Process for gaining clinical placements

Students must complete this 3 step process before they can commence Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements.

Students enrolled into Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement Clinical Exercise Science Stream AHE3115 unit are required to achieve their 140 hours for "Apparently Healthy" to be considered for enrolment in the Master for Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation (AMEP).

The Master for Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation course has 360 embedded clinical placement hours for students to achieve during their study.

Step 1: Mandatory submission of four documents

You are required to submit original 'certified true copies' of the following documents before you can be allocated internal and external clinical placements in the VU Exercise Clinic & Exercise Rehab Program:

  1. Victoria Police Check (must be renewed annually)
  2. current Working with Children Check (valid for 5 years)
  3. current CPR certificate (requires yearly update as per the Resuscitation Council of Australia guidelines)
  4. current Level 2 First Aid certificate (different organisations name this unit differently - valid for 3 years).

Step 2: Application

Students are required to apply for an advertised placement by sending:

  • a cover letter addressing the specific placement criteria
  • an updated CV to the Clinical Placement Coordinator (or as indicated in the advertisement) by the relevant application closing date.

Step 3: Clinical Work Placement Readiness Assessment Procedure (CWPR)

If you are enrolled in VUCER courses, it is compulsory that you successfully pass the clinical work placement readiness assessments Part A and Part B before you are eligible to undertake clinical placements.

The aim of readiness assessments is to assess your competency for commencement of clinical placement units. This ensures that both students and supervisors reap the maximum benefits of an arranged placement.

Readiness assessments

Part A: Induction sessions

Consists of two lectures and two practicals/labs.

Part B: Theory assessment

The assessment dates, times and location will be announced a few weeks before semester commences.

  • Students must achieve a result of 70% or more to be eligible to commence clinical placements.
  • Students whose Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is not approved before the assessment dates are required to sit both the assessments on the scheduled dates. This ensures students do not miss out on the opportunity to sit the assessments if their RPL application fails.

Part C: Practical assessment

Students are given 15 minutes to prepare a case study. Thereafter, they will take a 'student subject' through a mock session which includes:

  • pre-exercise assessments
  • exercise-testing and
  • exercise prescription.

Students are graded on the competency of their practical skills and their interaction skills.

  • Students must achieve a result of 70% or more to be eligible to commence clinical placements.

All students are required to pass both Part B and C assessments in order to complete AHE4104 Clinical Exercise Practice.

Exemptions for postgraduate students

Students who have undertaken undergraduate studies at Victoria University and have successfully completed the AHE3115 unit are not required to repeat the theory and practical assessments of the Clinical Work Placement Readiness Assessment Procedure for postgraduate 2014 AMEP course enrolment.

If you have studied at any other tertiary institution you are:

  • required to attend Part A and
  • successfully pass the Part B & C assessments.

If you're a student who considers yourself to be exempted from the above Clinical Placement Readiness assessments, you are required to provide proper justification (such as academic history & study unit outline) and verify in writing why you should be exempted from these assessments.

VUCER contacts

AMEP Course Coordinator

Dr Michael Butson
Course: Master of Clinical Exercise Science & Rehabilitation (AMEP)
Phone +61 3 9919 5552
Email: michael.butson@vu.edu.au

Postgraduate Clinical Coordinator

Thomas Kimmet
Phone: +61 3 9919 4250
Email: thomas.kimmet@vu.edu.au

Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator

Sarah Holmes
Phone: +61 3 9919 4664
Email: sarah.holmes@vu.edu.au

Clinic Duty Supervisor (VUCER Clinic)

VUCER Clinic
Phone: +61 3 9919 4737

Clinic Practice & Administration Coordinator

Lili Hodnik
Phone: +61 3 9919 4054
Fax: +61 3 9919 5532
Email: lili.hodnik@vu.edu.au.