Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) Program

Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy is a health care profession dedicated for the improvement of overall quality of life, prevention of disability and promotion of positive health. The BPT curriculum at College of Health Sciences, GMU is in line with global standards to keep up the knowledge base of Physical Therapy and top priority is given for one-to-one clinical teaching at our well established clinical education facilities. To enhance the clinical skills along with class room teaching, students will be posted at various centers throughout the duration of the study. This program is extended over a period of four years including 6 months of Advanced Clinical Practicum. On successful completion of this program, the student will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) and qualify as a Physical Therapist, which would be a stepping stone to a challenging career.

Program Director

Dr. Watson Arulsingh
Assistant Professor

Who is a physical therapist?

  • Physical Therapists (PTs) provide functional diagnosis and treat patients of all ages with systemic problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
  • PTs evaluate the client/patient by using appropriate clinical methods and procedures associated with physical therapy practice
  • PTs develop a treatment plan of care by using a range of physical therapy techniques and procedures to alleviate pain related to movement, promote the individual’s functional ability, overall quality of life and prevent disability.
  • PTs perform physical therapy intervention procedures by using appropriate clinical and research decisions/tools for rehabilitating clients/patients.
  • PTs promote health in general as well as competitive level, in areas such as sports, work productivity and geriatrics by effectively interacting and maintaining a good interpersonal relationship with other health care providers based on ethical and legal guideline

Vision

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) program envisions to be recognized internationally for quality education, evidence-based physiotherapy practice, clinical integration & collaboration with various health care professionals, and excellence in research.

Mission

  • Advance the profession of physiotherapy in UAE as well as globally by graduating highly skilled physiotherapists’ in a dynamic health care environment.
  • Prepare a highly capable physiotherapy workforce with excellence in patient care delivery, multifaceted leadership to improve the health of individuals and communities in adherence to regional standards.
  • Prepare the graduates for interdisciplinary roles as physiotherapists, educators, and researchers.

Core Values

  • Professionalism
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Team work
  • Patient care
  • Collaboration
  • Community happiness

This Program provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate:

(i) Knowledge

On completion of the program, students will be able to:

A1:  Develop adequate and up-to-date knowledge on human body systems to plan and practice physiotherapy.

A2: Elaborate the environmental and social factors causing diseases, dysfunctions and burden of their functional impairments within the community.

A3: Apply specialized knowledge to understand the diseases in terms of processes associated with trauma, inflammation, immune response, degeneration, neoplasia, metabolic disturbance and genetic disorders.

A4: Integrate the basic and appropriate clinical knowledge to develop a problem-solving approach by using relevant research concepts with adherence to professional standards and regulations.

 

(ii) Skill

On completion of the program, students will be able to:

B1: Evaluate the client/patient by using appropriate clinical methods and procedures associated with physiotherapy practice.

B2: Perform physiotherapy intervention procedures by using appropriate clinical and research decisions/tools for rehabilitating clients/patients.

B3: Respond effectively with the client/patient and members of the health care professions with advanced written, verbal and nonverbal communications and information technology skills for achieving health care delivery and promotion.

B4:   Apply the current sciences, skills and professional judgment for assessing, planning   and implementing physiotherapy care with relevant research/clinical evidence.

 

(iii) Aspects of Competence

Autonomy and Responsibility:

On completion of the program, students will be able to:

C1a: Develop innovative and advanced approaches to evaluating procedures and processes in physiotherapy practice respecting the rights and dignity of the client/patient, family members and other health care providers and provide compassionate care in a trust worthy manner.

C1b:   Maintain professional competency and manage performance of individual and team   as leader or member of team by developing advanced and innovative approaches in providing physiotherapy services during unpredictable situations considering socio- cultural norms and relationships

Role in Context:

On completion of the program, students will be able to:

C2a: Deliver highly competent physiotherapy practice and voluntary participation in the professional development programs to enhance their role in the field of physiotherapy practice.

C2b: Develop individual or team objectives and achieve maximum outcomes in the field of physiotherapy practice by effectively interacting and maintaining good interpersonal relationship with other health care providers based on ethical and legal guidelines.

 

Self-Development:

On completion of the program, students will be able to:

C3: Develop clinical reasoning skills and self-directed learning in new complex and unfamiliar learning environment for continuous personal and professional development in the field of physiotherapy.

The BPT program is a four years undergraduate program. First and second BPT are each of one-year duration. The third and final year BPT is one-and-a-half year in duration. After the successful completion of 3 1/2 years of education students will undergo a 6 months Advanced Clinical Practicum that provides a valuable experience.

Students who fulfill the graduation requirements and have successfully demonstrated the achievements of all competencies will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT).

Study Plan

I Year BPT

Course Code

Course Title Contact Hours

Pre-requisite (s)

PT–HAY 101

Human Anatomy 200

None

PT–HPB 101

Human Physiology and Biochemistry 200

None

PT–PAP  101

Physics Applied to Physiotherapy 45

None

PT–FPF 101

Fundamentals of Patient Care and First Aid 45 None
PT–POR 101 Physiotherapy Orientation 45

None

PT–CED 101

Clinical Education 90

None

General Education Courses

ICU- 101

Islamic Culture 30 None

USO -101

UAE Society & Cultural diversity 30

None

BSE-101 Behavioral Sciences and Ethics 45

None

ENG- 101

English Language 45 None
ITE -101 Information Technology 45

None

TOTAL

820

 

 

II Year BPT

Course Code

Course Title Contact Hours

Pre-requisite (s)

PT–ELT 201

Electrotherapy

200

PT–HAY 101,

PT–HPB 101,

PT–PAP 101,

PT–FPF 101,

PT–POR 101,

PT–CED 101

PT–ETM 201

Exercise Therapy and Massage

300

PT–BHM 201

Biomechanics of Human Motion

120

PT–MIC 201

Microbiology

60

PT–PAT 201

Pathology

65

PT–PHA 201

Pharmacology

80

PT-EBP   201

Evidence Based Physiotherapy Practice

15

PT–CED 201

Clinical Education

480

TOTAL

1320

 

 

III & IV Year BPT

Course Code

Course Title Contact Hours

Pre-requisite (s)

PT–PMD 301

Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders

250

PT–ELT 201,

PT–ETM 201,

PT–BHM 201,

PT–MIC 201,

PT–PAT 201,

PT–PHA  201,

PT–CED 201

PT–PCD 301

Physiotherapy in Cardio- respiratory Disorders

250

PT–PNS 301

Physiotherapy in Neuro-Sciences

250

PT–MSO 301

Physiotherapy in General Medical, Surgical, Obstetrics and Gynecological Conditions

250

PT–PCH 301

Physiotherapy in Community Health

75

PT-RPI 301

Research and Professional Issues

20

PT–CBE 301

Concepts of Bioengineering

30

EIS-101

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability

60

BIS  101

Biostatistics

45

PT–CED 301

Clinical Education

900

PT–ACP 410

Advanced Clinical Practicum & Project

879

PT–PMD 301,

PT–PCD 301,

PT–PNS 301,

PT–MSO 301,

PT–PCH 301,

PT-RPI 301

PT–CBE 301

TOTAL

3009

 

Total Contact Hours: 5149

 

Course Description

I Year BPT

Course Title                    : Human Anatomy

Subject Code                  : PT–HAY 101

Term                                 : 1st and 2nd Terms

Total Hours                    : 200 Hours

Lectures                           : 3 Hours / Week

Practical                           : 2 Hours/Week

Seminars/Tutorials     : 2 Hours/Week

Pre-Requisites               : None

Co-Requisites                 : PT–HPB 101, PT–BMC 101, PT-PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

This course provides the student knowledge of structure of human body including the skeletal and circulatory systems of extremities, trunk, thorax, abdomen, head and neck, neuro-anatomy, emphasis will be given for clinical applications of anatomy. This course also provides the student sound knowledge about systemic illness and structural changes due to the pathological process.

 

Course Title                    : Human Physiology and Biochemistry

Subject Code                  : PT–HPB 101

Term                                 : 1st and 2nd Terms

Total Hours                    : 200 Hours

Lectures                          : 3 Hours / Week

Practical                          : 2 Hours/Week

Seminars/Tutorials    : 2 Hours/Week

Pre-Requisites              : None

Co-Requisites                : PT–HAY 101, PT-PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

This course provide the student knowledge of the normal functions of the human body, with emphasis on physiological processes and homeostatic adaptation to environmental and clinical changes, Systems studied include Musculoskeletal, circulatory, pulmonary, gastro intestinal, endocrine, nervous and excretory systems. This course enables the student to identify the abnormal functions of the human body due to musculoskeletal and systemic disorders.

