Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


DPT is the first 5 years professional degree program in physical therapy comprising of 10 semesters, equivalent to 17 years of schooling and endorsed by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan(HEC). The degree program will produce physical therapy professionals who will be Doctor of Physical Therapy and will be competent to diagnose and treat movement dysfunctions due to injuries or diseases by using all physical means including; manual therapy techniques, exercise therapy, electrotherapy and preventative measures. Physical Therapists with the DPT degree will be practitioners of choice to whom public will have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and environmental barriers related to movement, function, and health. This degree program include foundational science courses, such as anatomy, physiology, histology, exercise physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, pharmacology, pathology, and radiology/imaging, along with behavioral science courses, such as evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning. In this degree program the students also study the clinically-based courses include medical screening, examination tests and measures, diagnostic process, therapeutic interventions, outcomes assessment, and practice management. The DPT degree also fulfills the international requirements for physical therapy education, so the DPT graduates could get equivalency easily abroad.

Scope of DPT(Doctor of Physical Therapy)

This course will equip graduates to get primarily involved in patient care. They assess, diagnose, and treat individuals with a wide range of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiopulmonary conditions. They play a crucial role in rehabilitation, helping patients recover from injuries, surgeries, and medical conditions. They work with patients of all ages, from children to the elderly, and address issues like sports injuries, joint replacements, stroke recovery, and more. DPT professionals are also involved in preventive care. They educate patients on proper body mechanics, ergonomics, and exercise techniques to prevent injuries and maintain overall physical well-being. DPT professionals work in sports medicine settings, helping athletes recover from injuries, improve performance, and prevent future injuries. DPT professionals are often involved in geriatric care, helping older adults maintain their mobility and independence. They  may work with children, addressing developmental issues, congenital conditions, or injuries. They work with patients who have neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. DPTs commonly work in orthopedic settings, addressing musculoskeletal issues such as fractures, joint replacements, and orthopedic surgeries. They help patients regain mobility and strength after these procedures. Some DPTs are involved in research, contributing to the advancement of the field. Others become educators, teaching future physical therapists in academic institutions.

Why Riphah?

Riphah is the pioneering institute in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) and Post Professional Doctor of Physical therapy program (PP-DPT) in Pakistan.

Our aim is to provide a Rehabilitation Sciences program that will develop in its graduates, a life-long commitment to continuing education with enhanced critical reasoning and communication skills, a highly developed awareness of their ethical and professional responsibilities to individual patients and to the community, skills to cope with the challenges of medicine, both technical and humanistic, and an ability to contribute to the continuing evolution of medical knowledge.


Study Level Study Mode Program Length Credit Hours Intake Class Timings 1st Semester Fee(Excluding Taxes)
Full Time
5 Years (10 Semesters)
Spring & Fall Semesters
Weekdays Morning


Eligibility Selection Criteria Offered at Class Start Date Application
Minimum 60% marks in intermediate (FSc/ ALevels) with pre-medical subjects, from a recognized board/ university/institute.
Candidates are required to take the entry test & interview. Test score of centrally held entrance test by federal or provincial governments, such as UHS test is acceptable.
Gulburg Green Campus Islamabad ,Almizan Campus, main peshawar road, Rawalpindi.
March & September
Degree holders from foreign institutes should submit the equivalence certificate from Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC).
NTS-NAT is acceptable but not mandatory for admission in DPT. F.Sc 70% Test 30%


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