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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 Degree

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 practise in Australia and many other developed countries as the programme is accredited with conditions by the prestigious Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA).

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chiropractic programme at IMU was accredited with conditions by the prestigious Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA). With this accreditation, graduates with the IMU chiropractic degree would be eligible to practise in Australia and other countries (provided they meet certain local requirements ie English language proficiency, competency examinations, visa and work permits, etc).

Key Facts

DEGREE

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chiropractic
  • Chiropractic degree from Partner Universities

Commencement

  • March and September

total duration

  • 5 years (Degree from IMU)
  • 5 years (Degree from Partner Universities)

Why Study Chiropractic at IMU?

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with 30 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.

IMU achieved the SETARA-2018/2019 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

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

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

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

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.

Ensuring Public Safety in Clinical Training

At IMU University, public safety and patient care are at the core of our Chiropractic Programme. Our clinical training practicum is designed with safety protocols and under the supervision of experienced professionals to ensure the highest standards of patient care. This commitment is integrated into our programme outcomes and continuously monitored to meet and exceed professional standards. We are dedicated to maintaining an environment where safety and health are prioritised, equipping our students with the skills and ethical understanding necessary for effective and safe practice.

Programme Structure

Semester Contents

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
  • Anatomy – Spine, Upper Limb,
    Lower Limb, Thorax,
    Abdomen and Pelvis (Part 1)
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Biology
  • Chiropractic Palpation and
    Topographic Anatomy
    (Part 1)
  • Philosophy & History of
    Medicine & Chiropractic
  • MPU U1- Falsafah dan Isu
    Semasa (Philosophy and
    Current Issues)
  • MPU U1- Penghayatan
    Etika dan Peradaban
  • MPU U3 – Kursus Integriti
    dan Antirasuah (Integrity
    and Anti-Corruption)
  • Anatomy – Spine, Upper Limb,
    Lower Limb, Thorax,
    Abdomen and Pelvis (Part 2)
  • Chiropractic Palpation
    and Topographic
  • Anatomy (Part 2)
  • Microbiology
  • Physics (for Chiropractic)
  • Physiology (Part 1)
  • MPU U2 – Academic Communication
  • MPU U4 – Social
    Responsibility
  • Anatomy – Head and Neck
  • Rehabilitation and
    Trigger Point Therapy
  • Clinical Nutrition (for
    Chiropractic)
  • Pathology (Part 1)
  • Physiology (Part 2)
  • Radiography (for
    Chiropractic)
Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Auxiliary Therapeutics and
    Rehabilitation
  • Communicable Diseases
    and Immunology
  • Critical Thinking and Communication Skills
  • Pathology (Part 2)
  • Chiropractic Assessment
    and Diagnosis (Part 1)
  • Chiropractic Spinal
  • Manipulative Therapy
    Diagnostic Imaging (Part 1)
  • Non-communicable
    Diseases
  • Physical Examination and Diagnosis (Part 1)
  • Physical Examination and Diagnosis (Part 2)
  • Chiropractic Orthopedic
    Assessment (Part 2)
  • Diagnostic Imaging
    (Part 2)
  • Pharmacology
  • Introductory Psychology
    (for Chiropractic)
  • Chiropractic Extremity
    Joint Manipulative
    Therapy
Semester 7 Semester 8 Semester 9
  • Clinical Chiropractic and
    Patient Management (CCPM)
  • First Aid and Emergency
    Conditions
  • Medical Ethics and
    Professionalism
  • Research Methodology
    and Biostatistics
  • Special Populations
    (Geriatrics and
    Paediatrics)
  • Introduction to
    Traditional and
    Complementary Medicine
  • Chiropractic Clinical
    Practicum 1 (Part 1)
  • Chiropractic Techniques
  • Research Project (Part 1)
  • Special Populations,
    Sports and Special Needs
  • Chiropractic Clinical
    Practicum 1 (Part 2)
  • Practice, Business
    Management and
    Entrepreneurship
  • Research Project (Part 2)
Semester 10
  • Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 2

