PhysiotherapyIntroductionPhysiotherapy is a healthcare profession which provides services to individuals and population tomaintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout their lifespan. Thisincludes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened byaging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Functional movement is central to be healthy.Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potentialwithin the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment or intervention, habilitation andrehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being.Physiotherapy also involves the interaction between physiotherapists, patients, other healthprofessionals, families, care givers and communities in a process where movement potential isassessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physiotherapists.Physiotherapy has many specialties including cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, neurological,orthopaedic and paediatrics to name some of the more common areas. Physiotherapists practicein many settings, such as outpatient clinics or offices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, extendedcare facilities, private homes, education and research centers, schools, hospices, industrial workplaces or other occupational environments, fitness centers and sports training facilities. The coreskills of the physiotherapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises and the application ofelectrotherapeutic modalities such as heat, cold, electrical stimulation etc.Like all other health professionals, physiotherapists required a formal education and trainingbefore they are allowed to practice. They work independently and able to exercise their judgmentand make decision regarding their patients. They are regulated by a professional body and mustadhere to an ethical code of practice.With the increase in population as well as an increase in the life expectancy of the regularMalaysian coupled with the growth in the number of hospitals built, the demand forphysiotherapists is expected to further increase.Future PlansOur future plans included the development of new courses to provide the physiotherapypractitioners with the knowledge and skills in specialisation.We have developed the Advanced Musculoskeletal Post Graduate Certificate which is waiting tobe approved at the MQA level. This programs aims to provide physiotherapists with morescientific knowledge and emphasis given for evidence based practice. This will helpphysiotherapists who wish to specialise in Musculoskeletal physitherapy.We also plan to conduct many short courses in the years ahead to help our graduates to keepabreast with the new development in physiotherapy and to encourage research orientedphysiotheraists.We have also submitted our home grown degree program which covers some aspects of theexpanded and extended role of physiotherapists.
Program OutlinePhysiotherapyDiploma | KPT/JPS(KA6146)05/15Year 1Anatomy and Physiology I & IIApplied AnatomyPathologyBehavioral Science I & IIKinesiology I & IIMusculoskeletal IElectrotherapy IMovementIntroduction to Healthcare IYear 2Musculoskeletal II & IIICardio-respiratory I & IIElectrotherapy IINeurology I & IIIntroduction to Healthcare IILAN subjectsElective PlacementClinical Practice IYear 3Neurology IIIPaediatricWomen’s Health
SportsOccupational HealthGeriatricIntroduction to Healthcare IIIClinical Practice II & IIIDegree | KPT/JPS(KA7979)01/13Year 1Foundations of PhysiotherapyEssentials of Musculoskeletal PhysiotherapyTherapeutic skills with Clinical PracticeProfessional information and Communication SkillsEssentials of Cardio-Respiratory PhysiotherapyYear 2Essentials of Neurology PhysiotherapyAssessment and ReasoningPhysiotherapy PracticeTheoretical Principles of Physiotherapy SkillsApplied Physiotherapy SkillsYear 3Development of Core SkillsEvidencing practice with clinical PracticeConcolidating Physiotherapy ManagementDecision Making in Physiotherapy Practice
Year 4Project ProposalContextual Issues in Health and Social CareDeveloping Effective Clinical PracticeCareer ProspectsPhysiotherapyDiploma / DegreePhysiotherapy offers a range of exciting career opprtunities. The most obvious for the diplomastudents will include continuing the education to obtain a degree locally and abroad. MAHSAUniversity College offers a excellent degree program 4+0 by Northumbria University conductedentirely in MAHSA University College.Other opportunities on completion of the diploma and degree programme can lead to a career ingovernment and private hospitals, private clinics, spine and joints centres, community andrehabilitation centres, disable children homes, nursing homes, health institutions (fitness andwellness centres), equipment companies and sports physiotherapy clinics.The physiotherapy graduates of MAHSA University College are able to gain emplyment not onlyin Malaysia but also in Singapore. Those graduates who are employed in Sinagpore have goodresult, possess good communication and interpersonal skills, able to solve problems and workindependently.Physiotherapy1. What do physiotherapists do?Physiotherapists assess, determine the patient / client’s physical problems, plan the treatmentand carry out reassessment. The work is never boring because the physiotherapists meetdifferent people with different cultural and educational backgrounds. The physiotherapists can bebusy depending on the number of patients / clients they are treating.2. What are the challenges a physiotherapist face?The clinical situation is very complex hence physiotherapists have to be equipped with knowledgeand skills. They have to work efficiently and effectively. As society is more affluent, clients havehigher expectations and physiotherapists are required to update their knowledge and skillscontinuously.
3. What are the qualifications for physiotherapists to practice?In Malaysia, most physiotherapists have a Diploma in Physiotherapy in order to practice.However, there are many who have completed their degree either locally or overseas and somehad post graduate qualifications. Upon completion of the course, the physiotherapists are able toseek employment. Currently, it is not mandatory for physiotherapists to register with theMalaysian Physiotherapy Association and they are neither required to sit for a licensing exam.4. What subjects are covered in a physiotherapy course?Throughout the years of study in both the diploma and degree program, students will learn boththeory and practice in physiotherapy. Emphasis is given to hands – on techniques coveringmanual skills, electrotherapy and exercise therapy. The course is also designed to providestudents with a strong foundation in basic sciences which includes anatomy, physiology,behavioral science and movement science.The application of physiotherapy in cardio-respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological systemsare included and covers physiotherapy management of specific groups of patients which includewomen’s health, paediatric, geriatric, occupational health and sports.For the degree course, research component is added and students are required to learn thetechniques of enquiry. The students of degree program are expected to develop anddemonstrated competency and follow evidence based practice.5. Will the students get sufficient clinical exposure?Clinical education is an important part of the physiotherapy programme. It focuses on developingclinical reasoning and diagnostic skills. More than 1000 clinical hours are given for both thediploma and degree programs, students are sent to the hospitals in both public and private togain their clinical experience.6. What professional quality a physiotherapist must possess?Physiotherapy is a “hands on’”, physical career in every sense. They must possess the personalqualities of tolerance, patience and compassion. They are also required to possess goodcommunication and interpersonal skills. They must be able to work with others and possess acaring attitude. They have to practice according to the rules of professional conduct includehonesty, ethical behavior and must always placed the client’s welfare first.7. Where do physiotherapists work?Many physiotherapists work within the hospitals. They are needed in virtually every department,from general out-patients to intensive care.The following are just a few of the areas in the hospital where physiotherapists work:Physiotherapy outpatient departmentIntensive careWomen’s healthCare of the elderly
Orthopaedic wardsMedical wardsPaediatricsSurgical wardsPhysiotherapists not only work in the hospital, there is also a need for physiotherapists in manyother places. These places are:Special schoolsIndustry – Occupational HealthThe private sector (for example, private practice)EducationLeisure & sportNursing homesHealth centresSports clubs8. What are the career prospects for physiotherapists?Once the physiotherapists have some clinical experience they could specialize in any one of arange of areas, such as musculoskeletal, sports physiotherapy, cardiac rehabilitation, women’shealth or working with older people. They can go into research or teaching, or gain promotion to amore senior physiotherapy post. They could also move into health service management. Theycan become entrepreneurs, setting up clinics or sale of physiotherapeutic equipments.9. How is the employment opportunity and how much a newly graduate earned?The employment opportunity is good; there is a demand of physiotherapists in the country. Thepay varies from hospital to hospital. Some of our graduates even choose to be freelance, theywork as community physiotherapists earning much more and work flexi hours. The degreestudents are paid a higher salary.