Physiotherapist Salary in Nigeria (2021)

How Much Physiotherapists Are Paid in Nigeria

Physiotherapy is one of the medical lines that is not so loud in Nigeria as other top medical lines like nursing and pharmacy.

Salary of physiotherapists in Nigeria

Notwithstanding the less popularity of the profession in Nigeria, it is a very important aspect of health care that cannot be abandoned in health care system.

In this post, we will be focusing extensively on physiotherapy in Nigeria.

Specifically, we will be looking at Salaries of physiotherapists in Nigeria as well as how to become a physiotherapist in Nigeria among other things.

What is Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is the treatment of injury, disease and disorders through physical methods such as exercise, massage, manipulation and other treatments over medication and surgery.

Physiotherapy can also be explained as health care profession which assists people to restore, maintain and maximize their strength, function, movement, and overall well-being.

Another term for the word Physiotherapy is Physical Therapy.

Physiotherapy includes rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness.

Who is A Physiotherapist

A physiotherapist is a health care professional who helps patients achieve maximum range of movement and physical ability, either by developing it in the first place or restoring it after loss of physical ability due to illness, injury or aging.

Physiotherapists are usually called physical therapists in Nigeria.

Types of Physiotherapy

In this section of the post will be discussing the types of physiotherapy.

There are three (3) major types of physiotherapy.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

This is the type of physiotherapy is also called orthopaedic physiotherapy.

It is geared towards treating conditions such as sprains, back pain, arthritis, strains, incontinence, bursitis, posture problems, sport and workplace injuries.

Patients who are undergoing rehabilitation after surgery are enrolled in this type of physiotherapy.

Neurological Physiotherapy

Neurological Physiotherapy is mostly used to treat patients with disorder of the nervous system.

This is the type of physio patients of stroke, spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease undertakes.

Sometimes, it is also undertaken after a brain surgery.

Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy

This type of physiotherapy is mostly used in treatment of cardio-respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema etc.

Physiotherapists Salary in Nigeria: How Much Physiotherapists Earn in Nigeria as Salaries.

Below is the average salaries of physiotherapists in Nigeria.

The average salary of physiotherapist in Nigeria is around N180,000 per month.

Entry Level Physiotherapist: 0 – 2 years experience = N80,000 to N120,000 per month.

Mid Level Physiotherapist: 2 – 5 years experience = N100,000 to N200,000 per month

Experienced Physiotherapist: 5 years experience and above = N250,000 per month and above.

Salary of Physiotherapists During Internship

Salary of physiotherapist during internship is around N70,000 to N120,000 per month.

Salary of physiotherapists in Teaching /Government Hospitals

The salary of physiotherapist working in teaching hospitals or physiotherapists working in government hospitals is between N150,000 to N800,000 per month depending on number of years of experience and position.

Salary of physiotherapists During NYSC

The salary of physiotherapists during mandatory one NYSC is around N70,000 per month.

How To Become A physiotherapist in Nigeria

To Become a physiotherapist in Nigeria, one will have to pursue for a degree in physiotherapy in a university medical school.

Afterwards, the candidate will embark on one year internship and Another one year of mandatory NYSC.

This is how to become a physiotherapist in Nigeria.

How Long Does It Take to Study Physiotherapy in Nigeria

It takes four years of academic programs to study physiotherapy in Nigeria and another one year of internship to conclude the full training and academic exercise of becoming a physiotherapist in Nigeria.

Is Studying Physiotherapy Hard in Nigeria

No academic program is a bed of roses in Nigerian Universities.

Every academic course and discipline has its own challenges.

However, there is no amount of pressure that will deter a firm resolved mind.

With consistent attendance of classes and studies, physiotherapy will not a hard course to study for Nigeria students.

Admission Requirements for Studying Physiotherapy in Nigeria

Below is the academic requirements for candidates who wishes to study physiotherapy in Nigeria.

O’Level Result: Five (5) SSC credit passes in English Language, Maths, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

UMTE/JAMB subjects Combination for physiotherapy: Use of English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Direct Entry: Two (2) ‘A’ level passes chosen from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

List of Universities Offering Physiotherapy in Nigeria

Below is the list of accredited Universities offering physiotherapy in Nigeria.

  • University of Ibadan
  • University of Maiduguri
  • University of Calabar
  • Bowen University
  • Bayero University, Kano
  • Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State
  • University of Benin
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife
  • University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  • University of Ilorin.
  • University of Lagos, Akoka

Places Where A Physiotherapist Can Work in Nigeria

Below are the career opportunities or places where a physiotherapist can work in Nigeria.

  • Hospitals or acute care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Long term care facilities
  • Home care programs
  • Public health units
  • Private clinics
  • Schools
  • Child development centres
  • Industry
  • Recreation centres
  • Sports clinics and facilities
  • Universities

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Emmanuel Igwenagu

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.

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