Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)



Course Duration

5 Years Program

Offering Institutes

School of Allied Health Sciences, CMH Lahore Medical College Lahore, ZIHS Rawalpindi, ILM Township Lahore

Program Fee

Different in Colleges


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What is Physiotherapy?

Physical therapy / Physiotherapy, often abbreviated PT, is a health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention carried out by physical therapists (known as physiotherapists in some countries) and physical therapist assistants (known as physical rehabilitation therapists in some countries).


In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physical therapy profession include research, education, consultation, and administration. In many settings, physical therapy services may be provided alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical or rehabilitation services.


Physical therapy involves the interaction between physical therapist, patients/clients, other health care professionals, families, care givers, and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and diagnosed and goals are agreed upon. Physical therapy is performed by a physical therapist (PT) or physiotherapist (physio), and sometimes services are provided by a physical therapist assistant (PTA) acting under their direction. Physical therapists and occupational therapists often work together in conjunction to provide treatment for patients.


PTs are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. PTs use an individual’s history and physical examination to arrive at a diagnosis and establish a management plan and, when necessary, incorporate the results of laboratory and imaging studies. Electro diagnostic testing (e.g., electromyograms and nerve conduction velocity testing) may also be of assistance.


PT management commonly includes prescription of or assistance with specific exercises, manual therapy, patient education, manipulation and other interventions. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles, providing services to individuals and populations to develop maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.


Physical therapy has many specialties including musculoskeletal, sports, wound care, EMG, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, neurologic and pediatrics. PTs practice in many settings, such as outpatient clinics, health and wellness clinics, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, extended care facilities, private homes, education and research centers, schools, industrial and this workplaces or other occupational environments, fitness centers and sports training facilities.


Especially in developed countries, Physical therapists also practice in non-patient care roles such as health policy health insurance, health care administration and as health care executives. Physical therapists are involved in the medical-legal field serving as experts, performing peer review and independent medical examinations.


Education qualifications vary greatly by country. The span of education ranges from some countries having little formal education to others having doctoral degrees and post-doctoral residencies and fellowships.

Job Placcement

  • Council: Pakistan Physiotherapy Council
  • Association: Pakistan Physiotherapy Association
  • Job Placement:
    1. There are posts of 17 scale in Govt. Hospitals.
    2. Physiotherapists are essential part of private sector hospitals.
    3. Physiotherapists may establish Rehabilitation Centers across Pakistan.
    4. Physiotherapists may pass international licensing exams for job placement in foreign countries (Middle East, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia etc.)

Learning Outcome

  1. Students will successfully graduate from the program with skills to practice in an evidenced-based manner.
  2. Graduates will successfully register Physical Therapy Council.
  3. Graduates will practice in a manner consistent with established legal standards, professional behavior, and ethical guidelines.
  4. Graduates will obtain desired employment in physical therapy.
  5. Graduates will adapt delivery of physical therapy services using current knowledge and clinical judgment with consideration for patients’ difference, values, preferences, and needs.
  6. Graduates will establish a physical therapy plan of care that is safe, efficient, patient-centered, and evidence-based.
  7. Graduates will complete and effectively present a research project.
  8. Graduates will collect and analyze data from selected outcome measures in a manner that supports accurate analysis of individual patient and group outcomes.

Graduates will perform a physical therapy international licensing examinations.



  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy, both in their fundamental context and in their application to the discipline of physical therapy.
  • Understand, correlate and apply theoretical foundations of knowledge to the practice of physical therapy; evaluate and clarify new or evolving theory relevant to physical therapy.
  • Demonstrate the behaviors of the scholarly clinician by developing and utilizing the process of critical thinking and inquiry, particularly focused on the improvement of the practice of physical therapy and the delivery of health care.
  • Engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision making, critical self-assessment and commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate mastery of entry level professional clinical skills. Provision of these services is based on the best available evidence and includes physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, prevention activities, wellness initiatives and appropriate health care utilization.
  • Prepared to influence the development of human health care regulations and policies that are consistent with the needs of the patient and of the society.
  • Demonstrate leadership, management, and communication skills to effectively participate in physical therapy practice and the health care team.
  • Incorporate and demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviors to all persons.

