In India, universities offer Diploma, Bachelor’s, Masters and also PhD in Physiotherapy. Diploma course is usually 3 years and the enrollment has reduced since the introduction of Bachelors in Physiotherapy (BPT) in the early 1990s in India. Most students with Diploma has opted for lateral entry to Bachelor programme.
Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT) is a 4-year undergraduate program in physiotherapy with 6 months of mandatory clinical internship; that is typically rotatory. They have almost similar subjects like graduation course in developed countries and can practice either with Physician or independently. However, due to lack of National Council the syllabus of BPT varies from state to state in the country.
After the graduation Physiotherapist (PTs’) could go for further specialization in Cardiovascular & pulmonary physiotherapy , Neurology, Musculoskeletal, Hands, Sports, Obs-Gynaecology, or undertake Research.
PTs in India use the title ‘Doctor’ and prefix it before their name with a suffix P.T. (Physiotherapist) so as to make their stand clear they are not medical doctors. However, the use of the title ‘Dr’ according to the IAP (Indian Association of Physiotherapist) is by tradition and convention and is used in the same manner as it is used by the MBBS/MS/BDS/MDS/BHMS/BAMS/BNYS/BUMS degree holders. PTs argue that they are not breaching any law prevailing in India as legally only one who has earned a degree in MD/DM or Phd is justified to use and prefix the ‘Doctor’ title
M.S. Ramaiah University , Bangalore
Chitkara University, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh
RR Group of Institutions, Bangalore
Srinidhi College of Nursing , Bangalore
Koshys Group of Institutions, Bangalore