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Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Award granted Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code H743

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Course overview

The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is the first clinical exercise course in Victoria to achieve accreditation with Exercise & 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. Although the course only commenced in 2011, it is already achieving outstanding levels of teaching excellence, clinical supervision, learning outcomes and employment in the sector. The teaching team has expertise across all of the pathology areas needed for clinical exercise practice. The clinical practicum program covers all of the requirements for AEP accreditation and features the award winning Clinical Exercise Learning Centre at Burwood (Melbourne), where students develop their practice skills under close supervision and mentoring. Students then embark on a range of external clinical practicum experiences organised by the University, designed to optimise students’ exposure to a wide range of clientele, practitioners and institutions. Some of these placements lead directly to future employment. The course is an 18 month graduate-entry degree where you will develop your capacity to creatively and flexibly apply your knowledge and skills to new situations, and be able to think in a rigorous and independent manner.
The course aims to:

  • develop your knowledge and expertise in the application of exercise for both the prevention and treatment of many chronic medical conditions, injuries and disabilities;
  • enable you to understand the effects of acute and chronic exercise on physiological and pathophysiological processes in individuals with injury and disease;
  • link you to your industry through high quality clinical placements where you will develop as a practitioner of clinical exercise;
  • produce graduates who have the knowledge, skills and competencies to be eligible for AEP accreditation on graduation;
  • equip you with lifelong independent learning skills that will enable you to be the best practitioners possible now and in the future; and
  • produce graduates who demonstrate a commitment to maintaining high levels of personal and professional standards of practice

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Professional recognition

The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (H743) is the first AEP course in Victoria to be accredited by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Students are eligible to apply for accreditation as 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.

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Career opportunities

Since 2006 AEPs have been formally recognised by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing into allied health to deliver Medicare-compensable exercise services for those with chronic conditions or complex care needs. This has increased the career opportunities for those with an AEP recognised qualification.


Graduates are likely to gain employment in medical hospital/clinic rehabilitation, occupational, community, or sports rehabilitation, or in case management through compensable schemes such as Medicare, Worksafe, or the TAC.

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Course rules

This course requires successful completion of 12 credit points over three trimesters (minimum 18 months) of full-time study and/or part-time equivalent undertaken in campus mode of study.
Students cannot complete the course in less than 18 months.

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Course structure

Year 1


Trimester 1

HSE703 Exercise Behaviour and Motivation  

HSE705 Exercise Physiology for Cardiopulmonary Disease  

HSE707 Exercise Physiology for Musculoskeletal Injury and Disease  

HSE711 Pre Clinical Practice 1  


Trimester 2

HSE702 Exercise Physiology for Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease  

HSE704 Exercise Physiology for Metabolic Disease  

HSE712 Pre Clinical Practice 2  

HSE714 Clinical Practicum 1  


Trimester 3

HSE714 Clinical Practicum 1  *

HSE715 Clinical Practicum 2  *

HSE717 Clinical Practicum 3  *


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


Year 2

Trimester 1

HBS745 Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care  

HSE709 Exercise Physiology for Special Populations  

HSE715 Clinical Practicum 2  

HSE717 Clinical Practicum 3  

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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 Clinical Exercise Learning Centre (CELC), 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 an academic staff member with responsibility for clinical placements, and 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.

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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.


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8th June 2007