入課程；台灣主要為4年制的物理治療理學士課程，近年部分大專院校已開始設6年制的物理治療學士(Doctor of Physical Therapy)課程。各地區所
1)物理治療理學碩士課程(Master of Science in Physical Therapy)、
2)手法物理治療理學碩士課程(Master of Science in Manipulative Physiotherapy)、
3)物理治療碩士準入課程(Master in Physiotherapy-Entry Level)。
Macau Physical Therapists Association
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I become a member of the MPTA? What are the steps?
MPTA provides both local and foreign memberships. Local members have to be a holder of Macau S.A.R. Resident Identity Card (B.I.R). Both types of applicants are required to fulfill the following criteria:
1. Holder of a Bachelor’s degree or a higher entry-level degree in Physical Therapy.
2. Application must be approved by MPTA.
The rights of the members are as follows:
1. Local members are entitled to attend, speak, submit proposals or suggestions, vote, be voted, dismiss and appeal at MPTA meetings. Overseas members are entitled to attend and speak at MPTA meetings.
2. The right to participate in MPTA activities and enjoy member benefits.
To apply for membership, please complete the online application form at http://www.mpta.org.mo/membership/, attach a photo, ID documents, relevant qualification certificates. The Executive Committee will assess your application and be in touch with you to inform you of whether the application has been approved.
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2. What is the application process to become a registered physical therapist in Macau?
There are differences in the legislation regarding the registration procedure depending on whether you work for government departments or private. In order to work as a physical therapist for a non-government organization or a private institution, one must fulfil two criteria:
1. Professional qualifications assessment – mainly through submission of academic qualification documents from tertiary institutions; and
2. Undergo an assessment to determine whether or not the facilities in which the service provision will take place meet the requirements of the Medical Activity Licensing Unit, a unit within the Health Bureau.
Therefore, in order to work for a private institution, one must first obtain a License for Practicing Healthcare Service. Applications are processed by the Medical Activity Licensing Unit, a unit within the Health Bureau.
On the other hand, if you work for a government organization, you will not be required to apply for a license, but you must meet the requirements for the professional position under the civil service system. Your qualifications will be assessed and acknowledged, and you will need to pass an examination procedure to enter the related government department for a given position.
For more information and application procedures in Chinese and Portuguese, please refer to http://www.ssm.gov.mo under the Services(Servicos)Online services directory (Guia de acesso)Unidade Técnica de Licenciamento das Actividades e Profissões Privadas de Prestação de Cuidados de Saúde > Guia de acesso
N.B: Even if you fulfil our requirements to become a member of the MPTA, it does not mean that you will fulfil the requirements to become registered as a physical therapist from the Health Bureau. Please note that these require two different applications.
3. How can non-Macau residents apply to work as a registered physical therapist in Macau?
Foreign worker permits must be obtained through the Labour Affairs Bureau, for more information, please visit
Please note that it is the responsibility of the employer to apply for the foreign worker permit, meaning that the non-Macau resident prospective employee must first have been offered a legal contract for the position. At the same time, according to the Labour Affairs Bureau website, they mentioned that the main consideration is to protect local worker’s job opportunities and rights. Unless it is not feasible to recruit a local worker for a given job due to the lack of suitability for the position, or a general shortage of man power, then the Labour Affairs Bureau will consider approving a temporary work permit for a non-Macau resident to work in Macau under the same conditions as what will be offered to a Macau resident.
4. At the moment, are there any continuous professional development (CPD) requirements for license renewals?
Currently there is no such requirement in Macau. The Macau S.A.R Government is working on the framework of the qualification and registration of medical professionals and their CPD development, to be implemented in the near future.
From the government’s recent public consultation on the framework of the qualification and registration of healthcare professionals, it seems likely that the following flow chart would be representative of the steps under which one would need to take in order to become a registered physical therapist with legal rights to practice in Macau.
For more information from the Health Bureau on the public consultation on the framework of the qualification and registration of healthcare professionals and their Continuing Professional Development, professional opinions and summary report, please visit
(Note that the information is only available in Chinese or Portuguese)
5. How do I know which organizations may employ physical therapists?
Currently there is no such information for the public to access. Physical therapists who do not work for the government organizations should have obtained a License for Practicing Healthcare Service under Private Regime, and their names can be found on this website below: http://www.ssm.gov.mo/pubssmweb/Utlap/frmUtlapLic.aspx?a_type=TB&t
However this website shows all the names of therapists, without distinguishing their particular discipline (e.g. speech therapist, occupational therapist, psychotherapist etc.).
Because physical therapy services should only be provided by a physical therapist, it is suggested that the general public needs to find out clearly if this is the case when they are presenting for treatment at any public or private institution. If there is any suspicion, please report the activity to the Medical Activity Licensing Unit, a unit within the Health Bureau.
6. Where do most physical therapists work in Macau?
At the moment, looking at our current members within the MPTA, we have physical therapists working in the following areas: public and private hospitals, clinics, private practice, early intervention facilities, schools, aged care facilities, day care for the elderly, home service for the elderly and support services facilities, rehabilitation centers, day care rehabilitation centers, training centers, special needs and assessment center for rehabilitation, sports medicine centers, occupational health and safety centers, tertiary education centers, performing and entertainment services etc.
7. What is the Entry Level requirement for the physical therapy profession?
The entry level for physical therapy training is for the purpose of becoming a physical therapist once one has graduate. It is seen as the basic entry level into this profession.
Different regions and universities provide physical therapy entry level courses, but their course duration varies. For example, Hong Kong currently has a 4-year training for a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree, and it also has a 2-year physiotherapy Master program. Taiwan mainly has 4-year physical therapy undergraduate programs, but lately some universities have begun to provide a 6-year training program for a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. For more information for courses provided by different countries, please visit
Besides, note that not all courses from one country are recognized by another, and many regions require that physical therapists undertake and pass some form of examination before they can formally register to practice.
It is worthwhile to note that in our neighboring areas, there are many different physical therapy Master courses available, making it confusing. For example:
1) Master of Science in Physical Therapy, 2) Master of Science in Manipulative Physiotherapy and 3) Master in Physiotherapy-Entry Level. Courses 1) and 2) focus on research and academics, or explore specific areas of professional interest and clinical techniques, meaning that they do not offer the basic training for one to become a physical therapist, so even if one completes courses 1) or 2), without any previous background training in physical therapy, they will not be able to become a physical therapist. Only those who complete course 3) will be able to obtain a qualification that enables to them to become physical therapists in the area of the course provision.
Last updated December 2017
The Chinese version of this document shall prevail in case of discrepancy.