide me the best grounding for physiotherapist? Or should I try physics?
    How competitive is the degree in terms of transfer/ and or getting in through atar?
    Does the university matter?

    Thanks
    I went to UWS Physio for first sem only so I'll give basic answers

    1. Don't think so, at least for UWS and USYD although entry is competitive
    2. From what Ive experienced, biology is probably most essential as you learn human anatomy and physiology, followed by PDHPE - tbh not completely essential prerequisites so better to do subjects you feel you could enjoy, excel in, and could maximise your ATAR.
    3. Internal/external transfer are definitely competitive given how large the pool of people wanting to transfer, and the limited number of space. Not sure but you would need minimum GPA/WAM that a distinction to have a chance. Also, ATAR req has been increasing gradually over the past 5 years so it is going to be tough especially for USYD (98-99 iirc) where they have a max threshold of bonus points being ~2 (Check the site, havent revised myself how this works). UWS is 99.95 but most likely you'll be eligible for local bonus point scheme which gives 5 points for living under one of the postcodes listed on the website. Try EAS if you can as well
    4. There may be some slight bias corresponding to say USYD compared to UWS, but at the end of the day, they are both accredited physiotherapy courses (UWS got provisionally accredited recently) and dont think it will impact greatly on job opportunities
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    Re: Physiotherapy

    Don't live under one of the postcodes unfortunately. Thanks for the advice
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    ^ Nah I know people who live around Epping and got into UWS physio by bonus points. UWS is very generous with bonus points Just aim ~ 95 should be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piethepker View Post
    Don't live under one of the postcodes unfortunately. Thanks for the advice
    Well I only considered UWS and USYD when I was applying. Perhaps you could look into physio in CSU, ACU, UoN etc. which probably has ATAR requirements lower than USYD and UWS, and check their bonus point schemes as well.

    Also, iirc a person I knew transferred from Macq Uni to UWS Physio with a high credit GPA.

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    Re: Physiotherapy

    Quote Originally Posted by piethepker View Post
    Well over the last year or so I have decided that my goal is to become a physiotherapist. I have a couple questions regarding the degree.

    Does it require the UMAT?
    Would chemistry, biology and PDHPE in year 11 and 12 provide me the best grounding for physiotherapist? Or should I try physics? Could I get subject bonus points through these subjects?
    How competitive is the degree in terms of transfer/ and or getting in through atar?
    Does the university matter?

    Thanks
    You don't need UMAT for any physio

    Chem, bio, pd and maths are definitely good to set yourself up for this course as far as I know

    Atar is 97-99.95 for all the uni's I know that offer physio. I terms of transferring, I know that ACU and UWS aren't too difficult to transfer into, however I know a few friends doing Healthscience, exercise sport science and EP at usyd who got HD averages and weren't able to transfer into Usyd physio.

    And no, the uni that you transfer from doesn't matter if you transfer into the undergrad degree.
    If you're considering the GEM program at usyd though (Graduate Entry Masters - Physio), I do know that you'll have a better chance at getting in if you do a course at usyd

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    Re: Physiotherapy

    Thanks for all your help so far

    I currently go to a catholic high school, would that be advantageous in me trying to get into north sydney acu physiotherapy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by piethepker View Post
    Thanks for all your help so far

    I currently go to a catholic high school, would that be advantageous in me trying to get into north sydney acu physiotherapy?
    From my knowledge no, but look at their website and see if you can find anything such as bonus points and schemes that they may offer.

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    Re: Physiotherapy

    hi guys just one quick question..
    Can you transfer from b science or b pharmacy into b of physio if you have a high enough gpa?

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    Re: Physiotherapy

    Do HSC courses that will get you the highest ATAR as its very hard to get in! I wish I had known that before going into yr 11/12!!
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    Re: Physiotherapy

    Quote Originally Posted by thedemonpk3r View Post
    hi guys just one quick question..
    Can you transfer from b science or b pharmacy into b of physio if you have a high enough gpa?
    yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recondit View Post
    I went to UWS Physio for first sem only so I'll give basic answers

    1. Don't think so, at least for UWS and USYD although entry is competitive
    2. From what Ive experienced, biology is probably most essential as you learn human anatomy and physiology, followed by PDHPE - tbh not completely essential prerequisites so better to do subjects you feel you could enjoy, excel in, and could maximise your ATAR.
    3. Internal/external transfer are definitely competitive given how large the pool of people wanting to transfer, and the limited number of space. Not sure but you would need minimum GPA/WAM that a distinction to have a chance. Also, ATAR req has been increasing gradually over the past 5 years so it is going to be tough especially for USYD (98-99 iirc) where they have a max threshold of bonus points being ~2 (Check the site, havent revised myself how this works). UWS is 99.95 but most likely you'll be eligible for local bonus point scheme which gives 5 points for living under one of the postcodes listed on the website. Try EAS if you can as well
    4. There may be some slight bias corresponding to say USYD compared to UWS, but at the end of the day, they are both accredited physiotherapy courses (UWS got provisionally accredited recently) and dont think it will impact greatly on job opportunities
    Hi, can i ask why you only stayed at UWS physio for one semester?
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    Re: Physiotherapy

    Quote Originally Posted by lukeshaayz View Post
    Hi, can i ask why you only stayed at UWS physio for one semester?
    I chose the course because I wanted to challenge myself and read up that the job prospects were decent. Was not my cup of tea and now I am doing engineering which I actually enjoy (for the time being). If you want to do UWS Physio and you think you are capable, by all means do it, the campus is really spacious and tranquil and conveniently next to the station and Macarthur shopping centre. Avoid all that negative stigma about it being a UWS course and considering that the degree also incorporates B. Health Science, you'll meet other aspiring health professionals from all walks of life.

