Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons)

Programme Overview
“Physiotherapy involves the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of pain, injury, or any other physical dysfunction, through the use of education, exercise, manual therapy, electro-physical agents, technology or any other treatment for those purposes.”

The Honours Degree in Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy is a new degree programme jointly developed by Singapore Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin. The programme aims to graduate professional physiotherapists who are theoretically-grounded and clinically-oriented to practise autonomously in different specialities of physiotherapy. Students in the programme will have opportunities to gain clinical experience working in the various major hospitals and health care facilities in Singapore. In addition, the curriculum in this four-year degree programme is developed with consultation from clinical partners to ensure relevancy of the skill sets and employability of the students upon graduation.

Curriculum
For students to be awarded the Honours Degree in Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, they need to successfully complete seven trimesters of study, 30 weeks of clinical placement [Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP)] and an individual honours thesis.

Career Opportunities
Physiotherapy is a profession that is highly sought after in Singapore. Besides the hospitals, physiotherapists can work in various areas such as community hospitals, nursing homes, senior care centres, home and domiciliary care services, special schools, sports institutes (sports teams), gymnasiums, private practices and government agencies.

Eligibility and Exemption

SIT selects candidates for this programme using a holistic approach that considers passion and suitability for the profession, academic achievement, co-curricular involvement and medical clearance. Short-listed candidates will be invited for multiple-mini interviews, consisting of different stations which assess different important attributes such as communication skills.

Listed below are the relevant admissions criteria:

A-Level Prerequisites:

  • A good pass in two of the following H2 subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

 

Diploma Prerequisites:

  • An approved full-time diploma from a polytechnic in Singapore. Module exemption will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Obtain a minimum of C6 for English for GCE O Level or its equivalent.

 

International Baccalaureate Prerequisites:

  • A good pass in two of the following: HL Biology, HL Chemistry, HL Physics and HL Mathematics.

 

NUS High School Diploma Prerequisites:

  • A good pass in two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics

Shortlisted applicants will be required to sit for a Multiple Mini Interview held on one of these dates as scheduled by the administrator.

MMI dates

25 March 2017 – For NSF only

1 April 2017 – For NSF only

3 – 5, 8 April 2017

10 – 13 April 2017

17 – 22 April 2017

Selection shall be solely within the discretion of the University and will depend upon the number of places available in the programme.

MODULE SYNOPSIS

Year 1 (Trimester 1)
HSC1001 Anatomy and Physiology 1

The module is designed to equip students with knowledge of the structure and function of the human body and an understanding of the interrelationship among different body systems. The topics include structure and function of cell, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, blood and immune system. Gross anatomy of the limbs, pelvis and chest including general embryology and development of limbs will be covered in this module with emphasis on musculoskeletal structure and function.

HSC1003 Health Systems - Singapore's Perspectives

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s framework of a health system includes resource generation, stewardship, funding and provisioning. The goal of a health system is to improve health, respond to expectations and focus on fairness in financial contribution. In this module, the Singapore health system is described and analyzed within the WHO’s framework. Students will learn to appreciate how policies are developed, health needs identified and met, intersectoral collaborations needed and established, and services organized and evaluated. Through interprofessional studies, they will learn about the needs of patients and the roles of different professions in the health systems addressing those needs.

HSC1004 Psychological and Sociological Perspectives for Health Sciences

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. In this module students will attain an understanding of key psychological concepts. Students will appreciate how psychological theories and research relate to health, illness, and healthcare. Sociology is the study of society, relationships, and social behaviour. Students will consider key sociological concepts and research to broaden their understanding of health, illness, and healthcare as they relate to the individual, family, and society.

PTY1001 Physics in Biology and Medicine

This module covers biomechanical principles, mechanical interactions at the levels of tissues and body systems and application of biomechanics in clinical situation. This includes calculation of momentum, force, torque and energy within the human body. Students will be taught the working principles of common equipment used in physiotherapy treatment such as shortwave diathermy, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation and laser. Concepts of thermal physics and electricity will be covered in the module. Students will be exposed to technologies used to quantify human movement (e.g. motion capturing, force plate, electromyography) and introduced to the latest medical technologies used in rehabilitation (e.g. robotics).

Year 1 (Trimester 2)
HSC1002 Anatomy and Physiology 2

This module extends the knowledge gained in Anatomy and Physiology 1, and includes structures and functions of the endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, renal system and the reproductive system. Gross anatomy of the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar) and neurocranium (skull) will be covered in this module with emphasis on the musculoskeletal structures and functions of the spinal vertebrae.

PTY1002 Electrophysical Agents

The module primarily focuses on the use of electrophysical agents in physiotherapy practice. It provides the students with knowledge on the physiological effects and current evidence on the efficacy of commonly used electrophysical modalities (e.g. therapeutic ultrasound, shortwave diathermy, interferential current therapy, intensity-duration curve, etc). This module will cover theoretical issues and practical applications related to the selection and therapeutic and diagnostic application of electrophysical agents in the clinical settings. Students will be taught to explain and provide safe electrophysical therapy to patients as well as implement tests to ensure proper functioning of the equipment.

PTY1003 Kinesiology and Functional Anatomy (Upper Quadrant)

The module is to develop an understanding of the anatomical structure and function of the human body during movement. Muscle morphology and activation pattern will be introduced to the students. The concept of muscle activation pattern is integrated with skills of movement analysis. The module focuses on the shoulder complex, elbow, wrist and hand in terms of movement analysis, and understanding of the ranges and types of movement available in the joints. Practical classes in this module will include palpation of upper limb musculature, movement analysis and measurement of joint movement using goniometer. This module complement the module on musculoskeletal physiotherapy for the upper quadrant. The integration of these two modules will deepen the students’ understanding of the pathophysiology, assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries of the upper quadrant.

PTY1004 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Upper Quadrant)

The module on musculoskeletal physiotherapy (upper quadrant) integrates the kinesiology and functional anatomy of the upper quadrant with the assessment of upper limb pathologies commonly encountered in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice. The module will focus on the development of critical thinking in diagnosis and skills in physiotherapy assessment and treatment. This module will adopt the regional anatomy approach to advance appropriate skills and knowledge in musculoskeletal assessment. A condition-based approach will be used to set the theories into the appropriate contexts of practice. Students will be introduced to the different musculoskeletal conditions affecting the upper quadrant along with evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches. The module will also cover topics on effective communication and manual handling skills for physiotherapy in the musculoskeletal context.

Year 1 (Trimester 3)
PTY1005 Kinesiology and Functional Anatomy (Lower Quadrant)

The module is to develop foundational knowledge of the anatomical structures and functions of the human body during movement. Muscle morphology and activation pattern will be introduced to the students. The concept of muscle activation pattern is integrated with skills of movement analysis. The module focuses on the lower limbs in terms of movement analysis, understanding of the ranges and types of movement available in the joints and gait analysis. Practical classes in this module will include palpation of lower limb musculature, movement analysis and measurement of joint movement using goniometer. This module complement musculoskeletal physiotherapy lower quadrant whereby the integrated knowledge will depend the students’ understanding of the pathophysiology, assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries of the lower limbs.

PTY1006 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Lower Quadrant)

The module on musculoskeletal physiotherapy (lower quadrant) integrates the kinesiology and functional anatomy of the lower quadrant with the assessment of lower limb pathologies commonly encountered in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice. This module will focus on the development of critical thinking in diagnosis and skills in physiotherapy assessment and treatment. The regional anatomy approach will be adopted for developing skills and knowledge in musculoskeletal assessments of the hip and pelvis, knee, ankle and foot. A condition-based approach is applied to set the theories into the appropriate contexts of practice. Students will be introduced to the different musculoskeletal conditions affecting the lower quadrant, as well as appropriate evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches. The module will also cover topics on effective communication and manual handling skills for physiotherapy in the musculoskeletal context. Part of the module will examine sports rehabilitation in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Students will learn sports massage, taping and management of acute sporting injuries.

Year 2 (Trimester 1)
PTY2001 Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy

This module is designed to achieve entry level physiotherapy competency and clinical skills in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy. The module explores the role of cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, integrating skills and techniques, theoretical concepts, clinical reasoning and the evolving body of knowledge from the current evidence. The module provide emphasis on the management, with focus on the management of acute cardiopulmonary conditions.

PTY2002 Exercise Physiology

The module aims to progress the knowledge of physiological principles learnt from Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2. This module will provide the student with knowledge surrounding the principles of adaptation during exercise, examine the changes that occur to specific physiological components (cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine & neuromuscular) during exercise in addition to the adaptation that occurs over time when adhering to an exercise training programme.

PTY2003 Health Promotion and Population Health

Population health is the focus for many health systems in recent years. Population health outcomes are becoming more specific and attention is now shifted upstream, as health impact at population level is greater than at individual level. Recent research evidence suggests that health promoting activities and health education messages must be predicated on established health behaviour change models or theories. In this module, students learn the appropriate public health terminology in relation to population health outcomes, and to integrate various branches of sciences to effect health promotion, disease prevention and overall positive population outcomes.

