Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code H743

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).

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 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.

Career opportunities

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are the fastest growing allied health professionals in Australia. 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, private practice or in case management through compensable schemes such as Medicare, Worksafe, or the TAC.

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

HSE706Research in Clinical Exercise Physiology (for students commencing 2016)

OR

HBS745Collaborative Practice in Healthcare (for continuing students)

HSE709Exercise Physiology for Special Populations

HSE715Clinical Practicum 2

HSE717Clinical Practicum 3

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

To be considered for selection into the course, applicants must be eligible for FULL membership of ESSA (a necessary pre-requisite for AEP accreditation) and have completed 140 hours of exercise service delivery for apparently healthy clientele. The pathways for admittance into the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (H743) are:

  1. Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (H343) at Deakin University after 2010: this course is accredited at the Exercise Science level by ESSA and is designed to provide direct entry into the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (H743);
  2. Applicants who have previously completed an ESSA accredited undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at another university: go to ESSA to see the list of accredited universities;
  3. Graduates of undergraduate degrees other than those above who can demonstrate that they have covered all or most of the elements required for full membership of ESSA; most undergraduate degrees in Exercise and Sports Science will cover this criterion; go to ESSA to download the Graduate entry application form and guide from ESSA
  4. Current or past full member of ESSA. Please provide your membership evidence with your application.

For all four categories, applicants must have also completed 140 hours of exercise service delivery for apparently healthy clientele as this is required for AEP accreditation and is not provided within the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (H743). Applicants must submit this log book with their application.

Closing dates

Applications close on 25 November 2016 for local students

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


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.

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.

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 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.