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    No it does not require the UMAT unless it's Monash. Best to check the university website.
    Chemistry and biology certainly helps with first year university subjects, PDHPE not so much.
    It is a HIGHLY competitive course, you need 98+ atar to get in usyd and 99.95 for uws. I have a friend who did B. Exercise Physiology at UNSW with a wam of 75 and Usyd did not allow him to transfer because they did not have enough spots (he tried to transfer every year for 3 years). You can try postgraduate physiotherapy which usually requires 70-75+ wam, however every year it just gets harder to get in.
    University does not matter too much, but Usyd is certainly known for its prestige and graduates are more likely to find jobs.

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    1) No UMAT for USyd/ACU/CSU/UWS. ATAR points required for entry are high though. UWS physio has an ATAR of 99.95
    2) Yes, those subjects will help you a bit, but not a lot. You're taught everything from scratch.
    3) USyd offers bonus points for 2U Maths and higher, Advanced English, Chem, Bio, Phys. UWS offers regional bonus points if you live in Western Sydney. Check with the UWS website to see if your postcode is eligible.
    4) Transfers into physio is highly competitive. You could try Graduate Entry Masters if you didn't make undergrad.
    5) Universities don't matter. You're basically taught the same stuff by different lecturers and different tutors at different universities. It's like USyd vs UNSW commerce or engineering. Same stuff, taught by different teachers at different universities. All that matters are your grades. It's not like USyd/UNSW law vs UWS law, where the prestige of the university matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by softchillisauce View Post
    1) No UMAT for USyd/ACU/CSU/UWS. ATAR points required for entry are high though. UWS physio has an ATAR of 99.95
    2) Yes, those subjects will help you a bit, but not a lot. You're taught everything from scratch.
    3) USyd offers bonus points for 2U Maths and higher, Advanced English, Chem, Bio, Phys. UWS offers regional bonus points if you live in Western Sydney. Check with the UWS website to see if your postcode is eligible.
    4) Transfers into physio is highly competitive. You could try Graduate Entry Masters if you didn't make undergrad.
    5) Universities don't matter. You're basically taught the same stuff by different lecturers and different tutors at different universities. It's like USyd vs UNSW commerce or engineering. Same stuff, taught by different teachers at different universities. All that matters are your grades. It's not like USyd/UNSW law vs UWS law, where the prestige of the university matters.
    No it doesn't.

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    Re: Physiotherapy

    Quote Originally Posted by amirbang View Post
    No it doesn't.
    Yes it does.

    2014 cut offs: http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/atar...in-cutoffs.pdf "723530 B Hlth Science/M Physiotherapy 99.95"

    2015 cut offs: http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/atar...in-cutoffs.pdf "723560 B Physiotherapy 99.95"
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    Automatic 5 bonus points if you live in Greater Western Sydney means limit should really be 94.95.

    Though to be fair every university has bonus points to inflate the cut off ATAR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeniistar View Post
    Yes it does.

    2014 cut offs: http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/atar...in-cutoffs.pdf "723530 B Hlth Science/M Physiotherapy 99.95"

    2015 cut offs: http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/atar...in-cutoffs.pdf "723560 B Physiotherapy 99.95"
    lol, that document is not valid for all courses. No one who attains an atar of 99.95 would want to do physio at UWS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amirbang View Post
    lol, that document is not valid for all courses. No one who attains an atar of 99.95 would want to do physio at UWS.
    not only that, but it includes bonus points. take away 5 for a realistic figure of ~95
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    so lets say you cant get into an undergraduate degree in physio.. can you transfer from B pharmacy or B exercise physiology? how does this transfer thing work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Yoda View Post
    so lets say you cant get into an undergraduate degree in physio.. can you transfer from B pharmacy or B exercise physiology? how does this transfer thing work?
    you can transfer from any degree given the GPA is high enough. For USYD physio you need an 85+ wam (HD average) across all your subjects for the year, to 'be competitive'; this is what I was told by the health faculty.

    I've applied to internally transfer and will let you know how that goes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wesadora View Post
    you can transfer from any degree given the GPA is high enough. For USYD physio you need an 85+ wam (HD average) across all your subjects for the year, to 'be competitive'; this is what I was told by the health faculty.

    I've applied to internally transfer and will let you know how that goes...
    I didn't get usyd physio but I will get direct entry into either WSU or ACU physio
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