Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Overview

Master of Physical Therapy is a clinically oriented study program which is only one of its kind in UAE. The aim of the program is to provide a challenging and rewarding educational experience that enables students to develop as competent, evidence-based and patient-centred physiotherapy practitioners, capable of making a valuable contribution to the workplace.

It is a two-year (39 credits) program, spanning four semesters and accredited by Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), UAE, offered by College of Health Sciences, GMU, located at Al-Jurf, Ajman, Thumbay Medicity campus.

This program provides an opportunity for students to learn through didactics, problem-based learning, team-based learning, online learning, skill labs, evidence-based clinical physiotherapy practice and an independent research project which leads to successful completion and the award of MPT degree.

MPT program received initial accreditation in May 2013. The primary clinical training center for the MPT program is Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital located in Thumbay Medicity with state-of-art research facilities was inaugurated in 2017. The first cohort of students were registered in September 2018.

Goals

Movement is life. Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) prepares physical therapy professional with highly-developed clinical reasoning skills to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems in the areas of orthopedic, sports, neurological, cardio-pulmonary, women’s health, pediatrics, oncology, emergency, aged care, and community service

With critical enquiry and evidence-based practice as the foundation, the program promotes the acquisition of cutting-edge clinical and research skills/behaviors that are essential for a physical therapy practice in a complex and continually evolving health care environment.

This program provides quality graduates who contribute significantly to the wider community, by using non-invasive, physical activity-based lifestyle promotion for healthy body and graduates with potential to self-learn to grow professionally and to respond to change and challenges.

Vision:

The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program at the Gulf Medical University will be distinguished for:

  • Clinical excellence and advancement of evidence informed Physiotherapy practice
  • Scholarly achievements and professional recognition of students, faculty and clinical collaborators
  • Dedication to the health and well-being of the UAE community

Mission:

The mission of the Master of Physical Therapy Program of Gulf Medical University is:

  • Fosters excellence through its dedication to physical therapy science, clinical skill proficiency, research and evidence-based practice, service & professional duty, and lifelong learning.
  • Fosters innovative education to progress the science of physical therapy, to influence current and emerging health care practices and policies, and to advance the profession at national and international level.
  • Engage in community and university activities as representative of our teaching, research and professional functions that benefits the quality of health and life of all people.

By the end of the course the graduate of the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program will be able to:

PLO1. Incorporate the knowledge from foundational and clinical sciences with advanced physical therapy practice.

1.1 Distinguish between normal and abnormal findings through the application of the competencies in the fields of biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences when undertaking physical therapy management.

1.2 Use a general and systems approach to explain the indication for physical therapy intervention in health promotion and rehabilitation.

PLO2. Evaluate the patient information appropriate in physical therapy practice and derive a detail problem list and precise diagnosis.

2.1 Collect relevant information through history taking and review of medical records.

2.2 Examine, grade and document medical and clinical status of body systems.

2.3 Perform applicable tests and measures needed for appropriate patient evaluation.

2.4 Analyze the data collected through patient evaluation to derive relevant problem lists and arrive at precise diagnosis.

2.5 Integrate the patient evaluation data to develop physical therapy protocols and reassess the prognosis.

PLO3. Execute advanced physical therapy protocols in the delivery of care and justify them based on evidence-based practice.

3.1 Design a plan of management that is safe, effective and patient/client- centered.

3.2 Involve patient/client, family members, payers and other professionals in planning of care.

3.3 Select and apply appropriate physical therapy interventions consistent with physical therapy practice guidelines and re-assess the treatment outcome using appropriate outcome tools.

3.4 Substantiate the selection, practice and prognosis through the highest level of evidence-based practice.

PLO4. Undertake physical therapy practice as demanded of a member of the rehabilitation team on complex clinical cases.

4.1 Apply management principles when dealing with the other members of the healthcare delivery team.

4.2 Apply basic principles of finance, business and marketing to maintain one’s practice in compliance with the standards of the regulatory bodies.

4.3 Be aware of one’s limitations and promptly seek consultation with another team member considering the best interest of the patient.

4.4 Be aware of the different modalities of management and refer the client to another health professional when physical therapy alone will not resolve the health problem of the client.

PLO5. Undertake research investigations on problems requiring research analysis and communicate the conclusions or solutions in the most pertinent format.

5.1 Conduct scientific studies to contribute to the development of the physical therapy profession.

5.2 Plan and conduct and participate in research activities to develop new knowledge and skills.

5.3 Deal with the challenges of complex issues related to physical therapy and arrive at newer ideas and views of problem solving.

5.4 Compare, validate and device scientific approaches to solve research problems.

PLO6. Undertake practice of the physical therapy profession incorporating ethical learning, standard practice, ideal approach and desirable attitude.

