WHAT IS DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

A Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is the entry-level degree for people who want to become physical therapists. NIU offers a 5-year program in Physical Therapy with the nomenclature of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Physical therapy is an autonomous, patient/client focused health care profession. It provides first contact health services to patient/client in order to prevent and manage pain, physical impairments, activity limitation and participation restriction in their activities. Physical therapy provides privileges for autonomous practice that includes direct and unrestricted access to patient/client, professional ability to refer to other health care providers/professionals and professional ability to refer for diagnostic tests. Advancement in the medical field and awareness of disability prevention has increased the role of physical therapy in healthcare.

PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the DPT program is to prepare students to become physical therapists that embrace evidence-based physical therapy practice, meet the multifaceted health needs of patients, consumers, and society, and participate in professional and community service. To fulfill this mission, we create a stimulating and collaborative environment that promotes education, research, service, and leadership.

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the NUR International University supports the mission and goals of the university and the Department of Physical Therapy with the ultimate purpose of preserving, promoting, and improving the health and well-being of populations, communities, and individuals. Our values of excellence, diversity, integrity, respect for human dignity, teamwork, and social responsibility serve as the pillars of our faculty’s educational philosophy and are reflected in our program goals.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program believes that by creating a dynamic and innovative learning environment in a culture of social responsibility and robust research activities, our program will generate leaders who will move our profession forward.

 WHY AT NIU

  • Our teaching methodology is designed to lay down a strong foundation for movement sciences knowledge and bridging movement sciences with clinical sciences in order to understand and solve clinical problems.
  • Physical Therapy curriculum at NIU includes theoretical, practical, clinical and research courses to prepare graduates to function in a variety of settings in the field.
  • The major hallmarks of studying Physical Therapy at NIU are the experienced subject specialists as basic and clinical science faculty and a well-developed network of clinical training facilities. Our students have access to the Fatima Memorial Hospital offering the best physical therapy services by highly competent clinicians for more than three decades.
  • Our department is furnished with state of the art musculoskeletal and neurological labs to provide students a parallel hand’s on learning experience.
  • We provide the opportunity of supervised clinical practice in which students can learn their clinical skills by direct encounter with patients in the supervision of clinical supervisors.
  • Our on-campus clinic is equipped with modernized exercise therapy, manual therapy and electrotherapy equipment, that not only serve the local population but also provide the pragmatic learning opportunity to students.
  • We aim to make our graduates critical thinkers, self-directed lifer long learners and researchers additionally our courses are designed to ensures that our graduates are able to compete and secure good job placements in the market. We also enable them to be very useful members of the society by attaining skills of leadership, management, communication, entrepreneurship and teamwork.

SCOPE

Physical therapists play an essential role in today’s healthcare environment and are recognized as vital providers of rehabilitation for impairments, functional limitations and disabilities resulting from: Neurological Disorders, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Cardiopulmonary Disorders, Pediatric Problems, Sports Injuries, Balance Disorders etc.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Physical therapists can work in a variety of settings including Hospitals, Rehabilitation Centers, Special Schools, Sports Teams, Private Clinics, Home Healthcare Agencies.

