CAREER OPTION : Physiotherapist
A preventive, rehabilitative and helpful career in the field of medicine is perfect for you, if you wish to help a patient in a state of incapacity. Physiotherapist is a person who helps a person incapable of some movement regain the capacity. This can occur due to genetic defects, accidents, serious illnesses etc. As a physiotherapist, you can treat a wide range of people and work with departments of your choice such as orthopaedics, paediatrics etc. With changing lifestyle and living conditions, the rate at which physiotherapy is necessary to different illnesses has increased. There are good monetary fortunes as well as reputation associated with his career.
Your duties will include physical examination, assessments to determine a diagnosis, select physical therapy intervention and monitor the effectiveness of treatment. You will have to use various techniques like X-rays or Ultrasounds to treat a patient in need. It will be a physically strenuous work since you will have to physically lift and support patients. But, despite the stress, the satisfaction the job provides is beyond words because you are almost bringing a person back to life. When a person who couldn’t walk for years steps back and walks again because of your treatment, the glory and achievement you feel will be unimaginable.
- The minimum qualification required to become a physiotherapist is qualifying grades in your H.S.C (10+2) examinations under a recognised board of education.
- Your main subjects should be Physics, Chemistry and Biology and you must have scored a minimum of 50% in these subjects.
- You must be able to build a healthy relationship and a rapport with patients.
- You must gain the trust of a patient’s relatives, care takers as well as other health professionals such as occupational therapists, general practitioners, health visitors, nurses and social workers.
- You must be tolerant and patient and possess good communication skills.
- Try to be a good team player and be compassionate about what you do.
- You must have attention to detail, interest for continuous learning, ability to adapt to physically and emotionally challenging conditions and good co-ordination between work schedules.
How to become a Physiotherapist
STEP 1: In order to become a physiotherapist, the course that you should opt for is Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT). The minimum age to pursue this course is 17 years.
STEP 2: The duration of the course may vary between 3-4 years depending upon different institutions. In order to get admitted into an affiliated college in this course, you have to attend Common Entrance Test (CET).
STEP 3: The entrance exam will consist of objective type questions related to subjects such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry and English. The exams are conducted by both state and central bodies and occurs between the months of May-June.
STEP 4: After clearing the entrance exam you will be admitted into respective colleges as per your rank. After 3 and a half years of your study, you will have to complete a 6 months training with privately run or government hospitals. After this if you wish to, you can opt for higher studies in the domain.
- Christian Medical College – Vellore
- Madras Medical College – Chennai
- Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College – Mumbai
- Sri Ramachandra University – Chennai
In today’s world, considering the current lifestyle and health conditions of the generation, the scope for physiotherapist is large. The demand for physiotherapists in medical centres and hospitals are rising rapidly. Apart from joining private or government hospitals, you can opt for a career with huge remuneration in either corporate hospitals or sports teams as permanent member of the medical team.
The income cannot be standard since there is scope for private practise. There is no fixed number for the amount you can earn with private practice. It increases with your proficiency and with the trust you earn with patients. A junior physiotherapist working under a hospital can earn between Rs.30, 000 to Rs.40, 000 per month. It gets as high as Rs.70, 000 per month or more depending upon the organisation you work with.