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Course Introduction


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Graduates of the Diploma in Physiotherapy are competent health science professionals who possess the knowledge and ability to manage and prevent problems affecting the physical functioning of the human body, and to maximise performance of human movement. They focus on enabling clients to achieve optimal independence in movement and function. They also implement evidence-based techniques to manage disorders of the human body for people of all age groups.


The Key Features of the Diploma -


  • Opportunity to work in varied clinical settings with a wide age group ranging from babies to elite athletes to the frail elderly
  • NYP In-house Physiotherapy Teaching Clinic  which provide students the unique opportunity to assess and treat real clients under supervision of lecturers
  • The only programme in Singapore leading to a professional qualification in Physiotherapy recognized by Allied Health Professions Council



3 academic years on a full-time basis


Career Prospects 

Opportunities are abundant for graduates from Nanyang Polytechnic. They can work independently in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, sports clinics, specialist centres for management of cancer and heart conditions, psychiatric centres, community healthcare centres, homes for the elderly sick and in wellness clinics. Their clients may range from elite sports individuals to the frail elderly and their work environment may vary from hydrotherapy pools to private clinics. They can also find career opportunities in research facilities, educational institutions and health and wellness sectors.


NYP’s Diploma in Physiotherapy course is recognised by Singapore’s Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC). Graduates are eligible to join the Singapore Physiotherapy Association, a member of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. This affiliation allows you to practise world-wide subject to local regulations.


Since September 2012, NYP’s Diploma in Physiotherapy graduates can apply to the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)/Trinity College Dublin degree programme hosted in NYP. This government-funded honours programme includes a 6-week overseas attachment in Dublin, Ireland. Graduates will be awarded with a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin.

There are other opportunities for continuing education and further specialisation. Post-graduate programmes, degree upgrade programmes, with some leading to honours and specialisation qualifications, are also available for graduates.


Further Education 

SIT Singapore


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Course Aims

The course is designed to offer students a comprehensive learning and practical experience to function competently as physiotherapists upon graduation. Through lectures, tutorials, simulated practical sessions, on-site teaching clinic and clinical education, the course will equip students with:


  • the knowledge of body mechanics, health promotion, biological and behavioural sciences, disease process, and physiotherapy concepts to manage disability;
  • an understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of professional practice;
  • the ability to accurately assess, critically analyse and provide intervention for a variety of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological, sports-related, gerontological, paediatric and other impairments;
  • the confidence to conduct clinical research and implement evidence-based physiotherapy programmes for all age groups; and
  • the skills to work independently within a variety of healthcare and community settings.


Students will also complete a final year research project to develop research skills while venturing into an area of interest. They will have the opportunity to work with our industry partners or other healthcare professionals. Students will be exposed to global trends and perspectives through overseas clinical attachments, international conferences, competitions as well as study visits.



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Industrial Attachment



Physiotherapy students are attached to health care organisations for clinical placement to allow them to integrate clinical experiences with their academic studies. Clinical attachments are held both during the semestral period as well as the vacation period.


Student physiotherapists complete a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical attachment during their three year of studies. In Year 1, students undergo a one-week block of clinical attachment. From Year 2 to Year 3, the clinical attachment increases to six blocks with duration varying from three to five weeks per block.

During each clinical attachment, students are under the supervision of a qualified and experience clinician. It is imperative that students have hands-on practice to a variety of clients and in various areas of physiotherapy practice. Such supervision and guidance is important as it prepares the students for professional practice after they graduate.




Key Contact for Clinical Attachment 

Mr. Mohammad Fauzan Maideen (Clinical Coordinator)
Tel: 65501436


Mr. Shawn Soh (Assistant Manager)
Tel: 65501941




Students’ Research

Final Year Physiotherapy Students’ Projects 2013 (Ankle Function) (Joint Position Sense) (Low Back Muscle) (Knee Joint Position) (VR game in Rehab) (Fall risks) (Calf Stretch) (Hand Grip Strength)




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