6.1 Observe and execute professional code of conduct as applicable to physical therapy practice.

6.2 Demonstrate integrity in all dealings with patients/clients in the delivery of care.

6.3 Comply with all legal requirements as applicable to physical therapy practice in UAE.

6.4 Consider all resources that are appropriate and available to the individual patient/ client in the planning and delivery of care.

6.5 Exhibit concern for patient’s well-being above all other considerations

PLO7. Communicate commendably at all times with clients, fellow practitioners, interdisciplinary team members, payers and policymakers.

7.1 Use the principles and strategies of communication effectively in planning and preparing health education materials and when interacting with payers and policymakers.

7.2 Choose verbal, nonverbal, or written communication methods of communication that match the age, gender and culture and professional relationship between patient/client and other members of the health care delivery team.

7.3 Be aware of the effect of one’s communication approach and strategies on patient/client and other members of the health care delivery team.

7.4 Demonstrate awareness of the effects of culture and language upon interpersonal communication between patient/client and other members of the health care delivery team.

7.5 Be willing to adapt one’s communication strategies to match the needs of the patient/client and other members of the health care delivery team.

PLO8. Promote health, fitness and wellness both at the level of the individual and the community, based on the principles of education.

8.1 Advocate for health and fitness needs in UAE.

8.2 Be involved in the various community education activities concerned with promotion of health and fitness.

8.3 Educate and promote community efforts to prevent disease, impairment and health risks considering the age, gender, culture as applicable to physical therapy practice.

8.4 Identify gaps in health awareness and health risk factors in the community to develop and provide relevant information to all through appropriate channels.

8.5 Be involved as an integral part of a network of local schools, government agencies, professional organizations, businesses in the health sector and individuals to provide consultation in physical therapy practices.

PLO9. Evaluate one’s physical therapy skills on the basis of current scientific evidence.

9.1 Continue to access current information to update one’s knowledge and critically justify guidelines published by professional physical therapy organizations.

9.2 Integrate and reflect the new information in the delivery of care so that the patient/client will be able to benefit from the latest advances in the field of physical therapy.

MPT Program Competency Mapping and Values:

MPT Competencies are mapped with the competency standards for Physiotherapy are described in the Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapists in Canada (2017) by Canadian physiotherapy association (CAP) and from Master’s level physiotherapy competency model (Bulley et al 2005).

Mapping of Master of physical Therapy program’s PLOs with CAP and Master’s level physiotherapy competency model is described in below table.

CAP* Roles

Bulley et al 2005 Key Competencies of MPT by GMU
Expert Professional Leader

PLO1, PLO2, PLO3

Communicator

Professional Leader

PLO7

Collaborator

Advisor

PLO4

Manager Manager

PLO7

Advocate

Advisor PLO8
Scholarly Practitioner Innovator

PLO5, PLO9

Professional Advisor

PLO6, PLO9

*CAP- Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

 

Program Director

Dr. Ramprasad Muthukrishnan,
Associate Professor.

Study Plan

 

YEAR I
Semester Course Code Pre-requisites Course Topics Credit Hour/s
I MPT-PMS 601 Nil Physical Therapy in Musculo- Skeletal Conditions 4
MPT-SPR 602 Nil Sports Rehabilitation 1
MPT-PSD 603 Nil Physical Therapy in Systemic and Psychosomatic Disorders 4
MPT-ERG 604 Nil Ergonomics 1
MPT-PMK 605 Nil Patho- Mechanics and Kinesiology 2
MPT-EPN 606 Nil Exercise Physiology and Nutrition 2
Semester Credit Hour 14
II MPT-PND 607 Nil Physical Therapy in Neurological Disorders 4
MPT-PPD 608 Nil Physical Therapy in Pediatric Disorders 1
MS- RM 609 Nil Research Methodology 2
MS- BS 610 Nil Biostatistics 2
MPT-PCR 611 Nil Physical Therapy in Cardio Vascular & Respiratory Conditions 4
Semester Credit Hour 13
YEAR II
Semester Course Code Pre-requisites Course Topics / Clinical Rotation Details Credit Hour/s
III MPT- CLR 612 All courses of Semester I & II Clinical Rotations 6
IV   MPT- THS 613 All courses of Semester I & II Thesis 6
Total 39

 

Course Descriptions

Semester – 1

MPT-PMS 601: Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Conditions

This course provides the learner with the knowledge regarding the advanced assessment techniques, standard evaluation scales and principles of physical therapy management for musculoskeletal disorders. This course gives the student the additional skills needed to assess and treat complex musculoskeletal dysfunctions using physical therapy techniques. The student will gain knowledge and develop skills to use different soft tissue techniques, special orthopedic physical therapy approaches, taping and strapping techniques in the rehabilitation of various musculoskeletal disorders of upper extremity, lower extremity and spine. There will be emphasis placed on developing the knowledge and skills related to rehabilitation following different orthopedic surgeries.

