ABOUT THE CHIROPRACTIC DEGREE

Chiropractic is a branch of healthcare that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints and muscles of the body, especially involving the spine, and the effects of these conditions on the nervous system and health in general. Doctors of chiropractic (also referred to as chiropractors) commonly treat musculoskeletal symptoms, such as back and neck pain, headaches, pain in the arms or legs, and many other conditions. Chiropractic offers patients a hands-on approach to healthcare that is drug-free, including patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.

Chiropractors utilise many common medical tests, such as clinical examination, x-rays, and blood tests, to determine the most appropriate care for each patient. The primary objective of chiropractic evaluation is to locate disorders of the segments (vertebrae) of the spine, known as “subluxations,” in which the movement and/or position between adjoining vertebrae is restricted and/or misaligned. Chiropractors correct subluxations using “chiropractic adjustments,” sometimes referred to as “spinal manipulations,” by applying specific forces to the involved joints using the hands or an instrument. A chiropractic adjustment restores the abnormal movement and/ or position of the affected joint, which reduces the strain on the surrounding tissues. Thus, correcting subluxations alleviates pain and muscle tightness and permits healing.

Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, stress management, and lifestyle counselling, but they do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Many chiropractors also use physical therapy modalities, such as massage, ultrasound, electric and heat therapy, as well as the application of structural supports like tapes and braces. When chiropractic care is not the best treatment option for a patient’s condition, or co-management with another healthcare provider is warranted, chiropractors are trained to refer patients to other members of the healthcare team.

IMU is the first and only University to offer the complete Chiropractic educational programme in Malaysia as well as in all of Southeast Asia.

KEY FACTS

Degree

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chiropractic

Chiropractic degree from Partner Universities

Commencement

February and September

Total Duration

4 – 5½ years

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council on chiropracticThe 4-year Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chiropractic programme at IMU was awarded full accreditation by the prestigious Council on Chiropractic Education, Australia (CCEA). With this accreditation, graduates with the IMU chiropractic degree would be eligible to practice in Australia and other countries (provided they meet certain local requirements ie English language proficiency, examinations on local legal issues, visa and work permits, etc).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

EXAMINATIONS
REQUIREMENTS
A-Levels CCD
(Science Stream)
STPM cGPA 2.75
(Science Stream)
Australian Matriculation 70% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 (including 1 Science / Mathematics)
NCEA Level 3 70% aggregate
(including 1 Science / Mathematics)
Canadian Grade 12/13 70% aggregate
(including 1 Science / Mathematics)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B6 in 5 subjects
(including 1 Science subject / Mathematics)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate or
TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75
or GPA 2.75 (including 1 Science / Mathematics)
Indian Pre-University 70% aggregate (including 1 Science / Mathematics)
Ministry of Education Matriculation# cGPA 2.75
(Ministry of Education Matriculation, Asasi Sains)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 26 points
(including 1 Science subject / Mathematics at (HL) Higher Level)
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) cGPA 2.75
(2 subjects must be AP courses including 1 Science / Mathematics)
Foundation * # cGPA 2.75 or 55% or CCC
(Foundation in Science / Foundation in Engineering / Foundation in Biosciences)
Degree Bachelor Degree : cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science,
Diploma in Microbiology, Diploma in a related Sciences field, Diploma in Traditional and Complementary Medicine – cGPA 2.75

Entry into Degree Programmes with a Foundation in Science

  • IMU does not accept any Foundation in Science courses from other colleges/ universities for its Dentistry programme except for Foundation in Science by IMU. Foundation in Science qualification from other colleges / universities will be considered on case by case basis for admission into the Medicine & Pharmacy programme. In addition, it is only applicable for application into the IMU local programmes and not for all credit transfer options.
  • Student with IMU Foundation in Science can apply into the IMU programmes with credit transfer option (except for Medicine & Dentistry), upon meeting eligibility of the required entry requirement of the intended programme.
  • Please contact IMU for more details and before embarking on any Foundation in Science programmes. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, contact 03-2731 7272
  • # The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution.
  • Please contact Admissions Office for further information on the acceptance of international qualifications for admission into IMU.

English Language Requirement

MUET Band score of 3
IELTS Overall band score of 5.5*
Those who opt for overseas option must achieve an overall band score of 7.0.
TOEFL Overall score of 513 (PBT) / 183 (CBT)/ 65 (iBT)
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) Overall score of 160* (for International students only)
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) Overall score of 180* (for International students only)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of 42* (for International students only)

* ONLY applicable for those who are completing the entire degree at IMU, Malaysia.

