Doctor Of Physical Therapy (DPT) (Five Years Program)

The Doctor of Physical therapy or simply DPT is a 5-year clinical doctorate degree that allows an individual to start professional career as a ‘Physical Therapist’. Physical therapy is an essential segment of modern healthcare system that has been defined as a ’science of healing and art of caring’. It pertains to the evaluation, assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, Neurological, Cardio-Vascular and Respiratory systems’ functional disorders including symptoms of pain, oedema, physiological, structural and psychosomatic ailments. It also deals with methods of treatment based on movement, manual therapy, physical agents, and therapeutics modalities to relieve pain and other complications.  Hence, Physical therapy covers basic parameters of healing sciences i.e. preventive, promotive, diagnostic, rehabilitative and curative.

DPT Vision

The vision of DPT program is to produce experts who contribute to improved health status and healthcare through research, evidence-based practice, education and professional leadership.

DPT Mission

The physical therapy program is dedicated to excellence as demonstrated through national recognition. It is committed to academic inquiry and expression by fostering evidence-based healthcare research, teaching, service and public engagement.

It focuses to cultivating leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in the students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

DPT Objectives

Graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy, both in their fundamental context and in their application to the discipline of physical therapy.
  2. Understand, correlate and apply theoretical foundations of knowledge to the practice of physical therapy; evaluate and clarify new or evolving theory relevant to physical therapy.
  3. Demonstrate the behaviors of the scholarly clinician by developing and utilizing the process of critical thinking and inquiry, particularly focused on the improvement of the practice of physical therapy and the delivery of healthcare.
  4. Engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision making, critical self-assessment and commitment to lifelong learning.
  5. Demonstrate mastery of entry level professional clinical skills.  Provision of these services is based on the best available evidence and includes physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, prevention activities, wellness initiatives and appropriate healthcare utilization.
  6. Prepared to influence the development of human healthcare regulations and policies that are consistent with the needs of the patient and of the society.
  7. Demonstrate leadership, management, and communication skills to effectively participate in physical therapy practice and the healthcare team.
  8. Incorporate and demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviors to all persons.
  9. Demonstrate the professional and social skills to adapt to changing healthcare environments to effectively provide physical therapy care.
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This program is taught at

Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Hayatabad, Peshawar