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Physiotherapy Programme

Physiotherapy as a profession is based on an academic education, specific knowledge about the human being and it is an independent professional discipline. A physiotherapist works with prevention, treatment and rehabilitative measures in different areas in both public and private care sector. Fysiotherapy aims to promote health with and through movement.

Swedish physiotherapy is world leading in several areas, which gives good opportunities to work internationally. The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy requires three years of full-time study. Further education provides opportunities for master’s and doctoral degree.

Structure and content

The physiotherapy programme comprises 180 higher education credits. The physiotherapy program is organized in courses with the gradual deepening of theoretical and practical knowledge, ability to independence, analysis and critical thinking.

At the beginning of the program, the students learn how the human body is built and how it works. The theoretical studies are then focused on anatomy, physiology and psychology. The students also learn basic theories and concepts in the subject of physiotherapy.

The second and third year of the programme entail a broadening and deepening in physiotherapy. The students learn to identify, analyse, assess and carry out rehabilitative and preventive measures for people with various functional impairments. The teaching covers various medical subjects such as rehabilitative medicine, orthopaedics and neurology. Fundamental theories in areas such as ethics and communication are integrated within the main subject of physiotherapy.

In the second year of the programme, the prospective physiotherapists do their first supervised clinical education period in in-patient care and community care. Later in the programme, the students do clinical education in rehabilitation and primary care. In a clinical training environment, the students can practice working in teams with prospective nurses, occupational therapists, and dieticians. The programme is concluded with a degree project in physiotherapy. After graduation, the students apply for a licence from the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Theory and practice

The teaching formats in the physiotherapy programme are based on self-directed learning. Pedagogy that activates the students is a key. The students are considered active knowledge seekers and willing to change with a conscious and critical evaluative approach to knowledge.

Some of the teaching formats used are interactive lectures, seminars, group work, workshops and clinical education. Examination formats is written and / or oral and practical.

Examination can take place through written and/or oral practical exams.

The program contains a total of 22 weeks of clinical education at various clinics in the region of Västra Götaland.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

Every semester, 37 students are admitted to the physiotherapy programme in Gothenburg. Admissions take place in both the autumn and spring semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

General entry requirements are:

  • Swedish 3 or Swedish course B or Swedish as second language 3, with at least a Pass grade, or the Test i svenska för universitetsstudier, Tisus (Test in Swedish for higher education). For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is necessary to have at least Swedish B.
  • English course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge.
  • Mathematics course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge. For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is not necessary to have Mathematics A.

If you have an IB degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades in Swedish B. You can also meet the requirement of Swedish with the Swedish upper secondary school courses: Swedish 3 or Swedish as a second language 3. Swedish B or Swedish as Second Language B issued before 2013-07-01 or Test in Swedish for University Studies (Tisus).
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010 mathematics is not required for general admission.

And specific entry requirements:

  • Physical Education A, Mathematics B, Science B and Social Studies A (field-specific entry requirements 17). Or: General entry requirements and Physical Education 1, Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c, Science 2, Social Studies 1b or 1a1 + 1a2 (field-specific entry requirements A15).

Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

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Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 9/28/2016

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