 

Course Title                   : Physics Applied to Physiotherapy

Subject Code                 : PT–PAP 101

Term                                : 1st and 2nd Terms

Total Hours                   : 45 Hours

Lectures                         : 2 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites             : None

Co-Requisites               : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

This course provides the student with knowledge of the various aspects of physics applied to physiotherapy. Further this course emphasis on electro physics related to its applications in Electrotherapy instruments; including electrical fundamentals, magnetism, valves and semiconductors etc. The students will develop knowledge on basic mechanics of human body that applies to physiotherapy practice.

 

Course Title                  : Fundamentals of Patient Care and First Aid

Subject Code                : PT–FPF 101

Term                               : 2nd Term

Total Hours                  : 45 Hours

Lectures                        : 3 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites            : None

Co-Requisites              : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT-PAP 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

This course provides knowledge of basic physiotherapy procedures, physical management of patients, basic nursing procedures & terminology and administration of first aid in emergencies in the hospital / community.

 

Course Title                 : Physiotherapy Orientation

Subject Code               : PT–POR 101

Term                              : 1st Term

Total Hours                 : 45 Hours

Lectures                        : 3 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites            : None

Co-Requisites              : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–PAP 101, PT–FPF 101 & PT–CED 101

This course covers an introduction to Physiotherapy and its origin, scope and practice. Importance of various subjects included in the syllabus and its need is discussed. Field visit to a Physiotherapy department in the hospital is undertaken. The knowledge gained in this course will enable the students in getting better understanding of the courses in the forthcoming terms.

 

Course Title                 :  Islamic Culture   

Subject Code               : ICU-101

Term                              :  2nd Term

Total Hours                 : 30 Hours

Lectures                        : 2 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites            : None

Co-Requisites              : PT–HBS 101, PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–BMC 101, PT–FPF 101 & PT–POR 101

The course aims to the learner to the concepts and beliefs in Islam that form the basics of Islamic culture. The students are expected to identify the differences, compare values and preferences in Islamic culture with the existing ones. The course consists of a general review of Islam as a religion and as an approach to life. The objective of this course is to enable the student to demonstrate awareness of the effects of culture upon interpersonal communications and to interact appropriately to the culture of the colleague/patient.

 

Course Title                 :  UAE Society and Cultural Diversity

Subject Code               : USO-101

Term                              : 1st Term

Total Hours                 : 30 Hours

Lectures                        : 2 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites            : None

Co-Requisites              : PT–HBS 101, PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–BMC 101, PT–FPF 101 & PT–POR 101

This course focuses on the unique nature of the UAE society and its political, geographical, cultural, demographical, and social aspects. It highlights the Emirati perspective of contemporary global changes. This course allows the students to explore the Emirati society in global context. The students will be able to get an insight into the unique political, geographical, cultural, demographical, and social aspects of the UAE society. They will use this knowledge in their interpersonal dealings with the individual members of this community when they meet them in the work-related settings or the community. Students will develop awareness of cultural diversity advantages and disadvantages and discuss cultural, social and communication sensitivities and will be able to relate themselves to global context.

  

Course Title                 :  Behavioral Sciences and Ethics

Subject Code               : BSE-101

Term                              :  2nd Term

Total Hours                 : 45 Hours

Lectures                        : 3 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites            : None

Co-Requisites              : PT–HBS 101, PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–BMC 101, PT–FPF 101 & PT–POR 101

The course is designed to give an overview of the main topics in behavioral sciences and Ethics including biological basis of behavior, mental processes, sensation and perception, learning, motivation, intelligence, human development, personality and universal ethical principles. The objective of the course is to enable the student to understand and apply the knowledge, skills and attitude developed in this course to communicate effectively. Students will learn and practice strong values, ethical conduct and social responsibilities, especially personal, academic and professional integrity while developing collaboration in diverse team settings. Students will be trained to display sensitivity to cultural, psychosocial and ethical issues.

 

Course Title                 :  English Language

Subject Code               : ENG-101

Term                              :  1st Term

Total Hours                 : 45 Hours

Lectures                        : 3 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites            : None

Co-Requisites              : PT–HBS 101, PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–BMC 101, PT–FPF 101 & PT–POR 101

The course provides an intensive instruction in the writing process focusing on the organization of ideas in well-developed expository and argumentative essays with emphasis on developing vocabulary and writing examination answers. In the process the students will be able to document their learning experiences effectively. This course prepares students to be proficient in spoken and written English. It is intended to improve way of the use of the English language as a basic tool for professional communications.