Entry Requirement

Examinations Requirements
A- Levels DD
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level or its equivalent. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
STPM cGPA 2.50
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
Australian Matriculation ATAR 70
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
NCEA Level 3 65% aggregate
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
Canadian Grade 12/13 65% aggregate in 6 subjects
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B5 B5 B5 B6 B6
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate or ATAR 70
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
Indian Pre-University 65% aggregate
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
Ministry of Education Matriculation # cGPA 2.50
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 27 points
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) cGPA 2.50
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
Foundation Studies # IMU Foundation in Science / equivalent
cGPA of 2.50
AND
Credit in Mathematics and two Science subjects at SPM level. (This can be exempted if achieved the same result at Pre-University level)
Degree BSc in related field:
cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science, Diploma in Traditional and Complementary Medicine – cGPA 2.50

Diploma in Traditional and Complementary Medicine with 2 years working experience in the related field – cGPA 2.00

# The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution and foundation in other disciplines are accepted.

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:
  • 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.

Language Requirement

MUET* Band score of 3; or
(For Malaysian students)
IELTS Overall band score of 5.5; or
TOEFL iBT* Overall score of 46; or
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE)* Overall score of 162; or
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE)* Overall score of 162; or
Cambridge Linguaskill* Overall score of 160; or
Pearson Test of English (PTE)* Overall score of 51; or
Credit Transfer IELTS Overall band score of 7.0

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

Note

Please note that achieving the minimum Entry and English requirements as stated does not guarantee you admission into any of IMU’s programmes.

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information

Application and Registration Fees

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
  • 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.
  • All students who are applying for the NHEF loans are required to pay their semester fees in FULL by the due date stated in the invoice.
  • The fees quoted for partner universities are current estimates only
  • Student must adhere to the Policy on Payment of Fees
  • All tuition and ancillary fees are subject to annual increases, currency exchange rates, and exclusive of levy and bridging fees (if any).
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.
  • As stipulated by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, international students are required to pay Student Visa Application fee of RM2,500 AND personal bond (depending on nationality) upon registration.
  • * Overseas fees are indicative and subject to annual increase and currency exchange rate. Fees are exclusive of levy and bridging fee.
  • *** Fees of University of South Wales is inclusive of £1,500 scholarship for all self-funded students.

Fee Structure

malaysian student

Total Duration (years) At IMU University At Partner University (PU)
Years Total Semesters Tuition Fee (RM) Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Per Year Years Semesters Tuition Fee Per Year *
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chiropractic 5 5 10 32,000 64,000
– Credit Transfer to AECC Uni College, England
Master of Chiropractic
5 3 6 32,000 64,000 2 4 £16,560
– Credit Transfer to University of South Wales, England ***
Master of Chiropractic
5 3 6 32,000 64,000 2 4 £11,900

International Student

Total Duration (years) At IMU University At Partner University (PU)
Years Total Semesters Tuition Fee (RM) Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Per Year Years Semesters Tuition Fee Per Year *
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chiropractic 5 5 10 32,250 64,500
– Credit Transfer to AECC Uni College, England
Master of Chiropractic
5 3 6 32,250 64,500 2 4 £16,560
– Credit Transfer to University of South Wales, England ***
Master of Chiropractic
5 3 6 32,250 64,500 2 4 £11,900
Country Estimated Living Costs
(Per Year)
Exchange Rate
(As of Dec 2023)
Estimated Living Cost (Per Year) Australia AUD 21,000 – AUD 30,000 ≈ RM 65,900 – RM 94,200 AUD 1 ≈ RM3.14
Canada CAD 28,000 ≈ RM 98,000 CAD 1 ≈ RM3.50
China RMB 85,000 ≈ RM 56,100 RMB 1 ≈ RM0.66
Ireland EUR 12,000 ≈ RM 62,000 EUR 1 ≈ RM5.17
New Zealand NZD 22,000 – NZD 26,000 ≈ RM 64,500 – RM 76,200 NZD 1 ≈ RM2.93
United Kingdom GBP 10,000 – 22,700 ≈ RM60,000 – RM 136,200 GBP 1 ≈ RM6.00
United States of America USD 16,000 ≈ RM 75,800 USD 1 ≈ RM4.74
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia RM36,000 RM36,000

Partner Universities

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

Industrial Partners

The curriculum structure is constantly updated to meet the ever-changing industries’ needs and includes research-led teaching to deliver evidence-based knowledge and practice in the industry. Students will have the opportunity to undergo industrial training in the related sectors in their final semester. The industry partners are:

Our Alumni

Our alumni today have embarked on diverse and promising career paths across various industries. They are a true testament to the versatility of their education, as they continue to excel in a wide range of professional healthcare fields.

