i. Senior Secondary School certificate with credit passes in 5 subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology with an appropriate pass in the Joint Matriculation Examination.
ii. Candidates for direct entry must possess G.C.E Advanced level with passes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
iii. Holders of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria accredited Professional Higher National Diploma for Physiotherapy Technicians (and having a current practice license as Physiotherapy Assistant/Technician) course may also
be considered for direct entry admission. Holders of any other diploma (OND or HND) will not be considered for direct entry admission.
iv. After successfully completing a B.Sc. degree course in this or any other University, a candidate may be considered for direct entry admission into the BMR (PT) degree programme of the faculty. Such a candidate shall be expected to
satisfy the admission committee of the Faculty. Such a candidate must have a minimum of second class lower division or be within that range (in case of transfer students.).
iv. Transfer students from other departments within the University shall be expected to have passed all the courses required for moving from 100 level to 200 level of study of the Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation programme of this University and
must attain a CGPA of at least 4.00. No admission shall be made beyond the 200 level.
H. REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF MEDICAL REHABILITATION [Physiotherapy]
The degree of Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation [Physiotherapy] shall be an unclassified degree, i.e. without classification. Courses shall be studied leading to the award of B.M.R. (PT) Honours degree.
1. THE TRAINING PROGRAMME
The training programme is divided into four phases:
Phase 1 shall be composed of one-year preliminary studies in the basic sciences.
Phase II shall be composed of three semesters of pre-clinical studies in the basic medical sciences (i.e. two semesters of 200 level and first semester of 300 level of study).
Phase III is the first clinical phase of the programme and shall be composed of three semesters (2nd semester of 300 level to end of 2nd semester of 400 level) of departmental courses and clinical exposure at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital and other approved centres
Phase IV The fourth phase (final phase), which is the second clinical phase, comprising the two semesters of the 500 level of study, shall include also departmental courses and clinical exposure at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital and other approved centres.
2. LENGTH OF PROGRAMME
The Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation [Physiotherapy] programme shall normally extend over 10 semesters (5 academic sessions) for candidates admitted
through 100 level of study and 8 semesters for candidates admitted into the 200 level of study (or through direct entry).
The maximum number of semesters allowed for the degree shall be 15.
A student shall be asked to withdraw from the programme if he/she:
(i) fails to proceed from the preclinical phase to the 1st clinical phase of the programme after spending extra four (4) semesters;
(ii) stays more than an extra 2 semesters beyond the normal period for the clinical phase, except if the student has not spent an extra semester in the pre-clinical phase.
(iii) Hence a student shall be asked to withdraw from the programme if he/she exceeds or is likely to exceed five (5) extra semesters in excess of the normal period.
3.MODE OF STUDY
All students must register full-time. No part-time registration is allowed.
I. EXAMINATIONS AND AWARD OF DEGREE
(i) The B.M.R (PT) degree programme shall run a MODIFIED COURSE SYSTEM. The modification requires students to meet certain criteria in order to progress from one phase of the programme to the next. Students who fail to meet the required criteria to progress to the next phase of the programme may bepermitted to re-sit the examinations (take second examinations) in the courses,
spend extra one or two semesters at the particular phase of the programme, so as to retake examination in the failed courses or advised to withdraw from the programme. This is to accommodate the clinical nature of the programme, as opposed to other non-clinical programmes run on course credit system.
(ii) All courses taught during each semester shall be examined at the end of the semester. Student shall be required to take written examination (made up of essay type and multiple choice questions) and/or practical/oral/clinical examination as
the case may be.
(iii) All courses recommended for physiotherapy training in the Department of Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) are COMPULSORY and MUST be passed.
(iv) Continuous assessment shall constitute 30% of marks for all courses while examination at the end of the semester in which the course is taken will constitute 70% of the marks. Continuous assessment may include university- wide quizzes, class presentations, term papers and assignments. For the courses involving practical/oral/clinical examination as the case may be, the breakdown shall be as follows:
Continuous Assessment – Quiz- 15%
Practical/Oral/ Clinical- 15%
Examination -Theory- 35%
Practical/Oral/ Clinical- 35%
(v) Pass mark for all courses taken in the Department of Medical Rehabilitation (all of which are core courses) shall be 50%, whilst pass marks for courses taken in other departments shall be as prescribed by the servicing departments. For courses that have
practical/oral/clinical examinations, failure in this aspect implies failure in the course as a whole.