Password English Test

  • Students without IELTS / MUET can opt to sit for the Password English Test which is available only at IMU and must obtain the equivalent score required for IELTS / MUET. Students who have successfully enrolled using the Password English Test are still required to sit for the IELTS / MUET exam (where applicable) within the first year of their studies at IMU
  • This is ONLY applicable to those who are completing the entire degree at IMU, Malaysia.
  • Please contact Admissions Department for further information or to register for the test.

PARTNER UNIVERSITIES

As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in chiropractic, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia and United Kingdom.

Australia

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United Kingdom

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APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES

Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
Tuition Fees 244,000  249,600
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • As stipulated by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, international students will have to pay Student Visa Application fee of RM1,000 and Medical Health Check fee of RM250 and Visa endorsement fee (depending on nationality) upon registration.
  • International students will also be required to pay Student Visa Renewal Administrative fee of RM140/year and Medical Health. Check fee of RM250/year.
  • Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees”.
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.

FEE STRUCTURE

MALAYSIAN STUDENT

PROGRAMME TOTAL DURATION (YEARS) AT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (IMU) AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY (PU) GRAND TOTAL (RM)
YEARS TOTAL SEMESTERS TUITION FEE ESTIMATED TUITION FEES AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY
PER SEMESTER TOTAL YEARS SEMESTERS TUITION FEE PER YEAR * TOTAL ($)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chiropractic (IMU) 4 4 8 30,500 244,000 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
MSc in Chiropractic
5 5 30,500 152,500 3 6 £12,241 £36,723  339,787
Credit Transfer to University of South Wales, England
Master of Chiropractic
4 2 4 122,000 2 4 £11,000 £22,000 264,700
Credit Transfer to RMIT University
– Bachelor of Health Science
5 2 4 122,000 1 2 A$28,800 A$28,800 214,160
- Bachelor of Applied Science
(Chiropractic)
2 4 A$31,680 A$63,360 416,912

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

PROGRAMME TOTAL DURATION (YEARS) AT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (IMU) AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY (PU) GRAND TOTAL (RM)
YEARS TOTAL SEMESTERS TUITION FEE ESTIMATED TUITION FEES AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY
PER SEMESTER TOTAL YEARS SEMESTERS TUITION FEE PER YEAR * TOTAL ($)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chiropractic (IMU) 4 4 8  31,200 249,600 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
MSc in Chiropractic
5 5  31,200 156,000 3 6 £12,241 £36,723 436,887
Credit Transfer to University of South Wales, England
Master of Chiropractic
4 2 4 124,800 2 4 £11,000 £22,000  268,200
Credit Transfer to RMIT University
– Bachelor of Health Science
5 2 4 124,800 1 2 A$28,800 A$28,800 216,960
- Bachelor of Applied Science
(Chiropractic)
2 4 A$31,680 A$63,360  419,712
  • * Current estimates only
  • Based on exchange rates: A$1 ≈ RM3.2, £1 ≈ RM5.1
  • Tuition and ancillary fees at Partner Universities overseas are subject to annual increases.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The International Medical University (IMU) has introduced a new scholarship programme for 2015. Scholarships will now be available for most IMU programmes. There will be two types of scholarships available:

1. Full Tuition Fee (100%) for full duration of programme
2. Partial Tuition Fee (50%) for full duration of programme

Scholarships application will be strictly by invitation only upon submission of admission application to a specific programme at IMU.

These scholarships will be awarded to students demonstrating outstanding academic excellence, extra curriculum participation and leadership qualities. Scholarship application will be strictly by invitation only upon receiving an offer letter for admission into the specific programme at IMU.

 

Scholarships Available

Programmes
Intake
Full Tuition Fee (100%)
Partial Tuition Fee (50%)
Application Closing Date
Chiropractic Feb X 9 Jan 2015
Aug 17 Jul 2015

Pre-U Grades Required for Scholarship Eligibility

Pre-U Qualification A-LEVELS
Grades
CPU
%
STPM
cGPA
MOE Matrikulasi
cGPA
IB
Points
UEC
Grades
Australian Matriculation
ATAR
Approved FiS
cGPA
IMU FiS
cGPA
Chiropractic AAA 95 – 100 3.56 – 4.00 3.90 – 4.00 40 – 45 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 98 – 100 3.90 – 4.00 3.90 – 4.00

How to Apply

  1. Make an online application for the programme of your choice at www.imu.edu.my/slim-oaa.
  2. Upon successful application and meeting the scholarship’s eligibility requirements, student will be invited to apply for the scholarship via email.

Scholarship Details

  1. Scholarships will be awarded with bonding subject to the programme awarded.
  2. All scholarships will only cover the tuition fees and no allowance for living expenses, books and study-related equipment.
  3. The amount will be disbursed on a semester to semester basis
  4. Students are required to maintain the required minimum cGPA of 3.50 per semester in order to continue with the scholarship. Failing which, the scholarship may be discontinued with immediate effect.
  5. Students who withdraw (academic and non-academic reasons) without completing the programme will be required to repay the amount that has been disbursed for the financial award given.
  6. Repeat modules will not be covered and continuation of the financial award will be on a case by case basis.
  7. IMU Scholarship Committee may vary the selection requirements as and when it deems necessary.

