Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Nepal

Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Nepal

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Kanti KhadkaSun Oct 03 2021

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) in Nepal is a four and half years undergraduate course that allows graduates to practice physiotherapy as qualified practitioners.

This course at present is offered by only two Universities in Nepal — Kathmandu University (KU) and Pokhara University (PoU). 

Students must appear and pass a common medical entrance examination in order to be eligible to apply for a bachelor of Physiotherapy in Nepal. 

Upon completing BPT in Nepal, graduates can pursue careers in different healthcare settings such as hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation centres, sports and fitness centres and more.  

Key Takeaways of Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Nepal

Course

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT)

Course type

Undergraduate

Course Duration

4 years 6 months

Eligibility

Must have passed +2/PCL or equivalent in biology stream with minimum C+ grade in physics, biology and chemistry with an aggregate of 50% GPA.

Must appear and pass the common medical entrance examination with a minimum of 50% marks.  

Average fees

NPR 8 lakhs- 12lakhs

Job Designation

Respiratory Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Radiation Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants and more

Admission requirements for Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Nepal

Eligibility

  • Must have passed Intermediate in Science (ISc) or Higher Secondary Level (10+2 Science streams) in biology stream with minimum C+ grade in physics, biology and chemistry.
  • A level student must have studied physics, chemistry and biology with a minimum aggregate of 50% or 2.4 GPA.
  •  For PCL or diploma students (General Medicine, Medical Lab Technology, Ophthalmic Science, Dental Science, Pharmacy, Ayurveda, Radiography, Physiotherapy), they must have equivalent Proficiency Certificate level of Physiotherapy (CPT) registered in NHPC as recognized by the concerned University with at least 50% marks or equivalent. 
  • Must appear and pass a common medical entrance examination with at least 50% marks to be eligible for admission. 

Entrance Examination 

Students must appear and pass a common medical entrance examination to be eligible to study Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) in Nepal. 

Candidates can apply for admission into the BPT program by filling out the entrance examination form onlineThe completed application forms, including the documents and credentials, must be submitted within the notified deadline.

Prerequisites to fill common medical entrance examination online form:

  • Bank voucher receipt from the bank after depositing the required amount to appear for Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT).

Bachelor of Physiotherapy exam fee costs Rs. 4000 for domestic students and Rs 8000 for international students. 

  • You can choose from different online payment mediums such as Connect IPS, eSewa, Khalti, Moru, IME pay and more to pay the exam fee for the examination. 

The amount should be deposited on:

  1. Himalayan Bank 
  2. Account No.: 04308931670017
  3. Account name: Medical Education Commission
  4.  (Note: The bank voucher receipt must have the name of the applicant and their contact details. )

Required Documents and Credentials to fill the online form

  1. A copy of the Character Certificate
  2. A copy of the Citizenship certificate in case of Nepali students and a copy of the passport for international students.
  3. Three recent passport-sized photographs
  4. Scanned copy of Transcripts
  5. Scanned copy of bank vouchers 

 Entrance examination evaluation metrics

The entrance examination is of 200 full marks and does not include negative markings for the wrong answers. It tests applicants' knowledge of English, mathematics, forestry, and science (physics, chemistry, botany, and zoology). 

The questions in entrance examinations are multiple-choice objective questions, primarily based on +2 level Science and PCL level courses.

 For detailed insight on full marks for the entrance examination, go through the table below:

S.N.

Content/Domain

Marks

A.

Zoology

 

1.

Biology, origin, and evolution of life

4

2.

General characteristics and classification of protozoa to Chordata.

8

3.

Plasmodium, earthworm, and frog,

8

4.

Human biology and human diseases

14

5.

Animal tissues

4

6.

Environmental pollution, adaptation and animal behaviour, application of zoology

2

Total

40

B.

Botany

 

7.

The basic component of life and biodiversity

11

8.

Ecology and environment

5

 

9.

Cell biology and genetics

12

10.

Anatomy and physiology

7

11.

Developmental and applied botany

5

Total

40

C.

Chemistry

 

12.

General and physical chemistry

15

13.

Inorganic chemistry

10

14.

Organic chemistry

15

Total

40

D.

Physics

 

15.

Mechanics

9

16.

Heat and thermodynamics

5

17.

Geometrical optics and physical optics

5

18.

Current electricity and magnetism

7

19.

Sound waves, electrostatics, and capacitors

5

20.

Modern physics and nuclear physics

5

21.

Solid and semiconductor devices(electronics)

2

22.

Particle physics, source of energy, and universe

2

Total

40

E.

Contents from PCL level course of a specific subject

 

23.

Contents from PCL/ diploma level course of a specific subject

20

                                      Total

20

F.

