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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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Course details

Summary

Applications for 2019 have now closed.

Physiotherapists help restore movement, function and quality of life to people of all ages affected by injury, disability or health conditions. 

This programme has been designed for those who are engaged with their community and have a commitment and interest in Māori and/or Pacific health. Students will gain the skills, knowledge and qualifications to practice as a physiotherapist in Aotearoa.

This programme enables students to study closer to home in the Midland region of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is delivered in block courses on campus supported by online learning activities in a blended learning approach. The block-course mode of delivery for this programme is unique to Wintec. Students will need some IT expertise and internet access while working off campus. 

Students will undertake five clinical practice modules where they will work full-time in a clinical setting under the supervision of practicing physiotherapists.

Block courses run for a duration of two weeks from 8am-5pm, and take place six times per year (at the Hamilton City Campus), in year one (3 in semester one and 3 in semester 2). The frequency of block courses reduces as the student progresses through the years of the programme.  During off-block weeks, students are required to do online/zoom sessions – typically on a Monday or Friday, but this will vary depending on the year of study.

Several modules in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy provide interprofessional teaching and learning opportunities for students across the Centre for Health and Social Practice (CHASP) to come together to learn about and from each other. Students will also learn knowledge and skills to work effectively with whānau and in hauora settings.

Please note: It is anticipated that there will be more applications than places available.

Preference will be given to those that demonstrate evidence of meeting key criteria, including:

  • Engagement within a candidate's community and the impact of their engagement,
  • Referee evidence supporting community engagement,
  • Residency in the wider Midlands regions of New Zealand (Waikato, Taranaki, Tairawhiti, Lakes, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay),
  • Commitment to and interest in Māori and/or Pacific health.

 

Clinical practice

Clinical practice (work placements) are offered earlier in the programme compared to what is offered by other providers. This enables students greater flexibility in terms of balancing study with other life commitments. Earlier work placements also enable students to develop inter-personal skills for patient care over a longer period of time before going into practice.

Wintec endeavours to arrange placements for students close to their home communities.

Year one timetable 2019

Classes commence with a block course onsite at the Hamilton City Campus, starting 9am on Monday 11 February 2019.

As a guide, throughout this programme students will be required to complete at least 36 hours of study, which includes face to face learning, online and independent activites.

Block course dates for 2019

Students will be required to attend and participate for the full duration of every block course.  Each block course week consists of approximately 36 hours of face to face class time.

Between the on-campus block courses students are also required to complete online and independent learning activities each week.   

Semester 1 (11 February  – 30 June 2019)

Block 1: 9am Monday 11 February – 4pm Friday 22 February

Block 2: 10am Monday 1 April – 4pm Friday 12 April

Block 3: 10am Monday 17 June – 1pm Friday 28 June
This block includes a mandatory noho marae stay overnight at the Wintec Marae from 1pm Thursday 27 June – 1pm Friday 28 June.

Semester 2 (22 July – 8 December 2019)

Block 4: 10am Monday 29 July – 3pm Friday 9 August

Block 5: 10am Monday 16 September – 3pm Friday 29 September

Block 6: 10am Monday 25 November – 1pm Friday 6 December

What you'll learn

In year one, students will be introduced to biomedicine and social science, important cultural and professional concepts, and elementary physiotherapy knowledge and skills.  Students will be introduced to professional practice with embedded work-integrated learning experiences.

Year two focuses on basic knowledge and skills across the three core clinical focus areas of physiotherapy practice (cardiorespiratory, neurological, musculoskeletal).  There is an emphasis on clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice, and students will be introduced to primary care physiotherapy in rural and Māori health settings. Cultural and professional concepts are integrated with clinical knowledge using case-based learning and students will be introduced to the clinical setting and the clinical role of a physiotherapist.

Year three advances physiotherapy knowledge and skills in the core clinical focus areas for patients throughout the lifespan and across clinical settings such as community, acute care, rehabilitation and private practice. Clinical cases are more complex, so students will develop higher-level reasoning, reflection and critical thinking, and will be introduced to rangahau and research methodologies. Students will undertake two clinical placements to apply what they’ve learnt so far into practice.

