Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Physiotherapy (BSPT)
College of Medical & Health Sciences

Core Competence

Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession which utilises physical approaches in the promotion, rehabilitation and maintenance of an individual’s functional movement potential, psychological and social well being.  A challenging and exciting aspect of this profession is the wide scope of knowledge and clinical practice in terms of patient and client groups (i.e. neurological, cardiorespiratory, orthopedics and pediatrics), and healthcare delivery settings (e.g. hospitals, health centres, community-based organisations, industry and private clinics).

Course Aims & Objectives

The aim of the Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (BSPT) Degree Programme is to produce graduates with excellent communication skills who are able to function as independent clinicians and as fully interactive members of the multidisciplinary health care team. The course objectives to provide students with opportunities to:

  1. Acquire a sound scientific foundation and to develop competency in basic clinical skills both of which are essential in order to safely and effectively treat patients.
  2. Develop skills in critical thinking and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments based on the latest evidence.
  3. Gain basic knowledge, skills and experience in health-care research methodology.
  4. Develop skills in life-long learning and therefore respond to the dynamic nature of the healthcare profession and the changing health needs of the community.

 

This program achieved full confidence by QQA

New admissions to this program is temporarily suspended by the HEC

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Study Plan

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FIRST YEAR (35 CREDITS)

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ARAB 101COMPOSITION FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ARABIC IInfo303
HIST 121MODERN HISTORY OF BAHRAINInfo303
ENGL 101ACADEMIC ENGLISH IInfo303(ENGL 052 & ENGL 055) or passing placement test
HU/SS XXXHUMANITIES/ SOCIAL SCIENCESInfo303
MATH 101CALCULUS IInfo303MATH 053 or passing placement test
PHYS 101GENERAL PHYSICS IInfo303MATH 053 or passing placement test
TOTAL PER SEMESTER18018

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ENGL 102ACADEMIC ENGLISH IIInfo303ENGL 101
HUMR 101HUMAN RIGHTS PRINCIPLESInfo202
ITCS 101INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS & ITInfo223
MATH 102CALCULUS IIInfo303MATH 101
PHTH 121GENERAL ANATOMYInfo223
STAT 101INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICSInfo303MATH 053 or passing placement test
TOTAL PER SEMESTER15417

SECOND YEAR (42 CREDITS)

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ENGL 211ENGLISH FOR HEALTH SCIENCES IInfo303ENGL 102
PHTH 211GENERAL PHYSIOLOGYInfo223PHTH 121
PHTH 212MUSCULOSkELETAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGYInfo526PHTH 121
PHTH 213INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGYInfo303PHTH 121
PHTH 214INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRYInfo303PHTH 121
XXXX XXXFREE ELECTIVEInfo303
TOTAL PER SEMESTER19421

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
PHTH 221BIOMECHANICSInfo303PHTH 212
PHTH 222NEUROANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGYInfo223PHTH 211 & PHTH 212
PHTH 223INTRODUCTION TO RADIOLOGY AND PATHOLOGYInfo223PHTH 212
PHTH 224PRINCIPLES OF ELECTROTHERAPYInfo223PHYS 101
PHTH 225PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITYInfo303PHTH 212
PHTH 226BASIC CLINICAL PRACTICEInfo0126PHTH 211 & PHTH 212
TOTAL PER SEMESTER121821

THIRD YEAR (38 CREDITS)

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ENGL 212ENGLISH FOR HEALTH SCIENCES IIInfo303ENGL 211
PHTH 312ORTHOPEDIC, SPORTS & RHEUMATOLOGY PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo223PHTH 221, 223 & 226
PHTH 313MANIPULATIVE PROCEDURESInfo223PHTH 221, PHTH 223 & PHTH 226
PHTH 314PRINCIPLES OF THERAPEUTIC EXERCISEInfo223PHTH 213, PHTH 221 & PHTH 226
PHTH 315CLINICAL ORTHOPEDIC MEDICINE AND SURGERYInfo223PHTH 223 & PHTH 226
PHTH 316CLINICAL ORTHOPEDIC, SPORTS & RHEUMATOLOGY PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo084PHTH 223 & PHTH 226
TOTAL PER SEMESTER111619

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
PHTH 321THEORIES OF CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo223PHTH 226
PHTH 322MEDICAL PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo303 PHTH 226
PHTH 323CLINICAL CARDIOPULMONARY MEDICINE AND SURGERYInfo223PHTH 226
PHTH 324CLINICAL CARDIOPULMONARY & MEDICAL PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo084PHTH 226
PHTH 325ORGANIZATION AND ETHICS IN PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo303PHTH 226
XXXX XXXFREE ELECTIVEInfo303
TOTAL PER SEMESTER131219

FOURTH YEAR (48 CREDITS)

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
PHTH 412THEORIES OF NEUROLOGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo223PHTH 222 & PHTH 226
PHTH 413CLINICAL NEUROLOGICAL MEDICINE AND SURGERYInfo223PHTH 222 & PHTH 226
PHTH 414CLINICAL NEUROLOGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo084PHTH 222 & PHTH 226
PHTH 415PHARMACOLOGYInfo303 PHTH 214
PHRM 498RESEARCH METHODS IN PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo303PHTH 325
STAT 201MEDICAL STATISTICSInfo303STAT 101 & PHTH 325
TOTAL PER SEMESTER131219

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
PHTH 499MAJOR PROJECT IN PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo063STAT 201 & PHRM 498
PHTH 421CLINICAL PEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo084PHTH 222 & PHTH 226
PHTH 422THEORIES OF PEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo223 PHTH 222 & PHTH 226
PHTH 423CLINICAL PEDIATRIC MEDICINE AND SURGERYInfo223PHTH 222 & PHTH 226
PHTH 424CLINICAL COMMUNITY PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo063PHTH 315 & PHTH 323
PHTH 425OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & ERGONOMICS IN PHYSIOTHERAPYInfo223PHTH 325
TOTAL PER SEMESTER62619

Employability

As the field is continuously growing dramatically, job opportunities do exist for well-trained physiotherapists. There is a high demand for the professionals than the existing supply in the region. Thus, has a good opportunity to be developed as a training hub. The programme had covered special areas which are essential for effective health care delivery and practice. These are the communication skills, leadership, ethics, problem solving, critical thinking, research methodology, health economics, health care management and lifelong learning.

Several curricular and non-curricular activities are being regularly conducted by the College throughout the academic year to enhance the student’s knowledge and practical/community-related skills which is required by the job market. The ‘College Seminar Programme at which faculty provide presentations/discussion on their field of interest and research are being offered for the students and staff of Ahlia University. The College of Medical and Health Sciences in cooperation with the University Student Council and Directorate of Student Activities, organises extra-curricular activities such as health and wellness-related events, World Health Day Events, medical missions, Career day, Bahrain Physical Therapy Association Events and off-site public and industrial visits.

Significant majority of Ahlia University Physiotherapy Programme students had passed the Bahrain Physiotherapy Licensure Examination from the first attempt which made the Ahlia University Physiotherapy graduates the top choice in job recruitment.

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Fast Facts

Qualification: Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy

Type: Undergraduate

Duration: 4 years

Qualification name: Science in Physiotherapy

College: College of Medical & Health Sciences

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Teaching & Assessment

Teaching and learning methods corresponds with the discrete set of Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) imparted by the course. Methods to enhance student participation on, for example, pre-clinical and early stage clinical courses span: individual or group presentations, exploration of anatomy models in laboratory classes, and practice of basic clinical skills in the laboratory with peer and instructor feedback. Students receive clinical orientation in second year (pre-clinical) during the courses in Basic Clinical Practice and Electrotherapy with opportunities to observe and practice these skills and related documentation. In clinical courses students’ skills in patient assessment, treatment, documentation and application of knowledge are being practiced through small group teaching (4-6 students) across each specialty through exposure to clinical cases.

Student responsibility for learning and independent learning is first emphasized early in the programme during the Student Induction/Orientation of first year and then subsequently through the use of student-led presentations and case studies at the pre-clinical stage and then clinical stage. Finally all students are required to complete a final year research project PHTH 499 [Research Project in Physiotherapy] which requires the students to choose a research topic and to conduct data collection and report writing under supervision.

Independent learning is further enhanced by opportunities for e-learning available, 24-7 on- and off-site, through platforms (the Moodle, Medline and Access Physiotherapy) giving students access to education and research material.  Several Course Syllabus Specifications make use of one or more of these platforms.

Formative and summative course assessment methods are carefully selected to develop learning and to objectively evaluate the academic performance of the students regarding their knowledge/skills in relation to the course aims and ILOs.  These are communicated to students through the Course Syllabus/Specification, which is given and explained to students at the beginning of the course, and which contains details on ILOs, assessment methods and marking criteria.  The mechanisms for grading students’ achievements are transparent and clearly explained to students in instructions, including the marking scheme, in each course assessment used by an instructor. In addition, instructors are required to provide model answers/marking rubrics for final examinations.

All assessments with the exception of the final examination (which is purely summative) are promptly returned to students along with their test scores (as per University Regulations). Students are free to discuss their performance with the Instructor. Final written examinations are being verified and moderated by internal and external assessors. Students can challenge their final grade as per University regulations if they feel their grade is not transparent.

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Fees

Bachelor’s Degree fees

The estimated duration for completion of a Bachelors Degree at Ahlia University is 4 years. This is structured around 134 credit-hours covering 45 courses.

The duration of study for each course is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 study hours.

Application Fee BD 20
Registration Fee BD 200
Placement Tests Fee (if applicable) BD 40
Orientation Courses (if applicable) BD 1,200
First Year Courses – 12 courses (BD 300 Per Course) BD 3,600
Second Year Courses – 11 courses (BD 330 Per Course) BD 3,630
Third Year Courses – 11 courses (BD 360 Per Course) BD 3,960
Fourth Year Courses – 11 courses (BD 390 Per Course) BD 4,290
TOTAL BD 16,940

Please note that the fees listed above do not include the cost of text books required to complete the program.

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