Overview of Program:

The first professional degree in physical therapy endorsed by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) comprises of 5 years (10 semesters), equivalent 17 years of schooling. The degree program will produce physical therapy professionals who will be Doctors of Physical Therapy and will be competent to diagnose and treat movement dysfunctions due to injuries or diseases by using all physical means including; manual therapy techniques, exercise therapy, electrotherapy and preventative and corrective measures. Physical Therapists with the DPT degree will be practitioners of choice to whom public will have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and environmental barriers related to movement, function, and health.

This degree program include foundational science courses, such as anatomy, physiology, histology, exercise physiology, neuroscience, bio-mechanics, pharmacology, pathology, and radiology/imaging, along with behavioral science courses, such as evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning. In this degree program the students also study the clinically-based courses include medical screening, examination tests and measures, diagnostic process, therapeutic interventions, outcomes assessment, and practice management. The DPT degree is quite different from the four years BS, PT degree in terms of curriculum, duration of study and scope of clinical practice. The DPT degree also fulfills the international requirements for physical therapy education, so the DPT graduates could get equivalency easily abroad.

Career Opportunities for Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist is able to work in following areas:

  • Teaching institutions
  • hospitals & health department (as BS-17 officer)
  • Private Hospitals
  • Autonomous practice (Private clinics)
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation centers
  • Research centers
  • Sports &fitness centers.
  • NGO’s
  • Home health
  • International job placements
  • Medical Technology companies

Details and scheme of study

  • Eligibility of Admission:

A person holding F.Sc (Pre-medical) with minimum 60% marks from Pakistan or an equivalent qualification from any other university/school  and 50% marks required from Entry Test of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University is eligible for admission.

  • Interview:

The students finally selected will be interviewed for personality and aptitude for the Physical Therapy education.

Dress Code

White Shalwar, Grey Shirt and white Dupatta for Girls and Grey Pants and White Shirt for Boys students. White Overall will be compulsory for all students.

Fee Structure - IIHS

Total dues for 1st year to be paid in favour of Islamabad Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad at the time of admission.

S.# Particulars 1st Year
1 Prospectus 2000
2 Admission Fee 20000
3 University(SZABMU) Registration Fee once 10000
4 Security fee Refundable 10000
5 Institute Tution Fee 210000
Total Dues 252000

Note: Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University dues such as  Examination fee, Degree fee, Transcript fee and any other charges that the students are liable to pay as and when required.

Scheme of Studies

Semester I
 Sr. # Course  Credit Hours
1 Anatomy I 4
2 Physiology I 3
3 Kinesiology I 3
4 English I 3
5 Pakistan Studies 2
6 Biostatics I 3
Semester II
 Sr. # Course  Credit Hours
1 Anatomy II 4
2 Physiology II 3
3 Kinesiology II 3
4 English II (Communication Skills) 3
5 Islamic Studies / Ethics 2
6 Biostatics II / University Optional 3
Semester III
 Sr. # Course  Credit Hours
1 English III (Technical Writhing & Professional Skills) 3
2 Introduction to Computer 3
3 Anatomy III 3
4 Physiology III 3
5 Biomechanics & Ergonomics 3
6 Biochemistry & Genetics I 2
Semester IV
 Sr. # Course  Credit Hours
1 Anatomy IV 3
2 Biomechanics & Ergonomics II 3
3 Behavioral Sciences (Psychiatry & Psychology) 3
4 Biochemistry & Genetics II 2
5 Exercise Physiology 3
6 Medical Physics 3
Semester V
 Sr. # Course  Credit Hours
1 Pathology and Microbiology I 2
2 Pharmacology I 3
3 Physical agents & Electrotherapy I 3
4 Therapeutic exercises and techniques 3
5 Sociology 2
6 Health & wellness 2
7 Supervised clinical practice I 3
Semester VI
 Sr. # Course Credit Hours
1 Pathology & Microbiology II 3
2 Pharmacology II 2
3 Physical agents & Electrotherapy II 3
4 Manual Therapy 3
5 Technical Methodology & community medicine 3
6 Supervised clinical practice II 3
Semester VII
 Sr. # Course Credit Hours
1 Medicine I 3
2 Surgery I 3
3 Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging 3
4 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy 3
5 Human growth, Development & Community based Rehabilitation 2
6 Supervised clinical practice III 3
Semester VIII
 Sr. # Course Credit Hours
1 Medicine II 3
2 Surgery II 3
3 Neurological Physical Therapy 3
4 Evidence based Practice 3
5 Prosthetics & Orthotics 2
6 Supervised clinical practice IV 3
Semester IX
 Sr. # Course Credit Hours
1 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 3
2 Emergency Procedures & Primary care in Physical Therapy 2
3 Clinical Decision Making & Differential Diagnosis 3
4 Scientific Inquiry & Research Methodology 3
5 Professional Practice(Law, Ethics, Administration) 2
6 Integumentary Physical Therapy 2
7 Supervised Clinical Practice V 3
Semester X
 Sr. # Course  Credit Hours
1 Obstetrics & Gynecological Physical Therapy 2
2 Pediatric Physical Therapy 2
3 Gerontology & Geriatric Physical Therapy 2
4 Sports Physical Therapy 2
5 Supervised Clinical Practice VI 4
6 Research Project 6