PTY2004 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Spine)

The module on musculoskeletal physiotherapy (spine) integrates the kinesiology and functional anatomy of the spine with the assessment of spine pathologies commonly encountered in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice. The module will focus on the development of critical thinking in the diagnosis and skills in physiotherapy assessment and treatment of the neck and back. This module will adopt the condition-based approach placing the theories into the appropriate contexts of practice. Students will be introduced to the different musculoskeletal condition affecting the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacroiliac joints with evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches. The module will also cover topics on effective communication and manual handling skills for physiotherapy in the musculoskeletal context. Topics on orthopaedics in musculoskeletal and chronic pain management will be included in the module. Students will learn pre- and post-surgical management of orthopaedics cases (e.g. spinal surgery, fracture management) and management of patients with chronic pain. They will also learn about ambulatory devices, amputee rehabilitation and interpretation of radiological investigation (e.g. X-rays, MRI)

PTY2005 Neurobiology

This module introduces a reasonably detailed and systematic overview of the anatomical and physiological organisation of the brain, peripheral nervous system and their related structures. It describes the process of neurotransmission, the criteria for molecules to be considered neurotransmitters and the synthesis, release and reuptake of a range of neurotransmitters in the body. The sensory receptors and pathways responsible for the sensation of pain, touch, audition, smell and vision will be described along with the pathways responsible for voluntary movement, the motor hierarchy and the control of voluntary movement. The module further explores the mechanisms for brain network in terms of emotion, motivation, learning and memory, as well as maintaining balance and upright posture, and the sensory receptors involved.

PTY2011 Research - Methods and Statistics

The aim of this module is to provide students with an in depth knowledge of the methodology employed in Research. Secondly the module intends to provide the student with the theoretical and practical methods used in the analysis of data. A further aim is to apply the information gained to the critical appraisal of research studies.

Year 2 (Trimester 2)
PTY2006 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

This module aims to introduce the role and purpose of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Applied cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology provide the basic principles of exercise rehabilitation management in chronic cardiopulmonary conditions. The module will explore the concepts underpinning current approaches to the assessment and management of cardiopulmonary dysfunctions. There will be analysis of the supporting theory and available evidence alongside some practical application of assessment and management techniques. Significant emphasis will be placed on the development of clinical reasoning in the evaluation and management of patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Students will be encouraged to critically appraise and evaluate the theory, evidence-base and practical application of current cardiopulmonary exercise rehabilitation practice.

PTY2007 Chronic Disease and Rehabilitation

Common non-communicable diseases and their management are considered in this module. Respiratory disease and Cardiac disease are considered in the Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation module. The clinical sciences that will be studied in this module will include obesity/diabetes, oncology, Blood borne disorders (HIV and Hepatitis C) and mental health. The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the role of the physiotherapist in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. The epidemiology, diagnosis and overall management will be studied.

PTY2008 Enhancing Human Performance by Exercise

The aim of this module is to provide the student with a theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the assessment of exercise capacity and body composition, and in exercise training programmes in healthy individuals. This module will build on the the Exercise Physiology module in Year 2 and form the basis for Clinical Exercise Prescription in Year 3.

PTY2009 Foundation of Neurological Physiotherapy

This module builds on the knowledge learnt from the Neurobiology and Kinesiology modules and aims to provide the learner with a framework for the assessment and treatment of people with neurological disorders. This includes equipping learners with the knowledge and practical skills in the assessment of impairments and their contributions to activity limitations and participation restrictions, clinical reasoning and practical skills in the facilitation of movement.

HSC2001 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

This module introduces students to the broad categories of diseases and injuries from a systems approach. The students learn the contemporary knowledge and perspectives on the pathological and abnormal physiological processes that lead to these diseases and injuries, current medical interventions, including surgery and drugs, and associated complications either arising from the disease processes or medical interventions. Students learn the effects of drugs on the biological systems (for instance, interactions between chemicals and biological receptors) and the effects of biological systems on drugs (that is, absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of chemicals from biological systems). In addition, students learn to recognize the desired and undesired effects of medication, delivery options, adverse drug reactions that health professionals may observe. The specific roles of these health professionals in communicating adverse reactions and requesting modification in medication delivery to optimize performance and minimize pain will also be discussed.

Year 3 (Trimester 1)
PTY3001 Advanced Topics in Neurological Physiotherapy

This module progresses the knowledge and skills learnt from the Principles in Neurological Physiotherapy module and aims to equip learners with the necessary competencies required for clinical placements in neurology settings. This includes providing learners with the knowledge and understanding of traditional and current treatment approaches, including advanced technology and their underlying principles and evidence, advanced clinical reasoning skills and interactions within multidisciplinary settings involving medical and non-medical professions. Additionally, this module prepares the learner to communicate patient goals within multidisciplinary settings and advocate for patients’ rights and the profession.

