Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Physical Therapy is an integral part of modern health care system. It is a “science of healing and art of caring”. It includes the examination, evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Cardio-Vascular and Respiratory systems etc. Physical therapy also means the treatment of any pain, disease, or injury by physical means. A physical therapist seeks to identify and maximize quality of life and movement potential through prevention, intervention (treatment), promotion, habilitation, and rehabilitation.

Goals of the Programme

The purpose of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programme is to prepare Physical Therapists who will:

  • Be primary providers of physical therapy care.

  • Serve as responsible members in the professional community and are willing and able to assume leadership roles in the communities they serve.

  • Identify researchable problems, advocate and participate in research, and incorporate research findings into clinical practice.

  • Understand and place in context the social, economic and cultural issues of practice and effectively advocate for changes in policy.

  • Correlate theory with practice and think creatively about, react to, adapt or shape new practice environments.

  • Participate in and provide education for communities, patients, peers, students and others.

Objectives of the Programme

Graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy programme will

  • 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 behaviours 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 behaviours to all persons.

  • Demonstrate the professional and social skills to adapt to changing Health care environments to effectively provide physical therapy care.

Scheme of Studies for 5 Years Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

 Assessment Criteria

  • Sessional Exam after 8 weeks
  • Final Semester Exam after 18 weeks

Subjects with theory, viva and practical

a) Theory paper : 50-100 MCQs & SEQs: Marks =50- 100
b) Duration of paper : 1- 2 hours

Assessment Criteria:

a) Assignments: 10%
b) Sessional Exam: 30%
c) Final Exam : 40 %
d) Viva & practical(Clinical Exam): 20 %

Subject with theory papers only:

a) Theory paper : 50-100 MCQs & SEQs : Marks 50-100
b) Duration of paper : 1- 2 hours

Assessment Criteria:

a) Assignments: 10%
b) Sessional Exam: 40%
c) Final Exam : 50%

Clinical Exam- Total Marks 100:

a) Case Evaluation : 40% 
b) Treatment session Observation: 40%
c) Viva 10 questions : 20%

Admission Requirements for DPT