Physiotherapists play a pivotal role in providing healthcare services to diverse client populations. When it comes to human's health, it is necessary to opt for the most knowledgeable, skilled and specialized professionals to seek the best care quality. Thus, a physiotherapist must have the necessary knowledge and competencies to work with a range of clinical conditions such as sports injury, aged care, stroke rehabilitation, head and spine injuries, pregnancy, respiratory issues and recovery post-surgery.
The local Palestinian universities strive to provide hospitals and centers of the public and private sectors with qualified graduates in physical therapy. However, there is a lack of highly-trained practitioners particularly in the fields of physical therapy due to the inexistence of postgraduate programs that offer focused specializations. Therefore, opening PT master program at AAUP will certainly pave the way to having specialized physiotherapists, improving the quality of services provided to clients with complex conditions and informing practice through conducting scientific research.
In fact, several official Palestinian Health bodies expressed their appreciation to offering this program at a local university accessible to most Palestinian students like the Arab American University. The physiotherapy association’s strongly supports the opening of the master PT program. Administrators of the Association believe that this program will definitely prepare well-qualified professionals who are able to lead the development in physiotherapy profession.
Currently, AAUP is contracting with Jacksonville University in Florida / USA for staffing the program with specialized faculty. This collaboration with Jacksonville University is more likely to represent a promising outset in releasing learners' creativity and improve the profession of physiotherapy in theory, practice and scientific research.
The field of physiotherapy is growing rapidly and receiving considerable attention as part of the development and improvement of healthcare delivery globally.
Professionals with a Master’s in Physiotherapy have several career paths to choose from including: