Physiotherapy courses and degrees in Sri Lanka

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Physical therapy or Physiotherapy is a clinical health profession that aims to rehabilitate and improve people with movement disorders. This is important in orthopedic treatments of patients. Physiotherapists have good job opportunities in Sri Lanka and abroad, especially in Europe and USA. After qualifiying as a physiotheraphist you can work in a government or private hospital or you can start your own physical therapy service. 

In this post we elicit some study options in physiotherapy field.

Degrees offered by National Universities 

University of Colombo, University of Peradeniya and almost all other government universities offer physiotherapy degrees to Sri Lankan students who perform well in G.C.E A/L in bio stream. If you fulfill the entry requirements of those universities acquiring a satisfied z- score, then you can get a a specialized medical degree in physical therapy education. Then you study physical therapy in following streams.

  • Basic sciences stream
  • Applied physiotherapy stream
  • Behavioral Sciences stream
  • Clinical practice stream
  • Research stream

Most popular one is Clinical aspects of Physiotherapy as that field has many job opportunities.

After the degree

All the physiotherapists passed out from government universities might get the following benefits.

  • Postgraduate training opportunities locally and abroad
  • Research opportunities locally and abroad
  • Academic positions in Universities, other teaching Institutions, public and private sectors both local and foreign
  • Managerial positions in public and private Institutions
  • Running a private physiotherapy service
  • To work in the government and private sector as a specialized physiotherapist

School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy affiliated to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka also provides a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Physiotherapy, where the students who do not fulfill the entry requirements to universities can enter. In two years of this study program, the students may stay in the class room for six months for the academic/ theoretical knowledge and then will be moved to the clinical training which is said to be the practical part of the diploma. Though they might not considered as same as the degree holders they will also obtain some good opportunities in the field of physical therapy.
School of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy
No 119 E W Perera Mawatha, Colombo 10
+94 11 2 676849

Private study opportunities

Apart from governmental bodies there are some private institutions that cater physiotherapy degrees for students. PATHE academy offers a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Physiotherapy, for Assistant physiotherapist, Massager, Manual therapists in service. With no previous knowledge, A/L students seeking a career physiotherapy can join this course.  Affiliated with the Open University of Complementary Medicines, Sri Lanka, PATHE has good plans for educating and training students in physiotherapy. In completing a 20 months academic program along with an internship of six months you might need to pay 70,200 LKR.  This provide you with an internationally recognized certificate along with a worthy training as a physiotherapist.

International Institute of Health Sciences, Sri Lanka also provides a Diploma Program in Physiotherapy, to the students who have three passes in G.C.E. A/L in Biological Science stream, with credit passes for English in O/L. Cost for this three year program is 629,000 LKR. This includes all tuition fees, registration and other fees for the course. Students qualified from this institute will also be eligible for the national and international job market. This institute also has some nursing courses consist of some physiotherapy related study schemes as well.

Many of other private universities that affiliated to local educational institutions also provide physical therapy education, either as Higher National Diplomas (HND), or as B.Sc. degrees.

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