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Physical Therapy - Colleges, Courses, Fees & Scope

25 Physical Therapy Colleges in 6 Countries Offering 29 Courses

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london, United Kingdom
Rank : #3
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
24140
IELTS -  
Band 7.5
Intake -  
Sep
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quebec, Canada
Rank : #3
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
19500
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Sep, Oct, Jan
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seattle, United States
Rank : #6
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
48856
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Jul

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toronto, Canada
Rank : #8
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
26355
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Sep,may, Jun
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new-york-city, United States
Rank : #8
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
55740
IELTS -  
Band 7.5
Intake -  
Jan
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winnipeg, Canada
Rank : #17
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
14700
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Sep, Jan,may
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gainesville, United States
Rank : #26
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
30074
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Aug, Jan, Jun
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los-angeles, United States
Rank : #27
Duration -  
6 years
1 year Fee -  
57316
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Nov
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
62667
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Dec
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athens, United States
Rank : #29
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
21208
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Aug, Jan
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west-lafayette, United States
Rank : #32
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
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IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Sep
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atlanta, United States
Rank : #34
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
30000
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Jan, Aug
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
30000
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Jan, Aug
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blacksburg, United States
Rank : #49
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
25094
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Aug, Jan
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iowa-city, United States
Rank : #54
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
45041
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Jan, Aug
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Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
23000
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Dec, Aug
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philadelphia, United States
Rank : #97
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
33024
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Dec
Updated on - May 25th 2020 by Rachit Agrawal

About Physical Therapy

The clinical field today has widened its scope to include various types of treatment. One such treatment where the usage of medicines is minimized is Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy is known by various names in different countries such as ‘Physiotherapy’ or ‘Kinesiology’. It is the clinical method of diagnosing physical abnormalities, restoring physical function and mobility, maintaining the physical function and promoting physical activities. This therapy includes specific exercise therapy, electrotherapy, manual therapy, and remediates impairment. The field encompasses physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being.

The physical therapist is required to possess wide knowledge and be well versed in determining the strategies to diagnose and treat people suffering the physical illness. The therapist is required to examine the patient thoroughly and to understand the needs of the patient or client. The next step is to draw judgments from the examination findings and thereby formulate a diagnosis and prognosis plan. They are also required to provide suitable consultation and refer to other professionals if the need arises. After implementing the therapy treatment program, the therapist is also required to provide guidance for self-management.

Scope 

When a person undergoes certain adverse situations that affects his movement and other normal physical activities, physical therapy finds its significance. The field is a professional one in itself and the practitioner is called the Physical Therapist. When movement and physical functions of people are affected at any stage of life with aging, injury, and diseases, it is the Physical Therapist’s role to help them out. They improve the quality of people’s life. Apart from directing patient or client care, a physiotherapist scope also includes responsibilities in teaching, research, managing and supervising or delegating work to others.

UG/PG degrees 

There are two degrees offered in the department of physical Therapy which is an undergraduate course like either Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) and a master’s degree in the field as MA or M.Sc.

Exams required

Normally to study Physical Therapy abroad, the student is needed to produce their IELTS score or TOEFL score. These are language test and are very important if one wishes to study abroad as it checks the language proficiency of the student.  

Types of Physical Therapy

Similar to any other kind of medical practice, there are different kinds of Physical Therapies.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

This is the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, involving the muscles, bones, ligaments, fascias, and tendons. This is the common treatment method that is applicable for sprains, fractures and other chronic medical problems. It includes manual therapy, mobility training, strength training, and other modalities.

Geriatric Physical Therapy

This category of treatment involves the treatment of older people who suffer from conditions affecting their mobility and physical function including arthritis, osteoporosis, hip-joint replacement, balance disorders, and incontinence.

 Neurological Physical Therapy

Those patients who are affected by neurological disorders and conditions due to brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, injury of the spinal cord, stroke, etc. This type of treatment finds great results in conditions of paralysis and limb responsiveness.

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

This type of treatment is to increase the physical endurance and stamina especially for people affected by some cardiopulmonary conditions and surgical procedures.

Course Details 

A few years before, it was acceptable for a person wishing a career as a physical therapist to hold a Master’s Degree after the corresponding undergraduate hours in the same field. But post 2015, all Physiotherapists are mandatorily required Doctorate level program completion. It is also necessary for the practitioner to pass and achieve the national level licensure exams to certify yourself in the place of practice. There are numerous Certification-courses in the field of Physical Therapy, which the practitioner can pursue to gain better knowledge and perform well in the field. A Master’s level program will take about two to three years of completion on top of the four year undergraduate level program. The prerequisites to enroll in a physical therapy program will generally require that the student should have completed a Bachelor’s or undergraduate program in certain science and health based courses. There are also CGPA constraints based on the reputation of the institution and the specialization or area of the field. In the US, Physical therapy courses are in great demand and these course are generally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Top Universities

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017)Food Science & Technology
  • Wageningen University and Research
  • Jianghan University
  • China Agricultural University
  • South China University of Technology
  • Ghent University

 

 

Course details Level wise

Level

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees

Duration

Undergraduate - 3 to 4 years, Postgraduate - 1 to 2 years

Type

Bachelor of Science or Arts (Undergraduate), Master of Arts or Science (Postgraduate)

Eligibility

  • Bachelor’s Degree (must have completed class 12th with either the CBSE (All-India SSC) or CISCE (ISC) board, minimum IELTS score of 6.5 to 7 is required)
  • Master’s Degree (passed a Bachelor of Science in Geology, IELTS or TOEFL, Recommendation letter and SOPs).

