You could take up science in your high school or junior college and study physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology.
You will hace to study and appear for the Common Entrance Exam (CET) to pursue your graduation in physiotherapy.
Your CET scores will get you into a graduate college for a Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy. This is a four-and-a-half year course and the most widely accepted course for graduation in physiotherapy. It also includes a six-month internship! You can also pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in Physiotherapy. This is a three-year course. After finishing it, you can also apply for a BPT. You can also pursue a one-year diploma, but it will only get you a job as a physiotherapy assistant as most places don't hire people based on this qualification alone.
Your physiotherapy degree includes valuable internship experience. Once you graduate, you are ready for a job! You may begin as an assistant physiotherapist at a hospital or work with a health club or an old people’s home. You could also work at a private clinic or a community healthcare centre, based on your personal interests!
Congratulations, you are now officially a physiotherapist!
After working for a few years, you can choose a specialisation depending on your interest. Your options include orthopaedics, paediatrics, women’s health and more! Within these parameters, there are three different areas of practice. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sometimes referred to as orthopaedic physiotherapy, is the treatment of all the muscles in the human body. This could include treatments for sprains, back injuries, posture realignment, sports injuries as well as reduced mobility. Rehabilitation following surgery also falls in this category. Neurological physiotherapy is used to treat disorders of the nervous system including strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord problems, as well as post-brain surgery recovery. Cardiothoracic physiotherapy mostly refers to lung and heart-related injuries as well as asthma and bronchitis.
You could also pursue a postgraduate (master’s) degree in physiotherapy by opting for Master’s in Physiotherapy (MPT) Master of Science (MSc) in Physiotherapy! This is to learn more about your chosen specialisation. It will make you a better physiotherapist and help treat your patients better!