Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Thu, 22 September

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International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
70
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

4.5 years min for students commencing in July

4 years full-time

4.5 years min for students commencing in July

Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore
Start date
March, July
Course code
3007012
Course abbreviation
BClinExPhys
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

The Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology is a four-year degree that develops expert knowledge about how exercise can improve health and wellbeing and manage chronic disease.

The degree prepares you for an exciting career as an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP), one of the fastest-growing group of allied health professionals in Australia, and includes a significant clinical placement as part of the degree.

The course will build your knowledge and expertise to assess, prescribe and deliver exercise programs to assist clients better manage their health.

Please note: There are requirements that you need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

The Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology is a four-year degree that develops expert knowledge about how exercise can improve health and wellbeing and manage chronic disease.

The degree prepares you for an exciting career as an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP), one of the fastest-growing group of allied health professionals in Australia, and includes a significant clinical placement as part of the degree.

The course will build your knowledge and expertise to assess, prescribe and deliver exercise programs to assist clients better manage their health.

Please note: There are requirements that you need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must have achieved:

  1. satisfactory completion of at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the Recognised Countries (see below), including at least two years between years 7 and 12; or
  2. completed at least two years (full time equivalent combined secondary and/or tertiary and/or vocational education taught and assessed solely in English, in one of the Recognised Countries; or
  3. the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components: or
  4. the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components; or
  5. the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills; or
  6. the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing, and 23 speaking; or
  7. successful completion of the English for Academic Purposes 3 program at SCU College.

Recognised Countries means the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, UK and USA.

Please note, Rule 2 Schedule B test scores equivalencies do not apply to this course.



 

Credit for prior learning

Graduates of the Southern Cross University Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSES) degree will be awarded 19 units credit into the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (BCEP). Non-SCU students with an exercise science degree will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score or equivalent7.0
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening7.0
Speaking7.0

About the course

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourTerm  1, Term  3
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our Early Offer program. You may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation.

Apply now for your Early Offer
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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising all core units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Equity & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
HLTH1008Physical Activity for Health
HBIO1009Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
HBIO1006Growth and Development
HBIO1010Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
NUTR1001Food and Nutrition in Health
HBIO2001Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology
HBIO2002Motor Control
SCIN2002Introductory Biomechanics
HLTH2001Motor Learning for Coaching
HLTH2003Exercise and Sport Assessment
SPRT2001Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning
PSYC2003Exercise and Sport Psychology
HLTH2004Exercise Prescription and Delivery
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
SPRT3001Professional Preparation
HLTH3009Pathophysiology for Clinical Exercise Physiology
HLTH3004Transition to Practice
HLTH2005Introduction to Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice
SCIN3001Applied Biomechanics
HLTH3011Clinical Exercise Physiology for Metabolic and Renal Health
PSYC2007Behaviour Change
HLTH3012Exercise for Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal Health
HLTH3014Work Integrated Learning in Clinical Exercise Physiology I Note 1
HLTH3010Clinical Exercise Physiology for Mental and Cardiorespiratory Health
HLTH3013Clinical Exercise Physiology for Oncology and Neurological Health
HLTH1003Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport
HLTH3015Work Integrated Learning in Clinical Exercise Physiology II Note 1
HLTH3016Integrated Clinical Exercise Physiology Capstone


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in SCIN1001 - Nature of Science.
HLTH1008Physical Activity for Health
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
N/A
Gold Coast
Term1
N/A
Lismore
Term1
N/A
HBIO1009Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2,5
Term2,5
Gold Coast
Term2,5
Term2,5
Lismore
Term2,5
Term2,5
HBIO1006Growth and Development
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
HBIO1010Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesHBIO1001 - Human Anatomy AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I; OR HBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
NUTR1001Food and Nutrition in Health
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
HBIO2001Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesHBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OR HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesHBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OR HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I AND HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II
Enrolment informationThe laboratory activities within this unit require students to fulfil certain vaccination compliance requirements prior to attending laboratory classes. As some vaccination protocols can take up to 5 months to complete, we encourage you to prepare now. Compliance requirements include SCU Vaccination requirements in accordance with state Health policies: NSW Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases; and QLD Health Vaccination Requirements. SCU has incorporated a combined NSW and QLD vaccination procedure as students may need to attend laboratory classes in both states. Full details of vaccination compliance requirements for this unit are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements

Second Year

HBIO2002Motor Control
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesHBIO1008 - Human Physiology II AND HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy; OR HBIO1010 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
SCIN2002Introductory Biomechanics
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesHBIO1010 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology; OR HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II AND HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy
HLTH2001Motor Learning for Coaching
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
HLTH2003Exercise and Sport Assessment
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesHLTH2002 - Exercise Physiology
SPRT2001Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesHBIO2001 - Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy
PSYC2003Exercise and Sport Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
HLTH2004Exercise Prescription and Delivery
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesHLTH2003 - Exercise and Sport Assessment AND SPRT2001 - Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning
Enrolment informationThe laboratory activities within this unit require students to fulfil certain vaccination compliance requirements prior to attending laboratory classes. As some vaccination protocols can take up to 5 months to complete, we encourage you to prepare now. Compliance requirements include SCU Vaccination requirements in accordance with state Health policies: NSW Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases; and QLD Health Vaccination Requirements. SCU has incorporated a combined NSW and QLD vaccination procedure as students may need to attend laboratory classes in both states. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements.
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,4
Term1,4
Gold Coast
Term1,4
Term1,4
Lismore
Term1,4
Term1,4

Third Year

SPRT3001Professional Preparation
Dual Term2,3
Term5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Dual Term2,3
Term5
Dual Term2,3
Term5
Gold Coast
Dual Term2,3
Term5
Dual Term2,3
Term5
Lismore
Dual Term2,3
Term5
Dual Term2,3
Term5
Pre-requisitesHLTH2004 - Exercise Prescription and Delivery OR HLTH3002 - Exercise Physiology and Prescription
Anti-requisitesBUSN2001 - Professional Development for the Workplace
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements This is a final year unit involving an internship in the sport, health or fitness industry. To equip students for placement they must have completed a minimum of two years full-time or equivalent study in a relevant degree in the Faculty of Health.
HLTH3009Pathophysiology for Clinical Exercise Physiology
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesHBIO1008 - Human Physiology II AND; either HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy OR HBIO1010 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
HLTH3004Transition to Practice
Summer Term
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Summer Term
Term2
Summer Term
Term2
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term2
Summer Term
Term2
Lismore
Summer Term
Term2
Summer Term
Term2
Pre-requisites(Students must complete 192 CP in 3007229 - Bachelor of Midwifery OR 3005105 - Bachelor of Nursing OR 3007303 - Bachelor of Nursing OR 3005113 - Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science) OR (Students must complete 288 CP in 3007012 - Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology OR 3007306 - Bachelor of Speech Pathology OR 3007224 - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy OR 3007308 - Bachelor of Podiatry)
Enrolment informationThis unit must be done in the final year.
HLTH2005Introduction to Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesSPRT3001 - Professional Preparation
SCIN3001Applied Biomechanics
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesSCIN2002 - Introductory Biomechanics
HLTH3011Clinical Exercise Physiology for Metabolic and Renal Health
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesHLTH3009 - Pathophysiology for Clinical Exercise Physiology
PSYC2007Behaviour Change
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
HLTH3012Exercise for Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal Health
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesHLTH2004 - Exercise Prescription and Delivery OR be admitted to course: 1207247 - Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Fourth Year

HLTH3014Work Integrated Learning in Clinical Exercise Physiology I

Not currently available

Note 1
HLTH3010Clinical Exercise Physiology for Mental and Cardiorespiratory Health
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesHLTH3009 - Pathophysiology for Clinical Exercise Physiology OR be admitted to course: 1207247 - Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
HLTH3013Clinical Exercise Physiology for Oncology and Neurological Health
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesHLTH3009 - Pathophysiology for Clinical Exercise Physiology OR be admitted to course: 1207247 - Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
HLTH1003Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
N/A
HLTH3015Work Integrated Learning in Clinical Exercise Physiology II

Not currently available

Note 1
HLTH3016Integrated Clinical Exercise Physiology Capstone

Not currently available



Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit

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Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Use digital technologies and literacies to assess, evaluate and synthesise information from multiple sources

Design and deliver safe, effective, collaborative, evidence-based exercise programs for clients

Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in accordance with the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct, Scope of Practice and Ethical Practice

Apply and integrate an understanding of physiology and pathophysiological conditions to inform exercise practice

Attain competency in screening, data collection and assessment of function, health and fitness status to inform exercise design

Exercise advanced critical reasoning, self-reflection, communication and advocacy skills for optimal outcomes

In partnership with the client, empower the client to adopt exercise and a healthier lifestyle to improve their health

Apply cultural and indigenous awareness and sensitivity in dealings with clients and stakeholders in exercise and clinical exercise physiology


Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Clinical exercise physiologists are skilled in assessing, prescribing and delivering exercise programs to assist clients better manage their health and range of chronic disease conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, cardiac, respiratory, musculoskeletal, neurological disease and mental health conditions.

Professional placement

You will complete more than 500 hours of clinical placement for valuable work integrated learning.

During your clinical placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life settings. This work integrated learning is completed at the Southern Cross University Health Clinic and external locations including hospitals, local government and private health providers. The University has an important focus on both urban and rural and remote health.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where work involves children or young people.

Professional recognition
This course is undergoing accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and, once achieved, will give graduates professional recognition as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) and as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).
 
Please note: In order to apply to be an Accredited Exercise Scientist, ESSA’s requirements for English language must be met.

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students

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