Bachelor of Exercise Physiology - Clinical

James Cook University JCU

This program provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to provide exercise assessment, prescription and evaluation services for the community, particularly for individuals with chronic and complex diseases (e.g. heart disease, osteoarthritis) and injuries (e.g. workplace/sports). Subjects include anatomy, physiology and psychology and applied/advanced studies in exercise physiology, sports medicine, exercise testing/prescription, exercise rehabilitation, biomechanics, and musculoskeletal/neuromuscular and cardiovascular clinical exercise physiology.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; English (4, SA), Maths A, B or C (4,SA). Recommended: any of Biology, Chemistry, Health Education or Physical Education; plus meet requirements for clinical placements: immunisation; current First Aid/CPR certificate; Suitability to Work with Children Card (Blue Card). Some placement agencies require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check.


96 credit points. Prescribed course includes practical placements in a range of settings.

Subjects you can Study:

Exercise physiology

Study Pathways:

Honours is offered to students who meet the stated criteria, available on a full or part-time basis.

Further information:

If students identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist students in their pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).


Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA, NUCAP Accreditation)

Related Careers:

Exercise Scientist, Life Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Townsville No info No Full time 4 years
Townsville No info No Part time 8 years

Study for life

JCU’s commitment to providing you with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-star rating for ‘full-time graduate employment’ (The Good Universities Guide 2018). JCU graduates are also leading the way in employer satisfaction, receiving the highest rating in a national report (QILT 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey).

University study areas

  • Arts (Social Sciences)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Education 
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Veterinary Science

Flexible learning options

You can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within your degree, you also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening your knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. 

As part of your degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study overseas with one of JCU's many partner universities.

Campus locations

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and we have study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Progressive facilities

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure you enjoy modern facilities, including: 

  • Technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning 
  • A dental clinic
  • A variety of vet and dry laboratories 
  • Speech and language clinic
  • Exercise physiology and movement analysis labs
  • Veterinary hospital
  • Modern libraries
  • Computer labs 
  • Recording studio
  • Lighting studio
  • Art galleries
  • Accommodation halls of residence.

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to you that cannot be overstated. Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in

our backyard. The university has field research stations available for field trips, study and research, including: 

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station
  • JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda)
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory.

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