Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being. It employs scientific methods to assess, manage and rehabilitate the affected. Physiotherapy services are used in many settings such as hospitals, community care organizations, sports organizations/units and in many workplace settings. It is also research oriented, exploring fundamental concepts and evaluating physiotherapy services to ensure optimum quality of care. The profession is also committed to effective communication with members of the health care delivery team, the community and the continuing education of its’ graduates.
On completion of the B.Sc. Physiotherapy course, a graduate should be able to,
- Identify patients likely to benefit from physiotherapy, while understanding and recognizing the limits and scope of physiotherapy practice.
- Assess the problems of individuals using core knowledge of medical and clinical sciences, and evidence underpinning physiotherapy practice, while taking into account physical, psycho-social, cultural and environmental factors, and to identify interventions to overcome such problems.
- Use the results of assessment to plan and implement an affordable, safe and effective treatment programme.
- Monitor the application of physiotherapy procedures to ensure that the most appropriate modalities, techniques are employed and revise them where necessary.
- Utilize appropriate methods of recording and communicating details of assessment, treatment application review, progress and outcomes.
- Promote good health and prevention of illness and disability through educational programmes directed at patients, families and the community.
- Teach and advice patients, relatives and caregivers on the optimal physiotherapy management of their condition in order to increase movement and functional ability, reduce disability and promote psychosocial wellbeing wherever possible, and so enhance or preserve the quality of life of all concerned.
- Develop abilities for acquiring further knowledge and skills including critical evaluation and research as a basis for continuing professional development and share these with other members of the profession.
- Recognize their professional role and responsibilities as an individual and as a member of a health care delivery team and the ability to work collaboratively with other members of the team.
The curriculum of the B.Sc. Physiotherapy course is organized into five Streams.
- Basic Sciences Stream
- Applied Physiotherapy Stream
- Clinical Stream
- Behavioral Sciences Stream
- Research Stream
- Theory examinations: MCQs, SEQs
- Clinical examinations: long case, short case
- Viva voce examinations
- Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPE)
- Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)
- Research projects and reports
- Elective projects and reports
- Community and family attachments: projects and field assessments
- Evidence based practice and reports