Physiotherapy is a health care profession which provides services to individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout their lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.
Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being. Physiotherapy involves the interaction between physiotherapists, patients/clients, other health professionals, families, care givers, and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physical therapists.
Physiotherapy has many specialties including cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, neurological, orthopedic and pediatrics to name some of the more common areas. Physiotherapists practice in many settings, such as outpatient clinics or offices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, extended care facilities, private homes, education and research centers, schools, hospices, industrial workplaces or other occupational environments, fitness centers and sports training facilities.
The core skills of the physiotherapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises and the application of electrotherapeutic modalities such as heat, cold, electrical stimulation etc.
Like all other health professionals, physiotherapists are required a formal education and training before they are allowed to practice. They work independently and able to exercise their judgment and make decision regarding their patients. They are regulated by a professional body and must adhere to an ethical code of practice.
With the increase in population as well as an increase in the life expectancy of the regular Malaysian coupled with the growth in the number of hospitals built, the demand for physiotherapists is expected to further increase. However, there is still a shortage of physiotherapists to meet this acute demand as some hospitals and non – governmental organizations are forced recruit physiotherapists from other countries like Myanmar, India and the Philippines.
B.Sc (Hons.) in Physiotherapy Program Structure
This is a 4 year program which is offered full time by University of Northumbria, conducted by MAHSA University College in Kuala Lumpur. The students who are registered for this program are able to access resources like those enjoyed by students studying Physiotherapy in the University in the United Kingdom.
Each year there are 2 semesters, at the end of each semester the students are sent for their clinical placement. They are evaluated by both the clinicians and teaching staffs from the college. Special emphasis is given for evidence based approach, research proposals and regular updates. The students are regularly assessed to ensure that they develop reasoning ability and able to demonstrate competency in the application of the core skills in physiotherapy practice.
The University of Northumbria has a Quality Assurance Policy in place for continuous improvement through student feedback and program committee meetings where student representatives are invited.
The students are able to utilize the e-portal system through which each student can access the Northumbria library for review of journals. The delivery of this program is of the highest international standard and blends with the influence of Malaysian culture and diversity. As the program is conducted in Malaysia, the cost is affordable by many students who aspire to be physiotherapists.
- Professional information and communication skills
- Foundations of physiotherapy with clinical practice
- Therapeutic skills with clinical practice
- Essentials of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
- Essentials of cardio-respiratory physiotherapy
- Clinical Placement – 6 weeks
- Assessment and reasoning
- Essentials of physiotherapy in neurology
- Physiotherapy skills with clinical practice
- Physiotherapy practice with clinical practice
- English language
- Clinical Placement – 8 weeks
- Evidencing practice with clinical practice
- Inter-professional Collaboration
- Integrated reasoning with clinical practice
- Islamic Studies
- Malaysian Studies
- Clinical Placement – 8 weeks
- Developing effective clinical practice with clinical practice
- Project proposal
- Contextual issues in Health and Social Care
- Clinical Placement – 12 weeks
Physiotherapy offers a range of exciting career opprtunities. The most obvious for the diploma students will include continuing the education to obtain a degree. MAHSA University College offers a excellent degree program 4+0 by Northumbria University conducted entirely in MAHSA University College.
Other opportunities on completion of the diploma and degree program can lead to a career in government and private hospitals especially in the orthopaedic departments; rehabilitation centres for the handicapped, schools for the mentally retarded and physically disabled children, health institutions
and physiotherapy clinics.
MAHSA University College Location Map
MAHSA University College Contact Details
MAHSA University College,
Level 6, Block A, Pusat Bandar Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur,
Phone: +6(03)2092 9999
Fax: +6(03)2093 1599