Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons)

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 an aptitude-based approach that considers passion and suitability for the profession, academic achievement and co-curricular involvement. 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 admission criteria:

A-Level Prerequisites:

  • Obtained a pass in two of the following H2 subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. And also offer General Paper or Knowledge & Inquiry in the same sitting while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

Diploma Prerequisites:

  • Completed a relevant full-time local Polytechnic diploma. For the detailed list, please refer to Relevant List of Diplomas.
  • Module exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Diplomas that are not listed may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be assessed for admissions based on a holistic approach if they meet the following criteria:
    1. Obtained a Science-related full-time local Polytechnic diploma and/or
    2. Has acquired relevant full-time work experience of 1-2 years.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Prerequisites:

  • Obtained a good pass in two of the following: HL Biology, HL Chemistry, HL Physics and HL Mathematics; while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

NUS High School Diploma Prerequisites:

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

Mandatory English Requirement:

Applicants to the five 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)

IELTS

7.0 for all components

Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)

English Modules

C+

GCE A Level

General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry

D

International Baccalaureate (IB)

SL ‘English A: Language & Literature’ OR

SL ‘Literature & Performance’

4

NUS High School Diploma

EL4101 or higher (EL5101, 6103) modules

C+

Please refer to the Mandatory Medical Clearance for additional requirements.

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

22 March 2019

23 March 2019 – For NSFs only

25 March – 29 March 2019

30 March 2019 – For NSFs only

1 April – 2 April 2019

6 April 2019 – For NSFs only

8 April – 12 April 2019

13 April 2019 – For NSFs only

15 April – 17 April 2019

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

Dates assigned to shortlisted candidates are fixed. Kindly avoid travelling during this period.

Professional Conversion Programmes

The Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) helps and supports mid-career Singaporeans in acquiring relevant training to be Physiotherapists. PCP applicants must apply to both SIT as well as WSG during the application period in order to be considered.

For more information on PCP eligibility, process and funding, please visit: www.wsg.gov.sg/pcpphysiotherapists

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.

PTY1007 Kinesiology

The scientific study of human movements is the foundation of physiotherapy practice. In this module, students will learn kinesiology terminology, osteokinematics and arthrokinematics, muscle actions and motor control principles, all of which are fundamental to the understanding of human movements. Students will develop practical skills to define and analyse movements, including observation, palpation of surface anatomical landmarks, goniometry and manual muscle testing. An important application of kinesiology is movement analysis of common functional, sports and recreational activities, which is central to physiotherapy diagnosis and practice.

Year 1 (Trimester 3)
PTY1008 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Extremities)

The module on musculoskeletal physiotherapy (extremities) will focus on the development of critical thinking in diagnosis and practical skills in physiotherapy assessment and treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions. Students will be introduced to the different musculoskeletal conditions affecting the upper and lower limbs, alongside the relevant physical assessment and evidence based treatment approaches for these conditions. Clinical case studies will be used to apply the theories in the appropriate contexts of physiotherapy practice. The module will cover topics on effective communication in clinical interview, clinical reasoning skills, physical examination skills, treatment and manual handling skills for physiotherapy in the musculoskeletal context.

PTY1009 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.

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.

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.

PTY2010 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.

PTY3008 Critical Care Physiotherapy

The module focuses on the concepts of critical care related to multi-organ/ system function and dysfunction, and holistic care relating to physiology, assessment, pathophysiology, system failure and clinical management of the body systems. Core concepts of complex pathophysiology, current treatment modalities, and physiotherapist’s roles in critically ill patients will be discussed. Specific clinical and professional issues relating to the critical care environment will also be addressed.

PTY3009 Clinical Decision Making in Patients with Complex Health Issues

The module builds on the two previous years by revisiting the core areas of physiotherapy practice (musculoskeletal, respiratory and neurology) through a case based approach. New material is introduced in order to support the integration of knowledge from all practice areas to addressing the complexity of treating and managing multi-factorial health issues across all areas of health care from hospital to long term care to home. Specific clinical and professional issues and patient-centered care will be addressed.

PTY3801 Honours Thesis Preparation

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.

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 Preparation

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)
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.

Elective

HSC2003: Globalization and Health
HSC2004: Patient and Client Education
HSC2005: Health Psychology
HSC2006: Professional Role Development in the Health Professions
HSC3003: Leadership and Management in Health Sciences
HSC3004: Complex Patient Management
HSC3005: Biostatistics
HSC3001: Change Management

Campus Location
SIT@Dover
SIT@Dover

10 Dover Drive
Singapore 138683