 

Course Title                 :  Information Technology

Subject Code               : ITE- 101

Term                              :  2nd Term

Total Hours                 : 45 Hours

Practical                       : 3 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites           : None

Co-Requisites             : PT–HBS 101, PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–BMC 101, PT–FPF 101 & PT–POR 101

This course aims to develop effective literature search, scientific writing and presentation skills. It intends to enable the students to understand the various types of scientific literature available, perform an effective literature search, write a review on a scientific topic, prepare effective tables and graphs and present effective oral and poster presentations. The student will be made aware about plagiarism as well. Student will be able to demonstrate skills in searching a topic using various learning resources and databases (information literacy skills).

 

Course Title                : Clinical Education

Subject Code              : PT–CED 101

Term                             :  2nd Term

Total Hours                : 90 Hours

Clinical rotation       : 6 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites          : None

Co-Requisites            : PT–HBS 101, PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–BMC 101, PT–FPF 101 & PT–POR 101

This course will enable the student to experience and develop an understanding of the clinical environment, to develop communication skills with patients, patient relative & team members and to exhibit the standards of professionalism in clinical settings. This course will help the students in managing interpersonal communication in clinical settings.

 

II Year BPT

Course Title               : Electrotherapy

Subject Code             : PT–ELT 201

Term                            : 3rd and 4th Terms

Total Hours               : 200 Hours

Lectures                      : 2 Hours / Week

Seminar/Tutorials  : 1 Hour / Week

Practical                      : 3 Hours / Week

Pre-Requisites          : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

Co-Requisites            : PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201 & PT-EBP 201

This course provides knowledge and skills to use various electro therapeutic and electro diagnostic modalities used in physiotherapy practice, low frequency stimulation, superficial and deep heating modalities, ultrasound therapy, short wave diathermy, Laser therapy, bio- feedback etc. Other electro therapeutic agents such as infra-red therapy, hot pack, contrast baths, paraffin wax therapy etc.    This course shall also cover other electro therapeutic agents such as infra-red therapy, hot packs, contrast bath, paraffin wax therapy etc. which are used in physiotherapy practice. Importance is also given for instructions on the use of various electro physical modalities and the ability to interpret them. Safety in the use of all electrical equipment also forms part of the course. This course provides knowledge and skills of using electrotherapy equipment that will be used in physiotherapy practice.

 

Course Title               : Exercise Therapy and Massage

Subject Code             : PT–ETM 201

Term                            : 3rd and 4th Terms

Total Hours               : 300 Hours

Practical                     : 150 Hours

Lectures                     : 3 Hours / Week

Seminar                     : 1 Hour / Week

Practical                    : 3 Hours / Week

Pre-Requisites        : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

Co-Requisites          : PT–ELT 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201 & PT-EBP 201

This course provides the knowledge of the principles and application of various therapeutic exercise procedures and massage techniques used in physiotherapy practice. This course also includes exercises, muscle strengthening, peripheral joint mobilization and the use of various equipments used in exercise therapy. Importance of various evaluation methods and the ability to interpret them is highlighted. Various therapeutic interventions such as P.N.F, manual therapy, hydrotherapy, exercises for coordination and balance etc. are also included.

 

Course Title             : Biomechanics of Human Motion

Subject Code           : PT–BHM 201

Term                          : 3rd and 4th Terms

Total Hours             : 120 Hours

Lectures/Seminars: 2 Hours / Week

Demonstration      : 1 Hour / Week

Pre- Requisites      : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

Co-Requisites         : PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201 & PT-EBP 201

In this course, student studies relationships of kinematic, kinetics and muscle function of single and multi-axis joints of the extremities and spine. Student is also exposed to considering the application of classic mechanics, including statics, dynamics, solid mechanics, and fluid mechanics to describe movement and the loads placed on biological tissue. The principles of classical mechanics are applied to the study of human motion to provide students with an understanding of the internal and external forces acting on the body during human movement. Musculoskeletal tissues are examined from a structure and function perspective. The role of muscle in generating force and controlling movement is emphasized. The discussion of each region will include sections on normal biomechanics and the application of biomechanics to pathological motion.

 

Course Title            : Microbiology

Subject Code          : PT–MIC 201

Term                         : 3rd and 4th Terms

Total Hours            : 40 Hours

Demonstrations   : 20 Hours

Lectures                  : 1 Hour / Week

Tutorials/Seminar: 1 Hour / Alternate Week

Pre-Requisites       : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

Co-Requisites         : PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201 & PT-EBP 201

This course provides knowledge of common microorganisms causing diseases including nosocomial infections and precautionary measures to protect oneself from acquiring infections. The curriculum includes General Microbiology, Immunology, Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology and Parasitology.

