Programme Overview

Qualification
BSc (Hons)
Provider
Singapore Institute of Technology
Duration
4 years
Total credits
240
Application period
10 January to 19 March 2022
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. 

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

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). The programme is accredited by the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC), thus enabling graduates to obtain direct registration to practise as physiotherapists in Singapore.

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.

Curriculum

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

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Clinical Practice Education

All Physiotherapy students need to undergo around 1200 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 
(Accelerated)
Full Time - 2 years, 8 months $145,606.00*
BSc Physiotherapy Full Time – 4 years Subsidised fees for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students are located in Tuition Fees

*Fees are inclusive of 7% GST.


The Career Conversion Programme for Physiotherapists (Accelerated) [CCP-PT (Accelerated)] provides mid-career PMETs with an accelerated pathway to pursue a switch into Physiotherapy. There will be funding support by Workforce Singapore (WSG), MOH and co-sponsoring healthcare organisations for trainees to undergo the two-year eight-month programme at SIT.

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 
  • Private Practices
  • Special Schools
  • Government Agencies 
  • Community Hospitals 
  • Polyclinics 
  • Sports and Military Settings
  • Intermediate and Long-Term Care Organisations including Nursing Homes and Rehabilitation Centres

Programme Structure (AY2022/23)*

Module Title Credits
Anatomy and Physiology 1 6
Psychological and Sociological Perspectives for Health Sciences 6
Health Systems - Singapore's Perspectives 6
Foundation of Physiotherapy 1: Movement 6
Anatomy and Physiology 2 6
Foundation of Physiotherapy 2: Kinesiology 12
Foundation of Physiotherapy 3: Clinical Application 6
Exercise Physiology 6
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1 6
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 6
Neurobiology 6
Clinical Exercise Prescription 6
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2 6
Health Research Methods 6
Neurological Physiotherapy 1 6
Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 1 6
Health Promotion and Population Health 6
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 3 6
Chronic Disease and Rehabilitation 6
Neurological Physiotherapy 2 6
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4 6
Neurological Physiotherapy 3 6
Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 2 6
Clinical Decision Making in Patients with Complex Health Issues 6
Honours Thesis Proposal 2
Professionalism, Ethics and the Law 6
Physiotherapy across Lifespan 6
Simulated Practice Education 6
Global Health 3
Clinical Practice Education 1 6
Clinical Practice Education 2 6
Clinical Practice Education 3 6
Clinical Practice Education 4 6
Clinical Practice Education 5 6
Honours Thesis 16

Students are required to choose 1 out of 7 elective modules.

Module Title Credits
Patient and Client Education 6
Leading and Managing in Health Professions 6
Anatomical Dissection of Musculoskeletal System 6
Multidimensional Nature of Pain 6
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy for Specific Populations 6
Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy for Specific Populations 6
Isokinetic Testing and Rehabilitation 6
Module Title Credits
Digital Competency Essentials 2
Critical Thinking and Communicating 4
Introduction to Design Innovation 2
Interdisciplinary Design Innovation 4
Social Innovation Project 3

* The programme structure is subject to change without prior notice. SIT regularly reviews its curriculum to ensure that it remains industry-relevant and prepares our students for the evolving needs of industry.

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:
 

    Obtained a good 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.

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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 of the following HL subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics 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.

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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 ‘English A: Language & 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.

    Important to note
    Successful applicants who have a Science-related honours degree from a recognised university may be offered a place by SIT in the two-year eight-month accelerated CCP-PT programme.

    Examples of Science-related honours degrees include:

    • Exercise and Sports Sciences
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Allied Health
    • Nursing and Medicine
    • Life Sciences / Biomedical Sciences
    • Other Health Sciences

    Other degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Fees and Finances

      Subsidised fees per credit
      $155.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $37,200.00 for SG Citizens / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $295.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $70,800.00 for Permanent Resident / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $401.25
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $96,300.00 for International Student / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      • Tuition fees shown are the total cost for completion of studies, based on the minimum credits required to graduate.
      • Physiotherapy (Accelerated) duration is 2-year 8-month and tuition fees is non-subsidised at $145,606.00.
      • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents fees are exclusive of GST and subsidised by the Ministry of Education.
      • International Students and Non-Subsidised fees are inclusive of 7% GST.

      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