There are on-campus courses in exercise physiology offered at universities in every Australian state and territory apart from the Northern Territory. Two universities offer exercise physiology courses online.
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is the national accreditation body for exercise physiology in Australia. To be able to register as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) in Australia, you need to complete a course that has full accreditation with ESSA. Contact ESSA if the course you are considering has provisional accreditation to check that your qualification will be recognised.
The ways to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) in Australia are:
- Complete an undergraduate exercise physiology degree – these are generally 4 years
- Complete an undergraduate degree with the appropriate pre-requisite subjects in a discipline such as science, exercise science or health sciences and then complete a graduate diploma or masters of exercise physiology
Undergraduate entry into exercise physiology
For entry into undergraduate exercise physiology courses in 2019 the ATAR ranged from 66 to 94. Following is a guide to the ATAR scores for every exercise physiology course in Australia in 2019. Universities which have a (P) denotes that the exercise physiology course had provisional, not full accreditation with ESSA at the time of publishing this article:
Please note that this is a rough guide only for future years as it changes from year to year depending on the applications each university receives, and that some universities will also have additional selection criteria to gain entry.
If you don’t gain entry directly following high school, some universities will allow you to transfer into their undergraduate exercise physiology degree following a year in one of their other undergraduate degrees – for example a science degree. This will be dependent on your Grade Point Average in your first year subjects and could also involve other admission requirements. You ATAR / OP may also be considered. Please speak with an admissions officer at the universities you are considering applying for to see if this pathway may be available to you.
Graduate entry into exercise physiology
It is extremely important that you select your undergraduate degree and electives carefully to make sure that you will have completed the pre-requisite subjects to be able to apply for exercise physiology masters programs.
Following is a list of universities which offer a master of dietetics program which you can complete to become a qualified exercise physiologist. Universities which have a (P) denotes that the exercise physiology course had provisional, not full accreditation with ESSA at the time of publishing this article:
Online exercise physiology courses
There are two universities offering exercise physiology courses online. These are:
Following is an infographic which provides an overview of the pathways to becoming qualified as an exercise physiologist in Australia. For simplicity, it does not include the possibility of transferring into exercise physiology from another course. For more detailed pathways information, go to out become an exercise physiologist page.
The information presented in this article was correct at the time of publishing. Please check with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia for an up to date list of accredited programs of study to become an exercise physiologist in Australia.
Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances.
My Health Career accepts no responsibility for ensuring that you enrol in a course that is right for you. Please do your own research to ensure that you enrol in the correct course, especially if you are considering an undergraduate biomedicine, health science or biomedical science degree as a pathway to a postgraduate course. This may include speaking with a careers advisor, guidance officer, career development practitioner, representatives of the Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and admissions officers from the university or universities you are looking at applying to.
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