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Future belongs to Physios

“ Physiotherapists have become indispensable to the hospital set-up as they help in putting patients on the road to recovery. And no surprise, the discipline has emerged as an attractive career option.”

Just a minor slip is enough to throw haywire the rehabilitation of a patient, who has undergone a heart bypass. More so which regard to other and neuro cases. A small defect in the post-operative care will rise to further complications resulting in intractable problems.

This is where the physiotherapist steps in, using his expertise to enable a patient recovery fully to the point of leading a near normal life.

These days, a cardiologist relies heavily on the cardiac-pulmonary rehabilitation programme conduced by a physiotherapist after a heart surgery. In building confidence and ensuring early ambulation or mobility, the role of a physiotherapist has assumed enormous importance.

Job Openings

The importance of physiotherapy is being increasingly noticed and consequently the number of educational institutions imparting these courses has gone up. Though a relatively late phenomenon in Andhra Pradesh, when compared to other southern States, physiotherapy teaching and practice have become attractive propositions for those looking for potential career options.

The BPT(Bachelor of Physiotherapy), a four-and-a-half year course, throws adequate opportunities for its students and is expected to fetch a minimum salary of Rs.4,000 to Rs.6,000 in any of the corporate hospitals in different parts of the State at the entry level.

There are also opening at specialty hospitals in semi-urban areas, with most of them setting up physiotherapy wings as part of observing best medical practices.

BPT degree-holders can as well open their clinics, which may fetch at least Rs,15,000 a month, after meeting the entire expenditure. Some of them are already offering their services at the doorstep of patients, of course for a price higher than usual. Moreover, private schools in future can engage Physiotherapists on the lines of Physical Education teachers. This sector also opens a new avenue for jobs.

1,570 seats are available in 36 colleges across the state for the course and the percentage of BPTs successfully rolling out of these colleges every year comes to about 60. all colleges are affiliated to NTR University of Health Science (NTR UHS), Vijayawada.

Eligibility

Students, who have passed Intermediate or an equivalent course with biological sciences, physics and chemistry, as optionals are eligible to seek admission to the BPT course. Most of the colleges have a sanction for admitting 50 students each in the course and some of them 20 and 40 respectively. The managements are empowered to fill 50% recommended as per merit (make obtained in the Intermediate Public Examination or its equivalent) by NTR UHS under the Government category. The fee for Government seat is put at Rs.12,000 and under the management quota, it is ranging between Rs.40,000 and Rs.60,000.

“As things stand today, there are enough opportunities for all these students for the next two to three years. For those wanting to go abroad, it is a world of opportunities if they finish the Masters course,” says T.Arjuna Rao, Secretary & Correspondent, VIMS Institute of Physiotherapy Vijayawada.

Some of these affiliated colleges have been sanctioned MPT( Master of Physiotherapy) course and there are 172 MPT seats in colleges affiliated to NTR UHS. The MPT degree is a specilisation in physiotherapy, for it deals with specialities, including orthopaedics, neurology, cardiovascular and pulmonary and sports medicine.

The course is in high demand in the US, the UK and other developed countries. For this, one has to become a Member of Indian Association of Physiotherapists (MIAP) based at Surat. The IAP conducts exams at regular intervals for issuing MIAP certificates. Most physiotherapy colleges are concentrated in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam,Vijayawada, Guntur, Tirupathi, Anantapur and other urban areas.



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