Exercise physiology

Why study Exercise physiology?

If you are passionate about exercise, health and rehabilitation then the combined Bachelor/Master course in Exercise Physiology at La Trobe is the course for you.

Exercise physiologists use exercise to assess and condition healthy people and those with, or at risk of developing, chronic illness or injuries. Some exercise physiologists concentrate on improving physical performance and well-being in healthy persons, others practice in clinical and community settings to treat patients with multiple medical conditions.

This course prepares you to design and deliver client-centered exercise programmes to athletes, healthy people and people with known disease, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. You will apply a comprehensive knowledge of exercise science and health to clinical situations, and undertake supervised clinical practice to consolidate these skills.

La Trobe University received a world leading ranking for its research in Human Movement and Sports Science in the 2010 and 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Career opportunities

Exercise Physiologists work across a variety of areas in the health and exercise and sports science fields, operating in public and private hospitals, primary healthcare within private or multidisciplinary clinics, population health, workplace health, workplace rehabilitation, aged care, case managers for rehabilitation providers, injury consultants for insurers, and exercise scientists or strength and conditioning coaches for professional sports teams.

Courses

Local students

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2018

Bachelor of Exercise Science
Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo 64.4
Year
2018
About this course
This degree prepares you to work in the fields of sport and exercise science, with an emphasis on community wellness. You'll study and challenge existing knowledge of human movement, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor control and learning, anatomy and biomechanics.

Once you graduate, you'll be ready to develop and monitor training programs for clients including corporate employees and amateur sportspeople, along with soldiers and elite athletes. Exercise scientists can also work with sporting manufacturers to develop better sporting and gym equipment.

In first year, you'll study the role of healthcare professionals and cover the fundamentals of human bioscience. In second and third years, you will examine exercise science in depth through subjects like anatomy, biomechanics, exercise psychology and exercise physiology. You'll gain an understanding of how to fine tune individual training to optimise performance. You'll learn how to work with groups such as the elderly, adolescents or athletes undergoing rehabilitation and how to change community health behaviours.

Your studies will include lectures, seminars and case studies as well as laboratory sessions. You'll get hands-on experience using specialised resources such as exercise physiology and biomechanics equipment.

The Bachelor of Exercise Science offers a direct pathway to other allied health graduate entry masters courses, such as the Master of Physiotherapy Practice.
Career opportunities
Graduates are well-placed for careers in areas including sport injury prevention, corporate health and wellness, and community health. Other opportunities exist in fields such as developing and monitoring exercise programs for athletes and members of the defence force.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Exercise Science on the Bendigo campus is accredited at the level of exercise science by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia (ESSA), under the National University Course Accreditation Program.

Gradautes of the Bachelor of Exercise Science may apply for membership with ESSA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$150 for a uniform and name badge. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Students complete 140 hours of exercise-related placement, and may need to obtain a Working with Children Check and Police Check beforehand.
Graduates from this course are given first preference for the following programs: Master of Clinical Audiology, Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics, Master of Dietetic Practice, Master of Exercise Physiology, Master of Health Information Management, Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Master of Orthoptics, Master of Podiatric Practice, Master of Physiotherapy Practice, Master of Social Work and Master of Speech Pathology. This is a competitive process and graduates will be eligible to apply on the basis of minimum requirements and relevant prerequisites, as indicated.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo 75.75
Year
2018
About this course
This degree delivers you a postgraduate qualification that combines the study of human movement with an understanding of how exercise is used for rehabilitation, disease management and injury prevention. You'll gain hands-on experience through at least 500 hours of clinical placement.

From an exercise science perspective, you'll investigate motor control, exercise physiology, biomechanics and anatomy. You'll gain an understanding of how to modify health behaviours in the community and how exercise programs can be used to optimise performance. You'll also learn how to work with groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities and athletes undergoing rehabilitation.

You'll explore how exercise is used to promote health and well-being, including the preventative and rehabilitative benefits of exercise for those with chronic illnesses or serious injuries.

Your clinical placements will teach you to develop and implement exercise, lifestyle and behavioural programs for people of all ages. This gives you with the clinical skills and confidence to make a genuine difference to the quality of people's lives.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
Accredited Exercise physiologists are specialists who use exercise interventions to condition clients for optimal health/performance and to treat patients with, or at elevated risk of developing, chronic illness or injury. The demand for accredited exercise physiologists is high, and expected to increase in future years, due to various factors including the ageing Australian population and an increased demand on the health care system due to chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology is accredited at the levels of exercise science and exercise physiology by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia (ESSA), under the National University Course Accreditation Program. Gradautes of the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology may apply for membership with ESSA.

Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Non-Year 12 selection may involve: ENTER/ATAR, VTAC Personal History online, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$150 for a uniform and name badge. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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International students

2018

Bachelor of Exercise Science (079549K)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
33 400
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
This degree prepares you to work in the fields of sport and exercise science, with an emphasis on community wellness. You'll study and challenge existing knowledge of human movement, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor control and learning, anatomy and biomechanics.

Once you graduate, you'll be ready to develop and monitor training programs for clients including corporate employees and amateur sportspeople, along with soldiers and elite athletes. Exercise scientists can also work with sporting manufacturers to develop better sporting and gym equipment.

In first year, you'll study the role of healthcare professionals and cover the fundamentals of human bioscience. In second and third years, you will examine exercise science in depth through subjects like anatomy, biomechanics, exercise psychology and exercise physiology. You'll gain an understanding of how to fine tune individual training to optimise performance. You'll learn how to work with groups such as the elderly, adolescents or athletes undergoing rehabilitation and how to change community health behaviours.

Your studies will include lectures, seminars and case studies as well as laboratory sessions. You'll get hands-on experience using specialised resources such as exercise physiology and biomechanics equipment.

The Bachelor of Exercise Science offers a direct pathway to other allied health graduate entry masters courses, such as the Master of Physiotherapy Practice.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test: equivalent;

TOEFL Internet-based Test: equivalent;
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: equivalent per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted;

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$150 for a uniform and name badge. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Graduates from this course are given first preference for the following programs. This is a competitive process and graduates will be eligible to apply on the basis of minimum requirements and relevant prerequisites, as indicated on our website:
Master of Clinical Audiology, Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics, Master of Dietetic Practice, Master of Exercise Physiology, Master of Health Information Management, Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Master of Orthoptics, Master of Podiatric Practice, Master of Physiotherapy Practice, Master of Social Work and Master of Speech Pathology.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Exercise Science on the Bendigo campus is accredited at the level of exercise science by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia (ESSA), under the National University Course Accreditation Program.

Gradautes of the Bachelor of Exercise Science may apply for membership with ESSA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Career opportunities
Graduates are well-placed for careers in areas including sport injury prevention, corporate health and wellness, and community health. Other opportunities exist in fields such as developing and monitoring exercise programs for athletes and members of the defence force.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology (079550F)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
33 400
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
This degree delivers you a postgraduate qualification that combines the study of human movement with an understanding of how exercise is used for rehabilitation, disease management and injury prevention. You'll gain hands-on experience through at least 500 hours of clinical placement.

From an exercise science perspective, you'll investigate motor control, exercise physiology, biomechanics and anatomy. You'll gain an understanding of how to modify health behaviours in the community and how exercise programs can be used to optimise performance. You'll also learn how to work with groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities and athletes undergoing rehabilitation.

You'll explore how exercise is used to promote health and well-being, including the preventative and rehabilitative benefits of exercise for those with chronic illnesses or serious injuries.

Your clinical placements will teach you to develop and implement exercise, lifestyle and behavioural programs for people of all ages. This gives you with the clinical skills and confidence to make a genuine difference to the quality of people's lives.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test: equivalent;
TOEFL Internet-based Test: equivalent;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: equivalent per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted;

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$150 for a uniform and name badge. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology is accredited at the levels of exercise science and exercise physiology by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia (ESSA), under the National University Course Accreditation Program. Gradautes of the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology may apply for membership with ESSA.

Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Career opportunities
Accredited Exercise physiologists are specialists who use exercise interventions to condition clients for optimal health/performance and to treat patients with, or at elevated risk of developing, chronic illness or injury. The demand for accredited exercise physiologists is high, and expected to increase in future years, due to various factors including the ageing Australian population and an increased demand on the health care system due to chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Exercise physiology placements

Students studying exercise physiology will undertake placements throughout the course - these may be located in metropolitan or rural areas, interstate, and sometimes overseas. It should be noted that students may be required to complete clinical placement outside of University semester time.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering.