A Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) programme focuses on teaching students how to give functional abilities and maximum movement to patients. Students may learn how to diagnose, treat and prevent physical damage or injuries that inhibit mobility and/or muscular, neurological, and other types of physiological functionality. A physiotherapist’s job requires constant interaction with his/her patient and his/her body, so those interested in pursuing a BPT should have great interpersonal skills.
The length of the program is generally four and a half years (the last six months are dedicated to an internship). The cost of the programme varies by institution. For example, the program fee at the Indian Institute of Health Education and Research in Patna is Rs. 60,000. A BPT costs Rs. 45,250 at The Oxford College in Bangalore, Rs. 2,00,000 at Arihant Institute of Paramedical Sciences, and Rs. 2,92,500 at Punjabi University Patiala, in Punjab. The requirements for a BPT include completing the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) or 10+2 exam in the science stream. Mandatory subjects are physics, chemistry, biology and English, with a minimum of 45 to 50 percent marks in each course. Applicants must also be at least 17 years of age at time of admission, and must take an entrance exam.