Why Study Physiotherapy in UOW?

A physiotherapist works as a member of the healthcare team treating clients that may range from small babies to the frail elderly. The profession focuses on human movement as being central to the health and well-being of individuals. Their primary focus is to resolve pain, stabilize injury and prevent it from increasing.

The Physiotherapy Program encompasses comprehensive learning with emphasis on “hands on” practice and clinical placements in accredited hospitals. The students will undergo specially designed clinical placements which exceeds the 1000 hours requirement by the World Confederation of Physiotherapy. The students learn to treat patient holistically while minimising risks, ensure patient safety at all times, and working within a legal and ethical framework.

UOW’s physiotherapy course offers several benefits, including:

  • Reputable program: UOW has a well-established and highly regarded Physiotherapy Program, offering comprehensive education to prepare students for successful careers in the field.
  • Experienced faculty: UOW has dedicated and experienced faculty who are knowledgeable in the field and bring real-world experience to the classroom.
  • Hands-on experience: UOW’s program emphasises “hands-on” practice and clinical placements in accredited hospitals, providing students with practical, real-world experience in the field.
  • Meeting industry standards: UOW’s program exceeds the 1000-hour clinical placement requirement set by the World Confederation of Physiotherapy, ensuring that students meet the industry standards for practice.
  • Holistic approach: UOW’s program teaches students to treat patients holistically while minimising risks, ensuring patient safety at all times, and working within a legal and ethical framework. Students are also taugh to account the physical, psychological, and social factors that may impact a patient’s health and well-being.

Diploma in Physiotherapy Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate customer focused delivery of healthcare.
  • Critically assess the patients to set up effective treatment plan and carry out appropriate therapy including re-evolution.
  • Demonstrate collaboration with patients, care givers, peers and health-care team in the planning, delegating, implementing and evaluating care.
  • Maximize patient outcomes using effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrate accountability to professional growth and continual education.

University Award:

Program information



Public & Private Hospitals

  • Physiotherapist
  • Senior Physiotherapist
  • Head of Department


Other Areas

  • NGOs
  • Wellness Centre
  • Health Centre
  • Fitness Clubs/ Sport facilities
  • Rehabilitation Equipment Suppliers
  • Nursing Homes Community
  • Sport team Physiotherapist



  • Pioneer Nursing College – Established as one of the Pioneer Nursing Colleges and in operation since 1995. Previously known as SJMC Nursing College
  • In 2007 registered as an Private Higher Education Provider and licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Started as a business unit in 2009 and grew to ~1100 students at present and offering over 18 programs.
  • Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College has been involved in Healthcare Education for almost 20 years conducting degree, diploma, certificate programs as well as in-house training.
  • The college is known within the healthcare community as a quality education provider.
  • In 2013 Simedarby and Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care (RSD)
  • It is a 50:50 joint venture between Sime Darby Berhad, Malaysia and Ramsay Health Care Ltd, Australia
  • In 2020 the college relocate to UOW Malaysia College in Glenmarie and join the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) global network of higher education campuses as part of long term health education.



98%    Pass rates (average) OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS in the Malaysia Nursing Board Exams

96%   Customer Satisfaction Feedback on Teaching and Learning as rated by our students over the last 15 years. 

92%    Employment / Higher Education pursuit rates and 100% for Nursing.


3 years
Program Location
UOW Malaysia College


  • Functional Anatomy of Upper Extremity
  • Functional Anatomy of Lower Extremity
  • Introduction to Health Care I
  • Physiotherapeutic Skills I
  • Behavioural Science for Healthcare
  • Writing and Referencing
  • Functional Anatomy of Spine
  • Kinesiology
  • Musculoskeletal I
  • Electrotherapy I
  • Physiotherapeutic Skills II
  • Introduction to Health Care II
  • Occupational Safety and Health for Healthcare Professionals



  • Pulmonary Physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal II
  • Electrotherapy II
  • Neurology I
  • Cardiovascular Physiotherapy
  • Neurology II
  • Physiotherapeutic Skills III
  • Clinical Placement I



  • Neurology III
  • Paediatrics
  • Clinical Placement II
  • Geriatrics
  • Physiotherapy Practice in Sports Injuries and Fitness
  • Clinical Placement III
  • Research for Healthcare Professionals
  • Women’s Health
  • Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban (Malaysian Students) / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (International Students)
  • Personal Development Skills
  • Society and Development in Malaysia
  • Teamwork and Community
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*

Bahasa Kebangsaan A is compulsory for all Malaysian students

  • without a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
  • without SPM Bahasa Malaysia (applicable to students from UEC, O Level, or other equivalent programs)

Intake dates


30 January 26 May 8 September
Estimated fees
Local students


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*Instalment Payment Plan Available 

Academic Qualification

SPM / GCE O Level / UEC :

  • 5 Credits including Mathematics
  • Credit in either one (1) any subject in Science/Biology/Chemistry/Physics/General Science/Applied Science
  • 3 Credits in any other subjects
  • Pass in English and Bahasa Melayu


International Student:

  • GCE O Level or equivalent
  • 5 Credits including Mathematics
  • Credit in either one (1) any subject in Science/Biology/Chemistry/Physics/General Science/Applied Science
  • 3 Credits in any other subjects



All students must undergo medical check-up.

English Requirement

Local Student:
Pass in English at SPM level or equivalent


International Student:
Band 5.5 in IELTS; or a min score of 80 (IBT) or 515 (PBT) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English (160); or PTE Academic (51)


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia KDU.


Diploma in Physiotherapy FAQs

How long does the program take to complete?

The Diploma in Physiotherapy program offered by UOW takes 3 years to complete on a full-time basis. 

What careers can I pursue after completing the program?

Graduates of the Diploma in Physiotherapy program may be able to pursue careers as physiotherapists, working in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private clinics, and more. You can also choose to further your education and pursue a postgraduate physiotherapy degree.

Are physiotherapists in high demand in Malaysia? 

According to the Malaysian Physiotherapy Association, currently there are an estimated 2,759 practising physiotherapists in the country, which is only 0.88 per 10,000 population. Therefore, there is a demand for more qualified and trained physiotherapists.

Are physiotherapists called doctors? 

No, physiotherapists are not medical doctors. They help patients via education and treatments, but don’t prescribe medication nor do they perform invasive procedures. Nonetheless, they are very much valued and needed in the healthcare industry.