(vi) The Faculty Board of Examiners shall approve provisional results. The final year (500-level) results shall be presented along with candidates’ cumulative grade point average (CGPA). The computation of CGPA shall be according to the existing guidelines by Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
(vii) In order to proceed from one phase of the programme to the next, students shall have to satisfy the following criteria:
(a) From first phase (100 level) to pre-clinical phase (1st semester 200 level to end of 1st Semester 300 level): Students shall be required to pass all the courses at 100 level. No candidate shall progress from this stage if he/she has failed any course. The afore going shall also apply to all intending students wishing to transfer from other departments. All students who transferred into the department must have passed all the prescribed 100 level courses. No waivers shall be permitted.
(b) From preclinical phase (1st semester 200 level to end of 1st semester 300 level) to 1st clinical phase (2nd semester 300 level to end of 2nd semester 400 level): Students shall be permitted to proceed to 1st clinical phase of study, provided they have
passed all the courses at the pre-clinical phase. No student shall be allowed to proceed from this phase if he/she fails ANY course(s).
At the end of the 2nd semester of 200 level the Departmental and Faculty board of Examiners shall consider the results of courses taken during the 1st and 2nd semester. Candidates who fail any of the second semester courses shall have to pass it before
proceeding to the clinical phase of the programme while those who may fail the first semester courses shall have not more than the number of units required to make a maximum of 24 units in order to register for the first semester 300 level.
The overall result of the pre-clinical phase of study shall be considered at the end of the 1st semester 300 level (This will include results of courses taken during the 3 semesters constituting the phase). The Departmental Board at this sitting shall determine
the suitability of candidates to proceed to the 1st clinical phase of study and recommend same for the approval of the Faculty Board of Examiners.
(c) From 1st Clinical phase (beginning of 2nd semester 300level to end of 2nd semester 400 level) to 2nd clinical phase (1st and 2nd semester 500level): Students shall be permitted to proceed to the final phase of study, provided they have passed all the courses; and shall not have more outstanding units than will allow registration for a maximum of 28 units in the first and second semesters 500 level.
(viii) A successful student for the award B.M.R (PT) shall have passed all the courses in the clinical phases of study and also have no outstanding GSS course.
(ix) All courses in the clinical phases of the programme require that the student MUST COMPULSORILY pass ALL BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCE COURSES (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, and other pre-clinical phase courses).
(x) The Department shall award a distinction to a student who scores an average of 70% and above in all the parts/aspects of a clinical subject areas, provided that all such courses are passed at first attempt. The subject areas are Electrotherapy (comprising Low and Medium Frequency Stimulating Currents Therapy, Thermotherapy, Sonotherapy and Actinotherapy), Exercise therapy,
Kinesiology, Manual therapy, Neurological physiotherapy, Orthopaedic and Sports physiotherapy, Paediatrics and Cardio-Pulmonary Physiotherapy.
(xi) The list of successful students for the degree shall be published in alphabetical order, indicating those who passed with distinction in any subject.
(xii) A student who for no acceptable reason absent himself/herself from any examination which he/she duly registered for shall be deemed to have failed the examination.
(xii) Students shall normally be required to register for not less than a prescribed minimum of 15 units and a maximum of 24 units in each semester of each academic year as approved by the Senate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
(xiii) Students are expected to participate in and MUST pass oral/practical examinations for the following courses: MRH 362, MRH 411, MRH 431, MRH 441, MRH 481, MRH 491; MRH 462, and MRH 492.
(xiv) There shall be clinical examinations at the end of 2nd semester 300L, 1st and 2nd semester 400L, and 1st and 2nd semesters 500L (MRH 362, MRH 511, and MRH 522). The clinical examinations shall test the ability of the candidate to assess the patient, plan and carryout appropriate intervention. The clinical examinations shall be in 2 parts:
The scope of the examination shall test the various clinical postings/attachments covered through the duration of training. Continuous assessment for MRH 511, and MRH 522 shall be computed from the students’ clinical posting booklet.
- J. SECOND (RE-SIT) EXAMINATIONS
i. At the end of each semester of the clinical phases i.e. 300 level (2nd semester only), 400 level (1st and 2nd semesters) and 500 level (1st and 2nd semesters), resit or second examinations may be conducted at least 6 weeks after the main examination.
ii. To qualify for second exams, the candidate should not have failed more than 3 courses in 300 level (2nd semester only), and 400 level (1st and 2nd semesters) and not more than 4 courses in 500 level (1st and 2nd semesters).
iii. Candidates who fail more than the stipulated number of courses in (ii) shall be asked to re-register the courses failed in the following session. Consequently, such a student shall register for the failed courses and take elective courses to make up a minimum 15 credit units per semester in line with the university regulations.
iv. Elective courses apply to ONLY students who fail to progress to the first clinical phase and who need to make up to minimum 15 credit units per semester.
v. Students who pass a course at second or re-sit examination shall be credited with whatever scores obtained in the re-sit examination.