Program Description

Study a Bachelor's in Physiotherapy in the Netherlands

The Physiotherapy programme aims to teach students to assess and treat patients with temporary or long-term physical injuries, movement disorders or disabilities. The aim is to achieve the highest possible degree of recovery, activity, participation and quality of life. Graduates may work independently or as a member of a healthcare team, as a Physiotherapist.

International Programme

There are currently more than 100 students from over 30 different countries studying Physiotherapy, at Hanze UAS. The majority of students studying Physiotherapy are European. However, many students also come from Asia, the United States of America, Australia and the Middle East.

First year

During the first year, the programme focuses on preparing students for the Physiotherapy profession. Medical-biology and physiotherapeutic subjects will be reviewed, by studying various types of patients. You will also start studying subjects such as psychology, sociology, psychopathology and communication skills. After your first year, you will get binding advice about the continuation of your studies, based on your actual study results.

Second year

During your second year, you will study both theory and methods of treatment, in more depth. Every block is rounded off with an exam, just like in the first year.

Third and fourth year

During year three and the first semester of year four, you will take an obligatory minor, which will be physiotherapy related, you will start your work placement and you will also have to choose an exchange programme or minor. It is possible to choose an exchange programme or minor abroad at one of our partner universities, or you can choose from one of the options at Hanze UAS, Groningen. The minors Global Health & Quantified Self, Healthy Ageing or Sports are just a few options that you can choose from. Work placements can be done abroad as well.

Studying abroad

The Physiotherapy programme is part of the International Health Care School, and we, therefore, prepare students for the global market. Students will be guided and given advice about their career, from the first year. In year three and four, students can make choices based on what will benefit the student most, in relation to their international career. The Physiotherapy programme, therefore, offers many opportunities. As mentioned earlier, there is the possibility to study abroad through an exchange programme, at one of our partner universities. Internships are also compulsory during the programme and can also be done abroad.

Choice of optional subjects

As well as attending the mandatory bachelor’s programme, you will have the opportunity to develop your own, personal professional profile. During the main phase, you will also have optional subjects and free modules to choose from. You will be able to take part in other courses and programmes while doing your bachelor’s programme. Hanze UAS has an Honours Talent Programme, which offers students 30 extracurricular credits. This has been set up for talented students. Completion of this programme will be indicated on the final diploma supplement.

Competency-based curriculum

The Physiotherapy programme is a professional allied health programme. In order to guarantee that your knowledge meets the criteria set by the professional field, these criteria are translated into competences. Your education revolves around the development of these competencies. Examples of these competencies are:

  • working methodically and applying clinical-based thinking

  • providing interested parties with information on prevention

  • conducting research

  • adopting a professional attitude

  • communicating with others in your field, and with other health professionals.

Case studies

You will learn how to treat patients just like a physiotherapist would, throughout the curriculum. You learn basic skills such as physical assessment, treatment and communication skills. These different skills are integrated into case studies, which are an important part of the programme. You will be working on these case studies from the start of the programme and you will have to find the right solutions to the problems of the patients involved. This is called problem-based learning (PBL).

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme you will need a national secondary school diploma or international secondary school diploma. Your educational qualifications must be equivalent to the Dutch HAVO secondary school diploma. As the programme is taught entirely in English, you may have to prove your English proficiency, depending on your educational background and nationality.

Last updated Feb 2018

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