Physiotherapy is used to restore or promote the normal, physical functioning of the individual. Various methods are used to achieve this and each of these methods will be dealt with during the course based on the outcomes-based, problem-orientated approach in training. That is why studying Physiotherapy at Tuks is a special experience! Physiotherapy students are exposed to a wide variety of patients and can make a significant contribution to any patient by means of examination and problem-solving skills. Tuks physiotherapists are in demand in all sectors of health care.
What does the course entail?
Physiotherapy is a supplementary health care career, and the degree is completed in four years of full-time study. Students are trained in exercise therapy, electrotherapy, massage, mobilisation and tuition to restore or promote the normal physical functioning of the individual.
- Exercise therapy includes specialised techniques to strengthen muscles and to mobilise stiff joints. Patients are taught coordinated and skilled movement patterns so as to render them functionally independent.
- Electrotherapy modalities are used mainly to alleviate pain and to increase the blood supply in order to influence the pathological processes in the body. Soft tissue such as muscles, skin and scars are mobilised during massage to alleviate pain and muscular spasm, reduce swelling, improve circulation and soften scar tissue.
An informed community is a healthy community, and consequently much time is spent on teaching patients and those who care for them. An example of this is training of good posture in adults and children, in order to prevent subsequent conditions such as back pain and weak back and abdominal muscles. Patients are also taught to monitor their own health and to be physically active. Community-based training of undergraduate students takes place in the communities of Hammanskraal, Eersterust and Witbank, various homes for the aged in Pretoria, and the Sports Centre at the University of Pretoria.
Already at undergraduate level, students are given the opportunity to become acquainted with the research process under the guidance of staff members. Research is essential for the development of the profession. A protective research atmosphere at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Department therefore enjoys a high priority.
What can I do with my degree?
Employment opportunities for physiotherapists are available in hospitals, schools for children with special needs, as well as mining and industrial clinics and hospitals. Opportunities also exist in private practice, the SA National Defence Force, homes for the aged, local government bodies (municipal clinics) and sport centres.
What are the admission requirements?
Applications close on 31 May each year.
For more information on admission requirements, please click here for the Faculty Brochure.
Where can I get more information?
Feel free to visit us at the Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences or our website.
Contact Prof Joyce Mothabeng.
To make an appointment, dial the following numbers: +27 12 3563233 / 3563231