PTY3002 Clinical Exercise Prescription

The objective of this module is to build on the principles of the Enhancing human performance by exercise module and enable the students to prescribe exercise in subjects with pathology. This module also complements the Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation module. In addition the specific considerations when prescribing exercise in children and the elderly will be explored.

PTY3003 Physiotherapy across Lifespan (Child and Maternal Health)

The module aims to prepare student as competent entry-level practitioner in paediatric physiotherapy. Focus is given to students developing a clear understanding of typical development and the potential influences upon a child’s development. The student will learn about the changes that occur from infancy to maturity in the neuromotor, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary body systems. The impact of congenital or acquired conditions or lifestyle diseases causing dysfunction in one or more of these systems will also be introduced. Maternal Health issues are also covered in this module including changes through life, effects of pregnancy and condition commonly encountered.

PTY3004 Scientific Writing and Investigation

Overall the aim of this module is enable the student to carry out successful research in a particular field, through the review, synthesis, and evaluation of literature. This module builds on the Research Methods and Statistics Module in Year 2. This module concentrates on the effective presentation of research literature in the form of two literature reviews.

PTY3005 System Support

The module comprises two main components: concept of critical care and Simulated Based Healthcare Education. This first part of the module focuses on advanced concept of critical care related to multi-organ/system function and dysfunction. Holistic care relating to physiology, assessment, pathophysiology, system failure and clinical management of the cardiovascular system, pulmonary system, renal system and endocrine system will be addressed. Core concepts of complex pathophysiology, current treatment modalities, and physiotherapist’s roles in critically ill patients will be discussed. The second part of the module aims to seamlessly progress learners from the classroom to real clinical settings. Students receive the opportunity for hands-on learning experience within the simulated-based environment to develop confidence and team work.

Year 3 (Trimester 2)
HSC3002 Professionalism, Ethics and Legal Aspects of Healthcare

This module explores the conceptualization of professionalism of the health professionals with respect to identity, the work they perform and autonomy. Both occupational and organizational professionalism will be discussed in the context of the new public managerialism. Besides developing theoretical foundation on understanding professionalism, representatives from the respective health professional associations and bodies will be invited to share with students the importance of membership with professional associations and their advocacy work. Students learn various ethical theories from both the West and the East, and incorporate these in case-based learning activities that also stimulate and chart their moral development. Pertinent healthcare laws locally as they relate to the professional and ethical conduct of health care professionals as well as health services provision will be integrated throughout the module. This module is intended for students from various health sciences disciplines so that interprofessional learning about professional and ethical issues can be achieved.

PTY3006 Creative Thinking and Innovation in Healthcare

This module introduces creative thinking and innovation and applies this in the Healthcare context. Students will be provided with a thorough understanding of how innovation can convert knowledge into products, services and policies for economic and social and cultural benefit. The emphasis will be on how innovation and creative thinking can enhance healthcare for the individual user, employee or organisation.

PTY3007 Physiotherapy across Lifespan (Older Adults)

This module examines ageing and growing older from both a sociological and rehabilitation perspective. Attitudes to ageing and to older adults are explored as well as the conditions encountered in later life. The physiotherapy role in rehabilitation is explored from a balance and mobility perspective. This module is complemented by the Foundations of Neurological Physiotherapy module and the Advanced topics in Neurological Physiotherapy module.

PTY3801 Honours Thesis Proposal

The aim of the module is to facilitate the students to actively participate in a research process, and in so doing understand the theoretical and practical aspects of research. The module aims to develop a solid appreciation of the value of research in clinical practice. It aims to encourage ongoing critical evaluation in clinical practice.

PTY3901 Clinical Practice Education Year 3

The purpose of this course component is to provide the students with clinical experience and opportunities to develop clinical skills in areas such as cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological, intermediate and long term care and selective specialised areas such as paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and geriatrics. The clinical practice education will be conducted at different hospitals in Singapore across various healthcare settings. Students will spend six weeks at each clinical practice to develop the relevant physiotherapy competencies. Students will be posted to four core areas of physiotherapy setting (musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological physiotherapy and intermediate long term care). An elective placement in a specialised area of physiotherapy will be included but this is subjected to availability and further approval by programme director. In total, the students will undergo five blocks of clinical practice education. All clinical placements are supervised by one or more trained clinical tutors/supervisors.

Year 3 (Trimester 3)
PTY4801 Honours Thesis

The aim of the module is to facilitate the students to actively participate in a research process, and in so doing understand the theoretical and practical aspects of research. The module aims to develop a solid appreciation of the value of research in clinical practice. It aims to encourage ongoing critical evaluation in clinical practice.

