Programme Overview

Qualification
BSc (Hons)
Provider
Singapore Institute of Technology
Duration
4 years
Total credits
240
Application period
10 January to 19 March 2024
Next intake
Campus location
SIT@Dover

The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physiotherapy programme is a four-year, direct honours degree programme. The programme aims to produce professional physiotherapists who are theoretically-grounded and clinically-oriented to practise autonomously in different specialities of physiotherapy. 

Physiotherapy involves the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of pain, injury, or any other physical dysfunction and health condition, through the use of education, exercise, manual therapy, and other treatment modalities with the aim of maximizing the quality of life for individuals.

Students in the programme will have opportunities to gain clinical experience through clinical attachments with various major hospitals and healthcare facilities in Singapore.  The four-year degree programme was developed in consultation with clinical partners to ensure the relevancy of the skill sets and employability of the students upon graduation.

The programme is accredited by the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC), thus enabling graduates to obtain direct registration to practise as physiotherapists in a wide variety of settings in Singapore. Mid-career individuals with a prior degree qualification in a science-related field may apply for the Physiotherapy programme under the Career Conversion Programme (CCP). 

Do note that the healthcare staff guidelines and requirements that apply to healthcare institutions also apply to Health Sciences students. Non-compliance with these guidelines may affect your ability in meeting course requirements, graduating, obtaining registration or employment, and fulfilling bond obligations. It is crucial to adhere to these guidelines to ensure successful completion of your studies and future professional opportunities in the healthcare field.

Curriculum

For students to be awarded the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physiotherapy, they need to successfully complete eleven trimesters of study, which includes completing an individual honours thesis and a minimum of 25 weeks of clinical attachments. The quality of the curriculum is ensured through regular consultations with external examiners, Industry Advisory Committee, clinical partners, professional associations as well as accreditation process through the AHPC.

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Clinical Practice Education

All Physiotherapy students need to undergo around 1000 hours of clinical practice education (CPE) across various clinical settings. Such clinical placements prepare students for the real-world clinical practice. Therefore, students get to apply theoretical and clinical knowledge and build up their confidence in clinical skills. Students need to pass all clinical placements to graduate from the programme and to be registered under the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC).

Career Conversion Programme

(formerly known as Professional Conversion Programme)

CCP helps and supports mid-career Singaporeans in acquiring relevant training to be Physiotherapists. SIT currently offers the following programmes under the CCP for Physiotherapists:

CCP Degree programme CANDIDATURE Tuition FEES
Physiotherapists BSc Physiotherapy Full Time – 4 years Subsidised fees for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students are located in Tuition Fees

CCP applicants must apply to both SIT as well as WSG during the application period in order to be considered. For more information on CCP eligibility, process and funding, please visit WSG CCP for Allied Health Professionals.

Career Options

Physiotherapy is a profession that is highly sought after in Singapore. Graduates can be employed as physiotherapists in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Public and Private Hospitals
  • Intermediate and Long-Term Care
  • Organisations including Community Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Rehabilitation Centre
  • Polyclinics
  • Private Practices
  • Government Agencies
  • Sports and Military Institutes
  • Special Schools
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
     

Eligibility and Exemption

SIT selects candidates for this programme using an aptitude-based approach that considers passion and suitability for the profession, academic achievement and co-curricular involvement. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI), scheduled between 1 April 2024 to 19 April 2024. The MMI consists of different stations which assess various important skills and attributes, such as communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork, which are crucial for success in the undergraduate Allied Health programmes at SIT.

Listed below are the relevant admission criteria:
 

    Obtained a good pass in two H2/HL subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sports, Exercise and Health Science, and Mathematics), and also offer General Paper or Knowledge & Inquiry in the same sitting while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

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    Note

    • Diplomas that are not listed may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Module exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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    Obtained a good pass in two H2/HL subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sports, Exercise and Health Science, and Mathematics); while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

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    NUS High School Diploma Prerequisites
    Obtained a good pass in two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

     

    Other equivalent Year 12 qualifications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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    Mandatory English Requirement
    Applicants to the Allied Health Programmes are required to fulfil ONE of the following English requirements by application closing:

    Qualification

    English Subject

    Minimum Grade Required

    GCE O Level

    English as First Language

    C5

    IELTS (Academic Module)

    IELTS

    7.0 for all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

    TOEFL TOEFL At least 250 marks for computer-based test or 600 marks for paper-based test or 100 marks for internet-based test
    OET OET Grade B and above

    Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)

    English Modules

    C+

    GCE A Level

    General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry

    D

    International Baccalaureate (IB)


    SL/HL English A: Language &
    Literature OR;
    SL/HL English A: Literature OR;
    SL: Literature & Performance

    4

    NUS High School Diploma

    EL4101 or higher (EL5101, 6103) modules

    C+

    The Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) mandates the minimum English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for the Allied Health programmes to enable our graduates to practise in the respective Allied Health professions.

    Applicants who hold a first degree from Singapore, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States of America will be deemed to have fulfilled the stipulated English Language requirement for the programme.

    Please refer to the Mandatory Medical Clearance for additional requirements.

     

    Degree Conversion

    Applicants with a Diploma in Physiotherapy from Nanyang Polytechnic accepted in the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme will be offered a degree conversion route after matriculation. 

    The final intake of the degree conversion route will be in Academic Year 2026. 
     

    Fees and Finances

      Subsidised fees per credit
      $155.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $37,200.00 for SG Citizens / $149,243.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $295.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $70,800.00 for Permanent Resident / $149,243.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $408.75
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $98,100.00 for International Student / $149,243.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Industry Advisory Committee

      The members of the Industry Advisory Committee for this programme are:

      Chairman
      Ms Susan Niam
      Chief Allied Health Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Dr Effie Chew
      Senior Consultant, Division of Neurology, National University Health System
      Member
      Mr Anjan Kumar Ghosh
      Director, Sector Manpower - Strategy & Leadership, National Council of Social Service
      Member
      Ms Paulin Koh
      Chief Nursing Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Ms Melissa Chua
      Head & Senior Principal Speech Therapist, Sengkang General Hospital
      Member
      Mr Michael Ong
      Group Director, Allied Health, National University Health System
      Member
      Ms Frances Hew Wee Kee
      Deputy Director, Head, Clinical Support
      Member
      Dr Lim Yen Peng
      Head and Senior Principal Dietitian, Nutrition and Dietetics Department Tan Tock Seng Hospital
      Member
      Assoc Prof Yong Keng Kwang
      Group Chief Nurse, National Healthcare Group
      Member
      Assoc Prof Lita Chew Sui Tjien
      Group Director, Group Allied Health, SingHealth
      Member
      Assoc Prof Ng Yee Sien
      Senior Consultant, SingHealth
      Member
      Mr Eric Ho Chun Keong
      Director (Acting), Allied Health. Deputy Director, Regional Health Office, Woodlands Health
      Member
      Ms Jessica Hooi
      Vice Principal, St. Andrew’s Autism School
      Member
      Mr Abhimanyau Pal
      Chief Executive Officer, SPD
      Ex-Officio
      Assoc Prof Tan Bhing Leet
      Director of Programmes, Health and Social Sciences, Singapore Institute of Technology