Medicine and Health Sciences

The aim of the BSc in Physiotherapy programme is to produce a health care professional who is dedicated to working with people and who can maximise their client’s ability to move and function throughout their lifespan. Physiotherapists work in the health spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment or intervention and rehabilitation, and work in many areas including cardiorespiratory functioning, orthopaedics, neurology, paediatrics, women’s health, the elderly and sports. Physiotherapists work both independently and within teams to achieve the goals mentioned above.

The training of physiotherapists

This is a four-year programme covering the following modules:

  • Life-forms and Functions of Clinical Importance;
  • Chemistry for Health Sciences;
  • Personal and Professional Development; Health in Context;
  • Special Physics;
  • Anatomy;
  • Physiology;
  • Pathology;
  • Anatomical Pathology;
  • Psychology;
  • Physiotherapy Science;
  • Applied Physiotherapy;
  • Clinical Physiotherapy;
  • Research Methodology; and
  • Physiotherapy Practice Management.

See our Calendar for the curriculum.

On completion of the programme you are required to do a year of community service, after which you will be eligible for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Your career in physiotherapy may find expression in a wide variety of environments, including hospitals, private practice, community clinics, industry, schools for children with special education needs, rehabilitation centres and sports clubs.