Physiotherapists are specialists in physical motion and movement. They have an extensive repertoire of techniques and methods and apply their expertise in a highly targeted manner.
What Is It All About?
Physiotherapists are specialists in physical motion and movement. They have an extensive repertoire of techniques and methods and apply their expertise in a highly targeted manner. Physiotherapy may serve to maintain and preserve good health, may support patients in learning health promoting behaviours, and may initiate healing processes. Physiotherapy may have a positive impact on disease progression, may alleviate impairments in daily activities, at work, or during sports. Physiotherapy and physiotherapist, therefore, are in high demand. Patients seek them out more and more frequently, whether they are covered by statutory or private insurance. Physiotherapy serves people during almost all stages of life:
Premature babies and neonates: Physiotherapy may help with maturation deficits (e.g., of the lungs)
Children and adolescents: Physiotherapy may help with malformations, developmental disorders, and disabilities (e.g., of the spine and nervous system)
Younger adults: They often seek physiotherapy to maintain or restore physical fitness during their educational period, for occupational or leisure activities (e.g., pains in joints, muscles, or ligaments)
Athletes: They rely on physiotherapist during training and rehabilitation after injuries (e.g., cruciate ligament injuries)
Pregnant women: Physiotherapy may be helpful before and after birth (e.g., to counter weakness in the pelvic floor)
Working adults: Physiotherapy may help to prevent or treat occupational or stress-related diseases (e.g., myocardial infarction) and chronic conditions (e.g., back pain)
Persons with special risks: Physiotherapy may help those with vascular and metabolic diseases (e.g., high blood pressure and diabetes)
Persons with life-threatening conditions: In intensive care units and special clinics (e.g., in case of quadriplegia)
Persons in crises: Physiotherapy may be help with mental health issues (e.g., anorexia)
Older adults: Physiotherapy can help with degenerative processes (e.g., arthrosis) or when in danger of losing their independence (e.g., due to a tendency to fall)
Persons nearing the end of life: Physiotherapy can help alleviate fear and pain associated with terminal illness
In all of these situations, physiotherapists work closely with members of various other professions. Its interdisciplinary connectedness makes physiotherapy a many-faceted profession. It offers opportunities for continuing development and specialisation according to your own interests and abilities.
This Programme Is for You If...
You have earned your university entrance qualification
You enjoy reading and learning, but you also want to work with your hands. Most importantly, you enjoy working with people. You are eager to understand complex situations and circumstances
Sports (physical education), biology, and chemistry are subjects you like and are good at, and reading in English does not pose a problem
You have completed your vocational training in physiotherapy? We will count your training towards Semesters 2 to 5 of the programme, meaning that you may be able to complete your degree as a full-time student within two years.
As part of the study programme, you will become a licensed physiotherapist, which will allow you to work in all fields of physiotherapy in Germany. You might work in prevention programmes sponsored by health insurance providers, in physiotherapy offices, in clinics offering acute and rehabilitative care, in long-term care institutions, in the fitness and wellness field, for sports associations, or you might be heading a department of physiotherapy, or may choose to work in corporate/occupational health promotion. There is a high demand for physiotherapists in the labour market.
Having a university degree will make it easier for you to work elsewhere in Europe. You also may enter a Master's programme, with or without gaining some practical experience first, and then may choose a career in research or teaching.
What Can I Expect During My Course of Study?
Over the course of 8 semesters, you will actually complete two programmes: You will become a licensed physiotherapist, and you will earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Your training will be both academically sound and very practice-oriented. You will gain the skills needed to practice physiotherapy:
Comprehensive practical skills and theoretical knowledge in all areas of physiotherapy. The programme contents is based on the latest academic research results and is taught in a practice-oriented manner.
Experience in the practice of physiotherapy: Immediately following a lecture period, you will be able to apply what you have learned in our partner clinics. One day internships during the semester will prepare you for these practical experiences.
Ability to do academic research: You will learn to independently research and critically appraise new academic results, to put these results into practice, and to author your own academic publications.
Basic medical knowledge
Basic psycho-social and communication skills
A sound understanding of current health policy and of economic conditions of the health system
Training in the skills required for the impeding expansion of the field of activity for physiotherapists: You will learn to interview and examine patients and clients (assessment), to recognise any risks (screening), to independently determine which forms of physiotherapy to apply (direct access), and to objectively assess treatment outcomes (quality assurance).
“What we appreciate in the physiotherapy study programme at Fulda University of Applied Sciences is the tightly interwoven presentation of theoretical and practical knowledge, the friendly atmosphere in the department and on campus, and our bonding with other students in the programme.” - Yousif Assi, Pascal Garcia Weissenborn, Vera Karner, Naomi van Dijk & Peter Worringen, students of physiotherapy