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Degree Programme in Physiotherapy

Autumn 2022

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CORE COMPETENCE 151                                                        
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 4                                                        
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 1 2
     
         
                       
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 2 1  
       
               
             
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 3 1    
         
                     
   
                                                       
Finnish Language and Communication 3
     
           
                             
English Professional Skills, B2 3
       
             
                       
Swedish Communication, B1 3                                                        
Swedish for Working Life, Oral Communication (replacing compulsory Swedish) 1  
       
                 
                   
Swedish for Working Life, Written Communication (replacing compulsory Swedish) 2  
       
                 
                   
Studies Supporting Physiotherapy Competency
                                                       
Nutrition in Physiotherapy 3
       
             
                       
Pharmacotherapy in Physiotherapy Context 2  
         
                   
             
Professional Start Points of Physiotherapy
                                                       
Basic in Physiotherapy 5
     
           
                             
Client-Centered Social and Health Services 2
       
             
                       
Rehabilitation – Promoting and Maintaining Client-Centred Functioning 3
       
             
                       
Person as an Actor and a Learner
                                                       
Functional Anatomy 1 7
     
           
                             
Functional Anatomy 2 5
       
             
                       
Supporting Human Leaning 5
     
           
                             
Basics of Analysis and Exercise of Human Mobility and Functional Ability
                                                       
Observing and Analyzing Human Movement and Functioning 5
       
             
                       
Instructing and Exercising Human Movement and Functioning 5  
       
                 
                   
Patient handling in safe and rehabilitating way 4    
         
                       
         
Physiotherapy for Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Functional Ability
                                                       
Assessment and Measurement of Health Related Fitness and Physiotherapy for Supporting the Health and Functional Ability of Clients at Different Ages 5
     
           
                             
Assessment and Measurement In Clinical Work 2
       
             
                       
Physiotherapy for Promoting Client's Vital Signs
                                                       
Physiotherapy for Supporting Client’s Breathing and Cardiovascular Circulation 4  
         
                   
             
Internal Disorders 1
       
             
                       
Physiotherapy for Supporting Client's Locomotor System
                                                       
Examination of the Client´s Pain and Affecting on Pain 4  
       
                 
                   
Orthopedics 1
       
             
                       
The Basics of Examination and Exercising the Function of the Client’s Pelvic Area and Lower Limb 5  
       
                 
                   
The Basics of Examination and Exercising the Function of Client’s Thoracic and Lower Spine Areas 4  
       
                 
                   
The Basics of Examination and Exercising the Function of Client’s Neck and Upper Limb 5  
         
                   
             
Physiotherapy for Promoting Neurological Client's Functional Ability at Different Ages
                                                       
Neurology 1  
         
                   
             
Pediatric Neurology 1  
         
                   
             
7    
         
                       
         
                                                       
Person as a Psycho-physical Entity, the Basics 3
       
             
                       
Psychiatry 1    
           
                         
   
Psychophysical Approach of Physiotherapy to Support Ability to Function 3    
           
                         
   
Special Features of Physiotherapy at Different Ages
                                                       
3  
         
                   
             
Geriatry 1    
           
                         
   
Special Features of the Physiotherapy in Elderly 2    
           
                         
   
Basic Trainings of Physiotherapy and Entrepreneurship
                                                       
4
     
           
                   
Health Related Physical Activity and Counselling 5
       
             
                       
Accessibility to the Built Environment and Aid Equipment to Support Client’s Activity 5    
           
                         
   
Physiotherapy Training for Supporting Ability to Function with Client’s with Locomotor System Dysfunctions 10  
         
                   
             
Physiotherapy Training for Supporting Neurological Client’s Ability to Function 10    
         
                       
         
Adapted Physical Activity 5    
           
                         
   
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COMPLEMENTARY COMPETENCE 59                                                        
OPTIONAL STUDIES 15                                                        
Optional Training of Physiotherapy
(Select 20 ECTS)
                                                       