Admission Process

  • Identifying country, universities and the course of your interest
  • Request universities for Application forms
  • Taking various required tests
  • Arranging and preparing Essays and recommendation letters
  • Completing and Sending Application forms along with required documents
  • Reporting various test scores to the universities

Average Salary

Average of around $104,400. It can from $92,000 to $ 150,000

Top recruiters 

Many government and private agencies hire graduates from this course.

Position offered

Audiologists, Physical Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists and many more.

Top Universities Level wise

There are many Universities that offer both the courses in Physical Therapy . Students can choose their type of university after studying all the details about it. Currently the most opted country to continue this course are UK, Canada, USA, Australia, etc.

 

Name

Location

Fees

  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN FRANCISCO

Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

1st Year Total Fees

$33,500

  • California Institute of Technology

1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

1st Year Total Fees

$40,000

  • Texas Women’s University

Liverpool L69 3BX, UK

1st Year Total Fees

$33,375

  • University of Oklahoma 

Oklahoma OA ,832X USA

1st Year Total Fees

Rs 38.61 Lakhs

  • University of Nebraska

Nebraska USA

1st Year Total Fees

Rs 1.09 Lakhs

Requirements & Eligibility Level wise

To study geology and geography in a top university, the student needs to fulfill some criteria. They should meet all the requirements so as to continue education from their desired college. The table shows some of the important criteria.

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy
    • Interested students must have completed class 12th with either the CBSE (All-India SSC) or CISCE (ISC) board
    • For CBSE board: CGPA of 9.6 with grade A1 in any subjects relevant to the course applied for
    • For CISCE board: Overall grade of at least 90%, with grades of at least 95% in three subjects (including any relevant to the course applied for) and 85% in the other two subjects.
  • Masters Degree in Physical Therapy
    • The student must have passed a Bachelors in Physical Therapy with a minimum of 50% marks.

Exams

  • English proficiency test score such as IELTS or TOEFL depending on the university.

Work Experience

  • Most universities don’t ask for Work experience. But it totally depends on the admission process of the university as masters degree sometimes needs work experience.

Others

  • Letter of recommendation
  • State of Purposes

Admission Procedure Level wise

Taking admission to a top university or college can be a tiresome task. It is advised to the students that they should consult a advisor to get admission. Deadlines are one of the most important aspect to take admission as missing these dates can leads to cancellation of the application of the students. 

Entrance exams 

  • Appear for entrance exams such as IELTS or TOEFL to get admission. The student should also seek exams required other that this as according to the need of University.

How To apply 

  • Identifying country, universities and the course of your interest
  • Request universities for Application forms
  • Taking various required tests
  • Arranging and preparing Essays and recommendation letters
  • Completing and Sending Application forms along with required documents
  • Reporting various test scores to the universities

Fees, Average Fees etc. Level wise

The Average tuition fees for the course is around 30-40 lakh for most of the colleges in USA, UK and Canada. Apart from  the tuition fees there are many other type of charges such as accommodation, stationary and many other.

University

Tuition Fees(INR)

Other Expenses(INR)

University of Oxford

22 Lakhs

16 Lakhs

Ludwig Maximilians University Munich

Free

1 Lakhs

Vancouver Island University

7 lakhs

5 lakhs

University of Birmingham

19 lakhs

6 lakhs

California Institute of technology

35 lakhs

16 lakh

Career scope 

A Physical Therapist is to be necessarily present in different settings. For instance, apart from hospitals and clinics, the physiotherapists are found in nursing homes, with sports teams, in schools and in cardiac rehabilitation centres. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) supports that physical therapy is in itself responsible for formulating the profession’s scope of practice and defining the roles of physical therapists. In order to ensure that a nation’s health service delivery needs are met and to define the roles and responsibilities of physical therapists and thereby ensure that they are consistent with the accepted international guidelines set out by WCPT, there are National physical therapy associations. In the US, the median annual salary of a Physical therapist is $85,400 in 2016, as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though most of the Physical Therapists are full-time professionals, one out of five Therapists are part-time workers. Over the next decade, the job opportunities for Physical therapists are expected to grow 25 percent.

The present day life of people where time and care for personal health that one allocates to oneself is reducing, physical therapists find great importance especially in the life of aged people. Physical therapy for rehabilitation is necessary for mobility related injuries, strokes and paralysis in older people. With lifestyle diseases like diabetes and obesity conquering a major part of every human being today, there arises a great demand for physical therapists. Licensed Therapists are expected to receive better opportunities, especially in orthopaedic settings, acute-care hospitals, nursing homes, etc. There is no dearth of old people in rural areas anywhere in the world, and hence the demand for physical therapists. Some other professions that can be related to Physical therapy include that of the Audiologists, Athletic trainers, Chiropractors (who treat neck and back pain), Physical Assistants, Recreational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Exercise Physiologists, etc.

Jobs and Salary

Positions

Average Salary (Per Year)

Recreational Therapists

$33,700

Speech-Language Pathologists

$42,000

Chiropractors

$35,500

Exercise Physiologists

$42,225

Audiologists

$61,665

Athletic trainers

$48,360

 

Study Abroad Expert & Co-Founder @ AdmitKard

Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.
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