Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapists help restore movement, function and quality of life to people of all ages affected by injury, disability or health conditions.
The Wintec physiotherapy degree has been designed for those who are engaged with their community and have a commitment and interest in Māori and/or Pasifika health. The programme provides students with the skills and knowledge to be work-ready physiotherapists who are culturally responsive and well-equipped to meet the needs of communities across the Midland region, in particular rural and remote communities.
How you will learn
The Wintec physiotherapy programme is delivered through a blended learning approach that includes:
- Face-to-face block courses at the Rotokauri Campus,
- a noho marae (overnight stay at the Wintec marae located at the Hamilton City Campus),
- work-integrated learning and clinical placements,
- support from online learning activities which can be completed off-campus.
This mode of delivery supports students to be able to continue to live in their own community without the requirement to relocate to study.
As a guide, students will need to complete at least 36 hours of study per week during both on-campus and off-campus weeks. Students will need reliable internet access and a device with a camera to enable them to participate in online learning activities during the off-campus weeks.
Compulsory block courses of face-to-face teaching at the Wintec Hamilton City Campus are a part of each year of study in this programme. Each on-campus block course runs for one or two weeks, and students are required to attend and participate for the full duration of these blocks. During off-campus weeks, students are required to attend scheduled online Zoom sessions, complete online learning activities and apply self-directed learning.
During this four-year programme, students also undertake five clinical practice modules where they will work full-time in a clinical setting under the supervision of practising physiotherapists. Some of these placements will take place near the student’s place of residence, while others will be completed outside of the student’s home area.
What you will learn
In Year 1, students will be introduced to biomedicine and social science, important cultural and professional concepts, and elementary physiotherapy knowledge and skills. Students will also be introduced to professional practice with embedded work-integrated learning experiences.
Year 2 focuses on essential 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 are introduced to primary care physiotherapy in rural and Māori health settings, as well as to the clinical setting and the clinical role of a physiotherapist. Cultural and professional concepts are integrated with clinical knowledge using case-based learning.
Year 3 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 to develop higher-level reasoning, reflection and critical thinking, and students are introduced to rangahau and research methodologies. Students will undertake two clinical placements to apply their learnings into practice.
In Year 4, students will either continue in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Level 7) programme or, if they have achieved a B+ average in Years 1–3, will have the option to complete the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (Level 8). Year 4 (for both the bachelor and honours option), consists of two rangahau or research modules, advanced and specialised areas of physiotherapy practice, and a transition to a new graduate practice module. Students will also complete two longer clinical placements that enable them to achieve the level of clinical practice competency required by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.
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Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.
Year 1 - Level 5 modules
|Module code||Module name||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
| HSPT501||Te Hīhiri||5||15|
| HSPT502||Assessment and Physical Evaluation||5||15|
| HSPT503||Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy||5||15|
| HSPT504||Human Anatomy and Physiology A||5||15|
| HSPT505||Professional and Interprofessional Practice||5||15|
| HSPT506||Human Anatomy and Physiology B||5||15||HSPT504|
| HSPT507||Promoting Health and Wellness||5||15|
| HSPT508||Evaluation and Intervention for Physical Dysfunction||5||15|
Year 2 - Level 6 modules
|Module code||Module title||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
|HSPT602||Human Pathophysiology||6||15||HSPT504 & HSPT506|
|HSPT604||Exercise-based Physiotherapy||6||15||HSPT504 & HSPT506|
|HSPT605||Neurological Physiotherapy||6||15||HSPT502 & HSPT508|
|HSPT606||Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy||6||15||HSPT502 & HSPT508|
|HSPT607||Primary Care for Rural and Hauora Practice||6||15||HSPT601|
|HSPT608||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1||6||15||HSPT603 & HSP605 & HSPT606|
Year 3 - Level 7 modules
|Module code||Module title||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
|HSPT702||Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation||7||15||HSPT605|
|HSPT703||Advanced Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy||7||15||HSPT606|
|HSPT704||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 2||7||15||HSPT608|
|HSPT705||Physiotherapy Across Life Stages||7||15||HSPT607 & HSPT608|
|HSPT706||Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy||7||15||HSPT603|
|HSPT707||Rangahau and Research Methodology & Design||7||15|
|HSPT708||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 3||7||15||HSPT702 & HSPT703 & HSPT704|
Year 4 - Level 7 modules
|Module code||Module title||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
|HSPT741||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 4||7||30||HSPT706 & HSPT708|
|HSPT742||Specialist Physiotherapy Practice||7||15||HSPT702 & HSPT703 & HSPT706|
|HSPT743||Rangahau or Research Project A||7||15||HSPT707|
|HSPT744||Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 5||7||30||HSPT741|
|HSPT745||Te Mātātupu||7||15||HSPT701 & HSPT741|
|HSPT746||Rangahau or Research Project B||7||15||HSPT743|
Year 4 - Level 8 modules
|Module code||Module title||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
|HSPT801||Advanced Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 4||8||30||HSPT706 & HSPT708|
|HSPT802||Advanced and Specialist Physiotherapy Practice||8||15||HSPT702 & HSPT703 & HSPT706|
|HSPT803||Independent Rangahau or Research Project A||8||15||HSPT707|
|HSPT804||Advanced Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 5||8||30||HSPT801|
|HSPT805||Te Puawaitanga||8||15||HSPT701 & HSPT801|
|HSPT806||Independent Rangahau or Research Project B||8||15||HSPT803|
Career and further study opportunities
Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand. This will qualify graduates to work as physiotherapists in a range of physiotherapy-related roles in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Physiotherapists work across a range of clinical settings, from private practice to hospital environments, working alongside elite sports teams, and within organisations. Physiotherapists can specialise in areas such as:
- Hand therapy
- Sports physiotherapy
- Health promotion
- Manipulative physiotherapy
- Mental health
- Occupational health
- Aged care or paediatrics
- Research and academia
- Animal Physiotherapy
Graduates of this programme will be eligible to enter a postgraduate programme at Wintec or another educational institution.
Please note, places on this programme are limited; it is anticipated that there will be more applications received than places available.
- Apply online or download and complete an Application to Enrol Form.
- Complete the online Self-Disclosure Form. If you have applied in hard copy, you will also need to complete a Self-Disclosure Form, if you have applied online this form is included as part of the online application process. The Self-Disclosure Form will include a section where you provide evidence of community engagement.
- A referee will need to complete and submit the online referee questionnaire, if preferred, write a letter as supporting material.
- If applying in hard copy, and if you are unsure that you meet the entry criteria, complete the Additional Information Form. This will enable us to further assess your application. If applying online, and if you are unsure that you meet the entry criteria, select discretionary entrance and this form is then included as part of the online application process.
- If you have them, provide certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
- We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you are a domestic student, we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN), if we can not access your NSN number, you will need to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.
Submitting your supporting material
Please email your supporting material to email@example.com. Include your name and Student ID (if you know it) in the subject line.
All applications will be assessed, and a small cohort will be invited to an interview (including whānau/family) either onsite at Wintec or online via Skype or Zoom.
Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate evidence of:
- Community engagement (with supporting referee evidence of involvement)
- Residency in the wider Midlands regions of New Zealand (Waikato, Taranaki, Tairāwhiti, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, and Hawkes Bay)
- Commitment to and interest in Māori and/or Pasifika health
Following interviews, an admissions panel will review all applications and identify which applicants will be offered a place on the programme.
For more information on the application process, please read the Physiotherapy Step-by-Step Guide for Applicants.
Frequently asked questions
What can I do to improve my chances of being selected for interview?
Preference will be given to applicants who provide evidence in their application documentation that they meet key criteria. Applicants should ensure the self-disclosure form has as much information as possible.
Include in your community engagement statement evidence of participation in activities that contribute to the hauora (health and wellbeing) of your community. Examples could include (but are not limited to):
- The organisation of initiatives that encourage community participation in hauora activities,
- beautification projects, for example, community gardens and/or murals,
- marae, school and/or sporting club improvements and/or maintenance projects,
- sport team coaching and/or club committee involvement
- environmental projects and activities, for example, waterway clean-ups and native vegetation restoration,
- involvement in the community such as teams, events, activities, groups, Kapa Haka or youth groups, and
- volunteer work in your community.
What happens at the interview?
The interview takes place either onsite at the Wintec Hamilton City Campus, or via Skype/Zoom, with a panel of up to three interviewers. Your whānau/family are invited to join you during the interview.
