Why Study Physiotherapy in UOW Malaysia?

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.


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



  • 1995 – Established as a pioneer nursing college and in operation as SJMC Nursing College.
  • 2007 – registered with the Ministry of Higher Education as a private higher education provider under the name of Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College.
  • 2009 – began operations and grew to 1100 students, offering 18 programs.
  • 2020 – acquired by UOW Malaysia and became part of the UOW global network of campuses.
  • 2022 – relocated to the UOW Malaysia Glenmarie campus and renamed as UOW Malaysia College, offering quality health care 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
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
  • Integrity and Anti-Corruption
  • 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


15 January 1 July 14 October
Estimated fees
Local students


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International 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 46 (IBT) or 8 (Essentials-Online) 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.


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.