MPT-SPR 602: Sports Rehabilitation

This course imparts knowledge regarding the principles of assessment and rehabilitation skills related to sports injuries. This course enables the specialized knowledge needed to assess and manage sports injuries using appropriate physical therapy interventions. The course emphasizes on identification of commonly occurring sports injuries, its mechanisms, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention. This course also highlights the importance of nutrition and pharmacology in sports rehabilitation.

MPT-PSD 603: Physical Therapy in Systemic and Psychosomatic Disorders

This course emphasizes on theoretical, physiological and behavioral basis to manage common systemic and psycho-somatic conditions in physical therapy. This course includes case-based learning incorporating standardized assessment tools and clinical decision-making skills. Students must demonstrate efficient physical therapy examination and treatment abilities in a timely manner which is reflective of a contemporary rehabilitation practice.

MPT-ERG 604: Ergonomics

This course equips students to apply the science of ergonomics in healthcare and industry. The course emphasizes on work related problems, work designing, industrial health, special care for children, aged and disabled persons by applying ergonomics principles.

MPT-PMK 605: Patho- Mechanics and Kinesiology

This course will equip the learner to apply the principles of advanced biomechanics, musculoskeletal anatomy and basic physics in the clinical system. The learner will develop core knowledge, advanced skills and attitudes needed in the examination of various soft and hard tissues, analysis of normal and abnormal movements, physics of human movements.

MPT-EPN 606: Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

This course aims at the learner to integrate the concepts of exercise physiology, nutrition and human energy expenditure for various activity levels. This course imparts the core knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to assess the systems of energy delivery and its utilization in different populations. Students further emphasis on the physical and physiological adaptations for various exercise training methods. With the integration of the information and knowledge gained from the course work students learn how to apply an exercise program for the special population.

 

Semester – 2

MPT-PND 607: Physical Therapy in Neurological Disorders

This course offers opportunities for learners to develop and practice advanced therapeutic principles associated with rehabilitation of neurological disorders. This course provides the student with the core knowledge and advanced skills needed to treat neurology related disabilities emphasizing on the analysis of clinical findings, to design and implement advanced intervention programs for patients with increasingly complex problems.

MPT-PPD 608: Physical Therapy in Pediatric Disorders

This course will cover a wide range of topics related to the physical therapy practice in pediatrics. The course study emphasizes on developmental disabilities, different assessment methods, conservative physical therapy methods and neuro developmental therapies related to pediatric disabilities. This course gives the student a chance to develop physical therapy skills needed to assess and treat pediatric dysfunctions.

MPT-PCR 611: Physical Therapy in Cardiovascular & Respiratory Conditions

This course aims at improving the knowledge and understanding of the students to learn and apply evidence based practice in the management of individuals with cardiopulmonary diseases. Further emphasis is placed on physical therapy examination, diagnosis, development of a physical therapy plan of care and documentation to enhance the clinical practice. With the integration of the information and knowledge gained from the course work, students learn how to apply assessment and physical therapy treatment approaches using different techniques through case-based learning. This course gives the student the additional opportunities to practice in the community to provide cardiorespiratory fitness training, disability evaluation and counseling for the patients.

MS-RM 609: Research Methodology

The course focuses on basic principles of research and the basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the research. Opportunities will be provided to develop an inquisitive attitude on the part of the trainee by active participation in clinical or laboratory research, research seminars and presentations.

MS-BS 610: Biostatistics

The course equips students with concepts and methods of descriptive and inferential statistics along with their applications. Topics include qualitative and quantitative data, characteristics, sources and presentation, comparison of means and proportions, sampling techniques, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, parametric and nonparametric tests, linear regression and correlation critical interpretation of research results and the use of computers for data processing and statistical analysis is also practiced.

 

Semester – 3

MPT-CLR 612: Clinical Rotations

The students will undergo clinical rotation for a period of 7 weeks in specialties of musculoskeletal & sports, neurological, cardio- respiratory and systemic disorders rehabilitation units which will be integrated to concentrate the clinical training of Physical therapy in this semester. The student will be familiarized with the daily routine of clinical duties in each of the above units and will be guided to evaluate, diagnose, plan and execute Physical therapy treatment protocols to the clients who are indicated. This course provides opportunities to students for experiential learning and hands-on clinical experiences through various specialty clinical placements.  Students will commence data collection as per the research protocol designed and approved in the earlier semester.

