Physiotherapy Undergraduate Courses

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy in New Zealand is a first contact profession, meaning that you can visit a physiotherapist without a medical referral. Because physiotherapists can see people with all manner of health problems, they require a lengthy and extensive training in diagnostic assessment as well as comprehensive approaches to treatment.

We offer the following undergraduate course

Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)

Careers in physiotherapy

The scope of physiotherapists continues to grow.  In New Zealand, about 60% of physiotherapists work privately treating acute sport and accidental injuries, chronic pain, back and neck problems. Many other physiotherapists work in the public health system, and you will find a physiotherapist working on most hospital wards and in many general practices. Physiotherapists specialise in some of these areas:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiothoracic illness (like asthma, chronic lung disease and heart failure)
  • Hand therapy
  • Health promotion and primary health care
  • Manual Therapy (including acute and chronic pain, injury, back and neck problems)
  • Mental health
  • Neurology (for conditions like spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis)
  • Occupational Health (including ergonomics)
  • Older Adults
  • Paediatric (including developmental, orthopaedic, neurological and respiratory problems)
  • Research
  • Sports (injury management, exercise prescription, prevention and promotion)
  • Teaching
  • Women's health

Read more about careers in physiotherapy

Last updated: 20-Oct-2015 3.10pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.