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  Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)



Physiotherapists provide services to people and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. Physiotherapist practice includes the provision of services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by the process of aging or that of injury, disorders, or diseases. Physiotherapist practice is concerned with identifying and maximising quality of life and functional movement potential, within the spheres of promotion, prevention, maintenance, intervention/treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being.


Course Duration

Four (4) Years; Full Time


About the programme

This course was established to fulfil societal and market demand on physiotherapy profession. Currently, only limited numbers of higher education institutions in Malaysia are offering this course and UTAR is one of the pioneer academic institutions to offer such a programme. The programme has been fully accredited by the MQA since August 2014 [MQA Approval (R/726/6/0061)10/20(A10816)]. It is envisaged that this course will produce graduates that will help fulfil UTAR’s vision- “To be a global university of educational excellence with transformative societal impact”.


The Objective of Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons.) programme at UTAR is to:

  1. To prepare graduates with necessary theoretical and clinical knowledge in order to function as safe and competent physiotherapy practitioners.
  2. To produce graduates with clinical exposure and training for conducting safe assessment and implementation of evidence-based treatment.
  3. To produce graduates who can practice effectively with professional attitude, integrity, ethical values and conduct in both health care organization and community.
  4. To equip graduates with requisite soft skill, including communication, managerial, team work and problem solving skills to promote leadership and entrepreneurship.
  5. To train graduates with an enquiring mind and equip them with knowledge of ICT and the scientific process to promote creativity and innovation in research, and instil lifelong learning and development


Upon completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate fundamental and advanced knowledge in disciplines underpinning Physiotherapy
  2. Apply practical knowledge and skills in patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and use evidence based practice in instituting appropriate therapeutic interventional procedures for various physical dysfunctions or disabilities  
  3. Apply knowledge, clinical reasoning and judgement to determine situations (eg: medical/surgical emergencies, complications) beyond their capability to handle and make referral as appropriate
  4. Communicate effectively in verbal and written form with individuals from diverse socio-cultural and psychological backgrounds, and different spiritual belief systems including patients, their family/caregiver, peers, professional colleagues and the stakeholders at large
  5. Demonstrate the capacity of constructive empathy for patients and sensitivities towards the community, culture and environment
  6. Demonstrate knowledge in the professional code of conduct and adhere to professional responsibility and ethical behaviour as a clinical practitioner
  7. Apply softs kill to effectively manage and coordinate daily activities, to work constructively as part of a team to collaborate with other healthcare professionals, and for enhancement of entrepreneurship
  8. Use critical thinking and reasoning to manage ambiguities and gaps in knowledge, and for the pursuit of lifelong professional learning in academic and career development
  9. Apply knowledge of research process and methodology for engaging in research and development activities


The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons.) programme at UTAR aims to:

-  Provide the educational experience, practical training and technical competence necessary for the practice of physiotherapy.

-  Prepare graduates to work as physiotherapists who are professionally competent and who demonstrate good ethical judgment and compassion in the treatment of patients.

-  Train students to develop good communication skills, critical thinking, leadership quality, ability to make independent clinical decision, and to engage in continual professional development as part of life-long learning.


Course structure and content

The course is offered in three trimesters every year. Students will gain clinical exposure at hospitals, clinics and other health-care centres beginning from second year of the programme. Year four of the programme will focus on clinical placement in specialized area such as orthopaedics, neurology, paediatrics, etc. Students will also gain knowledge of relevant research methodology and are required to submit a research project in third year of study. For more details on subjects offered in each year please refer to the course structure.


Year 1    
Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
  • English for Health Sciences
  • Profrssional Development  and Practice I, Malaysian Health Care
  • Community Project
  • Sun Zi's Art of War and Bussiness Strategies
  • Regional Anatomy of Musculoskeletal System
  • Electrotherapy I
  • Electrotherapy II
  • Kinesiotherapy
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Introduction to Psychology and Sociology
  • Electrotherapy II
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A or Communicative Tamil for Health Sciences or Introduction to Chinese Language
  • Hubungan Etnik or Malysian Studies
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A or Communicative Tamil for Health Sciences or Introduction to Chinese Language
  • Hubungan Etnik or Malysian Studies


Year 2    
Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
  • General Pathology
  • Biomechanics
  • Physiotherapy Skills
  • Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal Conditions I
  • Exercise Physiology and Exercise Prescription
  • Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal Conditions II
  • Physiotherapy in Cardiopulmonary Conditions I
  • Basic Clinical Skill
  • Clinical Practice I
  • Pharmacology for Physiotherapy
  • Professional Development and Practice II
  • Research Appreciation Process and Methodology


Year 3    
Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
  • Clinical Reasoning & Therapeutic Decision
  • Physiotherapy in Cardiopulmonary Conditions II
  • Physiotherapy in Neurological Conditions I
  • Physiotherapy Skills II
  • Clinical Practice II
  • Clinical Practice III
  • Physiotherapy in Neurological Conditions II
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy in Geriatrics
  • Physiotherapy in Women's Health
  • Research Project 


Year 4    
Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
  • Clinical Orthopaedic Posting
  • Special Clinical Posting : Paediatrics, Geriatrics and Women's Health
  • Clinical Cardio-Pulmonary, Medicine and Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology Posting
  • Major Elective

Clinical Posting

 Clinical exposure is provided to physiotherapy students from the beginning of year 2 onwards with certain general objectives and outcomes, in order to facilitate transfer of class room based knowledge into application. The year four of the study is fully hospital based, where the students are posted in specialised areas in hospitals such as Orthopedics, Neurology, cardiorespiratory etc. with the goal of providing exposure in all relevant areas necessitating physiotherapy


Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • STPM with CGPA of 2.50 in Biology and Chemistry /
  • A-Levels with CGPA of 2.50 in Biology and Chemistry /
  • Matriculation Certificate, Ministry of Education with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 in Biology and Chemistry /
  • UTAR Foundation in Science with CGPA of 2.50 in Biology and Chemistry /
  • UEC with Grade B in 5 subjects including Biology and Chemistry /
  • Diploma in Science from KTAR / Institutions of Higher Learning in the relevant field with CGPA 2.75 /
  • Foundation from other Institutions of Higher Learning with CGPA of 2.50 in Biology and Chemistry /
  • South Australian Metriculation (SAM) with Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) 70 and Grade B in Biology and Chemistry /
  • Canadian Pre-University (CPU) with an average of 70% in Biology and Chemistry /
  • Diploma in Science from Institutions of Higher Learning in the relevant field with CGPA
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government


Minimum English Requirements:

All applicants must have a credit in SPM Bahasa Inggeris OR one of the following English Language requirements:


- Band 5.5

TOEFL (paper-based)

- Score of 550

TOEFL (computer-based)

- Score of 213, TWE 5.0

TOEFL (internet-based testing)

- Score of 79

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

- Grade of C

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

- Grade of A

English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

-  Score of 965

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

-  Score of 430

American College Testing Assessment (ACT)

-  Score of 21

English 1119/ O-Level

- Credit C6


- Band 3

UEC Bahasa Inggeris

- Grade B

Other Compulsory Requirements:

SPM with 5 credits:


                English, and

3 Other subjects:





Career & Post-graduate opportunity

UTAR graduates will help alleviate the current national shortage of qualified graduate physiotherapists, and be the trainers for future generation of physiotherapists. Graduates will be eligible for registration with the Malaysian Physiotherapy Association (MPA). Graduates can expect to find national or overseas employment as physiotherapist in various health sectors such as hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, geriatric care centres, physiotherapy clinic, community settings, health & fitness clubs, education and research etc. Graduates may also apply for post-graduate education locally or internationally at institutes of higher education.


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