Other Scholarships

For more information on other financial aid, please click here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why choose the IMU Chiropractic Programme?

The IMU Chiropractic Programme is designed to prepare the student for success as a chiropractic physician at an international level, in accord with the Councils on Chiropractic Education International. Graduates of the programme will become well versed in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of human conditions, with special emphasis on the musculoskeletal system, including the spine. Chiropractic is a well-established health-care profession which is licensed in over 30 countries worldwide and represented by more than 30 chiropractic schools. Chiropractors have many career options and may choose to practice in a private or group setting or seek employment in a variety of private, educational, and (in some countries) governmental roles. Many chiropractors pursue specialties within the profession, such as orthopedics, neurology, nutrition, diagnostic imaging, and sports chiropractic.

What is the structure of the programme?

The programme consists of four-years of academic and clinical training, followed by a one-year housemanship. Chiropractic students study many of the same foundational courses as other members of the health care team (e.g., medical doctors and dentists). Much of the material is presented in simulated clinical settings in order to provide real-life experience; this begins very early in the course of instruction.

What are the key features of the programme?
  • The first chiropractic programme in Malaysia and Southeast Asia
  • An evidence-based curriculum, meaning the material that is taught is derived from research findings as much as possible
  • Hands-on learning is integrated early in the curriculum
  • Emphasis on preparing chiropractors to be part of the health care team
  • Curriculum designed to meet international guidelines
  • Opportunities for developing chiropractic practices in the region are vast
  • The IMU Chiropractic Programme plans to offer a postgraduate master’s degree
What are the teaching-learning approaches used?

Chiropractic students are guided through the curriculum via a combination of lecture, discussion, laboratory, self-directed, and simulated clinical settings. Chiropractic is very much a hands-on profession. Thus, students are taught during every term to “perceive” the structures of the human body by touch, especially the spine (including the neck, middle and lower back, and the pelvis). As the student progresses through the curriculum, the hands-on activities increasingly involve actual analysis and treatment procedures that are encountered in chiropractic clinical practice. In the final stages of training, students manage real patients throughout their course of care in a supervised chiropractic clinic. This includes the formulation of a diagnosis and treatment plan; ordering and interpreting radiology, electrodiagnostic, and laboratory tests when necessary; referral to other members of the health care team when appropriate; and all phases of spinal adjustment and adjunctive treatment.

Who are the teaching staff?

IMU has assembled a group esteemed and clinically experienced chiropractors from around the world to provide one of the best educational experiences possible in chiropractic. In addition to years of clinical practice, these chiropractors have been responsible for conducting research, writing papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at multidisciplinary conferences, and writing textbooks. Members of IMU’s basic science faculty have been educating medical physicians, dentists and pharmacists for more than 15 years and have always maintained a high standard for quality.

What are the semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

What sort of jobs/careers can be undertaken with this degree?

The majority of chiropractors are in private practice where they control all aspects of patient care and practice management. According to a recent article in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics*, the average chiropractor in the study managed about 101 patient visits during 30 patient contact hours in a typical workweek. The most common reason these patients sought chiropractic care was for the treatment of lower back pain (more than 40%), followed by neck pain, headaches, and wellness care.

A growing number of chiropractors work in a multidisciplinary group setting with other types of health care providers, such as family medicine specialists and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractors have also procured positions in military clinics and hospitals, as well as in education and research.

Because chiropractic care has been shown to enhance the recovery of athletic injuries and to enhance athletic performance, many professional, collegiate, and amateur athletic teams utilize chiropractic services. Some teams employ chiropractors directly, while others refer their injured athletes to private sports chiropractic specialists.

  • Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2005;28(9):645-65
Who will award the degree?

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chiropractic degree is awarded by IMU. The partner university will award the respective degree to students who transfer to the school.

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lecturer and programme director Dr Dawn Elizabeth Dane

“The IMU Chiropractic programme has been designed and accredited in accordance with international standards set in place by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia. Having alliance with partner schools in Australia and the UK enables interested students to mobilise internationally and complete their studies overseas with our credit transfer option. Our programme develops ethical, passionate graduates with skills in clinical and business management ready to serve the local or international community. IMU’s Chiropractic programme is the right choice for those hoping to positively impact the health and lives of the community and the patients they serve.”

DR KENNETH EDWARD RECKELHOFF
DC, DACBR, RMSK
Senior Lecturer & Programme Director
BSc Human Biology (Logan U), Doctor of Chiropractic (Logan U)

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