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What will I learn?

This industry-relevant, practical degree will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how to use exercise management to prevent disease onset and treat a range of cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as cancer and mental health.

Practical experience will be further highlighted when you complete real-world clinical placements. These industry-based placements are not only a practical way for you to apply what you have learnt during your studies but are also a great way to build industry networks and relationships.

A major part of your studies in third and fourth year will involve completing an honours level professional project related to clinical exercise physiology in partnership with an academic researcher or industry professional.

You will also be exposed to research and learning opportunities in collaboration with other allied health students including physiotherapy and podiatry, in our on-campus Exercise Physiology Clinics.

What you'll learn

Through a variety of theoretical classes, practical experiences and clinical placements you will develop an understanding of how exercise management can be used to prevent disease onset and to treat a range of diverse health conditions. These include cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as cancer and mental health.

You will study a number of core courses that cover topics such as:

anatomy and physiology
motor learning and control
exercise and sport psychology
exercise programming and nutrition.

You will also complete specialised training in areas such as:

clinical exercise assessment, prescription and delivery
occupational rehabilitation
lifestyle modification strategies such as behavioural change and motivational interviewing.

Your career

As recognised allied health professionals, Accredited Exercise Physiologists are qualified in clinical exercise prescription and the delivery of exercise-based lifestyle and behaviour modification programs to prevent and treat injury and disease.

Career prospects for exercise physiologists are expected to grow nationally due to our ageing population and an increased awareness regarding the benefits of exercise for a range of health conditions.

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, you may work in a variety of settings, including:

general practices
private clinics
health and fitness facilities
workplace and population health services
exercise, sports and biomedical science research.

Which department am I in?

UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,800.00 (20,79,208) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February 2023


City East Campus

Corner of North Terrace and Frome Rd,


South Australia,

5001, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma IB Grade average of 26. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.0 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing); TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.

For international students

Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements and essential requirements for admission:

Recent secondary education:

Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent and

Complete secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE, or

Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points


Higher education study

Complete or partly complete a recognized higher education program at a recognized higher education institution


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Advanced Diploma level or above


Work and life experience

Hold completed secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE obtained more than 2 years in the past

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 6.5; TOEFL iBT score of 79 with no band less than 20; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 577 with TWE of 5.0; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 177; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 58 with no communicative score less than 58; CELUSA score of AE5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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