Physiotherapy is a health profession which deals with the prevention and treatment of human movement disorders. Its services are used in a wide variety of areas such as health care organizations, community, sports and workplace settings, schools and private practices.
The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy is a new degree programme which commenced in the academic year 2006. The course was initiated by the University Grants Commission to introduce undergraduate courses in the Allied Health Sciences to the Faculty of Medicine. The course was planned and designed by a committee comprising of academic staff of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, the staff of school of physiotherapy and occupational therapy of the Ministry of Health and the extended Faculty of the main teaching hospital of the University of Colombo - The National Hospital of Sri Lanka.
The course comprises of five main streams. The basic Sciences Stream provides an extensive knowledge in musculoskeletal Anatomy and a vital understanding of the Physiological mechanisms of the human body. The Applied Physiotherapy Stream deals with core concepts of theory and practical aspects of physiotherapy which are crucial components of the curriculum. The Research Stream which deals with the basic concepts and principles of research, guides the student to design a research project, critically evaluate the research findings and communicate the research findings at scientific fora, while the Behavioural Sciences Stream helps in moulding the student into an effective individual and professional. The clinical stream which is based on practice-based learning, helps the students to obtain hands on experience in physiotherapy in a wide spectrum of clinical settings.
The purpose of the Physiotherapy Program is primarily to meet the Physiotherapy needs locally and internationally by developing competent Physiotherapy practitioners who are analytical thinkers, educators and professionals.