 

Course Title            : Pathology

Subject Code          : PT–PAT 201

Term                         : 3rd and 4th Terms

Total Hours            : 60 Hours

Demonstration      : 20 Hours

Lectures                   : 1 Hour / Week

Tutorials/CBL       : 1 Hour / Week

Pre-Requisites       : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

Co-Requisites        : PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PHA 201 & PT-EBP 201

This course provides knowledge of the causes and mechanisms of diseases. The course also includes general pathology and systemic pathology involving the various systems like Heart & Blood vessels, Lungs, Alimentary Tract, Central Nervous System, Muscular System, Skeletal System etc.

 

Course Title            : Pharmacology

Subject Code          : PT–PHA 201

Term                         : 3rd and 4th Terms

Total Hours            : 50 Hours

Demonstration     : 15 Hours

Lectures                  : 1 Hour / Week

Tutorials/Seminars/Demonstration : 1 Hour / Alternative Weeks

Pre-Requisites      : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

Co-Requisites        : PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201 & PT-EBP 201

This course covers the principles of pharmacology for physiotherapists. The course includes study of drugs affecting the Musculoskeletal, C.N.S, Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems, as well as analgesics, hormones and antibiotics. This course enables the student to understand effects of various drugs and their dosage.

 

Course Title           : Evidence Based Physiotherapy Practice

Subject Code         : PT-EBP 201

Term                        : 3rd Term

Total Hours           : 15 Hours

Lectures                  : 1 Hour / Week

Tutorials/Seminars/Demonstration: 1 Hour / Weeks

Pre-Requisites      : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

Co-Requisites        : PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PHA 201 &PT–PAT 201

This course provides principles of scientific inquiry which integrates into Physiotherapy practice. Students are expected to have the knowledge to find relevant evidence to evaluate and apply the research findings within physical therapy practice.

 

Course Title           :  Clinical Education

Subject code          :  PT–CED 201

Term                        : 3rd and 4th Terms

Total hours            : 480

Clinical rotation  : 8 / week

Pre-Requisites     : PT–HAY 101, PT–HPB 101, PT–PAP 101, PT–FPF 101, PT–POR 101 & PT–CED 101

Co-requisites        : PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201 & PT–PHA 201

This course emphasis on building the learning from the previous practicum by provides the student the opportunity to effectively apply observation and communication principles, perform initial assessment and will be able initiate initial documentation procedures / written communication under supervision.

 

Third and Fourth Year BPT

Course Title          : Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders

Subject Code        : PT–PMD 301

Term                       : 5th, 6th and 7th Terms

Total Hours          : 250 Hours

Lectures, Tutorials & Clinical Sessions: 5 Hours / Week

Pre-Requisites    : PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-Requisites      : PT–PCD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–MSO 301, PT–PCH 301, PT–RPM 301 & PT–CBE 301

This course imparts the core knowledge, skills and competencies needed to manage musculoskeletal conditions by the use of appropriate physiotherapy modes. Students are exposed to the role of the physical therapist in examining musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan and continuum of care. This course gives the student the practical skills needed to assess and treat musculoskeletal dysfunctions using physiotherapy skills. Clinical reasoning is developed in the identification of patient’s ailment and the selection and progression of treatment techniques. The evidence base supporting physiotherapy in the treatment of the musculoskeletal dysfunction is also discussed. Examination processes are regionally applied and students gain initial exposure to differential diagnosis and interventions. Students further develop concepts of differential diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions for patients with musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan and continuum of care.

 

Course Title         : Physiotherapy in Cardio-Respiratory Disorders

Subject Code       : PT–PCD 301

Term                      : 5th, 6th and 7th Terms

Total Hours         : 250 Hours

Lectures, Tutorials & Clinical Sessions: 5 Hours / Week

Pre-Requisites   : PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-Requisites     : PT–PMD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–MSO 301, PT–PCH 301, PT–RPM 301 & PT–CBE 301

The course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of common cardio respiratory pathologies, the physical manifestations of such pathologies, clinical reasoning process in clinical assessment, diagnosis & therapeutic interventions, physiotherapy treatment options, rationales and treatment selection. The students will develop communication and practical skills needed to competently assess, safely and effectively treat clients with Cardio-Respiratory disorders to predict and evaluate outcomes as well as develop programs for promotion of good Cardio – Respiratory health for the prevention and recurrence of disease. Topics covered include common Cardio-Respiratory disorders treated by physiotherapy including ICU management and post-operative rehabilitation following cardiac surgeries.

