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Physiotherapy is a branch of modern medical science which assess, diagnose, treat physical ailments through physical agents, which helps to develop, maintain, and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout one’s lifespan.
Physical therapy is provided in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions, or environmental factors and with the understanding that functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.
The duration of the BPT Course shall be four and a half years including an internship of six months.
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It shall be based on evaluation of periodic tests assignments, clinical presentations etc., (see Annexure -I for example). Regular periodic examinations should be conducted throughout the course.
There should be a minimum of two (2) sessional examinations during I, II, III and final year. The average of the two examination marks should be reduced to 20 and 10 for Theory and Practical/Clinical respectively, and sent to the University before the University examination as per notification.
Proper record which forms the basis of the Internal Assessment should be maintained for all students and should be available for scrutiny. The marks of periodical tests should be displayed on the student notice board by Principals. A Candidate must obtain a 50% mark in theory and practical separately in internal assessment to be eligible to write the university examination.
There will be two examinations in a year, to be conducted as per notification issued by the University from time to time.
First, Second, Third and Final Examinations of BPT course shall be held at the end of 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year and 4th year respectively. The particulars of subjects for various examinations and distribution of marks are shown separately in Tables V to VIII. The examination for main subjects shall be conducted by the University and for subsidiary subjects by the respective college.
Criteria for Pass
Main Subjects A candidate is declared to have passed university examination in a subject, if she/he secures 50 % of the marks in theory and 50 % in practical separately.
For computation of 50 % marks in theory, the marks scored in the internal assessment [theory] shall be added to the University conducted written and viva voce examination and for a pass in practical, the marks scored in University conducted practical examination and internal assessment [practical] shall be added together.
Subsidiary Subjects For a pass in Subsidiary subjects, a candidate shall secure 35% of the total marks prescribed for the subject. The marks obtained should be sent to the University 15 days prior to the commencement of University examination.
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A Candidate seeking admission to the first-year Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT):
i) Should have passed two years Pre University examination conducted by the Department of PreUniversity Education, Karnataka State, with English as one of the subjects and Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as optional subjects. The candidate shall have passed subjects of English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as optional subjects. The candidate shall have passed subjects of English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology individually also.
ii) Shall have passed any other examination conducted by Boards/Councils/Intermediate examination established by State Government/Central Government and recognized as equivalent to a two year Pre University Examination by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences/ Association of Indian Universities (AIU), with English as one of the subjects and Physics, Chemistry and Biology as optional subjects. The candidate shall have passed subjects of English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as optional subjects. The candidate shall have passed subjects of English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology individually also.
iii) Candidates who have completed the Pre-university course with Vocational Physiotherapy as their optional subject are eligible for admission to the BPT course.
The selection of students to a course of Physiotherapy shall be based on merit provided that:
- In case of admission on the basis of qualifying examination, a candidate for admission to BPT course must have passed individually in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English and must have obtained not less than 45% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in the qualifying examination.
- In respect of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, or Category I, the marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology together in the qualifying examination is not less than 40% instead of 45% as above.
A candidate seeking admission to Bachelor of Physiotherapy course should have completed 17 years of age, as on 31st December of the year of admission.
Every candidate before admission to the course shall furnish to Principal of the Institution a certificate of Medical Fitness from an authorized Government Medical Officer to the effect, that the candidate is physically fit to undergo a Physiotherapy course.
Physical therapists are qualified and professionally required to:
- Undertake a comprehensive examination/assessment of the patient/client or needs of a client
- Group evaluate the findings from the examination/assessment to make clinical judgments regarding patients/clients
- Formulate a diagnosis, prognosis and plan of treatment
- Provide consultation within their expertise and determine when patients/clients need to be referred to another professional
- Implement a physical therapist intervention/treatment programme
- Determine the outcomes of any interventions/treatments.
The scope of physical therapist practice is not limited to direct patient/client care, but also includes:
- Public health strategies
- Advocating for patients/clients and for health
- Supervising and delegating to others
- Developing and implementing health policy at the local, national and international levels
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Qualifications in the Field
To be a qualified physiotherapist in India calls for extensive studies in the field of anatomy, physiology, electrotherapy, exercise therapy, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology, community medicine etc.
The qualifications given in the field are Bachelors of physiotherapy, Masters in physiotherapy with specialisations in neurology, orthopaedics, cardiology, paediatrics, OBG and community based rehabilitation. A PhD programme is also available in one’s area of interest.
In today’s world where sedentary life style lead to a increased incidence of diseases, physiotherapy holds a promise to having a healthy lifespan without the unnecessary use of medication and other invasive intervention.
Hence it is safe to say that “Physician adds years to life while Physio adds life to years”
Regulatory Bodies of Physiotherapy
Physical therapists operate as independent practitioners, as well as members of health service provider teams, and are subject to the ethical principles of World Confederation of Physiotherapy and the Indian Association of Physiotherapist.
They are able to act as first contact practitioners, and patients/clients may seek direct services without referral from another health professional.
Physical therapists are guided by their own code of ethical principles. Thus, they may have any of the following purposes:
- Promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals and the general public/society, emphasizing the importance of physical activity and exercise.
- Preventing impairments, activity limitations, participatory restrictions and disabilities in individuals at risk of altered movement behaviours due to health factors, socio-economic stressors, environmental factors and lifestyle factors.
- Providing interventions/treatment to restore integrity of body systems essential to movement, maximise function and recuperation, minimise incapacity, and enhance the quality of life, independent living and workability in individuals and groups of individuals with altered movement behaviours resulting from impairments, activity limitations, participatory restrictions and disabilities.
- Modifying environmental, home and work access and barriers to ensure full participation in one’s normal and expected societal roles.