In year four students will either continue in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (level 7) programme, or if they have achieved a B+ average in years 1 – 3 of the programme, they will have the option to complete the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (level 8) modules.  Year four (for both the Bachelor and Bachelor Honours option) consists of two rangahau or research modules, advanced and specialised areas of physiotherapy practice and a transition to new graduate practice module.  Students will also complete two longer clinical placements to ensure they have the opportunity to achieve the level of clinical practice competency required by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Level 7) 

Year 1 - Level 5 modules

Group A
Module codeLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HSPT501Te Hīrhiri515
 
HSPT502Assessment and Physical Evaluation515
 
HSPT503Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy515
 
HSPT504Human Anatomy and Physiology A515
 
HSPT505Professional and Interprofessional Practice515
 
HSPT506Human Anatomy and Physiology B515
 
HSPT507Promoting Health and Wellness515
 
HSPT508Evaluation and Intervention for Physical Dysfunction515
 

 

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Level 7) 

Year 2 - Level 6 modules

Group A
Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HSPT601Te Mahara615HSPT501 
HSPT602Human Pathophysiology615HSPT504 & HSPT506 
HSPT603Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy615HSPT503 
HSPT604Exercise-based Physiotherapy615HSPT504 & HSPT506
 
HSPT605Neurological Physiotherapy615HSPT502 & HSPT508 
HSPT606Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy615HSPT502 & HSPT508 
HSPT607Primary Care for Rural and Hauora Practice615HSPT601 
HSPT608Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1615HSPT603 & HSP605 & HSPT606 

 

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Level 7) 

Year 3 - Level 7 modules

Group A
Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HSPT701Te Wānanga715HSPT601 
HSPT702Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation715HSPT605 
HSPT703Advanced Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy715HSPT606 
HSPT704Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 2715HSPT608
 
HSPT705Physiotherapy Across Life Stages715HSPT607 & HSPT608
 
HSPT706Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy715HSPT603
 
HSPT707Rangahau and Research Methodology & Design715
 
HSPT708Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 3715HSPT702 & HSPT703 & HSPT704
 

 

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Level 7) 

Year 4 - Level 7 modules

Group B
Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HSPT741Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 4730HSPT706 & HSPT708 
HSPT742Specialist Physiotherapy Practice715HSPT702 & HSPT703 & HSPT706 
HSPT743Rangahau or Research Project A715HSPT707 
HSPT744Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 5730HSPT741
 
HSPT745Te Mātātupu715HSPT701 & HSPT741
 
HSPT746Rangahau or Research Project B715HSPT743
 

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (Level 8)

Year 4 - Level 8 modules

Group C
Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HSPT801Advanced Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 4830HSPT706 & HSPT708 
HSPT802Advanced and Specialist Physiotherapy Practice815HSPT702 & HSPT703 & HSPT706 
HSPT803Independent Rangahau or Research Project A815HSPT707
 
HSPT804Advanced Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 5830HSPT801
 
HSPT805Te Puawaitanga815HSPT701 & HSPT801
 
HSPT806Independent Rangahau or Research Project B815HSPT803
 

Career/further opportunities

On completion of this programme students will be eligible for registration as a physiotherapist in Aotearoa New Zealand and be qualified to work as a physiotherapist and/or in a range of physiotherapy related roles.

Physiotherapists can work across a range of clinical settings, from private practice to hospital or working alongside elite sports teams and organisations. Physiotherapists often specialise in:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Hand therapy
  • Health promotion
  • Manual therapy
  • Mental health
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Occupational health
  • Older persons health
  • Paediatrics
  • Musculoskeletal and Sports rehabilitation
  • Research and academia

Graduates of this programme will be eligible to enter a research higher degree or postgraduate programme at Wintec or another educational institution. 

Frequently asked questions

When do placements happen?

Placements start in Semester 2 of Year 1, and continue throughout the duration of the programme.

Can I contact my tutors on off-campus weeks?

Yes – tutor availability for contact is the same, regardless of off-campus/on-campus weeks. As with other programmes, you simply contact your tutor and arrange an appointment time.

Are Transfers of Credit available on the programme?

Yes, however applications for Transfer of Credit are only considered after a student has been accepted on to the programme. Transfers of Credit are not available for placement modules.

How does online delivery work?

In the weeks between block courses there are timetabled sessions where students are expected to log-on and join in on online lessons via Zoom, or complete online activities via Moodle or KuraCloud.

Application process

Take a look at the Physiotherapy application checklist here

Please note: It is anticipated that there will be more applications than places available for this programme. 

All applicants must clearly meet the academic entry criteria and provide additional information via the Physiotherapy Online Self-Disclosure Form, and the Online Referee Form. 

Check out the Physiotherapy Step by Step Guide

Please check you have completed the following:

1. Apply online or download and complete an application to enrol form.               

You will need certified proof of your legal name, date of birth, and residency status. This could be a copy of your passport or birth certificate.  If you are a domestic student, we may be able to use your National Student Number (NSN). 

2. Complete the online self-disclosure form. You will be required to provide some written personal statements to support your application.

