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Pathway to becoming an Accredited Exercise Physiologist
300+ hours of clinical placement
Current Deakin Students
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Deakin’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology has a national reputation for teaching excellence, world-class facilities and graduate employability. This award-winning course creates a simple pathway towards becoming an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, and the 300-plus hours of industry experience you undertake will open the door to exciting opportunities.
Want to study alongside the brightest minds in the field at our purpose-built Deakin Clinical Exercise Centre?
This course gives you all the tools you need to become a successful clinical exercise physiologist. You’ll study in world-class facilities, learn from brilliant teachers who are leaders in the field, benefit from extensive practical experience and grow your professional network through our long list of industry partners. If you love the feeling of helping people manage or overcome chronic conditions through exercise, we can help you channel that passion into a long-lasting career. Equally, if you want to enhance your skills in a high-performing, nurturing environment, this is the course for you.
Build on your current expertise and develop a deep understanding of advanced principles within clinical exercise physiology. Everything you learn is grounded in science and the evidence-based techniques you explore allow you to deliver better outcomes for your patients. When you graduate, you will be able to confidently treat a diverse range of chronic conditions, injuries and disabilities. You will also learn about the effects of acute and chronic exercise on physiological and pathophysiological processes in individuals with injury and disease. Some of the conditions you’ll cover include:
- musculoskeletal injury and disease
- cardiovascular disease and diabetes
- mental illness.
Looking to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist? Deakin’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is an approved pathway towards accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). In fact, it’s the first clinical exercise course in Victoria to gain accreditation. On top of that, graduates will be eligible to apply for provider numbers with Medicare Australia, WorkSafe Victoria, DVA, TAC and other compensable funds and schemes.
One of the best parts of the course is being able to test your new skills in real clinical settings. You’ll undertake 300-plus hours of clinical placement that gives you a taste of your future role and provides valuable opportunities for professional development. If your dream is to work one-on-one with patients in a clinical setting, you’ll find this experience incredibly rewarding. An accredited exercise physiologist (or qualified professional) will guide you through your placement units, which are designed to optimise your exposure to a wide range of clients, practitioners and institutions. Some of these placements lead directly to future employment.
When you’re not on external placement, you will also be getting practical experience at the award-winning Deakin Clinical Exercise Centre (DCEC). DCEC was developed specifically for Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students. At the centre, students can work alongside accredited exercise physiologists to apply their clinical knowledge to real clients. Students also have access to our multi-million dollar Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science Teaching Building and Elite Sports Precinct. To give you a more rounded education, the curriculum is balanced with a research component. You will plan and execute your own research project, and the skills you learn will allow you to critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise scientific research to better inform clinical reasoning.
Ultimately, you will be joining a program with a proven track record of excellence. 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). Better still, our school of exercise and sport science has been ranked number one in Australia for three years running.Read More
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.
All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
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
Year 1 - Trimester 2
Year 1 - Trimester 3
Year 2 - Trimester 1
2021 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Additional course information
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.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.
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.
The course involves compulsory clinical placements of 360 clinical hours across the course. These hours are completed in 3 blocks, one internal practicum experience and two external practicum experiences. These practicums may require travel to regional or rural areas.
Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.
Students are required to complete units in Trimester 3.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
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.
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The minimum entry requirements to this course are:
- Bachelor degree in relevant area with eligibility for Exercise Scientist accreditation from Exercise and Sports Science Australia and
- completion of 140 hours of exercise assessment, prescription and delivery for apparently healthy clientele, utilising the ESSA practicum logbook. Please refer to the ESSA webpage for the template and examples
Please refer below for more information on entry requirements into this course.
Students are advised to aim for at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65% or greater; however achieving 65% or greater WAM does not provide guaranteed entry into the course.
To satisfy the entry requirements for the course, applicants will need to meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Graduates of the H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University after 2010. This course is accredited at the Exercise Science level by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is designed to provide direct entry into the MCEP course.
- Applicants who have previously completed an ESSA accredited undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at another university. Please refer to ESSA webpage to view the list of accredited universities.
- Current or past full member of ESSA. Applicants are required to provide membership evidence with their MCEP application.
- Graduates of undergraduate degrees other than those above, who can demonstrate that they have covered all or most of the elements required for accreditation at the Exercise Science level of ESSA (most undergraduate degrees in Exercise and Sports Science will cover this criteria), will need to complete a Non-ESSA Accredited Graduate Entry Assessment. Please see instructions below (*).
For all four categories above, applicants must complete and submit the below with their applications:
completed 140 hours of exercise assessment, prescription and delivery for apparently healthy clientele, as this is required for Accredited Exercise Physiology (AEP) registration and is not provided within the MCEP course.
- their log book with their course application. Please refer to the ESSA webpage for the template and examples
- a cover letter (350 words max) explaining your motivation to study the course, your work or life experiences and personal qualities that will contribute positively to your study and your future career as an Exercise Physiologist. Applicants are encouraged to include a CV/resume with the cover letter
- a current Exercise Scientist Accreditation (AES) with ESSA.
(*) For applicants who have not graduated from an accredited ESSA course, there is a requirement to complete the Non-ESSA Accredited Graduate Entry Assessment as follows:
- Complete the Non-ESSA Accredited Graduate Entry Assessment Application Form from the ESSA webpage.
- Mail the application form and all relevant documents to ESSA (it must be hard copies), and upload a copy of the application form with your MCEP application.
- ESSA may take 45 days to review applications. During this time, ESSA assessors may contact applicants for more information.
- Upon successful completion of the assessment, ESSA will send the applicant a letter confirming the outcome of their application. Please provide a copy of this confirmation letter to Deakin by uploading the document into the applicant portal. This letter is required as part of the MCEP admission application documents.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Fees and scholarships
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- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
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You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
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If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
How to apply
Applications for Trimester 1, 2022 open in August.
In the meantime, why not speak to our student advisers about your course and career options? It’s the best way for future students like you to get expert advice on preparing your application.
To learn more about what the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin has to offer, download our course flyer.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
This course can be a pathway to H541 Graduate Certificate of Health Research Practice
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Why choose Deakin
Individuals with chronic conditions can now have treatments from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) covered by Medicare and many private health insurers. This has increased the career opportunities for those with an AEP-recognised qualification, and puts graduates of this course in a strong position for career progression.
Your practical experience, technical knowledge and problem-solving skills will allow you to thrive in a variety of settings including:
- hospital and clinic rehabilitation
- occupational, community and sports rehabilitation
- private practice
- case management through compensable schemes such as Medicare, Worksafe and the TAC.
When you’re on clinical placement, it’s always a good idea to put your best foot forward. Some of these placements lead directly to future employment.
Deakin’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is the first exercise physiology course in Victoria to be accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Students can apply to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist 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 accredited at the date of publishing. Eligibility for students seeking accreditation is subject to meeting the requirements of ESSA. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply knowledge of clinical exercise physiology to provide appropriate exercise prescription.
Communicate clinical exercise physiology theory and practice effectively to a range of audiences.
Utilise various forms of information and apply them to authentic problems in clinical exercise physiology.
Utilise research to inform appropriate clinical exercise physiology decision making.
Apply evidence based practice clinical exercise physiology solutions to chronic and complex clinical conditions.
Reflect on practice and become an adaptable and responsible clinical exercise physiology practitioner.
Work effectively within clinical exercise physiology and interdisciplinary teams.
Be professional and ethical in clinical exercise physiology practice.
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