  • Active Spine Care
  • Alive Gonstead Chiropractic
  • ASAP Spine & Health
  • Axis Chiropractic
  • Back to Life Sdn Bhd
  • Benefit Chiropractic
  • Better Healing Chiropractic
  • BeWell Chiropractic
  • Borneo Chiropractic & Injury Centre
  • BP Chiropractic
  • Chiro Core Chiropractic Care
  • CHIROCARE
  • Chirogen Chiropractic
  • ChiroHeal Sdn Bhd
  • Chirohealth Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Centre
  • Chirong Healthcare
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Chiropractic First Group
  • Chiropractic House
  • Chiropractic Singapore
  • Chiropractic Specialty Center
  • Chirozone Family Chiropractic
  • CK Chiropractic
  • Connect Chiropractic
  • Damansara Chiropractic
  • Discover Chiropractic
  • Divine Chiropractic
  • Elite Spine Chiropractic Centre
  • Essential Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Centre
  • Family Chiropractic Singapore
  • Fix Chiropractic Centre
  • Green Chiropractic Centre
  • Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore
  • Health HQ Ltd
  • Healthworks
  • Helios Chiropractic
  • Helios Wellness Sdn Bhd
  • Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Center
  • Hope Therapy Centre
  • Ian the Chiro
  • IMU Healthcare
  • Insight Chiropractic
  • Inspired Chiropractic
  • Inspired Chiropractic Spine Specialist
  • Integral Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre
  • International Medical University (IMU)
  • Ipoh Chiropractic
  • Jack JJ Chiropractic Care Centre
  • JAYA Chiropractic
  • JT Balance Chiropractic Centre
  • Kim’s Chiropractic Centre
  • Kirolounge Chiropractic Kuala Lumpur
  • Ling Chiropractic Care
  • Luxmed Medical Group Limited
  • MBA Chiropractic
  • My Spine Centre
  • My Spine Network
  • MyChiroPlus
  • myFamily Chiropractic
  • New Life Chiropractic Centre
  • New York Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Center
  • New Zealand College of Chiropractic
  • NewLife Clinic
  • Nova Chiropractic
  • Obed Chiropractic
  • One Spine Chiropractic and Physiotherapy
  • Optimum Chiropractic Health Centre
  • Osso Bone Care
  • Oug Chiropractic Centre
  • Parkcity Chiropractic
  • Persistence Chiropractic Care
  • PNMW Healthcare Sdn Bhd
  • Qinetic Care
  • Relief Chiropractic
  • Sage Chiropractic and Alexander Technique Centre
  • SIN Osteopathic
  • SinoUnited Health
  • Spinal Care Chiropractic
  • Spinalive
  • Spine Align Chiropractic Centre
  • Spine Art Chiropractic
  • Spine Network Sdn. Bhd.
  • Spine X Chiropractic
  • Spine Zone Chiropractic PLT
  • Spinecare Chiropractic Penang
  • Spinefit Chiropractic and Physiotherapy
  • SpineFix Chiropractic Centre
  • SpineHub Chiropractic
  • Spineplus Sdn Bhd
  • SPMC Lifecare Services
  • St Lucia Chiropractic
  • TAGS Spine & Joint Specialist
  • The Backroom Chiro
  • The Chiro Hub
  • The Chiro Lab Sdn Bhd
  • The Chiroway
  • The One Chiropractic Centre
  • Tony Chiropractic Centre
  • TopCare Chiropractic and Physiotherapy
  • Trinity Chiropractic
  • True Chiropractic Group (TCG)
  • Two Care Sdn Bhd
  • United Chiropractic Center
  • Urban Chiropractic
  • Vertebros Chiropractic Centre
  • Wellinnate Life Chiropractic & Children Wellness
  • Welo Chiropractic
  • Wu Pain & Spine Chiropractic Centre
  • Excellence Chiropractic
  • Yen Chiropractic Centre
  • Zen Chiropractic

Views from Our Community

Tay Pei Shen

Chiropractic Alumna

The chiropractic programme in IMU have provided me the knowledge and shaped me into being a competent chiropractor. I am very grateful to be able to pursue and complete my chiropractic education locally. The programme is accredited by the CCEA board and it gave me the foundation to pass my CCEA board exam and it was also where I got my radiology basics which prepared me for my NZCC diagnostic imaging residency exam. I am also very thankful to be accepted and loved by the NZCC family where I was able to continue my chiropractic journey with my further studies.