PTY3901 Clinical Practice Education Year 3

The purpose of this course component is to provide the students with clinical experience and opportunities to develop clinical skills in areas such as cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological, intermediate and long term care and selective specialised areas such as paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and geriatrics. The clinical practice education will be conducted at different hospitals in Singapore across various healthcare settings. Students will spend six weeks at each clinical practice to develop the relevant physiotherapy competencies. Students will be posted to four core areas of physiotherapy setting (musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological physiotherapy and intermediate long term care). An elective placement in a specialised area of physiotherapy will be included but this is subjected to availability and further approval by programme director. In total, the students will undergo five blocks of clinical practice education. All clinical placements are supervised by one or more trained clinical tutors/supervisors.

Year 4 (Trimester 1)
PTY4801 Honours Thesis

The aim of the module is to facilitate the students to actively participate in a research process, and in so doing understand the theoretical and practical aspects of research. The module aims to develop a solid appreciation of the value of research in clinical practice. It aims to encourage ongoing critical evaluation in clinical practice.

PTY4901 Clinical Practice Education Year 4

The purpose of this course component is to provide the students with clinical experience and opportunities to develop clinical skills in areas such as cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological, intermediate and long term care and selective specialised areas such as paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and geriatrics. The clinical practice education will be conducted at different hospitals in Singapore across various healthcare settings. Students will spend six weeks at each clinical practice to develop the relevant physiotherapy competencies. Students will be posted to four core areas of physiotherapy setting (musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological physiotherapy and intermediate long term care). An elective placement in a specialised area of physiotherapy will be included but this is subjected to availability and further approval by programme director. In total, the students will undergo five blocks of clinical practice education. All clinical placements are supervised by one or more trained clinical tutors/supervisors.

Year 4 (Trimester 2)
HSC3001 Change Management

Through this module, students will develop understanding related to the challenges and opportunities presented by changes in science, technology, society and organisations. Popular narratives related to the disciplines of science and technology often frame these disciplines as both providing and based upon absolute truth, and formed through singular evolutions. Such narratives present current advancements in science and technology as unproblematic and inevitable processes of evolution. These narratives often fail to take into account alternative narratives and social, political and cultural reasons for the changes, and as such present the reader a view that is at best static and at worst prejudiced. In recent years, scholars have repeatedly demonstrated that science and technology are as fluid and malleable as the people who produce them. Through a focus on themes of “Social Change”, “Organizational Change” and “Individual Change”, the students will develop understanding of how change occurs, why it occurs, and what we can do to anticipate, encourage and manage change. Students will think about and discuss a range of benefits that managing and understanding change may contribute to their lives, the organizations in which they work and society as a whole. Organisational change theories, and concepts regarding resistance to change will be introduced and discussed. Students will develop knowledge of individual change. Through exploring individuals’ strengths and concepts of occupational identity, students will identify individual coping mechanisms that may be employed when dealing with change. Students will discuss the potential ways of becoming a change agent for an organization and society. The students will learn about being a recipient of change as well as an agent / future leader for change.

HSC4001 Health Systems - Global Perspectives

This module provides the opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and understanding of contemporary global health issues. The major challenges in global health will be discussed and the management of such addressed. The main focus will be on the four main non-communicable diseases: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes which lead to death in three in five people worldwide. The overall aim is to broaden perspectives on health services development, provisioning and delivery, as well as factors that contribute to strengthening the health systems of developing and developed countries.

PTY4002 Professional and Interprofessional Education

This module explores the conceptualization of professionalism of the health professionals with respect to identity, the work they perform and autonomy. Both occupational and organizational professionalism will be discussed in the context of the new public managerialism. Besides developing theoretical foundation on understanding professionalism, representatives from the respective health professional associations and bodies will be invited to share with students the importance of membership with professional associations and their advocacy work. Students learn various ethical theories from both the West and the East, and incorporate these in case-based learning activities that also stimulate and chart their moral development. Pertinent healthcare laws locally as they relate to the professional and ethical conduct of health care professionals as well as health services provision will be integrated throughout the module. This module is intended for students from various health sciences disciplines so that interprofessional learning about professional and ethical issues can be achieved.

PTY4801 Honours Thesis

The aim of the module is to facilitate the students to actively participate in a research process, and in so doing understand the theoretical and practical aspects of research. The module aims to develop a solid appreciation of the value of research in clinical practice. It aims to encourage ongoing critical evaluation in clinical practice.

Campus Location
SIT@Dover
SIT@Dover

10 Dover Drive
Singapore 138683