The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) at MAHSA University is a 4-year undergraduate degree programme that prepares students for a career in healthcare. Physiotherapy helps improve movement and functional ability, maximizing the quality of life through promotion, prevention and treatment in the rehabilitation of patients with neurological, cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal disorders.

Students will immerse themselves in the study of applied and functional anatomy; physiology; pathology; physiotherapy rehabilitation science; research methodology, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based clinical practice. They will acquire skills in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise prescription and electrotherapy, all of which are the essential components of physiotherapy management. During the course of this programme, students are required to complete a minimum of 1200 hours of clinical practice.

The teaching methods include lecture and tutorial sessions on the e-learning platform. Self–instructional materials will be uploaded to the online forum prior to lecture or tutorial sessions. Integrative teaching approaches through discussion and seminars will be held through this online platform. Lecturers will facilitate learning through the use of case scenarios. Practical sessions will be conducted through face-to-face teaching where hands–on skills can be demonstrated. For diploma graduates, credit transfer is allowed with the mapping of the modules and a maximum of 30% of the graduating credits.

Upon completion of this programme, students will be qualified to

  • rehabilitate patients with reduced mobility due to muscular, neurological, cardiovascular, or respiratory disorders
  • assess physical dysfunction, movement disorders and pain
  • formulate appropriate treatment plans according to the patients’ problems
  • reduce pain and discomfort, which helps to improve patients’ functional capacity and general well-being
  • prescribe exercises and aids
  • promote health and wellness through preventive strategies
  • maintain records of patients’ progress

This Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) programme at MAHSA University is the first programme in Malaysia with an innovative teaching and learning approach through the Open and Distance Learning delivery mode. Emphasis is given to graduates’ readiness to meet employers’ demands and expectations.


The programme aims to develop critical thinking physiotherapists who possess the scientific knowledge, skills and appropriate professional attitudes and leadership quality for professional and societal advancement within the national vision.


The physiotherapy graduates will be able to integrate knowledge and skills competently, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills for making effective clinical decisions, and demonstrate professionalism and good communication skills.


  • Spacious and state-of-the-art Gait Lab, Lecture Theatres, Electrotherapy Rooms & Gymnasiums
  • Community Physiotherapy Clinic in MAHSA Avenue for extensive Practical Exposure
  • Training with real patients provided in wide range of Government and Private Hospitals
  • Teaching by highly qualified and competent lecturers from local and overseas

Programme Structure

Y1 | S1 Functional & Applied Anatomy of Musculoskeletal System I PTFAMS 6113
Functional & Applied Anatomy of Musculoskeletal System II PTFAMS 6114
Communication PTCOM 6112
Professional Development PTPD 6114
English for Academic Purposes (Compulsory) ENG 6112
U1-TITAS (Local)/U1-Malaysian Studies (International) MPU 3123/MPU 3173
Y1 | S2 Exercise Therapy & Handling Skills PTEHS 6124
Electrotherapy PTELT 6124
Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Cardiorespiratory System PTAPCR 6124
English for Academic Writing (Compulsory) ENG 6212
U1-Hubungan Etnik (Local) / U1-Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 MPU 3113/MPU 3143
Clinical Exposure PTCE 6122
Y2 | S1 Manual Skills in Physiotherapy PTMSP 6213
Applied Anatomy and Physiology in Neurology PTAPN 6214
Physiotherapy Practice in Musculoskeletal I PTPPMS 6214
Physiotherapy Practice in Cardiorespiratory Conditions PTPPCR 6214
U2-Entrepreneurship MPU 3242
Y2 | S2 Physiotherapy Practice in Neurology I PTPPN 6223
Physiotherapy Practice in Musculoskeletal II PTPPMS 6223
Research Methods I PTRM 6223
U3-Youth Development MPU 3322
Clinical Practice I (MS&CR/N&CR/MS&N) PTCP 6228
Y3 | S1 Physiotherapy Practice in Neurology II PTPPN 6314
Physiotherapy Practice in Musculoskeletal III PTPPMS 6314
Physiotherapy Practice in Women’s Health PTPPWH 6312
Research Methods II PTRM 6313
Clinical Reasoning & Evidence Based Practice PTCLR 6313
U4-Community Work MPU 3422
Y3 | S2 Physiotherapy Practice in Paediatrics PTPPP 6324
Physiotherapy Practice in Geriatrics PTPPG 6323
Clinical practice II (MS&CR/N&CR/MS&N) PTCP 63210
Y4 | S1 Physiotherapy Practice in Sports PTPPS 6413
Physiotherapy Practice in Occupational Health PTPPOH 6412
Clinical Practice III (MS/CR/N & Geriatrics/Paediatrics/Others) PTCP 64112
Y4 | S2 Research Project PTRP 6426
Elective Placement PTCP 6425

Entry Requirement

  • Pass Matriculation/Pre-University/STPM programme or equivalent qualification with minimum GPA 2.33 in TWO of the following subjects:

    • Biology

    • Physics/Mathematics

    • Chemistry

  • OR

  • Pass A-Level or equivalent with minimum Grade D in TWO of the following subjects:

    • Biology

    • Physics/Mathematics

    • Chemistry


  • Recognized Diploma with minimum CGPA of 2.75 in related field

  • OR

  • Recognized Diploma with CGPA less than 2.75 in related field and a minimum of 3 years (36 months) working experience in the related field

  • OR

  • Other qualifications equivalent and approved by the Government of Malaysia

MUET Band 3/IELTS (5.5)/TOEFL (550)

English proficiency for international student: Candidate should obtain IELTS (5.5)/TOEFL (550) paper-based or equivalent

Career Opportunities

  • Physiotherapy practice

  • Community health centres

  • Elderly homes/ private care centres

  • Rehabilitation centres

  • Sport clubs

  • Fitness centres

  • Hospitals

  • Institutes for the physically handicapped

  • Higher learning institutions

  • Mental health centres

  • Biomedical healthcare companies


The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) ODL mode is designed in consultation with a panel of local and international experts with emphasis on graduates’ readiness for practice. The curriculum combines theory and practical sessions. Students are given opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to clinical situations in physiotherapy centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, elderly homes and sport clubs.
Clinical Exposure
Students of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) ODL mode gain experience in various clinical facilities covering all disciplines.
Tuition fees for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) ODL mode are affordable to ensure that opportunity is given to those who want to avail themselves of quality education.
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) ODL mode is provisionally accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
Awarded by
MAHSA University
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) ODL mode is awarded by MAHSA University, a leader in Medical and Health Science Education in Malaysia
MAHSA Regional Centres Address Website Contact Details
Kedah ANS Institute of Technology Lot 558, 256 Bandar Alor Setar, 05000 Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia Mr.Mohd Farid
+6011-6061 8108
Melaka Melaka International College of Science and Technology (MiCost), Aras 6, Bangunan Graha Maju, Jalan Graha Maju, 75300 Melaka, Malaysia Ms.Suhaini binti Hj Amsah
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Sarawak The Borneo House, No. 1 Jalan Batu 6-7, Jalan Penrissen, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
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