Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

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

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 9 June

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
70
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Location
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
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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
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. Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply 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
HBIO1006Human Growth, Development and Ageing
HBIO1010Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
NUTR1001Food and Nutrition in Health
HBIO2001Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology
HBIO2002Motor Control
SCIN2002Mechanics for Movement
HLTH2001Motor Learning
HLTH2003Exercise and Sport Assessment
SPRT2001Sports Conditioning and Training Methods
PSYC2003Exercise 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


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 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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students

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Current
students

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