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Master of Science in Physiotherapy
College
College of Health Sciences
Department
Physiotherapy
Tracks
Commenced Year
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Level
Masters
Study System
Thesis and Courses
Total Credit Hours
42 Cr. Hrs
Fees
Duration
Language
English
Intake
Fall & Spring
Study Mode
Full Time and Part Time
Master of Science in Physiotherapy

Program Goals

The aims of the MSc program in Physiotherapy are;

A.      To provide graduates with the ability to evaluate and provide interventions across musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary systems in a safe and effective manner that adheres to the standard of excellence in education set by the University.

B.      To train students to provide culturally competent care to all patients or clients in order for them to assume their roles as skilled, qualified health care providers within the health care system.

C.       To improve the students' level of critical thinking and analytical thought that adds to scientific knowledge in order to aid in health related research relevant to local and regional needs.

D.      To enable the graduates to demonstrate growth in their clinical skills and address health care related issues particularly having local and regional impact.

E.       To train graduates to be role model for others by demonstrating delivery of physical therapy care that considers the whole patient, and in turn fulfilling the human resource needs of the country.

F.       To teach students to share their new knowledge and facilitate optimal physical therapy care in their practice environments and facilitate learning, research and community service.

G.      To enable students to demonstrate sufficient communication skills and writing patient records to interact effectively in a team that allows personal growth in order for them to be leaders in their chosen career paths.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of successful completion of the Master program students will be able to:

1.       Utilize knowledge of biomedical, social and clinical science into the safe and ethical delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and dynamic settings.

2.       Critically analyze information to plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy practice.

3.       Select physiotherapy interventions relevant to the needs of clients using reflective and evidence-based practice.

4.       Use effective and respectful strategies for communication with diverse stakeholders and local community.

5.       Use relevant technologies as part of contemporary physiotherapy practice

6.       Apply physiotherapy skills in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of clients and in health promotion and disease prevention.

7.       Conduct and disseminate relevant research to improve professional knowledge and influence direction of future practice.

8.       Implement effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice.

9.       Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within inter-professional teams.

 

National Qualifications Frame (NQF)

The following matrix shows the alignment of the Program Learning Outcomes with the Emirates National Qualifications (Level 9, Masters)

 

Aligning program learning outcomes to NQF outcomes

(Level 9, Masters)

 

NQF EmiratesProgram Learning outcome
StrandOutcomes
Knowledge

Comprehensive, highly specialized knowledge in a field of work, discipline and/or professional practice, and at the interface between different fields, including frontier concepts and recent developments

 

1. Utilize knowledge of biomedical, social and clinical science into the safe and ethical delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and dynamic settings.

 

Advanced knowledge of applicable research principles and methods

 

1. Utilize knowledge of biomedical, social and clinical science into the safe and ethical delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and dynamic settings.

 

7. Conduct and disseminate relevant research to improve professional knowledge and influence direction of future practice.

 

Critical awareness of knowledge issues, as the basis for original thinking; encompassing appropriate processes of enquiry and current processes of knowledge production

2. Critically analyze information to plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy practice.     

   


Detailed body of knowledge of recent developments in a field of work, and/or discipline

 

1. Utilize knowledge of biomedical, social and clinical science into the safe and ethical delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and dynamic settings.

3. Select physiotherapy interventions relevant to the needs of clients using reflective and evidence-based practice.

 

SkillsAdvanced skills required in research, analysis, evaluation and/ or innovation of complex ideas, information, concepts and/or activities

 

5 Use relevant technologies as part of contemporary physiotherapy practice

6. Apply physiotherapy skills in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of clients and in health promotion and disease prevention.

 

Skills to develop new knowledge and procedures and to integrate knowledge from different fields using highly developed cognitive and creative skills and intellectual independence to the field of work or discipline

 

7. Conduct and disseminate relevant research to improve professional

knowledge and influence direction of future practice.

8.Implement effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice.

Advanced problem-solving skills to analyze highly complex issues with incomplete data and develop innovative solutions and proposals relevant to an academic/ professional field, field of work or discipline

2.Critically analyze information to plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy practice.

6. Apply physiotherapy skills in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of clients and in health promotion and disease prevention.

 

Planning skills to develop and execute a major project or comparable activities (that includes a significant range of variables and complexity) with appropriately selected research methodologies producing sound conclusions

6. Apply physiotherapy skills in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of clients and in health promotion and disease prevention.

7. Conduct and disseminate relevant research to improve professional knowledge and influence direction of future practice.

8.Implement effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice.

9.Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within inter-professional teams

 

Highly developed specialist communication and information technology skills to present, explain and/or critique highly complex matters

4.Use effective and respectful strategies for communication with diverse stakeholders and local community.

5 Use relevant technologies as part of contemporary physiotherapy practice

7. Conduct and disseminate relevant research to improve professional knowledge and influence direction of future practice.

Autonomy and responsibility

 

Can function autonomously and/ or take responsibility for managing professional practices, work, processes or systems, or learning contexts that are highly complex, unpredictable and unfamiliar, and require new strategic approaches and/or intervention or conceptual abstract solutions

9.Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within inter-professional teams

 

Can account for high level governance of processes and systems

9.Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within inter-professional teams

 

Can analyze and reflect on sociocultural norms and relationships and act to build and transform them

8 Implement effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice.

9.Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within inter-professional teams

 

Role in contextCan initiate and manage professional activities that may include a highly complex environment

9.Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within inter-professional teams

 

Can take responsibility for leading the strategic performance and development of professional teams and self

 

4.Use effective and respectful strategies for communication with diverse stakeholders and local community.

 

Self-developmentCan self-evaluate and take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge and practice including unfamiliar learning contexts

 

9.Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within inter-professional teams

 

Can develop and implement further learning consistently and sensitively

 

8.Implement effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice.

 

9.Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within inter-professional teams

 

Can consistently and sensitively manage highly complex ethical issues leading to informed, fair and valid decisions

 

1. Utilize knowledge of biomedical, social and clinical science into the safe and ethical delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and dynamic settings.

 

8.Implement effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice.

 

 

Program Overview

Physiotherapy is a health care profession in the field of rehabilitation that promotes optimal health in individuals of all ages. Physiotherapists are qualified to provide preventive and therapeutic services which aim at restoring function and preventing disability arising from disease, trauma or injury. The University of Sharjah offers a two-year program leading to a Master of Science in physiotherapy (MSc.PT).

 

The program is designed to meet the goals of the Department of physiotherapy. A student undertaking this program should complete a total of 40 credit hours distributed as follows:

 

 

RequirementCredit Hours
Compulsory Courses25
Elective Courses6
Dissertation9
Total Credit Hours40

Program Requirements

This component consists of 40 credit hours listed in the table below.

 

Study Plan: Course List

Compulsory Requirements​ ​ ​ ​ ​
 Course CodeCourse NameCr HPre-requisitesCo-requisites
1.0505511Biostatistics3 0505513
2.0505521Motor control and learning3  
3.0505512Advanced Clinical Reasoning3 

0505512/

0505513

4.0505513Research Methodology3  
5.0505522Advanced Clinical Practice 13  
6.0505611Advanced Clinical Practice 260505522 
7.0505699Thesis (Dissertation)9

0505511

0505513

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Requirements​ ​ ​ ​  
1.0505550Advanced PT for neurological conditions3  
2.0505551

Advanced PT for musculoskeletal

conditions

3  
3.0505552Advanced PT for Geriatric conditions3  
4.0505553Advanced PT for Pediatric conditions3  
5.0505554Advanced PT for Women's Health3  
6.0505555Advanced PT for Sport injuries3  
7.0505556

Advanced PT for Cardiopulmonary

conditions

3  

 

Study Plan: Course Distribution

 

 

Year 1:

​ ​ ​  Fall Semester
 Spring Semester
  ​ ​


  
 Course TitleTypeCr. Hr  Course TitleTypeCr. Hr
0505511BiostatisticsDR/C3 0505521Motor control and learningDR/E3
0505512

Advanced Clinical

Reasoning

DR/C3 0505522Advanced Clinical Practice 1DR/C3
0505513Research Methodology and Protocol DevelopmentDR/C3  Elective/Specialty Course (2)DR/C3
 

Elective/Specialty Course

(1)

DR/E3  Elective/Specialty Course (3)DR/E3
 Total 12  Total 12

Year 2:


​ ​ ​
Fall Semester
 

 

Spring Semester

​    
 Course TitleTypeCr. Hr  Course TitleTypeCr. Hr

 

0505611

Advanced Clinical Practice

2

 

DR/C

 

6

 

 

0505699

 

Thesis (Dissertation)(2)

 

DR/C

 

6

0505699Thesis (Dissertation) (1)DR/C3  Elective/Specialty Course (4)DR/E3
 Total 9  Total 9

 

 

Course Description

Compulsory Courses

 

 0505511
 Biostatistics

 This course is designed to address the statistical concepts and techniques that are applied frequently in rehabilitation research. This course aims to introduce advanced methods of statistics, which are needed by allied health care professionals. Identification of objective reporting and decision making statistics; application of descriptive and inferential methods, as well as illustration of elementary parametric and non-parametric techniques in hypothesis testing; and, demonstration of the fundamentals of data processing will be discussed.

 

 0505521
 Motor Control and Learning

 This course provides a comprehensive overview of the motor system, current understanding how movement is controlled by the nervous system, and how motor skills are learned and relearned. The course will introduce different models of motor control theories and how they relate to understanding human performance in health and disease. In addition, motor learning theories related to neuronal and muscular plasticity will be introduced and discuss as they inform and are applied in clinical practice.

 

 0505512 
 Advanced Clinical Reasoning

 This course aims to introduce students to the thinking processes that physical therapy practitioners use when planning and undertaking their work and making professional decisions. It emphasizes the importance of both concrete experience and critical reflection upon that experience in developing competence as a physical therapist. Students will be required to use description, information gathering, analysis and reflection in order to facilitate learning and understanding based on their fieldwork experiences.

 

 0505513
 Research methodology and Protocol Development

 This course is designed to in-depth knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of clinical research and skills in research methods relevant to different types of research in a range of contemporary clinical practice settings. Students will learn how to write a research proposal for their thesis topic. It will introduce students to a number of research methods in addition to "Systematic Literature Review and Meta-analysis", during which students start learning how to critically and systematically assess literature. Throughout the course .Attention will be given to research ethics and research integrity.

 

 0505522 
 Advanced Clinical Practice 1

 Students' placement in selected clinical facilities to integrate advanced knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors into real life clinical situations. They will be able to apply evidence based guidelines to identify client's problems and make informed decisions regarding the interventions in area of his/her minor specialty by utilizing updated outcome measures autonomously.

 

 0505611
 Advanced Clinical Practice 2

 This course is aimed at qualified physiotherapists to improve their practice by further developing their assessment skills and clinical reasoning. Ways to measure the effectiveness of clinical practice and issues such as collaborative practice and engaging patients will be explored. A holistic and integrated approach towards patient care will be encouraged. This course will help to improve employment prospects for students enabling them to lead in clinical settings or work in research.

 

 0505699 
 Thesis (Dissertation)

 The purpose of this Master's thesis course is to enable students to explore in depth a particular substantive area in relation to their area of physiotherapy practice. The course provides an opportunity for students to gain research experience and promotes the ability of critical thinking when interpreting results. The student will conduct a scholarly piece of work that yields information related to physiotherapy practice. The course is based on utilizing at least one particular research design, which may involve primary data, use of secondary data, or systematic literature review.

 

Elective Courses

 

 0505550 
 Advanced PT for neurological conditions

 This course aims to equip physiotherapists with current knowledge and skills required in neurological rehabilitation to operate at senior and strategic levels in today's health care services. The course pursues the integration of the principles of neurological rehabilitation as applied to complex neurological conditions. Emphasis is on evidence-informed and research-based practice, interdisciplinary and client-centered care as well as health promotion and prevention of secondary conditions pertaining to neurological conditions. This problem-based course fosters clinical reasoning skills for physiotherapy assessment and treatment of complex problems and multiple handicaps encountered by adult patients with neurological conditions. The course provides a foundation for professional development upon which the individual can build their future success.

 

 0505551 
  Advanced PT for musculoskeletal conditions

 This course aims to develop advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in persons who have completed the undergraduate physiotherapy program. It will improve students' capabilities necessary for selecting appropriate physiotherapy management options utilizing an analytical approach and critical thinking to practice in musculoskeletal conditions.

 

 0505552
 Advanced PT for Geriatric conditions

 This course aims to advance the educational and clinical foundations of physiotherapists working with older adults and to promote concepts of successful aging based on physiotherapy evaluation and intervention. This course will also focus on the evidence based management of the geriatric client and practitioner- patient relationship. The prospective student will be guided through formal higher education in geriatrics to address self-identified weaknesses in specialized knowledge and/or skills, and assist self-reflection to move from intermediate practice in geriatric physical therapy toward expert and/or specialist practice. In addition to the principles of gerontology emphasis will be laid on psychological processes and social aspects of aging as pertinent to physiotherapists.

 

 0505553
   Advanced PT for Pediatric conditions

 This course aims to provide an advanced study of both acute and chronic pediatric conditions that disturb the development of motor skills and limit the potential for functional independence in adulthood. Knowledge in psychomotor development, movement education and control and adaptations to growth are some of the aspects that will be taught in order to design effective therapeutic strategies and help the child's motor skills reach their full potential.


 0505554 
 Advanced PT for Women's Health

 This course is designed to advance and validate the educational and clinical foundation of physiotherapists working with women. Women's health issues from adolescence to post-menopause will be explored including pregnancy, postpartum and gynecological disorders. This course will also provide a means through formal higher education to address self-identified weaknesses in specialized knowledge and/or skills, and assist prospective students to move from novice or intermediate practice in women's health physical therapy.


 0505555
 Advanced PT for Sport injuries

 This course will provide an in-depth approach to the physical examination and utilization of a comprehensive baseline examination augmented by tests and measures with the highest diagnostic utility for different sport injuries. Special emphasis on applying treatment principles and techniques consistent with the evidence based practice for benefit and best clinical practice will be also covered.

 

 0505556
   Advanced PT for Cardiopulmonary conditions

 This course aims to develop an advanced approach in the area of physiotherapy management of cardiac and pulmonary conditions across the lifespan and in different work settings. It builds on the foundation in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy acquired through undergraduate education, and facilitates lifelong learning to develop advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice.