Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T) program provides the required educational preparation for a professional career as a physical therapist. Program graduates are knowledgeable, self-assured, adaptable, reflective, and service-oriented practitioners who by critical thinking and ethical values render informed and independent judgments concerning patient/client needs, promote the health and quality of life of the client, and enhance the professional foundations for practice.

These practitioners contribute to society and the profession through practice, teaching, administration, and the discovery and application of new knowledge about physical therapy. The program’s educational philosophy is to maximally challenge each student and facilitate his or her development of skills for life-long learning, professional development, and leadership.

 In 1998, the University of Southern California awarded the DPT degree to graduates of the program in physical therapy. USC has been a leader in the transition to doctoral-level education in physical therapy. The need for a primary care practitioner who can diagnose and treat the causes of movement dysfunction and the increased scientific and evidence base for physical therapy are forces for the dramatic shift to a doctoral degree as the primary preparation for a professional degree in physical therapy.

Agile Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences Bahawalpur is recognized for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program with the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.

  • 1۔ The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has set a course toward practice without a physician’s referral (direct access).
  • 2۔ Direct access involves legislative and reimbursement authority from third-party payers to practice without a doctor’s referral. The DPT will allow APTA to argue for direct access more effectively.
  • 3۔ DPT is a clinical doctorate like that in dentistry (D.D.S.), podiatry (D.P.M.), osteopathy (D.O.), pharmacy (Pharm.D.), clinical psychology (Psych.D.), and medical doctor (M.D.).
  • 4۔ DPT is not a research Ph.D. Thus, no doctoral dissertation is required.
  • 5۔ All of the top-ranked programs are at the DPT level, 206 out of 213 accredited programs nationally are at the DPT level, and the remaining 7 MS/MPT programs intend to convert. (11/10)

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The overall objective of the Physical Therapy Program is to prepare students to practice state-of-the-art physical therapy. To do this, students must become licensed in their legal jurisdiction. Currently, all jurisdictions in the United States require licensure. The educational goals of the curriculum reflect the knowledge, skills, and behaviors expected of program graduates. The graduates of the Texas State University – San Marcos physical therapy program will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical basis of physical therapy.
  • Demonstrate clinical competency in evaluation, treatment planning, and implementation.
  • Integrate knowledge of basic sciences and physical therapy to modify treatment approaches that reflect the breadth and scope of physical therapy practice.
  • Integrate the use of basic principles of research in critical analysis of concepts and findings generated by self and others.
  • Actively recognize the rights and dignity of individuals in planning and administering programs of care.
  • Identify with and contribute to the aims and ideals of the profession.
  • Function as competent physical therapists in any health care setting.
  • Demonstrate command of knowledge which is necessary to function as an independent problem solver and learner in the practice environment

Although the Program realizes that not all students will reach the same level of competence, all students will achieve a minimum level of competencies and will achieve higher levels in some areas depending on their selection of specialty and interest options. The curriculum will prepare graduates to take the state licensure examination. Successful completion of this examination is necessary for licensure in all jurisdictions.

The name of the degree shall be DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY (DPT). The course shall comprise a 5-year duration with structured training in recognized departments.

  • Duration: 05 YEARS
  • Course Scheme: The training is spread over five years with a specific component each year.

During each professional year, students would be instructed through lectures, and assignments, and at the end of the professional year through a university examination.

The principal shall be responsible for monitoring and scheduling clinical rotations and wards or departments. He will also observe the practice of physical therapy techniques in various disciplines.

The DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM shall comprise of 05 professional years as follows:


The medium of instruction shall be English.


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Admissions will be announced in the leading Urdu, English, and local newspapers. Applications will be acceptable on the prescribed application form available to prospects. Selection will strictly follow merit. Academic sessions will be subject to the affiliating university schedule.


F.Sc. (Pre-Medical)or Equivalent with a minimum of 60% marks. Candidates may apply across Pakistan and abroad for open merit only. The following attested copies must be attached to the application form:

  • Matriculation (SSC) Certificate showing date of birth
  • F.Sc.(Pre-medical) or Equivalent from a recognized Board
  • 4 passports Size Photograph
  • Character certificate from the previous institute attended
  • CNIC Copy/Form B

The final selection will be done through an interview by the admission committee. Original documents will be kept with the institute for registration, verification, and enrolment purposes.

Patients/clients and physicians are demanding the talents of physical therapists for the management of a wide variety of conditions. In many cases, patients are being sent to physical therapy instead of surgery, and they highly value the individualized, “hands-on” approach that characterizes physical therapist care.

When a physical therapist sees a patient/client for the first time, he or she examines that individual and develops a plan of care that promotes the ability to move, reduces pain, restores function, and prevents disability. The physical therapist and the patient/client then work side-by-side to make sure that the goals of the plan or care are met.

Therapeutic exercise and functional training are the cornerstones of physical therapist treatment. Depending on the particular needs of a patient/client, physical therapists may “manipulate” a joint (that is, perform certain types of passive movements at the end of the individual’s range of motion) or massage a muscle to promote proper movement and function.

Physical therapists may use other techniques such as electrotherapy, ultrasound (high-frequency waves that produce heat), hot packs, and ice in addition to other treatments when appropriate. Physical therapists also will work with individuals to prevent loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Although many physical therapists practice in hospitals, more than 80% practice in other settings.

Acute Care – In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a hospital for short-term patient care for reasons such as illness, surgery, accident, or recovery from trauma. The goal in this setting is to discharge the person as soon as he or she is medically stable and has a safe place to go.


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  •  Rehabilitation Hospital – In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a facility or rehabilitation unit. The goal is this setting is to provide intense therapy to improve the person’s ability to care for himself or herself (typically 3 hours or more per day).
  • Sub-Acute Rehabilitation – In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a special hospital that provides medical and/or rehabilitation care. The rehabilitation is less intense (typically less than 3 hours per day).

Extended Care Facility /Nursing Home/Skilled Nursing Facility – In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a facility that typically cares for elderly patients and provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, and other services.

Outpatient Clinic (also known as a Private Practice) – In this common physical therapy setting, individuals visit a physical therapist in a clinic, office, or other healthcare facility primarily to address musculoskeletal (orthopedic) and neuromuscular injuries or impairments.

School/Preschool – In this setting, physical therapy is provided within an educational environment, including preschool, elementary, or secondary education (high school and vocational) facilities.

Wellness/Prevention/Sports/Fitness – In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals with a focus on wellness. This approach to health care emphasizes preventing illness and injury and promoting a healthy lifestyle, as opposed to emphasizing the treatment of diseases. Settings may include but aren’t limited to fitness centers and sports training facilities.

Home Health – In this setting, physical therapy is provided in the patient’s place of residence. While the majority of patients are senior citizens, there also are pediatric patients with developmental disabilities and other conditions, and individuals of all ages who need rehabilitation because of injury or other causes. Home care may be provided in the patient’s residence, the caregiver’s home, a hospital emergency room, a skilled nursing facility, a residential facility, a group home, a hospice, or elsewhere in the community.

Hospice – In this setting, physical therapy is provided to patients in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may maintain functional abilities for as long as possible and manage pain.

Industrial, Workplace, or Other Occupational Environments – In these settings, physical therapy is provided to individuals primarily to help them return to work or to enhance employee health, improve safety, and increase productivity in the workplace.

Local, State, and Federal Government – In these settings, physical therapy is provided to civilians and military personnel. PTs are employed by federal agencies, including the Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA), the Department of Defense, and the Indian Health Service (IHS).

Research Center – In this setting, physical therapists and other professionals conduct research to improve patient/client care outcomes and support the body of knowledge in the field of physical therapy.

Forbes ranked physical therapists as having one of “The Ten Happiest Jobs,” according to an article published in 2011. Physical therapists also report one of the highest job-satisfaction levels in the country according to a National Opinion Research Center survey, chronicled in an April 17, 2007 article of the Chicago Tribune in which more than three-quarters of physical therapists polled reported to be “very satisfied” with their occupations. PTs were second only to clergy and were the only healthcare professionals in the top 5.

US News & World Report has repeatedly included physical therapists among its best 100 jobs in terms of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance, and job security: 2013 (#8), 2012, and 2009. also included physical therapists among its list of the top 10 “Fastest Growing Jobs” in November 2012 and ranked the profession #4 out of 100 “Best Jobs in America” in 2010.

There is a high demand for physical therapists in the workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 39 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

According to APTA, with just a 0.2 percent unemployment rate, physical therapists are now experiencing the best employment conditions since the enactment of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The need for PTs is expected to increase into the foreseeable future as the U.S. population ages and the demand for physical therapy services grows. 

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in restoring, maintaining, and promoting optimal physical function. For more than 750,000 people every day in the United States, physical therapists:

  • Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.
  • Restore, maintain, and promote not only optimal physical function but optimal wellness and fitness and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health.
  • Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries.
  • The terms “physical therapy” and “physiotherapy,” and the terms “physical therapist” and “physiotherapist,” are synonymous.