 

Semester – 4

MPT-THS 613: Thesis

In this course students will continue their research studies. This included research proposal submission and approval and time lined with the thesis tracker system. The data collected as part of their research study will be entered and analyzed using the statistical software SPSS version 20 data will be interpreted and discussed by the supervisory faculty. Before the end of the course the student has to submit a thesis and defend the work in the viva. The student will also prepare and submit a publishable article.

Admission Criteria for AY2020-21

  • Applicants shall meet all admission criteria for entry into the higher education programs offered by the University, as laid down in the Standards (2019) published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from an accredited University in the UAE or equivalent one from outside the UAE.
  • Distinct undergraduate performance of minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent grade.
  • The Applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant can fulfil the English proficiency requirement via the TOEFL, IELTS, or UA CESL Endorsement Exam, minimum requirements are listed below. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrolment.
    • EmSAT: Score of 1400 and above
    • TOEFL: Score of 79 on the iBT or 550 PBT (web-based) test or higher.
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6 is required, with a score of no less than 5 on any individual band or module.
  • A Valid license as a Physiotherapist issued from MoH / DHA / HAAD, UAE is preferable

Conditional Graduate Admission Read More

  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 to 2.9 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is allowed take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program to progress to second semester or be subject to dismissal.
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 to 2.4 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is required to successfully complete a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program.
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to be admitted to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Required Documents

  • Attested copy of the baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of credit/s earned from all accredited institutions of higher education previously attended
  • Equivalency Certificate of the Bachelor’s degree from the Ministry of Education, U.A.E.
  • Valid English Language Proficiency Test (EmSAT/IELTS / TOEFL)
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID Card (For UAE Nationals Family Book and Ethbara).
  • Passport-size Photographs x 5.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Statement of purpose and objectives.

Highlights

  • Emphasis on advanced clinical skills
  • Evidence-informed practice
  • Hands-on training in state of the art research facility
  • Flexible study schedule for working professionals
  • Curricular Concentration on Research projects and publication
  • Graduate with cutting-edge clinical skills with our on-campus Thumbay physical therapy and rehabilitation center technologies
  • 360-degree clinical assessment and feedback.

Clinical Training

Master of Physical Therapy program (MPT) at Gulf Medical University is a graduate program aimed to equip students with advanced musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, and evidence-based professional practice training as a next-generation physical therapy clinician.

Physical therapists specialize in the assessment and treatment related to movement with a strong foundation of clinical training at our state of art Thumbay Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Hospital, Ajman [Link] & Thumbay Hospital, Ajman [Link]

Renowned experts from different specialization of physiotherapy with state of art facilities and laboratories such as gait-balance, virtual reality, robotics, ergonomics, hydrotherapy, electromyography, isokinetic, and exercise testing and prescription will define and advance your career progressed into the specialist level.

360 Degree Clinical Assessment for MPT program

Multisource feedback is the mainstay for the achievement competent clinical skills. MPT graduates are expected to acquire a wide range of advanced clinical competencies essential to provide effective and safe physical therapy practice.  A 360- degree assessment of the clinical competencies incorporated in MPT program provides extensive constructive and consistent feedback mechanism, largely formative and succinctly summative in form. Multisource feedbacks are obtained from various resources such as patients, clinical supervisors, clinical preceptors, peers, and administrators. This process not only provide opportunity to self-evaluate the level of competencies that they have acquired however concurrently provide assessor a reliable account of their graduate’s performance in the established competencies. These feedbacks are not limited to Case reflections, discussions, mini-clinical evaluations, journal & case presentations, and clinical encounters.

Clinical Training Sites

Virtual Tour of Thumbay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospital

Completion Requirements of the MPT Program includes:

  • Successful completion of 39 credits
  • A minimum pass mark of 70% (Grade c) for each course
  • A minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Securing a minimum attendance of 80%
  • Submitting and defending a thesis to the satisfaction of the thesis judging committee with a minimum pass mark of 80%

Cumulative average of 80% or above grade B, (Grade value above 3), all courses of the MPT program, eligible for graduation.

Physical Therapy Career options

  • Clinical career not limited to acute care, outpatient clinical setup, Rehabilitation Hospitals, Nursing facility, Home Health, Hospice, Government federal facilities, Sport clubs, Fitness industries.
  • Work in the education sector as teacher, lecturer in school and colleges and also as sport and activity physiotherapist.
  • Work in the community sector as Rehabilitation manager, Rehabilitation coordinator for various international health agencies, Tech Startup/Entrepreneur, NGOs, Rehabilitation supply companies and Telehealth setup.
  • Work as clinical scientist in Government and Private Sport Centers, Sports Agencies, Hospitals, and Research Institutions and Laboratories.
  • Progress your career with Ph.D in specialties of Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Health Sciences.