Demonstrate the professional and social skills to adapt to changing health care environments to effectively provide physical therapy care

Scope of Program

  • Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession aimed at changing and improving the mobility, physical independence and quality of life. It focuses on treating a variety of conditions including but not limited to Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Cardio-Respiratory, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Women Health and Sports Injuries.
  • Physiotherapists work with patients varying in age, athletic ability and activity level, and are responsible for treating a wide spectrum of health conditions – both acute & chronic.
  • Physiotherapy diagnosis is based on principles of clinical decision making through examination, evaluation, prognosis, interventions and outcome evaluation. They are an important part of healthcare team, who work directly with the patients ensuring their recovery after surgery, injury, fracture or other acquired disability. Patients suffering from chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Joint Pain, Cancer and Neurological disorder like Parkinson-ism and Stroke also require consult from a trained Physiotherapist.
  • People who want to adopt Physiotherapy as a career are required to go through a 5 year Doctor of Physiotherapy [DPT] program.
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy is a highly respected and sought after professional degree the world over. With the world wide population increasing steadily, DPT is one those of those qualifications that will remain in high demand the world over for years to come.

Program Structure

  • Title of Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Duration: 5 Years
  • Semester: 10
  • Entry Requirements: F.Sc. (Pre-Medical) with 60% Marks or Equivalent
  • Recognition: Higher Education Commission (HEC), Govt. of Pakistan

Scheme of Studies

Scheme of Studies

Semester – I


Credit Hours

Anatomy I


Bio-Statistics I 3
English I (Functional English) 2
Kinesiology (I) 3
Pakistan Studies 2
Physiology (I) 3

Semester II

Anatomy II 4
Bio-Statistics II 3
English II (Communication Skills) 2
Islamic Studies/ Ethics 2
Kinesiology (II) 3
Physiology (II) 3
Semester III
Anatomy III 3
Biochemistry & Genetics (I) 2
Biomechanics and Ergonomics (I) 3
English III (Technical Writing & Presentation Skills) 2
Introduction to Computer 3
Physiology (III) 3
Semester IV
Anatomy IV 3
Behavioural Sciences 3
Biochemistry & Genetics (II) 2
Biomechanics and Ergonomics (II) 3
Exercise Physiology 3
Medical Physics 3
Semester V
Health & Wellness 2
Pathology &  Microbiology I 2
Pharmacology I 3
Physical Agents & Electrotherapy I 3
Sociology 2
Supervised Clinical Practice I 3
Therapeutic Exercises & Techniques 3
Semester VI
Manual Therapy 3
Pathology & Microbiology II 3
Pharmacology II 2
Physical  Agents &  Electrotherapy II 3
Supervised Clinical Practice II 3
Teaching Methodology & Community Medicine 3
Semester VII
Human Growth, Development & Development Based Rehabilitation 2
Medicine I 3
Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy 3
Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging 3
Supervised Clinical Practice III 3
Surgery I 3
Semester VIII
Evidence Bases pratice 3
Medicine II 3
Neurological Physical Therapy 3
Prosthetics & Orthotics 2
Supervised Clinical Practice IV 3
Surgery II 3
Semester IX
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 3
Clinical Decision Making & Differential Diagnosis 3
Emergency Procedures & Primary Care in Physical Therapy 2
Integumentry Physical Therapy 2
Professional Practice 2
Scientific Inquiry & Research Methodology 3
Supervised Clinical Practice V 3
Semester X
Gerontology & Geriatric Physical Therapy 2
Obstetrics & Gynecological physical Therapy 2
Pediatric Physical Therapy 2
Research Project 6
Sports Physical Therapy 2
Supervised Clinical Practice VI 4

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