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|Part-time duration||Core subjects||Total course fee*|
*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.
The Rehabilitation Science program is for physiotherapists, exercise scientists, occupational therapists, nurses and other qualified allied health professionals, who want to learn the fundamentals of rehabilitation science.
The emphasis in this course is on promoting contemporary best practice rehabilitation in clinical and community contexts in both national and global settings. This course will build on your knowledge and skills to identify and analyse the multiple determinants of health that influence wellbeing, and to design and implement rehabilitation strategies in a holistic, person-centered manner at both an individual and group level.
You will learn about the principles of rehabilitation and habilitation, the physiology of fitness and conditioning and the use of evidence informed clinical decision-making. Specifically, you will learn techniques including exercise prescription, goal setting, measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviours and fitness evaluation.
Who the course is for
This unique course has been designed to support students at different stages in their careers, including career starters and those with clinical experience seeking to improve their practice and gain further qualifications. It is relevant to a range of qualified allied health professionals including, but not limited to:
- Occupational Therapists
- Exercise Scientists
A postgraduate qualification in Rehabilitation Science will give you an introduction to the foundations of Rehabilitation Science and allow you to build skills for professional development or earn credit towards taking a higher qualification in the nested program.
What you will learn
Rehabilitation theory and practice
Rehabilitation theory and practice
You will be able to fluently and accurately discuss and debate key theoretical concepts in contemporary rehabilitation practices using the language of rehabilitation science. You will be able to apply the knowledge of muscle and exercise physiology and pathophysiology of common conditions to the design, implementation and evaluation of rehabilitation programs. You’ll also be able to recognise the influence of the social and culture determinants of health and how these influence individual’s choices and health behaviours and act consistently to promote a shared decision making model of rehabilitation practice.
Evidence and innovation
Evidence and innovation
You will learn to analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate research and evidence relevant to rehabilitation practices. As well as, effectively measure both the health status of individuals and groups and monitor and measure the outcomes of rehabilitation strategies.
Clinical Practice in Context
Clinical Practice in Context
You will be able to safely and effectively apply evidence informed rehabilitation practices in selected practice contexts, responding to physical, social and cultural factors that influence the individual and likely outcomes. You will be able to justify clinical decision-making for a range of clinical cases in diverse rehabilitation contexts based on literature and practice priorities and apply all elements of best practice in rehabilitation, including respectful communication with clients and shared decision making to achieve therapeutic goals.
Who you will learn from
You will be taught by leading academics in their field via an engaging online learning experience, enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow students. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley, Deputy Head, Physiotherapy Department
Subject Development Coordinator, Foundations of Rehabilitation Science
- Associate Professor Louisa Remedios, Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Health Science
Contact student support
You can talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:
- Entry requirements
- Time commitment required for each subject
- Fees and payment options.
To gain a Specialist Certificate in Rehabilitation Science you must complete 25 points comprised of:
- Two 12.5 point core subjects.
|Foundations of Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & Term 3)||12.5|
Foundations of Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & Term 3)
This subject is a foundation subject to introduce you to selected core theory and frameworks that underpin the development and delivery of best practice, evidence informed rehabilitation services across a range of disciplines and clinical practice contexts over the lifespan.
Detailed Information REHB90001
|Rehabilitation, Activity and Exercise (Offered in Term 1 & Term 4)||12.5|
Rehabilitation, Activity and Exercise (Offered in Term 1 & Term 4)
Learn how to critically draw on research evidence to understand physical activity and exercise and to understand the health risks of sedentary behaviour. You’ll learn how to design and evaluate appropriate programs to manage these risks.
Detailed Information REHB90002
Please note: subjects will run subject to minimum student numbers.
The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.
Discuss your subjects
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To apply for the Specialist Certificate of Rehabilitation Science, applicants are required to have:
- An undergraduate degree in the discipline of Physiotherapy, Medicine, Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Nursing, or another relevant discipline; and
- At least two years of documented relevant professional work experience.
Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.
In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Professional work experience.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
Applicants are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.
Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.
This course has multiple intakes per year. Check the dates of upcoming terms.
Discuss your eligibility
Speak with a dedicated online student support consultant to clarify any questions about entry requirements, including prior academic performance and professional experience.
Fees and scholarships
Specialist Certificate of Rehabilitation Science
25 point program
Course fees are the same for both domestic and international students.
Your course is equivalent in quality and accreditation to an on-campus qualification. Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.
The indicative course fee for the course is based on one year of full-time study. In cases of part-time study, the fee is based on the study load that the student is taking. Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term, and total course fees are not required to be paid up-front.
The fees listed are the indicative costs for 2018. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.
Learn more about tuition fees.
Financial assistance and scholarships
If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may choose to defer your tuition fees through FEE-HELP.
There are many bursaries and scholarships awarded by the University and specific faculties, based on a variety of criteria. Online students are encouraged to apply.
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.
- Domestic scholarships
The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.
Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.
- International scholarships
There are no scholarships available for overseas online students from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.
Discuss your payment options
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to assess the best way to fund your study.
Term Applications close Term dates Term 1, 2019 14 Jan 28 Jan - 31 Mar Term 2, 2019 8 Apr 22 Apr - 23 Jun Term 3, 2019 1 Jul 15 Jul - 15 Sep Term 4, 2019 23 Sep 7 Oct - 8 Dec
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It takes about 20 minutes to complete the form using the online application system.
You can save your work in progress and complete the application at a later date.
Admissions for this course are not capped per intake, so you do not need to apply for multiple intakes. If you are unsure which intake you wish to apply for, please note that you can change your application later by contacting the student support team.
To complete your application you will require:
- Course code SC-REHABSC
- Evidence of meeting the English Language Requirements as determined by the University
- A detailed CV, including work history if applicable and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed
- Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system. Transcripts for previous studies undertaken at the University of Melbourne are not required. An academic transcript is an official record of your studies that lists all subjects you have undertaken, and all of the results that you obtained.
- Digital files of these documents. Limit of 6MB per document. Supported file types: TXT, DOC, DOCX, PDF, JPG, JPEG, XLS, XLSX, TIFF).
Help with application preparation and submission
A dedicated online student support consultant can help you prepare and submit your application.
Contact one of our friendly consultants to talk through:
- The selection process
- Preparing your documentation
- Using the online application system.