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Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) pre-2020 enrolment

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology course is a 4 year-full time degree which consist of 180 credit points of core units of study and 12 credit points of elective units of study.

Exercise physiologists specialise in the delivery of exercise and behaviour change for the prevention and management of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, depression, cancer and arthritis.

During this four year degree students will develop competency in the assessment of physical and functional capacity, the identification of risks and the design of targeted, functional and sustainable exercise programs. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology, including areas such as musculoskeletal anatomy, muscle mechanics and training, the biomechanics of human movement, neuroscience, nutrition, rehabilitation, and exercise testing and prescription.

Through over 500 hours of clinical experience students will learn to apply knowledge and gain significant practical experience, working with a range of different clients in numerous settings such as gyms, hospitals and on-site clinics.


The discipline of Exercise and Sports Science offers an embedded honours program. This program runs in parallel with the pass degree; honours students complete their degree at the same time as pass students. Honours students undertake some alternative units of study in the last 3 semesters of their degree and conduct a research project with one-to-one supervision from an experienced academic. Entry into the honours program is competitive and based on weighted average mark.

An honours degree is an opportunity for students to contribute to knowledge in their discipline, gain valuable professional skills, and broaden their career options.

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) Honours, a candidate must complete the requirements for the pass degree but include the alternative units of study listed in the Honours pathway of the Exercise Physiology table of units of study.

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) has Full Accreditation status at the level of Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology from Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Graduates are eligible for both exercise science and exercise physiology accreditation by ESSA.

Accredited exercise physiologists are eligible to provide services under Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs, WorkCover and private health insurance funds.

More information about accreditation can be obtained from Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

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