Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH743

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study an exercise physiology course that’s achieved outstanding levels of teaching excellence, clinical supervision, learning outcomes and employment in the sector.

Deakin’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is the first clinical exercise course in Victoria to get accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

The course provides graduates with a simple pathway to accreditation as Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) and access to Provider Numbers with Medicare Australia, WorkSafe Victoria, DVA, TAC, and other compensable funds and schemes.

The teaching team has expertise across all of the pathology areas needed for clinical exercise practice. The program covers all of the requirements for AEP accreditation and features the award-winning Clinical Exercise Learning Centre at Burwood (Melbourne), where you will develop your practice skills under close supervision and mentoring.

You will then embark on a range of external clinical practicum experiences designed to optimise your exposure to a wide range of clientele, practitioners and institutions. Some of these placements lead directly to future employment.

You will develop knowledge and expertise to prevent and treat many chronic medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. You will also learn the effects of acute and chronic exercise on physiological and pathophysiological processes in individuals with injury and disease.

This course, along with our graduates, has received a number of ESSA awards, including runner-up exercise physiology practice of the year (2012), supervisor of the year (2014) and graduate of the year (2014).

Indicative student workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, placements and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time. Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.

Professional recognition

The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (H743) is the first AEP course in Victoria to be accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Students are eligible to apply for accreditation as Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) upon completion of the course, and are then eligible for provider numbers with Medicare Australia, WorkSafe Victoria, DVA, TAC, and other compensable funds and schemes.

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for membership of the accrediting body is subject to meeting the requirements of ESSA. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.

Pathways

This course can be a pathway to H541 Graduate Certificate of Health Research Practice

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply knowledge of clinical exercise physiology to provide appropriate exercise prescription.

Communication

Communicate clinical exercise physiology theory and practice effectively to a range of audiences.

Digital Literacy

Utilise various forms of information and apply them to authentic problems in clinical exercise physiology.

Critical thinking

Utilise research to inform appropriate clinical exercise physiology decision making.

Problem Solving

Apply evidence based practice clinical exercise physiology solutions to chronic and complex clinical conditions.

Self-management

Reflect on practice and become an adaptable and responsible clinical exercise physiology practitioner.

Teamwork

Work effectively within clinical exercise physiology and interdisciplinary teams.

Global Citizenship

Be professional and ethical in clinical exercise physiology practice.

 

Course rules

To complete the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students must attain 12 credit points. All units are equal to 1 credit point completed over three trimesters (minimum 18 months) of full-time study and/or part-time equivalent undertaken in campus mode of study. All units are core units (these are compulsory). There are no elective units.

Students cannot complete the course in less than 18 months.

Core units

Course structure applies to students commencing in 2016 onwards.

Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.

Year 1 - Trimester 1

HSE703Mental Health and Exercise Behaviour

HSE705Exercise Physiology for Cardiopulmonary Disease

HSE707Exercise Physiology for Musculoskeletal Injury and Disease

HSE711Pre Clinical Practice 1

Year 1 - Trimester 2

HSE702Exercise Physiology for Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease

HSE704Exercise Physiology for Metabolic Disease

HSE712Pre Clinical Practice 2

HSE714Clinical Practicum 1

Year 1 - Trimester 3

HSE714Clinical Practicum 1 *

HSE715Clinical Practicum 2 *

HSE717Clinical Practicum 3 *

* Trimester 3 clinical practicums available for flexibility and to accommodate part time students

Year 2 - Trimester 1

HSE709Exercise Physiology for Special Populations

HSE715Clinical Practicum 2

HSE717Clinical Practicum 3

HSE706Research in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Work experience

Work-Integrated Learning

This course provides you with the required knowledge and necessary skills, developed through theoretical and pre-clinical units to enable you to take full advantage of the three clinical placements on offer. The clinical placement program consists of a fully integrated internal and external placement system. The internal placements occur in the award winning Deakin Clinical Exercise Learning Centre (CELC) and Baker IDI Clinical Exercise Service, with supervision provided by expert AEPs. The external placements are in a wide variety of settings aligned to the scope of practice for clinical exercise physiologists and sometimes lead directly to future employment. All placements are organised by MCEP staff who will provide you with professional industry links, reinforce your understanding of the role of an AEP and give you extensive opportunities to gain practical knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable you to practise confidently in this field.

Additional costs incurred for clinical placement may include:

  • Police check, up to $46, however a lesser rate is available when signed by the University Placement Officer
  • Vaccinations: Students are expected to show evidence of vaccinations as per external placement requirements. Costs incurred will depend on the student’s vaccination status.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certificate
  • Deakin Clinical Exercise Polo shirt, approximately $25

In addition students may be required to complete a placement in a setting away from their current residence, i.e. a regional or rural placement. Any costs associated with this placement will be at the expense to the student. Further information for student financial support can be found at General Student Loans.


Income support

Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.