Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (External) Degree


This curriculum is intended to introduce a new study programme that will enable holders of the Diploma in Physiotherapy, awarded by the School of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy of Sri Lanka (run by the Ministry of Health), to upgrade their qualification to a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (BScPT). The study programme has been designed with intention of filling the gap that exists between the course content of the two-year Diploma programme and the BSc degree programmes currently offered by the Universities of Peradeniya and Colombo (see Annexure 1). The proposed BSc (PT) course will be conducted by the Faculty of Medicine for the Centre for Distance and Continuing Education of the University of Kelaniya, as an external degree programme with strong learner support for face-to-face learning.

Please contact Department of Medical Education from the following contact details for further information.
Contact No: +94 11 2961158
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PHTH E2011 | Induction course*

Course Code: PHTH E2011

Course Title: Induction Course


  • To make students aware of teaching learning activities in distance learning and develop basic skills required for distance learning
  • Learning outcomes
  • At the end of the course the student should be able to:
  • discuss the structure and assessment procedure of the B.Sc. Physiotherapy (External) Degree programme
  • identify resources available for distance learning
  • Introduce services provided by the Information systems unit
  • demonstrate a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Windows
  • demonstrate good practice with respect to data storage and file management using windows explorer
  • use electronic mail and the world wide web
  • use PowerPoint to create visual presentations
PHTH E2023 (Core) | Basic Biochemistry, Microbiology and Pharmacology for Physiotherapists
PHTH E2034 (Core) | Anatomy, Physiology, Applied Exercise Science and Bio-Mechanics and Control of Human Movement for Physiotherapy
PHTH E2041 (Core) | Psychology for Physiotherapy
PHTH E2055 (Core) | Disability studies including community-based rehabilitation
PHTH E2065 (Core) | Evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning
PHTH E2073 (Core) | Research methodology
PHTH E2084 (Core) | Clinical Rotation - Neurology
PHTH E2094 (Core) | Clinical Rotation - Musculoskeletal


PHTH E3104 (Core) | Clinical Rotation - Respiratory and Medical

Course Code: PHTH E3104

Course Title: Clinical Rotation – Respiratory and Medical


  • To develop clinical competence for the practice of physiotherapy in respiratory disorders.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course unit, the student should be able to,
  • demonstrate required physiotherapy skills in managing patients with different respiratory and medical disorders.
  • apply the basic and applied science knowledge in the practice of physiotherapy.
  • demonstrate client-centered attitude in physiotherapy practice.
  • taking an evidence based approach to clinical practice.
PHTH E3114 (Core) | Clinical Rotation - Paediatrics
PHTH E3124 (Core) | Clinical Rotation - Rehabilitation
PHTH E3132 (Core) | Management and Leadership
PHTH E3142 (Core) | Professionalism in Physiotherapy
PHTH E3156 (Core) | Research Project


PHTH E3163 (Optional) | Physiotherapy in Sports

Course Code: PHTH E3163


Course Title: Physiotherapy in Sports


  • To equip the student with competencies to assess, plan, and implement a sound treatment programme on a patient with sports injury.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the student should be able to,
  • describe common sports injuries.
  • recognize the role of the physiotherapist as a team player in the field of sports.
  • discuss about the management and prevention of sports injuries.
  • develop an effective rehabilitation program on injured players.
  • implement an appropriate treatment program according to the specific injury.
PHTH E3173 (Optional) | Physiotherapy in Mental Health
PHTH E3183 (Optional) | Physiotherapy in Ergonomics and Occupational Health
PHTH E3193 (Optional) | Physiotherapy in Burns and Plastics
PHTH E3203 (Optional) | Physiotherapy in Oncology
PHTH E3213 (Optional) | Physiotherapy in Disaster & Emergency Management
PHTH E3223 (Optional) | Physiotherapy in Woman’s Health

Contact Us:

Location Address:
Centre for Distance
and Continuing Education,
No. 56/6,
Koongahawatta Road,
Kandy Road,
Postal Address:
Centre for Distance
and Continuing Education,
P.O.Box 03,
Univeristy of Kelaniya,
Sri Lanka.
011-2987000 |011-2987001
011-2987002 | 011-2987005
Fax: 0112986606

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