The interview panel will ask you a series of questions including (but not limited to):
- Your motivations for applying to study physiotherapy at Wintec,
- your ambitions for how you want to contribute to the profession and the health and wellbeing of your community,
- your community engagement,
- your commitment to and interest in Māori and/or Pasifika health,
- how you will manage your commitments while studying.
Following interviews, an admissions panel will review all applications and the outcome of the interviews, and identify which applicants will be offered a place on the programme.
I have been accepted into the programme, what happens next?
If you have been accepted, you will be sent an enrolment offer letter and will need to accept this offer within a given timeframe to confirm your place on the programme. If you do not accept the offer by the due date advised in your offer letter, your place will be offered to another applicant.
Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.
You will need a current First Aid Certificate (NZQA units 6400, 6401 and 6402); if you don’t have one, you’ll need to complete this within the first six months of the programme.
At the start of the programme, you’ll need to provide evidence of your immunity and vaccination status. Please have your doctor complete the Wintec Immunisation Form.
During your induction, you will be required to complete safety checks to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. You can find out more about the safety check process and the Vulnerable Children Act here.
For further information and to help prepare for your first day of study, check out the Your first day tab.
Are transfers of credit available on the programme?
Yes, transfers of credit can be applied for. Applications for a formal transfer of credit are only considered after a student has been accepted to the programme. Once accepted onto the programme, students should refer to the programme regulations for information and the forms page for the Application for Transfer of Credit - External or Application for Transfer of Credit - Internal forms. Applications for transfer of credit must be submitted to the Student Enrolment and Information Centre before the start date of the programme.
Please note, transfers of credit are not available for placement modules and not normally available for Level 7 and 8 modules.
When do placements happen?
Placements start in Semester 2 of Year 1, and continue throughout the duration of the programme.
Year 1, Semester 2: 30 hours part-time work-integrated learning clinical observation.
Year 2, Semester 1: 30 hours part-time work-integrated learning clinical observation.
Year 2, Semester 2: 3 weeks full-time clinical placement.
Year 3, Semester 1: 5 weeks full-time clinical placement.
Year 3, Semester 2: 5 weeks full-time clinical placement.
Year 4, Semester 1: 8 weeks full-time clinical placement.
Year 4, Semester 2: 8 weeks full-time clinical placement.
Can I contact my tutors on off-campus weeks?
Yes. Tutors, the programme kaiāwhina, and all of the Wintec support services are available to assist you throughout your study.
Tutors are in contact with students throughout each module, for on-campus and off-campus weeks. Students can also contact tutors to arrange appointments, as required.
How does online delivery work?
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
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.
Applicants who achieved University Entrance through NCEA in 2020 will be assessed under separate NZQA entry requirements that take into account the impacts of COVID-19. Candidates are required to have:
- University Entrance (UE) or equivalent is the minimum requirement to enter the Bachelor of Physiotherapy programme. To qualify for University Entrance candidates NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at
NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
- 12 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and
- UE Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
- UE Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above).
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.
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,
ii. Community engagement (evidenced by support from their community), and
iii. Commitment to Māori and Pasifika health (details of what is considered suitable evidence of commitment can be found here).
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.
Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Whakatauki | Proverb
Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu. Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly.
Year 1 students starting Semester 1 2022
In addition, physiotherapy programme induction times have been included in students' timetable for week 1 and 2 of teaching.
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, log in and password details.
If you have a laptop or smart device that you will be using during your study, please bring this with you.
How to find your way around
Parking and bus information
He reo pōwhiri - Your official welcome to Wintec
Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.
You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.
Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.
Paying for your study
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 the Wintec Immunisation Form, you can find this here. 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).
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 black trousers or black dress shorts; and black, dark blue or dark brown lace-up shoes or closed in style with a soft sole and low heel.
Cost: Uniforms shirts cost approximately $65 per shirt and students will need at least 2 shirts. Trousers or dress shorts can be supplied by the student.
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: Approximately $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 transportation 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. Refer here for information about parking on campus.
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.
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.
Year 1 timetable 2021
Classes commence with a block course onsite at the Hamilton City Campus, starting on Tuesday 9 February 2021. Thereafter (Wednesday 10 February 2021 onwards), your block weeks will be at the Rotokauri Campus. 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.
Vulnerable Children Act Requirements
During your induction, you will be required to complete a safety check to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children's 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.
Check out the required textbooks for this programme here.
There are no required textbooks 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.
If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:
New Zealand-based suppliers
General book suppliers
First aid certificate
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