Prerequiste Knowledge Areas

Prerequiste Knowledge Areas

Doctor of Physiotherapy entry criteria – additional information

Definitions of essential prerequisite knowledge areas

Human Anatomy

Applicants must study the basic concepts of anatomical sciences including gross anatomy, histology and embryology.  The anatomy of the major body systems (see those listed below) as well as additional study specifically in the area of musculoskeletal anatomy (muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels) of the spine, upper limb and lower limbs must be completed.  This often means applicants have studied at least two subjects/units/courses to cover this material – a unit covering introductory anatomy of all the body systems PLUS a specific musculoskeletal anatomy unit. 

Human Physiology

Applicants must study physiology and functioning of the major systems of the human body. The following systems of the human body must be studied – cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological and endocrine (hormonal).

For examples of units that cover this content, refer to the Unit descriptions of BIOL247 Systems Physiology and BIOL257 Neurophysiology or BIOL257 Neurophysiology or PSY354 Clinical and Experimental Neuroscience via the Macquarie University website.

Psychology

Applicants must study some introductory concepts related to contemporary psychology. Study of the physiological bases of behaviour, learning and motivation is preferred.

For an example of a unit that covers this content, refer to the Unit descriptions of PSY104 Introduction to Psychology I via the Macquarie University website.

Research Methods

Applicants must study research design and modern statistical principles and practice including data analytical techniques and interpretation.

For examples of units that cover this content, refer to the Unit descriptions of STAT171 Statistical Data Analysis or PSY248 Design and Statistics II via the Macquarie University website.

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