 

Course Title        : Physiotherapy in Neuro-Sciences

Subject Code      : PT–PNS 301

Term                     : 5th, 6th and 7th Terms

Total Hours       : 250 Hours

Lectures, Tutorials & Clinical Sessions: 5 Hours / Week

Pre-Requisites : PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-Requisites   : PT–PMD 301, PT–PCD 301, PT–MSO 301, PT–PCH 301, PT–RPM 301 & PT–CBE 301

The course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the common pathologies seen in Neurology, the physical manifestations of such pathologies, the clinical reasoning process in clinical assessment, diagnosis & therapeutic interventions, physiotherapy treatment options, rationales and treatment selection. The student will develop communication and practical skills needed to assess competently and treat clients with neurological disorders safely and effectively predict and evaluate outcomes as well as develop programs for promotion of good neurological health for the prevention and recurrence of diseases. Topics covered include common neurological conditions treated by physiotherapy including P.N.F, M.R.P and other techniques for training, co-ordination and balance.

 

Course Title      : Physiotherapy in General Medical, Surgical, Obstetrics   and Gynecological Conditions

Subject Code    : PT–MSO 301

Term                   : 5th, 6th and 7th Terms

Total Hours     : 250 Hours

Lectures, Tutorials & Clinical Sessions: 5 Hours / Week

Pre-Requisites: PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-Requisites  : PT–PMD 301, PT–PCD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–PCH 301, PT–RPM 301 & PT–CBE 301

The course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the common pathologies seen in General Medical Surgical & Obstetric and Gynecological Conditions, the physical manifestations of such pathologies, the clinical reasoning process in clinical assessment, diagnosis & therapeutic interventions, physiotherapy treatment options, rationales and treatment selection. The students will develop communication and practical skills needed to assess competently and treat clients with these disorders safely and effectively, to predict and evaluate outcomes as well as develop programs for promotion of good health for the prevention and recurrence of diseases. Topics covered include common conditions seen in Pediatrics, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Geriatric and OBG treated by physiotherapy.

 

Course Title     : Physiotherapy in Community Health

Subject Code   : PT–PCH 301

Term                  : 5th, 6th and 7th Terms

Total Hours     : 75 Hours

Lectures, Tutorials & Field Visits: 3 Hours / Week

Pre-Requisites: PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-Requisites  : PT–PMD 301, PT–PCD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–MSO 301, PT–RPM 301 & PT–CBE 301

The course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of health promotion within a community based framework. The role of the physiotherapist’s contribution in healthcare areas including geriatrics, industrial health, and community based rehabilitation and disaster management is explored.

 

Course Title     : Research and Professional Issues

Subject Code   : PT-RPI 301

Term                  : 6th Term

Total Hours     : 20 Hours

Lectures            : 2 Hours / Week

Pre-Requisites: PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-Requisites  : PT–PMD 301, PT–PCD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–MSO 301, PT–PCH 301 & PT–CBE 301

The course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of Research, Biostatistics, Ethics, Professional Issues, and Management, including need for Evidence Based Practice in the field of physiotherapy.

 

Course Title     : Concepts of Bioengineering

Subject Code   : PT–CBE 301

Term                  : 6,7th Terms

Total Hours     : 30 Hours Lectures/Demonstration Sessions      : 2 Hours / Week

Pre-Requisites: PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-Requisites  : PT–PMD 301, PT–PCD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–MSO 301, PT–PCH 301 & PT–RPM 301

The course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of application of various prosthetic and orthotic appliances, required to practice effectively as a Physiotherapist

 

Course title       : Biostatistics

Subject code     : BIS- 101

Term                   : 5th Term

Total Hours     : 45

Lectures/Demonstration Sessions: 3 / week

Pre-Requisites: PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-requisites   : PT–PMD 301, PT–PCD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–MSO 301, PT–PCH 301, PT–RPM 301 & PT–CBE 301

This course presents biostatistics related to health and medical problem solving in analytical way. This course introduces the student to the principles of statistics and concept of clinical trial design and analysis. Student will be able to explain the concept of variables, data description; probability and concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics; and to demonstrate basic knowledge of application data analyses in applied health sciences. Student will be able to make decision about appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistics according to the type of data and study design for answering a particular research question. This is foundation and prerequisite for courses which will be taken later on, such are research and evidence-based medicine.

