Doctorate of Physical Therapy and its Importance in Daily Life

 Doctorate of Physical Therapy and its Importance in Daily Life


Physical therapists are identified by their name. their professional license (“PT”), and. the highest degree they have obtained, which is typically either a Master’s of Physical Therapy or a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (“DPT”). DPT is short form of Doctor of Physical Therapy, it’s a health sciences degree program that gives the opportunity for students with per-medical study like FSC or equivalent. There is a proper test under supervision of lecturers that stain out those students who are eligible or not eligible for this degree program. Doctor of Physiotherapy is a great respectful professional degree all around the globe. All of the population in the globe is increasing very fast, DPT is one those of those studies that will remain in high demand all over the world for years to come. According to latest visions physical therapist must be autonomous, and there must be accountability in their practice. The APTA has made the goal of “autonomous practice”, in which DPT should be autonomous in its Vision 2020 statement: “Physical therapists will be practitioners of choice in clients management’ health links and will hold all advantages of autonomous practice.”

Autonomy Physical Therapist Gets as A Result Of DPT

  1. Direct and non-restricted access: The physical therapist has the professional capability and autonomy to give to all persons the physical therapy services they choose without legal, regulatory, or payer limitations.
  2. Professional ability to send your client to other health care providers: The physical therapist has the professional ability to send the clients to others in the health care system for known or possible medical needs beyond the scope of physical therapist practice.
  3. Professionally they can be able to refer to other professionals: The physical therapist has the professional capability and ability to send client to other professionals for identified patient/client needs beyond the score of physical therapist practice.
  4. Professional ability to send client for diagnostic tests: The physical therapist has the professional capability and ability to send for diagnostic tests that would clear that the patient/client condition and improve the provision of physical therapy services.

History of Physical Therapy

 The past of physical therapy in the United States begins with Mary McMillan, who make the American Women’s Physiotherapy Association and was selected its first president in 1921. These included Dr. Frank Granger, a physician who taught physical therapeutic at Harvard’s Graduate School of Medicine and applied the techniques in his neurology practice, as well as Dr. Elliott Brackett and Dr. Joel Goldthwait Chie surgeons in the Army’s Orthopedic Military Corps.8 In 1917, as World War I raged the surgeon general of the U.S. Army, Major General William Gorgas, anticipate the need for a formal reconstruction program for injured soldiers, such as has already been established in some European countries.

Physical Therapy in Current Era

The influence of the APTA on license requirements and on ethical, educational, and research standards directly affects the performance of each individual practitioner’s professional duties. Another APTA power has been the management of “turf wars,” which have developed as the scope of the PT profession has broaden over the years and as other professions have tried breeches of the physical therapy fences of practice.

Why to Choose DPT

It is not mandatory if you are not getting grades according to MBBS criteria it is okay if you get good marks and set on the criteria of DPT, because it’s a well-known profession and they are a doctor who can work independently in personal clinics, in hospitals, and in any sector like government jobs.

Procedure to Apply In DPT

In Pakistan

  • Eligibility of Admission. A person having F.Sc (Pre-Medical) with minimum 60% marks from Pakistan or an equivalent qualification from any other university/school is eligible for admission and other abroad universities will have high demands.
  • Interview
  • Intake

In abroad

Different criteria for different countries and English language ILETS, ESOL are required.

Career Opportunities of DPT

There are various opportunities for DPT graduates like:

  • Public Sector (Grade 17 scale jobs)
  • Private Hospitals.
  • Private clinics.
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation centers.
  • NGOs.
  • Aid Agencies & organizations.
  • Sports clubs & teams.
  • Research.
  • Academia jobs

Scope of Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) In Various Countries

Physiotherapy is a care providing profession aimed at enhancing and improving the mobility, individual independence and quality of life. It focuses on treating a variety of conditions including but not limited to Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Cardio-Respiratory, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Women Health and Sports Injuries, creating the life more genuine and more reliable. Physiotherapists work with patients varying in age, athletic ability and activity level, and are responsible for treating a wide spectrum of health conditions both acute & chronic according to condition. Physiotherapy diagnosis is based on principles of CDM through examination, evaluation, prognosis, interventions and outcome evaluation. A good diagnosis will lead to good prognosis.  Patients suffering from chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, cerebral palsy, knee pain, neck pain, Joint Pain, Cancer and Neurological disorder like Parkinson disease and Stroke also require consult from a trained Physiotherapist. Those who want to go in Physiotherapy as a career are needs to go through a 5-year Doctor of Physiotherapy [ DPT] program.

Role of Physiotherapists in Modern Healthcare

Physiotherapists give a physical therapy diagnosis listing the impairments and restrictions which may affect quality of life, formulate an effective intervention plan based on short term or long-term goals attainment to prevent disability, enhance health & wellness and improve the physical functioning. Improve quality of life reducing the disability and primarily focus on ADLS.

Who Should Study DPT?
Students who are interested to study science subject, believe in expansion of profession, want a professional future that is more than a job and also desires about to make a difference in people’s life who takes this profession.

Specialization After DPT

There are various specialization branches after DPT like, Masters in musculoskeletal physical therapy, women health, masters in orthopedics physical therapy, cardiac physical therapy and MS neuro physical therapy.

Subjects and Semesters

DPT students study many subjects like anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, professional practice, euro physical therapy, musculoskeletal physical therapy etc. In DPT there are 10 semesters whole degree consist of 5 years and specialization are of 2 years and depends on different countries credit hours.



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