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Degree Programme of Physiotherapy

This curriculum is a translation of the curriculum of the Finnish degree program.

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Curriculum responsibility: Maritta Pitkänen

Basis of Education

The degree program in Physiotherapist leads to a Bachelor's degree in the field of social, health and sports, the degree title is Bachelor of Health Care. The scope of the studies is 210 credits and the duration is 3.5 years. The skills produced by the degree correspond to the level of higher education defined jointly in the European Union, which enables the movement of labor and experts.

Physiotherapy is part of the rehabilitation, exercise, social and health service system. The goal of physiotherapy is to promote and maintain the health, functional capacity and well-being of both individuals and groups. In physiotherapy, physiotherapeutic assessment is used to determine the client's / rehabilitator's movement and activities, as well as the factors that threaten or hinder them in the client's operating environments. Physiotherapy, together with the client / rehabilitator, aims to achieve optimal functional ability, especially mobility. The key is to consider the customer's resources and participate in their living environment, as well as the opportunities offered by the service systems. Physiotherapy is based on the science of physiotherapy, the main focus of which is mobility in relation to a person's ability to function and its relationship to an individual's activity. Physiotherapy focuses in particular on the prevention (risk or disorder) and rehabilitation of functional impairment. Physiotherapy uses evidence-based information and practices produced by one's own discipline, and evidence-based approaches in several different disciplines are also applied.

The physiotherapist works in an entrepreneurial manner and is independently responsible for the planning, implementation, evaluation and development of his or her work. He takes into account ethical and legal considerations as well as the requirements of effectiveness, efficiency and economy. In addition, he takes into account the situation of the client and the family and the relevance of the activities. The work of a physiotherapist is customer-oriented and evidence-based. The physiotherapist cooperates with the client and other experts involved in the client's treatment and rehabilitation, as well as as an expert in his or her field in multidisciplinary working groups. Clients can come to the physiotherapist directly or referred by another health care professional. A physiotherapist works either in the service of another, as an entrepreneur or in various projects. Jobs include e.g. hospitals, health centers, research and treatment facilities, welfare companies, rehabilitation facilities and spas, occupational health care, public health, sports and disability organizations, service homes and kindergartens, and school and sports activities.

Legalization as a health care professional

The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (VALVIRA) legalizes health care as a legal professional, physiotherapist, at the request of a physiotherapist. The prerequisite for legalization is that 210 cr have been completed in physiotherapist training and the contents in accordance with the curriculum. The task of the university of applied sciences is to verify that the graduating health care professional has the competence required by the professional skills requirements.


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