 

Course title      : Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability 

Subject code    : EIS – 101

Term                  : 5th Term

Total Hours     : 60

Lectures/Demonstration Sessions: 3 / week

Pre-Requisites: PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-requisites   : PT–PMD 301, PT–PCD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–MSO 301, PT–PCH 301, PT–RPM 301, BIS-101 & PT–CBE 301

This course aims to initiate final year students in innovation process, enable them with basic entrepreneurship skills and make them understand the concepts of sustainability in modern word in the field of their future profession. Course is designed in 3 parts to explain main principles of entrepreneurial process; to link them with concept of innovation and to engage in sustainability leadership to affect positive societal change. For future medical professionals, this course must ensure ability of medical decision making properly balanced between professional, ethical approaches on one side and finance and business on the other side.

 

Course Title     : Clinical Education

Subject code    : PT–CED 301

Term                  : 5th, 6th and 7th Terms

Total hours     : 900

Clinical rotation: 20 / week

Pre-Requisites: PT–ELT 201, PT–ETM 201, PT–BHM 201, PT–MIC 201, PT–PAT 201, PT–PHA 201, PT-EBP201 & PT–CED 201

Co-requisites : PT–PMD 301, PT–PCD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–MSO 301, PT–PCH 301, PT–RPM 301 & PT–CBE 301 & PT-CED 301

This course emphasizes on building the learning from the previous clinical education by providing the student opportunity to undertake subjective and objective examination, plan goals and discuss physiotherapy interventions in patients with musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary conditions.

 

Course Title   : Advanced Clinical Practicum  & Project

Subject code  : PT–ACP 410

Term                : 8th Term

Total hours    : 879

Clinical rotation: 6 Hours/ week

Pre-Requisites: PT–PMD 301, PT–PCD 301, PT–PNS 301, PT–MSO301, PT–PCH 301, PT–RPM 301 & PT–CBE 301

The Advanced Clinical Practicum & Project is a period of experiential learning in which the trainee is guided to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to function as an independent physio­therapist and to facilitate entry into the profession and pursue postgraduate physiotherapy education. The students are provided with direct patient care experiences, which enable them to gain competencies in the skills necessary to function independently as an entry-level Physiotherapist.

Admission requirements for BPT program

  1. The applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 years of school education.
  2. All applicants must complete 17 years of age on or before the 31st of December in the year of admission.
  3. The applicant must have passed any one of the following English Language Proficiency Tests with a minimum score as follows:
  • 1100 in Emirates Standardized Language Test (EmSAT)
  • 500 in TOEFL (CBT 173 – iBT 61)
  • 5.0 in IELTS for Academic
    English proficiency minimum requirement is mandatory before registration
  1. UAE applicant for the program must score a minimum of EmSAT Arabic 800 and all international students shall register for a non-credit based Basic Arabic Language course in the Institution or submit EmSAT Arabic with 800. Until successful completion of Basic Arabic language, student shall be placed on conditional admission.
  2. Applicants from various educational systems must comply with the minimum requirements listed below:
Country Education System Minimum Grade requirements as per UAE Grade Equivalence for BPT  program
UAE UAE

(Advanced Track/Stream or Abu Dhabi Education Council criteria)

Student should secure an overall minimum score of 70% in the 12th Grade.

(Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 10th, 11th or 12th Grade).

India Indian State Board or

Indian Central Board-CBSE/ICSE

Student should secure an overall minimum score of 50% in the 12th Grade.

(Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 10th, 11th, 12th Grades).

Pakistan Bangladesh Pakistan Board
Bangladeshi Board
Student should secure an overall minimum score of 50% in the 12th Grade.

Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 10th, 11th, 12th Grades).

UK IGCSE/GCE Student should have been studied all the 3 Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in O Level with a Minimum of:

  • ‘C’ in all ‘O’ level subjects and
  • D’ any of the two Science subjects in AS level or ‘E’ in any of the two Science subjects in A Level

Science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

ECTS International
Baccalaureate
Student should have secured an overall minimum 24 points.

(Must have at least 2 Science subjects (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)

USA American Diploma Student should have secured an overall minimum score of 70%.

(Student should complete all Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 10th, 11th or 12th Grade).

(SAT Chem / Math) to be completed for equivalency)

Africa WAEC

NECO

Student should secure an overall minimum score of 50% in the 12th Grade.

(Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 10th, 11th, 12th Grades).

  • Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems not listed above must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% as per International Grade Conversion Table published by World Education System.
  1. Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems must submit an Equivalency Certificate of their High School certificate from Ministry of Education, UAE.
  2. Applicant should complete science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, in 10th, 11th or 12th Grade). Applicants who did not study the science subjects (Biology or Chemistry or Physics), may register for the preparatory course offered by the University.
  3. All applicants shall be evaluated for cognitive and non-cognitive traits demonstrating their aptitude for the chosen area of study by the Admissions Committee which includes
  • To submit a minimum score of EmSAT Mathematics 900 and any two science subjects (EmSAT Biology 900, EmSAT Chemistry 900 or EmSAT Physics 900)

OR

  • Passing the admission exam set by the College of Health Sciences that includes the basic scientific subjects:: Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Mathematics. link
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and personal interview.
  1. Admission is finalized on competitive basis.

Highlights

  • State of the art healthcare facility with both inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy department
  • Access to an extraordinarily diverse group of patients
  • Offer innovative team-based training opportunities that provide an incomparable educational experience.
  • Hands-on training in state-of-the-art research facility
  • Emphasis on advanced therapeutic equipment
  • Evidence based practice with experienced therapist supervision.
  • Comprehensive clinical assessment and feedback from the skill full therapists.
  • Curricular concentration on Physiotherapy competencies.

Clinical Training

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Program (BPT) at Gulf Medical University is an undergraduate program aimed to equip students with recent and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic practices of physiotherapy in the field of musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, neurosciences, general medical, general surgical and obstetrics & Gynecology areas.

Physiotherapist are specializing in the diagnosis of Movement science with a strong foundation of clinical training at our state of art Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital – the biggest state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital in the country and Thumbay University Hospital – the largest private academic hospital in the region.

Clinical Training Sites

Thumbay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospital is the biggest and most advanced rehabilitation hospital in the UAE, providing comprehensive therapy service in a positive and supportive environment, with dedicated staff who promote and encourage independence. It includes total of 8 clinics that fully equipped for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various musculoskeletal and neurological patients such as sports medicine clinic, orthopaedic rehabilitation clinic, Pain clinic, Neuro rehabilitation clinic, Paediatric rehabilitation clinic, Hydrotherapy unit, Gait training unit and Functional therapy clinic.

Thumbay University Hospital have equipped with 350 beds to provide bedside care for various nonsurgical and surgical related patients under 21 specialties in state-of-the-art healthcare facility. This facility has separate Center for Intensive Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, having a dedicated 100-bed long term care and rehabilitation unit to provide continuous best health care facility for long term care required patients. The hospital has a ‘Therapeutic Garden’ for better relaxation and holistic recovery of in-patients.

Physical therapists specialize in the functional assessment and treatment related to movement with a strong foundation of clinical training.

Clinical Centers located at Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain mainly focus on community healthcare activities to cater the students learning experiences.

The clinical Centers are listed below

Thumbay Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Hospital, Ajman [Link]

Thumbay Hospital, Ajman [Link]

Thumbay Clinic Network [Link]

Virtual tour of Thumbay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospital

 https://www.thumbayrehab.com/virtualtour/

The student will be awarded the Degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy upon:

  • Be continuously enrolled in the program from admission to
  • Have satisfied all conditions of his or her admission, such as provisional
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive examination or equivalent as determined by the individual degree
  • Students must pass all the courses in the 1st & 2nd year before they are allowed to enter 3rd
  • Complete the BPT program with an overall score of 65% or higher.
  • Students who appear for Professional Examination should pass in all the courses before being considered eligible for Advanced Clinical Practicum.
  • Submit a thesis or research project, if required by the academic program that meets the format requirements set forth in the College Thesis
  • Students who do not complete their Advanced Clinical Practicum with all the other requirement before the specified time will not be eligible for graduation in that year.

Upon successful completion of the program and fulfilling the local license/regulatory requirements, the student can:

  • Work as
    • Physical therapist in multi and super specialty hospitals, outpatient and home care clinics, rehabilitation centers.
    • Physical therapist in industrial sectors and other occupational environments.
    • Physical therapist as instructor in fitness and sports training facilities.
    • Physical therapist as Self -employed/home care physical therapist.
    • Physical therapist can pursue career as a research assistant.
  • Advance in career by pursuing Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) and Doctorate courses [PhD ,DPT ] in specialties like musculoskeletal, neurology, cardio-pulmonary, women’s health and pediatrics.

The BPT Program Outcome Competencies are mapped for the Competency Profile for Physiotherapists, Canada 2017.