Faculty Applied Sciences
Department Physical Therapy
Study Level Undergraduate
Degree Length 5 Years
Program Type Full Time
Total Credit Hours 176
Intake Fall/Spring Semester
Semester 1 Semester 2
Code Subject Credit Hours Code Subject Credit Hours
ENGL 101 Functional English 3(3-0) ENGL 102 Communication Skills 3(3-0)
PKST 101 Pakistan Studies 2 (2-0) ISLM 101 Islamic Studies 2 (2-0)
BASC 103 Anatomy – I 4(3-1) BASC 104 Anatomy – II 4 (3-1)
BASC 113 Physiology – I 3 (2-1) BASC 114 Physiology – II 3 (2-1)
DPTB 101  Kinesiology – I 3 (2-1) DPTB 102 Kinesiology – II 3 (2-1)
CSCS 101 Introduction to Computer 3 (2-1) DPTB 104 Health and Wellness 2(2-0)
Semester 3 Semester 4
Code Subject Credit Hours Code Subject Credit Hours
BASC 205 Anatomy – III  3(3-0) BASC 206 Anatomy – IV (Neuro Anatomy)  3(3-0)
BASC 215 Physiology – III  3(3-0) BASC 216 Exercise Physiology – IV  3(3-0)
BASC 223 Biochemistry–I  3(3-0) BASC 224 Biochemistry–II  3(3-0)
DPTB 205 Biomechanics & Ergonomics–I  3(3-0) DPTB 206 Biomechanics & Ergonomics–II  3(3-0)
ENGL 103 Technical Writing and presentation Skills  3(3-0) DPTB 207 Medical Physics  3(3-0)
SOCL- 101 Essentials of Sociology  3(3-0) BASC 351 Molecular Biology & Genetics  3(3-0)
Semester 5 Semester 6
Code Subject Credit Hours Code Subject Credit Hours
BASC 333 Pathology & Microbiology –I 2(2-0) BASC 334 Pathology &Microbiology–II 3 (2-1)
BASC 341 Pharmacology &Therapeutics–I  2(2-0) BASC 343 Pharmacology &Therapeutics–II 2(2-0)
DPTA 311 Physical Agents & Electrotherapy–I  3(2-1) DPTA 312 Physical Agents & Electrotherapy–II 3 (2-1)
DPTA 313 Therapeutic Exercises & Techniques 3(2-1) DPTA 314 Community Medicine &Rehabilitation 3 (3-0)
BHSC 200 Behavioral Sciences(Psychology & Ethics) 2(2-0) BIOS 300 Biostatistics 3(3-0)
DPTC 301 Supervised Clinical Practice–I 3(0-3) DPTC-302 Supervised Clinical Practice–II 3 (0-3)
General Elective 3(0-3)
Semester 7 Semester 8
Code Subject Credit Hours Code Subject Credit Hours
CLSC 401 Medicine –I 3(3-0) CLSC 402 Medicine –II 3(3-0)
CLSC 411 Surgery –I 3(3-0) CLSC 412 Surgery –II 3(3-0)
CLSC 421 Radiology & Diagnostics 3 (2-1) DPTA 417 Neurological Physical Therapy 3(2-1)
DPTA 415 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy 3 (2-1) DPTA 522 Manual Therapy 3(2-1)
DPTA 416 Evidence Based Practice 3 (2-1) DPTA 419 Emergency Procedures 3(2-1)
DPTC 403 Supervised Clinical Practice –III 3 (0-3) DPTC 404 Supervised Clinical Practice –IV 3(0-3)
Semester 9 Semester 10
Code Subject Credit Hours Code Subject Credit Hours
DPTA 520 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 3 (2-1) DPTA 524 Obstetrics &Gynecological Physical Therapy 2 (2-0)
DPTA 521 Integumentary Physical Therapy 2 (2-0) DPTA 525 Pediatric Physical Therapy 2 (2-0)
DPTA 418 Prosthetics & Orthotics 2 (2-0) DPTA 526 Gerontology & Geriatric Physical Therapy 2 (2-0)
DPTA 523 Clinical Decision Making &Differential Diagnosis 3 (2-1) DPTA 527 Sports Physical Therapy 2 (2-0)
RSMT 500 Scientific Inquiry & Research Methodology 3(3-0) DPT 599 Research Project 6 (0-6)
DPTB 103 Professional Practice (Laws, Ethics & Administration) 2 (2-0) DPTC 506 Supervised Clinical Practice–VI 4 (0-4)
DPTC 505 Supervised Clinical Practice–V 3 (0-3)

Applicants who have successfully completed one of the following:

  • F.Sc. (Pre-Medical) with at least 60% marks.
  • O levels (in at least 6 subjects) and A levels (with 3 subjects: Biology, Physics, Chemistry)
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