The roots of the College of Physical Education the Physiotherapy go back to the inception of the Higher Institute for Teachers in 1966 and the Higher Institute for Female Teachers in 1967, where the study plan was two years after graduating from high school. In 1982, the Department of Physical Education was founded among the departments of Bahrain University College of Sciences, Arts and Education, which was established in 1978 according to Amiri decree (11), which was issued by His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, the Amir of Bahrain. The Department of Physical Education began its responsibilities by qualifying physical education teachers who received a diploma from the Higher Institute for Teachers for a BA in Physical Education.

In 1986, Amiri decree (12) was issued to establish the University of Bahrain (UOB) consisting of four colleges (Arts and Science, Education, Business Administration and Engineering). The Department of Physical Education was merged with the College of Education, offering a BA in physical education which would qualify the graduates for teaching in the different school stages (primary, intermediate and secondary) through providing distinguished theoretical, applied and practical sciences related to human movement and other various sports practiced through the latest training methods.

Within the framework of enhancing the sports programs, the Department started to offer an MA in Physical Education in the fields of Sports Training and Sports Medicine as well as a PhD in Sports Management along with the BA in Physical Education.

As a result of the development process of education in the Kingdom, the Academy of Physical Education and Physiotherapy was established in 2009 to fulfill the requirements of the local market. The academy offered two programs at the BA level:

  • Physical Education Program
  • Physiotherapy Program

In 2011, the UOB's Council of Trustees issued a decision to convert the academy to the College of Physical Education and Physiotherapy. The College comprises two departments:

  • The Department of Physical Education, which offers a BA and an MA in Physical Education (Sports Management and Sports Training), and a PhD in Sports Management.
  • The Department of Physiotherapy, which offers a BA in Physiotherapy.