Department of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy, formerly the Division of Physical Therapy of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in August 1983, was established in August, 1990. The teachers' specialty areas include: orthopaedic, neurological, pediatric, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy clinical applications, as well as physical therapy for the elderly, dynamic balance and movement control, posture and walking control, and applied electrophysiology, biomechanics, sports injury treatment and prevention, cancer-related physical therapy, women's health physiotherapy, child development and other research directions. The department is committed to cultivate excellent physical therapists, leveraging the comprehensive strengths of the students in research, education and clinical service across the fields of neurology, pediatrics, orthopedics, sports injuries, geriatric medicine, and cardiopulmonary. The department introduces a small-class teaching, with high teacher-pupil ratio and close rapport between students and faculty. The department holds winter and summer schools many times, inviting international students to participate, increasing exchanges between students and international students to enhance international perspectives, and expanding the professional value of physical therapy together. In the full tradition of humanistic spirit valued by the College of Medicine, the department is preparing the students with solid theoretical basis and responsible attitude toward work. In addition to the general physiotherapy major, the physical therapy center (PTC) affiliated with the department offers high-quality of undergraduate internship and clinical practice for senior students. Not only taking training courses in the National Cheng Kung University Hospital, students will also have opportunities to receive training in other medical centers or outstanding metropolitan hospitals, and also have opportunities for internship abroad. Well-rounded training courses prepare students for their successful careers. The department also purchases large-scale research equipment, including multichannel electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial current stimulation, motion capture system, and cardiopulmonary function test and analysis system, to begin research career in an intellectually rich environment.