Leong Jia Wai

Chiropractic Alumnus

During my time studying chiropractic at IMU, I had also attended free spinal screening event held throughout my student life. The importance of this screening event is to increase the awareness of musculoskeletal health and to introduce chiropractic care to the society. In addition, it also helped to sharpen my communication and analytical skills. In my opinion, it was really a great experience as it is something that we can't obtain it through academically and through these activities, I have found my interest in chiropractic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose the IMU Chiropractic Programme?

The IMU Chiropractic Programme is crafted to equip students with the necessary skills to excel as Chiropractors on a global scale, as outlined by the Councils on Chiropractic Education International. Graduates will have a comprehensive understanding of diagnosing and treating various human conditions, with a strong focus on the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. Chiropractic is an established healthcare profession, licensed in more than 30 countries and supported by over 30 Chiropractic schools worldwide. Chiropractors have a diverse range of career opportunities, including private or group practice, as well as employment in private, educational, or (in certain countries) governmental settings. Additionally, many Chiropractors pursue specialised areas within the field, such as orthopedics, neurology, nutrition, diagnostic imaging, and sports Chiropractic.

What is the structure of the programme?

The curriculum of the programme spans five years, covering both academic and clinical training. Chiropractic students undergo similar pre-university courses as other healthcare professionals such as foundation, A-level, etc. To provide practical experience, much of the coursework is taught in simulated clinical settings, which starts from the early stages of the programme.

What are the key features of the programme?

The IMU Chiropractic Programme is the pioneer Chiropractic programme in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, featuring an evidence-based curriculum that draws from research findings. The programme integrates hands-on learning opportunities from the beginning of the curriculum and emphasizes the significance of Chiropractors as members of the healthcare team. The curriculum is designed to align with international guidelines, and the region offers ample opportunities for developing Chiropractic practices.

What are the teaching-learning approaches used?

The Chiropractic curriculum involves a diverse range of teaching methods, including lecture, discussion, laboratory work, self-directed study, and real clinical settings. Since Chiropractic is a hands-on profession, students are trained to perceive the structures of the human body, particularly the spine (comprising the neck, middle and lower back, and pelvis) by touch. As the programme progresses, students engage in increasingly advanced hands-on activities that involve analysing and treating patients using techniques commonly used in Chiropractic clinical practice. During the final stages of the programme, students manage real patients in a supervised Chiropractic Centre. This includes diagnosing patients, devising a treatment plan, ordering and interpreting radiology, and laboratory tests (when necessary), referring patients to other healthcare professionals when appropriate, and performing all aspects of spinal adjustment and adjunctive treatment.

Who are the teaching staff?

IMU has brought together a group of highly regarded and clinically experienced Chiropractors from around the world to provide an exceptional educational experience in Chiropractic. Along with their extensive clinical practice, these Chiropractors have conducted research, published papers in peer-reviewed journals, presented at multidisciplinary conferences, and authored textbooks. IMU’s basic science faculty has been teaching medical physicians, dentists, and pharmacists for over 15 years, consistently upholding a high standard of quality.

What are the semester contents?

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

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

After completing the Chiropractic degree from IMU, graduates have a range of career options. The majority of chiropractors establish their private practice, where they oversee all aspects of patient care and practice management.

Increasingly, Chiropractors are working in a multidisciplinary group setting with other healthcare professionals such as family medicine specialists and orthopedic surgeons. In some countries, Chiropractors can secure positions in military clinics and hospitals, as well as education and research.

Chiropractic care has been shown to aid in the recovery of athletic injuries and enhance athletic performance, leading to many professional, collegiate, and amateur athletic teams utilizing chiropractic services. Some teams hire Chiropractors directly, while others refer their injured athletes to private sports chiropractic specialists.

Who will award the degree?

IMU awards the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chiropractic degree to its graduates. Students who transfer to the partner university will receive the respective degree from that institution.

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A Word from the Programme Director

Dr-Wong-Yi-Kai-2022

WONG YI KAI

Programme Director
MSc Public Health (IMU), BSc (Hons) Chiropractic (IMU)

”The IMU Chiropractic programme is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Being the only Chiropractic program in Southeast Asia, we will move towards being the Chiropractic education powerhouse in the region.”

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