Bachelor of Physiotherapy
BPT, Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a 4 year course and 6 months internship program which enables a person to practice physiotherapy as a qualified practitioner.
After your plus two you've to apply for a Bachelor's degree in a reputed university and college which has to be an IAP(Indian Association of Physiotherapists) recognized university and college also. There are many colleges which are not IAP recognized, so before you apply go through the IAP website to find out the IAP recognized colleges near you.

There are no entrance exams for BPT. You must have 50% marks in your plus two science with biology and you will be alloted according to the merit list based on your marks.
After completing your BPT you can think about a masters(MPT) if you want to specialise in one of the many specialties like Orthopedics, Sports, Neurology, Pediatrics,etc
Physiotherapy is a professional bachelor degree which ensures you a job when you pass out. Mostly you will get a job in a month or two. You can work as a qualified healthcare professional. You can work in a hospital, physiotherapy clinic or you can set up your own clinic and practice independently. The opportunities to earn are also very good in physiotherapy if you work hard. Chances abroad are very huge but you will need to clear the licensing exams of the particular country.
I will say that physiotherapy is in its growing phase. Previously awareness about physiotherapy was very minimal among the general population. But now the scenario has changed. Everybody knows what physiotherapy is and what they can do.

In the next five years demand for specialized physiotherapists will increase. Physiotherapy is becoming more specific. Many of the clinics in India are treating a particular speciality only. It has already begun. We can expect a lot of centers like this coming in the next five years. Like centre for neuro rehabilitation, centre for ortho related injuries, centre for sports physiotherapy, centre for women health, etc. So you can guess this is gonna be one of the strongest professions in near future.
A physiotherapist rehabilitates patients by helping them improve their physical movement. They treat people who are injured or disabled in order to recover full function and movement. It’s both cure and prevention focused, and requires in-depth anatomical and musculoskeletal knowledge. Therapy usually covers:

Exercise
Massage
Stretching
Medication

Physiotherapists are required to maintain close physical contact with their patients; they must not shy away from such closeness, or be unwilling to demonstrate exercise methodology. Compassion, empathy, friendliness, good communication and patience are a must.

 

Eligibility Criteria

 

Physiotherapy colleges generally offer theBachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT), which requires 50% marks in 10+2 (science stream). Hospitals prefer BPT graduates. graduates for this field; the former is a more in-depth and pertinent course. A one year Diploma in Physiotherapy (DPT) will also grant access into BPT physiotherapy courses. Further studies involve the two-year Master of Physiotherapy (MPT).

 

Career Prospects

 

Physiotherapy jobs may be found at:

  • community health centres,
  • mental health centres,
  • nursing homes/private care centres,
  • rehabilitation centres,
  • sports clinics,
  • fitness centres
  • government hospitals
  • the Institute of the Physically Handicapped
  • Defence establishments
  • Teaching establishments
  • Their own clinic

Urban lifestyles are notorious for generating every kind of ache imaginable; and though we require about 1 physiotherapist for every 1000 people, only 5000 such professionals are available. The demand is intense; physiotherapy jobs in India are booming.

Salary

Hospital employed physiotherapists may earn Rs. 5000-7000 a month; and can even go up to 1500/day in private practice. Though salariesvary by location and institution and sector, an annual physiotherapy salary ranges between Rs. 74,190 to Rs. 6,02,002.

 

Source - Quora, Gulnaaz Kaur

, former Physiotherapist