Optional Training: Physical Therapy Training for Supporting Traumatology and Orthopedic Client’s Functioning 20                                                        
Optional Training: Physiotherapy Training for Supporting Functioning of Client’s Respiratory and Cardiovascular System 20                                                        
Optional Training: A Psycho-Physical Approach to Client Support 20                                                        
Optional Training: Physiotherapy Training for the Elderly Client 20                                                        
Optional Training: Physiotherapy for Supporting Child’s Ability to Performance and Participate 20                                                        
Optional Training: Physiotherapy to Support Well-Being at Work 20                                                        
Optional Training: Physiotherapy Supporting Athlete’s Performance 20                                                        
Optional Training: Physiotherapy for Supporting Neurological Client’s Ability to Function 20                                                        
Optional Training: Physiotherapy for Supporting Function of the Client’s Musculoskeletal System 20                                                        
Optional Training: Providing Physiotherapy Services as an Entrepreneur 20                                                        
Optional Training: Working as a Physiotherapist in a Project 20                                                        
Optional Training: Developing Physiotherapy Learning Processes and Environments 20                                                        
Optional Training: Adapted Physical Activity Promoting Client's Functioning and Well-being 20                                                        
Optional Training: Practical Training Extending Physiotherapy Competency 20                                                        
Developing Physiotherapy
                                                       
Physiotherapy Science, Quality and Management 4  
         
                   
             
Research, Development and Innovation Competence 5  
         
                   
             
Physiotherapy Bachelor’s Thesis
                                                       
Ideation and Planning of the Physiotherapy Thesis 5  
       
                 
         
Implementing the Physiotherapy Thesis 5    
           
                         
   
Publication of the Physiotherapy Thesis and Maturity Exam 5    
           
                         
   
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ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 61 61 53 0 26.5 34.5 24.5 36.5 25.5 27.5 0 13.3 13.3 11.5 11.5 11.5 12.3 12.3 11.8 11.8 11.8 12.8 12.8 11.8 11.8 11.8 14 14

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.

Programme description

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree studies are based on the legislation concerning universities of applied sciences and professional work, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the National Qualifications Framework (NQF, www.minedu.fi/OPM) and the degree regulations and strategy of Turku University of Applied Sciences, whose pedagogic approach is innovation pedagogy. In addition, the studies have been designed using descriptions of core competences in physiotherapy prepared in cooperation with the Finnish Association of Physiotherapists, taking into account both national- and international-level research and descriptions of physiotherapists’ work.

After graduating as a physiotherapist, you will be able to work as an expert in the healthcare, social welfare, sports and rehabilitation systems. You can work as a physiotherapist in a health centre, hospital or rehabilitation department, for example, or establish your own physiotherapy business. During your studies, you will learn to conceptualize your professional task areas, along with their scope and associated interfaces. Additionally, you will gain the skills needed to evaluate and develop your own learning and competence.
The goal of your work is to support the customer in maintaining and promoting their mobility and functional capacity, as well as their health and well-being, taking into account the prevailing environmental conditions and situation of society. As part of the physiotherapy process, you know how to examine your customer in a customer-oriented and reliable manner, and are able to make the right decisions based on the results of your examination. You know how to design and implement physiotherapy treatment in cooperation with the customer, their family members and other operators.

During your studies, you will acquire the skills needed to encounter different kinds of people and to guide and train their mobility individually and on a case-by-case basis. Your work is based on your extensive knowledge of physiotherapy, the core of which is made up of physiotherapy science and research. Your work is based on evidence-based practices, in which the best possible available data is connected to practical experience.

As a physiotherapist, you also have the skills needed to develop the field of physiotherapy, which requires the ability to examine and assess physiotherapy critically and apply research data to practical work. You also know how to take into account national and international challenges in your work. Additionally, in your studies you will acquire the skills needed to lead professional groups and projects. During your studies you will learn to take into account the principles of sustainable develpoment in healthcare.