As essential participants in the health care delivery system, physical therapists assume leadership roles in rehabilitation; prevention, health maintenance, and programs that promote health, wellness, and fitness; and in professional and community organizations. Physical therapists also play important roles both in developing standards for physical therapist practice and in developing health care policy to ensure availability, accessibility, and optimal delivery of health care services. Physical therapy is covered by federal, state, and private insurance plans. Physical therapists’ services have a positive impact on health-related quality of life.

As clinicians, physical therapists engage in an examination process that includes:

  • Taking the patient/client history,
  • Conducting a systems review, and
  • Performing tests and measures to identify potential and existing problems.

To establish diagnoses, prognoses, and plans of care, physical therapists perform evaluations, synthesizing the examination data and determining whether the problems to be addressed are within the scope of physical therapist practice. Based on their judgments about diagnoses and prognoses and based on patient/client goals, physical therapists:

  • Provide interventions (the interactions and procedures used in managing and instructing patients/clients),
  • Conduct re-examinations,
  • Modify interventions as necessary to achieve anticipated goals and expected outcomes, and develop and implement discharge plans.

Physical therapy can be provided only by qualified physical therapists (PTs) or by physical therapist assistants (PTAs) working under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Source: Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 2nd Edition (2003)

The body of knowledge of physiotherapy is quite large.

PTs may specialize in many clinical areas.

  • 1. Musculoskeletal
  • 2. Orthopedics
  • 3. Cardiopulmonary
  • 4. Neurology
  • 5. Pediatrics
  • 6. Sports medicine
  • 7. Rheumatology
  • 8. Geriatrics
  • 9. Women’s health
  • 10. Pain management
  • 11. Oncology
  • 12. Biomechanics
  • 13. Public health
  • 14. Speech and language rehabilitation

Bahawal Victoria Hospital Bahawalpur (BVH)

Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH)

Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) is located in BahawalpurPakistan. It is named after Nawab of Bahawalpur‘s British wife, Victoria.


It started as a Civil Hospital with an outdoor department, a dispensary, and an operating theatre in 1876. In 1906, this health unit was named Bahawal Victoria Hospital. Now, it is a hub of clinical expertise both in specialties as well as in sub-specialties with a multitude of patients visiting the hospital. In 1952, a benevolent extension of Nursing School was brought about with an anticipation to render rash and prompt basic health amenities. Classes leading to L.S.M.F. were also started in 1956. Its nexus with Quaid e Azam Medical College (QAMC) in 1970 has transformed it into one of the largest tertiary care facilities in the province of Punjab.

It is now a 2,200-bed, fully equipped, tertiary-care hospital with all medical and surgical specialties, serving a large number of patients in south Punjab. It facilitates undergraduate medical students of Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, nursing students of allied nursing schoolsparamedics, and many post-graduate trainees.

Source: Wikipedia

Agile Rehabilitation Complex

Agile Rehab Complex

The Agile Rehabilitation Complex (ARC) is a distinguished division of the Agile Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (AIRS) located in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. Established in 2018, ARC is dedicated to providing comprehensive rehabilitation services and advancing the field of rehabilitation sciences through innovative practices and research.

ARC is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology to offer a wide range of services tailored to meet the needs of individuals requiring physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The complex is staffed by a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and other specialists who are committed to delivering personalized care and support.

The primary goal of ARC is to enhance the quality of life for its patients by promoting recovery, improving functional abilities, and facilitating reintegration into daily life. The complex adopts a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation, ensuring that each patient receives a holistic and individualized treatment plan. This approach not only addresses the physical aspects of rehabilitation but also considers the emotional and psychological well-being of patients.

In addition to its clinical services, ARC is actively involved in research and education. The complex collaborates with various academic and research institutions to conduct studies aimed at improving rehabilitation techniques and outcomes. It also offers training and professional development programs for aspiring rehabilitation professionals, ensuring that the next generation of practitioners is well-equipped with the latest knowledge and skills in the field.

Since its inception, ARC has earned a reputation for excellence and innovation in rehabilitation services. It strives for excellence by constantly updating its practices and integrating the latest advancements in rehabilitation science. The complex’s commitment to patient-centered care, coupled with its focus on research and education, makes it a leading institution in the field of rehabilitation sciences in Pakistan.

Please visit the Agile Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences’ homepage for more information about the Agile Rehabilitation Complex and its services.

Iqbal Hospital

Iqbal Hospital BWP

Iqbal Hospital is a state-of-the-art hospital located in the heart of Bahawalpur. There are 2 panel doctors, all of whom are well-trained and highly experienced.