Mental Agility Test(MAT)

 

24.

Verbal reasoning

5

25.

Numerical reasoning

5

26.

Logical sequencing

5

27.

Spatial relation/Abstract reasoning

5

                                          Total

20

                                      Grand Total

200

To pass the test, an applicant must secure a minimum of 50% marks. 

The result list is published in merit order with the names of the candidates and their eligibility for admission. The selected candidate must present a photocopy of the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Certificate of qualifications — Transcript and Character Certificate of 10+2 and SLC/SEE or Equivalent.
  • Certificate of Equivalence for students from foreign institutions
  • Copy of citizenship or passport.
  • Admit card of the entrance examination.
  • Documents submitted for reservation.

The interested international students must fill the online application form disclosing their choice of the academic program and submit it within the set deadline.

Evaluation and Examination System

A student’s academic performance in a course is evaluated in two phases — internally and externally.

Internally, the concerned faculty member evaluates the students through quizzes, tutorials, lab works, home assignments, class tests, class participation, term papers, internal exam, etc.

The Office of the Controller of Examinations of the concerned university evaluates the students externally through year/semester-end examinations. 

Other external evaluation mediums include laboratory work, project work, practical and internship through practical, demonstration, presentation (oral and poster) and oral exams.

Attendance Requirements 

A BPT student must attend every lecture, tutorial, seminar, field visit, lab work and practical class. 

However, to accommodate for late registration, sickness and other contingencies, they must attend at least 80% of the theoretical and practical classes held to be eligible to appear for the final examination. 

Internship for BPT

To complete the graduation program of the BPT course, it is mandatory to undertake six months long internship program in hospitals within the scope of physiotherapy practice.

Students can choose from the following disciplines for internship:

Discipline

Duration

OPD 

1 month 

Cardiopulmonary 

1 month 

Orthopedics/Sports 

1 month

Neurology 

1 month 

Paediatrics 

15 days

Women’s Health

15 days 

Community rehabilitation 

15 days

Elective*

15 days 

Students can select the elective areas depending upon their area of interest or feasibility recognized by the academic institution within or outside the country.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Reservation Seats

A total of 150 seats per year is available for the BPT course of study in Nepal. The allocated number of seats as per the colleges are as follows.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Colleges

Number of Seats

Birat Medical College

30

Nobel Medical College

30

Kathmandu Medical college Pvt. Ltd

30

KU School of Medical Sciences(KUSOM)

40

School of Health and Allied Science

20

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Major Subjects

 A BPT student must attend following the core courses

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Biomechanics and Kinesiology
  • Musculoskeletal sciences
  • Neurological physiotherapy
  • Cardio-respiratory physiotherapy
  • Pediatric physiotherapy
  • Research methodology and biostatistics
  • Community physiotherapy
  •  Men’s and women’s health
  •  Gerontology and geriatric physiotherapy
  •  Sports physiotherapy

Colleges offering Bachelor of Physiotherapy courses in Nepal

Currently, only two universities — Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS) and Pokhara University(PoU) offer Bachelor of Physiotherapy courses in Nepal. Some of the colleges under KU and PoU offering BPT programs are as follows:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Colleges

Location

University

Birat Medical College

Tankisinwari, Biratnagar

KU

Nobel Medical College

Biratnagar

KU

Kathmandu Medical college Pvt. Ltd

Sinamangal, Kathmandu

KU

KU School of Medical Sciences(KUSOM)

Dhulikhel

KU

School of Health and Allied Science

Pokhara

PoU

Provisions of Scholarships for BPT

According to Rule 20 of the National Medical Education Rules, 2077, the Government of Nepal awards 55% of the seats through open competition out of the total scholarship seats to be awarded to the undergraduate level. 

The remaining 45% of the seats will be distributed based on total the following:

Female

33%

Dalit

9%

Aadibasi janajati

15%

Khas Aryan

17%

Madhesi

12%

Tharu

4%

Muslim

2%

Candidates from the Backward community

4%

Disabled

2%

Families of martyrs, families of disappeared persons, families of injured warriors, and conflict victims

2%

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Career Opportunities

The demand for physiotherapy professionals has increased immensely over the past few decades in Nepal. As a result, there is a broad scope for Bachelor of Physiotherapy graduates in Nepal. 

They can pursue careers in different sectors such as hospitals, medical institutions, private clinics, education and training, academic research among others.

Graduates can also work autonomously and establish private clinics to provide physiotherapy services.

Other possible job designations for BPT graduates are:

  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Osteopath
  • Sports Physio Rehabilitation.
  • Physiotherapy instructor and trainer
  • Research assistants



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