Physical therapists work in medical and health care settings and services to sustain and refurbish human functional capability. Physical therapy as a profession with a 2-year diploma, later on, 4 years bachelors program was commenced. Doctor of physical therapy program was introduced in 2008.
The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) standardizes physical therapy education in Pakistan. A degree program of DPT Doctor of Physiotherapy was introduced and recognized by the HEC
DPT program consists of 10 semesters of at least 175 credit hours. Some institutes also offer4-year BS in physiotherapy program but generally, 5-year DPT degree is acclaimed.
The Admissions are announced once a year in local newspapers and also at the institute’s official websites where these courses are conducted.
Students who have passed their intermediate or equivalent qualification with biology as a major subject can apply for admission.
Students have to secure at least 50% marks in intermediate, A-levels or equivalent examination to apply for the DPT program.
An entry test is also conducted prior to the admission. The minimum score to pass this entry test is 50%
Post Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PP- D.P.T) is a postgraduate degree (equivalent to 18 years of schooling/MPhil according to HEC criteria), this program offers intense clinical training. The Post Professional Doctor of Physical therapy is a clinical degree very different from the research-based degree, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Eligibility Criteria for PP-DPT:
Four-year Bachelor of Science in Physical therapy (B.S, PT) or equivalent qualification from any HEC recognized university with minimum 50% marks.
Admissions are given on the following weightage:
Academic Qualification: 60%
The fee structure is different in public and private institutions. In Govt. colleges the course cost around one lac sixty thousand rupees while in private institution this figure goes up to four lacs for the whole program.
Physical therapists are professionals who practice for prevention and screening of physical disorders and ailments leading to functional or movement disorders. Physical therapists work in the outpatient department, orthopedics, cardiac rehabilitation, women's health, geriatric health, occupational health, sports and neurological departments. Nowadays different NGO’s are also appointing professional physiotherapists to work in their clinics, old homes and rehabilitation centers. This degree also as a good say internationally provided the therapist has to get regional practice license or as to pass some examinations.