The School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy of National Taiwan University is the first educational program to offer the bachelor-degree physical therapy curriculum in Asia Region. It was founded in 1967 under the sponsor of World Health Organization (WHO). The master program has been commenced in 1986, and the doctorate program is projected to commence in 2004.
In addition to education, the School and Graduate institute of Physical Therapy is affiliated with National Taiwan University Hospital, providing students internship training in the areas of orthopedic, neurological, pediatric, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. All the facilities in this 2000-bed teaching hospital are accessible for clinical teaching of senior and junior physical therapy students.
The mission of the School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy of National Taiwan University is to strengthen the profession of physical therapy in Taiwan through education, research and professional services and to facilitate the national and international collaboration.
In carrying out its mission, the School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy will:
Provide a high-quality undergraduate physical therapy education program that produces a competent physical therapist who recognizes and executes the evidence-based practice
Provide advanced graduate education program that enhances physical therapists both clinical and research competence
Engage in research and scholarly activities that deepen and broaden the profession
Engage in clinical services that facilitate education and research of the profession.
Jeng's clinical interests are neonatal intensive care and high-risk infant follow-up and early intervention. Her research interests focus on the development of postural control and balance in infants, and early intervention of high-risk infant.
Prof. Wang's clinical interests are management of chronic pain. Her research interests focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms of spinal pain, stabilization exercises, and physical therapy history in Taiwan.
Prof. Tsauo's clinical interests are post-operative cares for people with orthopedic surgery. Her research interests focus on assessment of occupational injuries and work hardening programs. Currently she serves as Academic Coordinator of Education.
Mr. Lin's clinical interests are evaluation and management of people with musculoskeletal disorders. His current status is studying his doctorate degree in Texus Woman University in the United States.
Prof. Liao's clinical interests are early intervention of children with developmental disabilities or cerebral palsy. Her research interests focus on pediatric muscle strength tests and training, validity and reliability of developmental tests, the digital physical therapy museum, and supplies and demands of physical therapy manpower in Taiwan.
Wu's clinical interests are cardiac rehabilitation and management of patients in ICU. Her research interests focus on dynamic cardiopulmonary functions for people with cardiac disorders. Currently she is the director of the School.
Prof. Hu's clinical interests are management of the patient with balance impairments and the patient requiring long term care.
Her research interests focus on mechanisms underlying imbalance in aging adults and clinical methods for assessing and treating imbalance.
Dr. Wang's clinical interests are sports injuries both on-field managements and rehabilitation. His research interests focus on prognosis after sports injuries and ultrasonographic evaluations for people with sports injuries.
Prof. Tang's clinical interests are interventions for the recovery of movement and physical function. Her research interests focus on the neural control of movement and postural control, particularly for individuals with community-dwelling frail older adults and CVA.
Dr. Wang's clinical interests are cardiopulmonary training to both acute inpatient and outpatient populations. Her research interests focus on outcomes after physical therapy intervention in people with cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular disorders.
Ms. Chien's clinical interests are physical fitness training to both healthy and people. Her research interests focus on outcomes after therapeutic exercise in people with osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus, post-menopausal women.
Orthopedic physical therapy, focusing on Knee OA, Patellofemoral pain, and Total knee arthroplasty
Nerual physical therapy
Dr. Chai's clinical interests are making and evaluating foot orthoses, management of sports injuries, and community-based physical therapy. Her research interests focus on soft tissue biomechanics and the control of the body center of mass.
Prof. Jan's clinical interests are PT management of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly in knee pathology and low back pain. Her clinical interests focus on the effectiveness of physical agents, therapeutic exercises, isokinetic training, and proprioception training for people with knee pathology.
Dr. Liau's Interest mainly in biomachines.
Orthopedic physical therapy, focusing on post-operative care and manual therapy
Sports physical therapy
School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy currently offers both undergraduate (bachelor's degree; B.S.) and graduate (master of science degree; M.S.) programs. The doctorate program will commence in 2004.
The undergraduate program in physical therapy at National Taiwan University provides the training including basic scientific ability, basic medicine knowledge, clinical medicine knowledge, and physical therapy practice skills. Its primary objective is to prepare competent and caring physical therapists who will be able to practice in a variety of settings and roles.
A minimum of 142 credits is required to receive a bachelor degree in physical therapy. These consists of 130 required courses, including 30 credits of clinical internship, and 12 general required courses held by other programs.
The School offers courses in introduction to physical therapy, functional anatomy, applied physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, manual therapy, electrotherapy, thermotherapy, functional training, basic techniques in physical therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, neurological physical therapy, cardiopulmonary physical therapy, pediatric physical therapy, seminar in physical therapy, and clinical practices. In the senior year, the students are mainly engage in clinical practice in various clinical settings. Please refer to the
Physical Therapy only offers the Master of Science (M.S.) program. The master program is intended for students with exemplary academic and professional credentials seeking advanced academic training in various fields related to physical therapy. It prepares critical thinkers and independent researchers so as to further expand the knowledge base of the physical therapy profession.
The M.S. program consists of four major tracks: Orthopedic, Neurological, Cardiopulmonary, and Pediatric tracks. For all tracks, the M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credits of course work. In addition to six credits of master's thesis work, these credits consist of the Core, Area of Emphasis, and Electives. For further information, please check
It is strongly encouraged that students complete their degree within two years after enrollment. According to the University policy, master students must complete their degree within six consecutive years after their first enrollment.