3. A referee will need to complete and submit the online referee questionnaire. If your referee would rather write a letter, this can be submitted as supporting material.

4. If you have them, provide us with verified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.

5. If you’re not sure if you meet the entry criteria or are over 20 years of age complete the online additional information formso we’re able to assess your likelihood of success.

Submitting your supporting material

You can email your supporting material to us at mysupportingdocs@wintec.ac.nz – just include your name and student ID (if you know it) in the subject line.

Selection process

We’ll email you to confirm we’ve received your application and let you know if there’s anything more we need from you.

All applications will be assessed, and a small cohort will be invited to interview (including family / whānau) either onsite at Wintec or via Skype / Zoom.

Following interviews, an Admissions Panel will review all applications and identify which applicants will be offered a place on the programme.

Preference will be given to those that demonstrate evidence of meeting key criteria, including:

  • Engagement within your community and the impact of your engagement
  • Referee evidence supporting community engagement,Residency in the wider midland regions of Aotearoa New Zealand (Waikato, Taranaki, Tairawhiti, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, and Hawkes Bay)
  • Commitment to, and interest in, Māori and/or Pacific health.

What happens next

  • If you’re accepted into this programme, we’ll send you an enrolment offer letter – you’ll need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer
  • If you do not accept your offer prior to the due date advised in the offer letter your place will be offered to another applicant, as there are only a limited number of places available in this programme. 

After you’ve accepted your offer

Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Candidates are required to have:
  i. University Entrance (UE) or equivalent is the minimum requirement to enter the Bachelor of Physiotherapy programme. To qualify for University Entrance candidates need NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
    (1) 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects, and
    (2) Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
    (3) Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
  ii. A relevant level 4 qualification; or
  iii. Equivalent.

b) Candidates who have studied on a Physiotherapy Degree programme at another institution will need to meet the Bachelor of Physiotherapy programme entry requirements or equivalent.

c) Applicants who have completed an approved foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme in Health at Level 4, with 65% or higher in all modules will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy programme.

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success4 may be eligible for Special Admission. Special Admission will be granted at the discretion of the Head of Physiotherapy/Center Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates will be required to provide a record of prior qualifications, employment history, work experience, and one written reference (forms provided) and may be required to attend a selection interview/hui.

b) Selection of students into the programme will be determined on the basis of:
  i. Academic ability, as demonstrated in previous education, and
  ii. Community engagement (evidenced by letter of support from their community). Candidates may also be required to provide additional information and/or attend an interview in order for their application to be assessed.

c) All candidates are required to:
  i. Complete the standard Wintec application form,
  ii. Complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions,
  iii. Complete a self-declaration of mental and physical condition.

d) Candidates are required in their application to indicate whether they have been convicted of, or have been prosecuted for, a criminal offence. Candidates should be aware that, under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act (2003)), some types of criminal conviction may result in the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand refusing to allow a person to register as a Physiotherapist. Similarly, some types of criminal conviction may result in difficulty to obtain a clinical practice placement and therefore meet the requirements to pass the programme.

e) Candidates are required in their application to indicate whether they have had a mental and/or physical condition that may prevent them entering the Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Candidates should be aware that, under the HPCA Act (2003), some types of physical or mental conditions may result in the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand being unable to register a person as a Physiotherapist.

Clinical practice requirements

a) Before undertaking clinical practice within the programme, candidates will be required to provide a written health and immunity status assessment from their health practitioner.

b) Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate prior to undertaking any clinical practice module in the programme.

Safety check requirements

In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students will be subjected to safety checks. These will include, but are not limited to;
  (1) Referee Checks,
  (2) A Police Vet Check,
  (3) A Risk Assessment.

Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme. Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.

English language requirements

a) Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 7.0 with no individual band score lower than 6.5.

Want to see full details of the entry criteria?
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) programme is only available to students that have completed years 1-3 of Wintec's Bachelor of Physiotherapy and achieved a B+ average in years 1-3 of the programme.
Don't meet the entry criteria?

Pathways

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Year one students starting semester one

Date:  11 February 2019
Time:  9am-4pm
Venue: The Atrium,  City Campus

All Bachelor of Physiotherapy students will join the Centre for Health and Social Practice Induction on Monday 11th February 2019.  Students will then move into a physiotherapy programme specific induction, which commences at 12noon on Monday 11th February in the Wharekai, Wintec Marae, City Campus.

Additionally, physiotherapy programme specific induction times have been included in the students timetable in week 1 and 2 of teaching.
Physiotherapy classes commence at 1:00pm on Monday 11th February 2019

What you will need

Please bring pen and paper with you on your first day.

You will also need to bring your student ID number, login and password details.

If you have a laptop/smart device that you will be using during your study, please bring this with you.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

This programme has additional costs.

Kura Cloud Subscription

Kura Cloud is an online learning platform used for Anatomy and Physiology.
Cost: $65.00 for 1 year. 

This will be invoiced to you at the time of your enrolment.  This is not covered by StudyLink and is a compulsory fee payment.

 

Health screening and vaccinations
At the start of the programme students will be required to provide evidence of your immunity and vaccination status. The students own doctor/general practitioner will need to assess this for them. The doctor will need to complete Wintec’s Immunisation Form, you can find this at www.wintec.ac.nz/immunisation. It is important that students bring the completed Immunisation Form with them on the first day.

Vaccinations are available from Wintec Health, Counselling and Wellbeing Centre, located in A Block, open 8.00am to 4.00pm, Phone 834 8869 or your Medical Practitioner/Medical Centre.

Cost: Up to $300 depending on provider and screening/vaccinations required. In addition, some students may require follow up screening or vaccinations. Annual flu vaccinations during the declared influenza season are also a requirement for students undertaking clinical placement in the Waikato DHB (unless using an approved face mask).
 
First aid certificate
All students will need to provide a copy of a current first aid certificate or evidence you have enrolled in a course that will be completed within the first six months of the programme.
Cost: Approx. $120-$240
 

 

Travel  and accommodation costs for clinical placement outside of your home area
You will be required to pay for your own travel, parking and accommodation when undertaking clinical placements. You will be required to undertake at least one clinical placement outside of your home area.

You will need reliable transport to and from your clinical placement.

 

There may be scholarships available to support Māori and Pasifika students with travel and accommodation expenses.  Further details regarding scholarships will be made available once you have been offered a place in the programme.

Please note, that while you are on placement you will need access to a computer and the internet so you can undertake assessment and communicate with your tutor etc.

 

 

Technology
You will need access to a computer and the internet so you can access study material, submit assessments and communicate with your tutors.
Cost: Variable depending on computer purchased and internet plan selected.

Other Equipment

You will need to purchase some additional equipment, including lab coats and a stethoscope.

 Cost: Up to $300 depending on provider.  You will be given information on where to source this equipment during your induction.

 

Additional information

YEAR ONE TIMETABLE 2019
Classes commence with a block course onsite at the Hamilton City Campus, starting 9am on Monday 11 February 2019.

As a guide, throughout this programme students will be required to complete at least 36 hours of study, which includes face to face learning, online and independent activities.

BLOCK COURSE DATES FOR 2019
Students will be required to attend and participate for the full duration of every block course.  Each block course week consists of approximately 36 hours of face to face class time.
Between the on-campus block courses students are also required to complete online and independent learning activities each week.  

Semester 1 (11 February  – 30 June 2019)

Block 1: 9am Monday 11 February – 4pm Friday 22 February

Block 2: 10am Monday 1 April – 4pm Friday 12 April

Block 3: 10am Monday 17 June – 1pm Friday 28 June
This block includes a mandatory noho marae stay overnight at the Wintec Marae from 1pm Thursday 27 June – 1pm Friday 28 June.

 

Semester 2 (22 July – 8 December 2019)

Block 4: 10am Monday 29 July – 3pm Friday 9 August

Block 5: 10am Monday 16 September – 3pm Friday 29 September

Block 6: 10am Monday 25 November – 1pm Friday 6 December

Booklist

Check out the required text books for this programme here.

There are no required text books for this programme, however we strongly recommend that you have access to the recommended textbooks.  If you would like to buy some of the recommended textbooks these may cost up to $850 (new) for the first year. 

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status

Health Immunisation
At the start of the programme you will be asked to provide evidence of your immunity and vaccination status.  Your doctor will need to assess this for you.  Your doctor will need to complete Wintec's Immunisation Form, you can find this at http://www.wintec.ac.nz/immunisation 

Vulnerable Children Act Requirements
During your induction you will be required to complete a safety check to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Childrens Act 2014. The safety check may include a referee check, a police vetting check, a risk assessment.  Any unsatisfactory result arising from the safety check may result in you being withdrawn from the programme.

Uniform

Arrangements will be made for our uniform supplier to visit our main campus to custom fit your uniform to order.  This is for the top/shirt requirements. You will also need to provide your own full length navy blue trousers or navy blue dress shorts; and black or dark blue lace-up shoes or closed in style, non-porous with a soft sole and low heel.

Cost: Uniforms are available from $79-$99.

Equipment

Clinical placement

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