Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: JS3636
Duration and Credit Requirement
132 (including 23 clinical/field credits)
Dr Shirley Ngai
- This programme does not consider second choice applications.
Aims and Characteristics
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
This programme aims to produce qualified professionals who provide physiotherapy services to promote the health of clients and meet the healthcare needs of society. Graduates possess the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes required for the reliable, ethical and effective practice of physiotherapy. As lifelong learners and active consumers of the professional and scientific literature, graduates are able to fulfil their responsibility for developing the profession through continuing education and/or participating in investigative and evaluative projects. Their sense of social and professional responsibility is further evident in their efforts to educate clients, the public and the next generation of therapists.
The curriculum is forward looking with a strong scientific base. Clinical education and university-based education are integrated, using the latest teaching and learning resources.
The Department aims to train students with global perspectives, and actively encourages students to seize opportunities to experience life overseas. The Department fully supports the principle of student exchange for clinical placements with overseas institutes. There are opportunities for Year 3/4 students to undertake five-week clinical placements at overseas universities. In previous years, placements have been organized at the following universities: the University of Kentucky (US), the University of Illinois at Chicago (US), Curtin University of Technology (Australia), Queens University (Canada), the University of Toronto (Canada), Metropolitan University College (Denmark), Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), Haute École de Santé Vaud (HESAV) (Switzerland), University of Kansas Medical Center (USA), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Srinakharinwirot University (Thailand) and the University of Alberta (Canada).
This is a four-year full-time programme that involves university-based study and clinical education. The programme comprises four main groups of subjects: basic sciences, professional studies, clinical education and the University Core Curriculum. Clinical education takes the form of clinical placements in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, special schools and institutions for the elderly. Students can also choose to take a Minor programme or free Electives according to their needs, aspirations and abilities. Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.rs.polyu.edu.hk.
Recognition and Prospects
Graduates are eligible to register with the Physiotherapists Board of Hong Kong.
Our graduates have a high rate of employment and a wide range of career options, from acute care hospitals, special schools and homes for the elderly to community settings and private practice.
Physiotherapists can specialise, take up managerial positions or be involved in clinical education and research. Opportunities for higher degree studies in MSc, MPhil and PhD programmes are also available.
Graduates fulfil the normal entry requirements for Physiotherapist II for the Hospital Authority, private organizations (private hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes and homes for the elderly), the Department of Health, the Education Bureau (special schools, early education and training centres), subvented non-government organizations and the Social Welfare Department (community centres, sheltered workshops and special childcare centres).
Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.
- Preference is given to applicants who are able to communicate effectively in Chinese (i.e. spoken Cantonese) and English.
- Applicants with good results in science subjects (Biology and/or Physics) are preferred.
- Applicants should be fit within the normal range in fulfiling the physical requirements of physiotherapy practice.
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