Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)

Develop a deep understanding of the human body, learn how to assess and treat a wide range of injuries and conditions, and acquire the skills needed to design customized rehabilitation plans that help patients recover their strength and mobility


This course introduces students on how to assist and empower people who have been injured, ill, or disabled, as well as how to maximize their functional ability. Maryam Abacha American University will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and accreditation to launch an exciting and rewarding career as Doctor of Physiotherapy.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Physiotherapy program are well-prepared to pursue a range of fulfilling careers in the field of healthcare. Some potential roles for graduates include:

Clinical Physiotherapist: Assess, diagnose and treat patients with musculoskeletal, neurological, or cardiopulmonary conditions, develop treatment plans, and monitor progress.

Sports Physiotherapist: Work with athletes to prevent injuries, manage and treat sports-related injuries, and design and implement rehabilitation programs to help athletes return to their sport.

Pediatric Physiotherapist: Work with children with developmental delays, disabilities, and injuries, and provide treatment to improve their physical abilities, coordination, and motor skills.

Geriatric Physiotherapist: Work with older adults to prevent falls, manage and treat age-related conditions, such as arthritis and osteoporosis, and help them maintain their independence.

In addition to these specific roles, graduates can also pursue careers in various healthcare settings, such as:

Hospitals: Work in acute care, rehabilitation, or outpatient departments, and provide treatment to patients with a range of conditions, such as strokes, spinal cord injuries, and amputations.

Private Practice: Open their own physiotherapy clinic or work in a group practice, and provide treatment to patients with a range of conditions, such as chronic pain, sports injuries, and post-operative rehabilitation.

Community Health: Work in community health centers, schools, or nursing homes, and provide treatment to patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Research: Work in academic or research settings, and conduct research to advance the field of physiotherapy, improve patient outcomes, and develop new treatment approaches.

Furthermore, this program also prepares graduates for entrepreneurship and innovation, enabling them to start their own physiotherapy clinics or develop new technologies to improve patient care. With a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation techniques, graduates of our Physiotherapy program are well-equipped to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of their patients.

Program Learning Outcomes


Year 1 – Freshmen

Mathematics for Health Sciences
Physical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Behavior of Matter
Practical Chemistry I
General Biology I
General Biology III
Physics Practical I
English and Communications
Introduction to French Language I
Organic Chemistry
Practical Chemistry II
Electricity and Magnetism
Practical Physics II
General Biology II
General Biology IV
Statistics for Health Sciences
Introduction to French Language II
Use of Library, Study skills and ICT
Nigerian Peoples and Culture

Year 2 – Sophomore

General Principles and Cell Physiology
Blood and Immunology Physiology
Gastro Intestinal Tract Physiology I
Histology I
Gross Anatomy I (Musculoskeletal System, Upper & Lower Limbs)
General Biochemistry I
Practical Biochemistry I
Enzymology and Introductory Metabolism
Introduction to Physiotherapy and Medical Rehabilitation
Philosophy, Logic and Human Existence
French Language I
Biochemical Endocrinology
General Biochemistry II
Gross Anatomy II (Thorax, Abdomen, Pelvis & Perineum)
Histology II
Embryology II
Physiology of Respiration
Gastro Intestinal Tract II
Endocrinology I & II
Cardiovascular System I
Practical Biochemistry II
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Introduction to Computer and its Application

Year 3 – Junior

Gross Anatomy of Neck, Head, Neuroanatomy & Special senses
Neurophysiology I & II
Cardiovascular System II
Genitourinary Physiology
Nutritional Biochemistry I
Inorganic Biochemistry and Vitamins
Medical Psychology
Medical Microbiology I
Introduction to Therapeutic Exercises and Basic Therapeutic Skills
Peace and Conflict Resolution
French Language II
Clinical Anatomy
Practical Anatomy
Exercise Physiology
General Principles of Pharmacology
Nutritional Biochemistry II
Special Topics in Biochemistry
Medical Sociology
Microbiology II
Venture Creation

Year 4 – Senior

Diagnostic tests in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Clinical Reasoning & Decision Making
Direct & Low Frequency Current Electrotherapy
Systemic review for Physiotherapy
Cryotherapy and Hydrotherapy
Biomechanics & Kinesiology
Pharmacology in Physiotherapy
Pathology I
French Language III
High frequency current and Actinotherapy
Therapeutic Exercise Regime in health and diseases
Theory & Practice of Massage
Ultrasonic Therapy, other Radiations and Conducive Heating
Pharmacology in Physiotherapy
Pathology II
Evidence based physiotherapy practice

Physical Diagnoses
Neurological Assessments and Differential Diagnosis
General Nursing Procedure
Electrotherapy posting (sessional course)
Exercise therapy posting (sessional course)

Year 5 -Senior

Manual Therapy (Spinal & Peripheral)
Physiotherapy in Arthropathies
Neurophysiological Bases of Therapeutic Exercise
Community & Primary Health Care Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy in Health Promotions
Physiotherapy in Disaster Management
Physiotherapy in Neuromedical and Neurogenetic Conditions
Orthopedics Physiotherapy
Clinical Measurement & Instrumentation
Computer Applications in Physiotherapy and Medicine
Research Methodology
Physiotherapy in Neurosurgical and Neuropsychiatric conditions
Ergonomics & Occupational Health Physiotherapy
Assistive Technology in Rehabilitation
Sports and recreational Physiotherapy
Fundamentals of Pain and Management
Pedagogy in Physiotherapy
Clinical Posting in Neurophysiotherapy (sessional)
Clinical Posting in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy (sessional)

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