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.
- Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
- * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
- Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
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- Program coordinator
- Associate Professor Suzanne Broadbent
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.
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.
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 (eg 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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