ABOUT THE CHIROPRACTIC DEGREE

In Malaysia and regionally, there is a growing demand for chiropractic services as patients become more aware and receptive to holistic and integrated healthcare solutions. If you want to fully understand the human body, its mechanisms and the musculoskeletal system, then chiropractic could be the right career choice for you.

Chiropractic is a drugless, hands-on healing science that focuses on balancing the nervous system and aligning the human spine. To use an analogy: just as we service our cars to prevent them from breaking down, it is also important to service our bodies to maintain our health.

Chiropractors commonly treat musculoskeletal symptoms such as back and neck pain, headaches, pain in the arms or legs and many other conditions. Common medical tests such as clinical examination, x-rays, and blood tests are conducted to determine the most appropriate care for each patient.

At IMU, students are given all the tools to become a successful chiropractor. The IMU Chiropractic degree programme emphasizes business management skills and hands-on chiropractic techniques where students work with patients in a supervised clinic that mirrors the experience needed to run a successful practice.

IMU is the only university to offer a Chiropractic Degree programme in Malaysia as well as in all of Southeast Asia. Graduates are eligible to practice in Australia and many other developed countries as the programme is fully accredited by the prestigious Council on Chiropractic Education (CCEA), Australia.

CAREER PATHWAYS

To know about the career pathways for chiropractors, see this infographic.

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

Foundation in Science

  • Foundation in Science qualifications from other higher education institutions will be considered on a case by case basis for admission into the local IMU programmes.
  • Students with IMU Foundation in Science can apply into IMU programmes and programmes with selected credit transfer options, upon meeting the entry requirement eligibility. ** (Please refer to IMU Foundation in Science brochure for more details)

FOR ADMISSIONS INTO THE IMU FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE PROGRAMME, STUDENTS WILL NEED TO HAVE:

  • Pass SPM / O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics, 2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects.
    Note: Specific SPM / O-Levels requirements may be needed for admissions into IMU programmes.

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 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 at the point of admission 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 6 months of their studies at IMU.
  • This is ONLY applicable to Malaysians 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

HEALTH SCIENCES 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 4 4 8 30,500 244,000 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to
AECC University College, England
MSc in Chiropractic
5 30,500 152,500 3 6 £13,900 £41,700 310,126
Credit Transfer to
University of South Wales, England
Master of Chiropractic
5 30,500 152,500 2 4 £11,900 £23,900 287,446
Credit Transfer to
RMIT University
Bachelor of Health Science
5 2 4 30,500 122,000 1 2 A$33,600 A$100,800 441,536
Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) 2 4 A$33,600 A$67,200 441,536

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

HEALTH SCIENCES 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 4 4 8 31,200 249,600 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to AECC University College, England
MSc in Chiropractic
5 31,200 156,000 3 6 £13,900 £41,700 313,626
Credit Transfer to University of South Wales, England
Master of Chiropractic
5 31,200 156,000 2 4 £11,900 £23,900 290,946
Credit Transfer to RMIT University
Bachelor of Health Science
5 2 4 31,200 124,800 1 2 A$33,600 A$100,800 444,336
Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) 2 4 A$33,600 A$67,200 444,336
  • * Current estimates only
  • Based on exchange rates: A$1 ≈ RM3.17, £1 ≈ RM5.67
  • Tuition and ancillary fees at Partner Universities overseas are subject to annual increases.

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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  1. Verified copies of your academic qualifications
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These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made.

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WHY STUDY CHIROPRACTIC AT IMU

An Established Private Healthcare University

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 26 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU achieved the SETARA-2017 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.
Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

As IMU offers the widest range of healthcare programmes, our students are fully immersed in a vibrant community of students and practitioners from a variety of healthcare fields. This allows for the development of strong friendship amongst peers that will be the foundation of an extensive healthcare professional network upon graduation.
Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

IMU’s Chiropractic curriculum has been developed to meet high international standards and is accepted by renowned international universities in Australia and the United Kingdom for credit transfer into their chiropractic programmes. It is the first and only complete Chiropractic degree in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The IMU Chiropractic programme has been accredited by the prestigious Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia.
Better Exposure to Hands-On Practical Sessions

Better Exposure to Hands-On Practical Sessions

From Semester 1 onwards, students have the opportunity to experience many hours of hands-on practical sessions at the fully equipped Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre and Clinic, which helps to hone their skills and prepare them to be competent chiropractors.
Excellent Career Prospects

Excellent Career Prospects

As the demand for chiropractic services rapidly increases in Malaysia, there is a need to increase the number of qualified chiropractors. Currently in Malaysia, the ratio of chiropractor to population is 1 : 450,000 as compared to 1 : 4,500 in the US. Competent graduates will therefore be able to establish themselves in a rapidly growing field of healthcare.

Prof Michael Thomas Haneline

“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.”

PROF MICHAEL THOMAS HANELINE
Director
Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Master of Public Health (California College for Health Sciences),
Doctor of Chiropractic (Los Angeles College of Chiropractic),
Bachelor of Arts (Los Angeles College of Chiropractic – Southern California University of Health Sciences)

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