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Department of Physiotherapy

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Physiotherapy

I warmly welcome you to the website of the Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medical Sciences at the University of Calabar. Our young and vibrant Department, which started academic programs in the 2018/2019 academic session, is making tremendous progress that we are very proud of. We encourage you to go through our web pages and find out more information about our academic programs, courses and curriculum, admission requirements, research, staff, and other information.

We have packaged a series of courses, training programs, and curriculum that lead to the award of an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy. Our curriculum promotes a blend of excellent teaching, clinical practice, and quality research and they provide great opportunities for students to learn, acquire knowledge and skills in different areas of physiotherapy, and develop a lifelong experience that will make them be outstanding in their future practices. These academic programs are driven by a team of highly experienced academic, administrative, clinical, and technical staff, who have a deep commitment to inspiring students to learn. Our laboratories are equipped with hi-tech equipment.

If you are seeking for a university to study Physiotherapy, consider enrolling in our university. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, and feedback, kindly direct us using any of our contact platforms.

Thank you for visiting our website as we hope to meet you soon.

Dr Nicholas Oghumu

Head of Department

Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective


To Produce high quality graduates and scholars in focal areas of learning with theoretical, practical and entepreneurial skills for the world of work in conducive environment through quality research and teaching.


To be a centre of excellence producing globally competitive graduates and contributing significantly to development through research.


The philosophy of this programme is to train and produce dedicated highly knowledgeable and skilled physiotherapists who will continue to search for more knowledge and professional skill and apply the same for the treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, health promotion and other health needs of the patients and the community using physiotherapeutic modalities.


          i.     To produce physiotherapists with sufficient knowledge of basic medical sciences that can be brought to bear on sound clinical reasoning and decision making in the practice of the profession.


        ii.     To produce physiotherapists with sufficient skills in the various techniques of physiotherapy to be able to practice efficiently, effectively and safely.


      iii.     To produce physiotherapists of international standard, skilled in assessment and                     treatment of patients as well as in the evaluation of intervention procedures employed in physiotherapy.


      iv.     To produce physiotherapists whose confidence in professional practice is hinged on adequate understanding of the theoretical basis of their interventions on patients’ conditions and who are poised to employ it to the best advantage of the patient.


        v.     To produce physiotherapists that are worthy in character and intellect and are consistent upholders of ethics of physiotherapy practice.


      vi.     To produce physiotherapist who have keen interest in knowledge search and are ready to continue equipping themselves intellectually after their training.


    vii.     To produce physiotherapists who are humane and ready to show appropriate sympathy and empathy towards the patient and who as well are able to work harmoniously with other members of the medical team.


  viii.     To produce physiotherapists who are adept at research design, data treatment and interpretation and who as well are proficient in the dissemination of information or findings there from for the benefit of humanity.


The Department of Physiotherapy offers a five-year program leading to Bachelor in Physiotherapy [B.PT]. Physiotherapy is a health care profession that utilizes physical agents such as heat, light, water, electricity, massage, manipulations, mechanical appliances, etc; manual procedures and therapeutic exercises in the treatment and management of injuries and diseases. Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation, and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Physiotherapy involves the interaction between physiotherapists, patients/clients, other health professionals, families, caregivers, and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physiotherapists. 


Physiotherapy is that aspect of Medicare that prevents treats and rehabilitates clinical conditions with the use of physical agents. These physical agents include heat, light, electricity, sound, water at varying temperatures, mechanical traction, manipulation, and exercise therapy as well as the use of ambulatory aids, prosthesis and orthotics, and other assistive devices.

Physiotherapy also involves the use of topical drugs such as anti-inflammatory analgesics and the use of certain ions as in iontophoresis.

Physiotherapy aims to maximize the individual’s movement potential, reduce pain and consequently improve his/her functional capabilities.

Seven Nigerian universities presently offer physiotherapy as a five-year degree Program resulting in the award of a Bachelor of 

Physiotherapy (B.PT) degree or a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (B.MR) degree. These universities include the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, University of Maiduguri, Bayero University, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

Out of these seven universities, three are located in the South-west, two in the South-East and two in the Northern part of the country.

The commencement of a training program in Physiotherapy at the University of Calabar will enable this region of the country to have a better physiotherapy training school. It will also help better the Physiotherapy/Population ratio in Nigeria.

As it stands presently, Nigeria boasts of about 2,500 Physiotherapists with as much as a quarter of this number practicing outside the country. Considering the population of Nigeria to be about 140,000,000 (one hundred and forty million) people (2006), it statistically turns out to be a ratio of 1 physiotherapist to 74,667 Nigerians (1 physiotherapist: 74,667 Nigerians). 

This is glaringly unacceptable.

 This program when commenced will also enable science-based Nigerian youths especially those of South-South descent study Physiotherapy and graduate as professionals thereby increasing the physiotherapy manpower in the South-South and Health Sectors.



The Nigerian Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Registration Board (MRTB) regulates the training and the practice of physiotherapists.

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