Careers in Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy as a profession, seeks to treat a disease and disability by using physical exercises. It is used to cure weak muscles, difficulties in the movement of shoulder and knee joints, paralysis, inborn and acquired deformities, gynecological ailments and other such disorders. Physiotherapists are as essential as doctors in helping recover and rehabilitate a patient from a state of incapacity, due to genetic defect or the result of an accident or an illness.
For getting into the profesion,students need to complete either of the two courses attached to it viz Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) and Master of Physiotherapy (MPT). Eligibility for BPT courses is 10+2 pass with physics, chemistry, biology and English. At least 50% of marks should be secured in each of these subjects. Admission to BPT program is generally made on the basis of entrance examination conducted both at state and national level. BPT course is of 3 and ½ years – 4 and ½ years of duration. There is also a compulsory rotatory internship after the completion of the course. One who wishes to continue his/her study further can take admission into Master of Physiotherapy (MPT) program which is of two years duration. In this case he/she should have completed BPT course from any recognized institute/university.
Career Prospects in Physiothearapy
Physiotherapists are much in demand these days. A physiotherapist could be employed in the rehabilitation departments of hospitals, under various departments of the central and state governments, municipal corporations like Physically Handicapped centers, medical rehabilitation centers, health institutions and defense medical establishments. There are numerous private clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers in India where the physiotherapists are employed. They can also find employment with various sporting authorities and sporting teams.Physiotherapists can also make career in teaching. Those who have adequate capital can establish private clinics of their own.
Physiotherapists are much in demand both in private as well as in the government sector. The pay is however little better in the private sector hospitals. The starting pay scale of physiotherapists in government hospitals varies between Rs. 5000 to 7000. While private hospitals offer a starting salary around Rs 10,000 which could go up to Rs 15,000 per month. The earnings of established private practitioners can be almost Rs 20,000 to 40,000 per month depending upon number and type of clients they have. Setting up a private practice however is more rewarding financially for physiotherapists.
Physiothearapy Colleges In India
There are around 300 various institutions imparting training and courses in physiothearapy. We have tried to constrict the list by providing the names of only the government colleges that impart courses in physiothearapy.Please click here for a list of colleges that provide courses in Physiothearapy.