Physical therapy (also known as physiotherapy) is an applied science profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disability through physical means. It also focuses on methods of evaluating functions of body systems and on the selection and application of appropriate therapeutic interventions to relieve pain, eliminate impairment, maintain, improve or restore functions and prevent dysfunction. Advancement in the medical field and awareness of disability preventions has increased the role of physical therapy in healthcare.

The program educates practitioners who will meet the challenges of a dynamic healthcare environment and supports scholarly activities that bridge science and clinical practice. Physical therapy curriculum at NIU includes theoretical, practical, and clinical and research courses to prepare graduates to function in a variety of settings in the field of physical therapy. The major hallmarks of studying physical therapy at NIU are the experienced basic and clinical science faculty and a well-developed network of clinical training facilities offering the best physical therapy services by highly competent clinicians for more than three decades at Fatima Memorial Hospital, Hijaz Hospital and Khair-un-Nisa Hospital.

Physical therapists work in a variety of settings including Hospitals, Rehabilitation centers, Special schools, Sports Teams, Private Clinics, Home Healthcare Agencies and Medical Colleges teaching Physical Therapy.

Semester 1 Semester 2
ENGL 101  English – I (Functional English) 3 (3-0) ENGL 102 Writing & Communication Skills 3 (3-0)
UNIV 100 Foundation of University Education 3 (3-0) SOCL- 101 Essentials of Sociology 2 (2-0)
BASC 103  Anatomy – I 4(3-1) BASC 104 Anatomy – II 4 (3-1)
BASC 113  Physiology – I 3 (2-1) BASC 114 Physiology – II 3 (2-1)
DPTB 101  Kinesiology – I 3 (2-1) DPTB 102 Kinesiology – II 3 (2-1)
DPTB 103 Professional Practice (Laws, Ethics & Administration) 2 (2-0) DPTB 104 Health and Wellness 2 (2-0)
Semester 3 Semester 4
BASC 205 Anatomy – III 3 (2-1) BASC 206 Anatomy – IV (Neuro Anatomy) 3 (2-1)
BASC 215 Physiology – III 3 (2-1) BASC 216 Exercise Physiology – IV 3 (2-1)
BASC 223 Biochemistry – I 2 (2-0) BASC 224 Biochemistry – II 3(2-1)
DPTB 205 Biomechanics & Ergonomics – I 3 (3-0) DPTB 206 Biomechanics & Ergonomics – II 3 (2-1)
ENG 103 Advance Writing and Communication Skills 3 (3-0) DPTB 207 Medical Physics 3 (2-1)
ISLM 101 Islamic Studies 2 (2-0) PKST 101 Pakistan Studies 2 (2-0)
Summer Semester
CSCS 101 Introduction to Computing 3(2-1) BHSC 200 Behavioral Sciences(Psychology & Ethics) 2 (2-0)
Semester 5 Semester 6
BASC 333 Pathology & Microbiology –I 2 (2-0) BASC 334 Pathology &Microbiology – II 3 (2-1)
BASC 341 Pharmacology & Therapeutics – I 2(2-0) BASC 343 Pharmacology & Therapeutics – II 2(2-0)
DPTA 311 Physical Agents & Electrotherapy – I 3 (2-1) DPTA 312 Physical Agents & Electrotherapy – II 3 (2-1)
DPTA 313 Therapeutic Exercises & Techniques 3 (2-1) DPTA 314 Community Medicine &Rehabilitation 3 (3-0)
BASC 351 Molecular Biology & Genetics 2(2-0) BIOS 300 Biostatistics 3 (3-0)
DPTC 301 Supervised Clinical Practice – I 3 (0-3) DPTC-302 Supervised Clinical Practice – II 3 (0-3)
Semester 7 Semester 8
CLSC 401 Medicine – I 3 (3-0) CLSC 402 Medicine – II 3 (3-0)
CLSC 411 Surgery – I 3 (3-0) CLSC 412 Surgery – II 3 (3-0)
CLSC 421 Radiology & Diagnostics 3 (2-1) DPTA 417 Neurological Physical Therapy 3 (2-1)
DPTA 415 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy 3 (2-1) DPTA 418 Prosthetics& Orthotics 2(2-0)
DPTA 416 Evidence Based Practice 3 (2-1) DPTA 419 Emergency Procedures 3 (2-1)
DPTC 403 Supervised Clinical Practice – III 3 (0-3) DPTC 404 Supervised Clinical Practice – IV 3 (0-3)
Semester 9 Semester 10
DPTA 520 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 3 (2-1) DPTA 524 Obstetrics &Gynecological Physical Therapy 2 (2-0)
DPTA 521 Integumentary Physical Therapy 2 (2-0) DPTA 525 Pediatric Physical Therapy 2 (2-0)
DPTA 522 Manual Therapy 3(2-1) DPTA 526 Gerontology & Geriatric Physical Therapy 2 (2-0)
DPTA 523 Clinical Decision Making &Differential Diagnosis 3 (3-0) DPTA 527 Sports Physical Therapy 2 (2-0)
RSMT 500 Scientific Inquiry & Research Methodology 3 (2-1) DPT 599 Research Project 6 (0-6)
DPTC 505 Supervised Clinical Practice – V 3 (0-3) DPTC 506 Supervised Clinical Practice – VI 4 (0-4)
Faculty Applied Sciences
Study Level Undergraduate
Degree Length 5 Years
Attendance Type Full Time
Total Credit Hours 175
Entry Fall Semester

12 years of education with background in Biology, Chemistry and Physics