Be trained to assess, treat and prevent disorders in human movement caused by injury and disease. Physiotherapists often work as members of medical teams that treat sports injuries and ill people, and help disabled people to lead lives with as much independence as possible.
The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (BSc Physiotherapy) degree is a full-time course, taken over 4 years.
The first year of study is predominantly at the University of the Witwatersrand Braamfontein main campus with some lectures conducted at the Faculty of Health sciences in Parktown. In the 3rd year of study, preclinical teaching at the beginning of the year is followed by students doing clinical work in the mornings in various hospitals, schools and clinics in Gauteng with lectures, tutorials and practicals taking place in the afternoons. In the 4th year of study, pre-clinical teaching at the beginning of the year is followed by students working in various hospitals the whole day.
Students are also required to spend four weeks at a rural hospital as part of their Public Health block.
Please note that all new graduates serve a period of one year compulsory community service.
Physiotherapy is a very hands-on and active career, where massage and manipulation techniques are used to improve the lives of patients.
Physiotherapists aim to better patients’ quality of life through improving their ability to carry out activities of daily living. They aim to restore human functional ability, maintain mobility, strength and endurance.
The degree enables you to work in hospitals, clinics, private practice, schools for children with disabilities, as well as in sports with sports teams or individuals.
The field of physiotherapy is vast, encompassing six different areas, namely: Cardiopulmonary; Orthopaedic; Neuromuscular-skeletal; Paediatrics; Neurology and Community health.
Sport Physiotherapy is a specialised branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and health of the sports person. This is to help sports persons recover from injuries, conduct research to better understand sport injuries prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery MBBCh (6 years)
Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy BSc (Physiotherapy) (4 years)
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) (4 years)
The Faculty of Health Sciences does not calculate an APS score. Academic performance and National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores are used for consideration.
There are two points of entry into the MBBCh degree:
1st year MBBCh for applicants currently completing Matric
3rd year MBBCh (i.e. the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) for applicants who have completed a prerequisite degree. Clickhere for more info.
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5 Mathematics - 5 Life Sciences and/or Physical Science - 5
If you are applying to the Faculty of Health Sciences, you will not be selected solely on your school leaving results, although they are very important. A composite index is calculated, taking into consideration (1) your academic results for FIVE subjects and (2) National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores.
Only five subjects are used to derive a matriculation score, which is calculated according to the percentages obtained, NOT symbols. These are English Language, Mathematics, Physical Science/ Life Sciences and the best two other subjects. (Dentistry requires Physical Science and Life Sciences and the best other subject).
ALL applicants (excluding applicants who are applying to the Graduate Entry Medical Programme - GEMP only) are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT).
GEMP applicants may be invited to the Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT) and all applicants are advised to prepare in the event that they are invited. For more information on the WAPT please refer to: www.wits.ac.za/health/gemp
ALL GEMP applicants who are invited to the WAPT will be expected to complete a Biographical Questionnaire on the day of the test.
ALL applicants to BSc (Occupational Therapy) and/or BSc (Physiotherapy) must spend time (16 hrs) observing and/or assisting an Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist and complete a certificate of attendance. Only observation hours completed between 1 July 2017 and 31 July 2018 will be accepted as valid.
Bachelor of Dental Science
BDS (5 years)
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5 Mathematics - 5 Life Sciences and Physical Science - 5
Bachelor of Nursing BNurs (4 years)
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy- BSc (OT) (4 years)
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4 Mathematics - 4 Life Sciences and/or Physical Science - 4
Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) (3 years)
Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences (BOHS) (3 years)
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4 Mathematics - 4 or Mathematical Literacy - 7 Life Sciences and/or Physical Science - 4
The average course costs for local students range from R34 000 to R62 000, depending on the course and the number of years of study. Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered.