Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: JS3636
Duration and Credit Requirement
132 (including 23 clinical/field credits)
Dr Shirley Ngai
Aims and Characteristics
This programme aims to produce qualified professionals who provide physiotherapy services to promote the health of clients, and to meet the healthcare needs of society. Graduates possess the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that are 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 roles in developing the profession through continuing education and/or participating in investigative and evaluative projects. Their sense of social and professional responsibility is further recognised by their efforts to educate clients, the public and the next generation of therapists.
The curriculum is forward looking with a strong scientific base. Clinical- and university-based forms of education are integrated, using the latest teaching and learning resources.
The Department aims to train students with global perspectives, and actively encourages students to take 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 Three/Four students to undertake 5-week clinical placements at overseas universities. In previous years, placements have been organised at the following universities: the University of Kentucky (USA), the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA), Curtin University of Technology (Australia), Queens University (Canada), the University of Toronto (Canada), Metropolitan University College (Denmark), Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland), the National Taiwan University (Taiwan), Haute École de Santé Vaud (HESAV) (Switzerland), University of Kansas Medical Center (USA), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Srinakharinwirot University (Thailand), University of Alberta (Canada).
This is a 4-year full-time programme that involves university-based study and clinical education. The programme is comprised of 4 main groups of subjects in basic sciences, professional studies, clinical education and the PolyU Core Curriculum. Clinical education is in the form of clinical placements at hospitals, rehabilitation centres, special schools and institutions for the elderly. Students can also choose to take minor programmes or free Electives according to their needs, aspiration and abilities.
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.
Recognition and Prospects
Graduates are eligible to register with the Physiotherapists Board of Hong Kong.
Our graduates have a high rate of employment, with a wide range of 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 such as in MSc, MPhil or PhD programmes are also available.
Graduates fulfil the normal entry requirements to become 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 organisations and the Social Welfare Department (community centres, sheltered workshops and special childcare centres).
Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS 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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