Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology


Program summary

Student profile

Manage health, injury and disease with exercise

Exercise is a powerful tool to improve human performance and health outcomes. This program qualifies you to work as an exercise physiologist, and to use the science of exercise to prevent and manage chronic conditions, injuries and to help people live healthier lives.

Like physiotherapists, exercise physiologists work with clients in healthcare settings and sports to prevent disease and injuries, and to manage health, lifestyle and behaviour changes.

In this program you will:

  • Learn how to use exercise to prevent and manage chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and mental health conditions.
  • Train to prevent and manage musculoskeletal injuries in sport and recreational settings.
  • Study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, exercise assessment, exercise programming, psychology and nutrition.
  • Build your professional skills through 500 hours of supervised work placement in hospitals, clinics and sport settings.
  • Test and train athletes in USC’s AIS-accredited sport science labs.
  • Qualify to work as an exercise physiologist in hospitals, health clinics, rehabilitation facilities, community health, occupational rehabilitation, gyms and more.
Career opportunities

This degree qualifies you to practice as an exercise physiologist in a range of healthcare settings and to seek provider status with Medicare.

Clinical exercise physiology can lead to careers in cardiac and pulmonary testing, musculoskeletal injury prevention and management, neurological rehabilitation, cancer and renal disease rehabilitation, occupational rehabilitation, case management and research. The program can also provide a pathway to studies in physiotherapy.

Post-admission requirements

Students must complete 500 hours of supervised placement. Students may be required to undertake some clinical placement hours outside the Sunshine Coast region in metropolitan and regional/rural areas.

Before undertaking placements (e.g. by year 3), students must provide evidence of immunisations, first aid training, satisfactory criminal history check, and hold a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check). Students may also be required to complete QLD Health orientation package.

Accreditation and memberships

This degree is professionally accredited at the levels of Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).Graduates may also apply to become members of Sports Medicine Australia.

Note: External accreditation requirements for this program allow for credit transfer to be granted for study completed at minimum of AQF level 7 Bachelor degree level only. Credit transfer cannot be granted for study completed within a qualification lower than AQF level 7 Bachelor degree (e.g. TAFE/RTO level Advanced Diploma or lower), or for non-formal learning.

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Program structure

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Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete all required components of this program, to be able to apply for accreditation as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • Complete 500 hours of supervised practice comprising of a minimum of 140 hours for apparently healthy clients, 140 hours for neuromuscular /
    musculoskeletal clients, and 140 hours for metabolic / cardiopulmonary clients. These hours will be
    completed within SPX300 and SPX401A SPX401B SPX401C and SPX401D courses.

In order to commence fieldwork placement you must:

  • Hold a valid Suitability Card (Blue Card - Working with Children Check - QLD). This is required by week 6 of the third year subject, SPX300 and is issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG). The application timeline for this Card is usually in the region of 6-8 weeks, therefore it is advised that this process is initiated at the time of enrolment into SPX300 if not before
  • Provide evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B (blood titre level after approved vaccination schedule)
  • Hold current Senior First Aid and CPR certificates (currency of certification is to be maintained throughout the program)
  • You may also be required to complete a Criminal History Check for particular placements, cost of which is borne by the student
  • Some courses within this program are taught outside of the standard teaching semesters. Students should refer to the Session Timetables for dates

For more information on mandatory requirements refer to Sport and Exercise Science/Clinical Exercise Science - Placements

Program notes
  • SPX306 MUST be studied prior to enrolment into SPX301 SPX302 and SPX411
  • All 100, 200 and 300 level courses MUST be completed prior to commencing 400 level courses
  • Enrolment in SPX300 and SPX401A SPX401B SPX401C and SPX401D is subject to special entry
    requirements and by Course Coordinator approval only.
  • For Sippy Downs students some courses in this program will be taught at the Sunshine Coast Heath Institute
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider. It is advisable to contact your Program Advisor to discuss timing and course issues. Students should be aware there are restrictions applicable to credit transfer in order to obtain ESSA accreditation and they should contact their Program Advisor if considering participating in the Study Overseas program
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • Note: External accreditation requirements for this program allow for credit transfer to be granted for study completed at minimum of AQF level 7 Bachelor degree level only. Credit transfer cannot be granted for study completed at TAFE/RTO level (Advanced Diploma or lower), or for non-formal learning.

How to apply

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Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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