Physical Therapy (B.Sc.) Program
HRH Crown Prince ordered the merger of Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University and King Saud University in the Southern Region Asir (Abha) into one entity under King Khalid University's new identity Tuesday 09/01/1419 AH (06/05/1998). Later, a Royal Decree, Decree 7/78/M was issued to complete all regular procedures necessary to effect the merger on 11/3/1419 H (6/7/1998). The College started, functioning at the beginning of the academic year 1421/1422 H (200/2001), after the University Council adopted the study plans.
Physical Therapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximizing potential. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status. Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession, which sees human movement as central to the health and well-being of individuals.
The program requires four years of full-time study, plus one year of Clinical Internship. Each year of study comprises two semesters. The duration of each semester averages to about 16 weeks. The program includes a balance of basic sciences, behavioral sciences, clinical/Physical Therapy sciences, clinical practice, and critical/scientific inquiry. In the first year of the program, students will concentrate on the university requirements in humanities and sciences. In the second year, students will begin the basic sciences of anatomy and physiology, computer science, Islamic Culture, professional ethics, and introductory courses in Physical Therapy. The third and fourth years are devoted to the professional program. During the professional program, Physical therapy sciences are emphasized and clinical education experiences provide the students with concurrent opportunities to apply acquired knowledge and skills.
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