Physiotherapy studies are structured based on the expectations and skills needs of working life. The curriculum has been prepared in cooperation with representatives of working life.
Physiotherapy is made up of seven competence areas Research and assessment skills (1) include methods for examining the movement, mobility and functional capacity of different kinds of people of various ages and abilities, as well as the preconditions for these, such as muscle strength and balance. In therapy skills (2) training, you will learn ways to influence your customer’s functional capacity and its various aspects, including joint mobility, strength and movement control, as well as how to tailor these to suit your customer’s needs. Physiotherapy guidance and counselling skills (3) emphasize an approach to work that treats the customer fairly, takes into account the available resources and supports the customer’s motivation. You will practice individual and group guidance using oral and particularly manual guidance tools. The guidance environment can be a physiotherapy facility or a digital environment.
In technology (4) and accessibility (5) studies, you will become familiar with assistive equipment, ergonomic solutions and the assessment and planning of an accessible environment. In social studies (6), you will learn to conceptualize different structures and operational models of social welfare, healthcare, sports and rehabilitation systems and learn what society expects from your work. Ethical competence (7) creates a foundation for your work.

The competence areas of physiotherapy come together in the physiotherapy process, which you will first practice based on case descriptions, both in theory and in practice, in your study group. As your skills develop, you will get to apply them to increasingly challenging customer situations in your practical working life training.

The total scope of the physiotherapist studies is 210 ECTS credits, the completion of which requires about 3.5 years of full-time studying. The curriculum also allows you to complete your studies faster, depending on your learning capacity and prior skills. Physiotherapy studies are divided into two broader study modules: complementary competence and complementary competence.

You will learn the skills and knowledge that are part of core competence during your first academic years. You will become familiar with the knowledge base of physiotherapy and the best possible research-based physiotherapy practices at the different stages of the physiotherapy process. Core competence studies also include the language studies as required by section 8 of the government decree on polytechnics (352/2003). Core competence studies are made up of basic studies, professional studies and practical training, the contents of which are connected to one another through various pedagogical solutions. These studies come together to benefit you in your learning and your work as a physiotherapist.

In your practical training, you will apply theory to practice by grounding your own work in the theory you have learned. The practical training is first carried out as teacher-guided work in small groups and then, as your knowledge accumulates, in a variety of real customer situations in projects and especially in working life. Practical training is carried out in health centres, in-patient rehabilitation wards, hospitals, private rehabilitation units and companies as well as with third-sector operators.

Core competence studies make up a cumulative study module. During the first year, you will become familiar with human anatomy and its functions, as well as physiotherapists’ methods for examining and influencing people’s health when the risks to functional capacity and health are minimal. In your second year of study, you will deepen your competence to include situations in which your customer has permanent risk factors and limitations concerning their health and functional capacity. You will gain the skills needed to work with elderly people, people of working age, youth and children taking into account their resources, goals and operating environments. Your customer’s goal may be the ability to manage with everyday life or to achieve top physical performance, for example.

Complementary competence studies are carried out during the last 1.5 years of your studies. In these studies, you will broaden and deepen the physiotherapy skills you have already acquired through a thesis (15 ECTS), research and development studies (5 ECTS), elective studies (15 ECTS) and elective practical training placements (20 ECTS). In the elective practical training, you can familiarize yourself with physiotherapy competence areas that are of particular interest to you. This way, you can deepen and broaden your physiotherapy skills in psychophysical physiotherapy, paediatric physiotherapy or sports physiotherapy, for example.

Core competence and complementary competence studies are further grouped into modules of varying scopes. The modules are made up of study units with an average scope of 5 ECTS. You can learn about the content and structure of the curriculum in more detail in the PEPPI system.

Competence objectives

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree studies are based on the legislation concerning universities of applied sciences and professional work, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the National Qualifications Framework (NQF, www.minedu.fi/OPM) and the degree regulations and strategy of Turku University of Applied Sciences, whose pedagogic approach is innovation pedagogy. In addition, the studies have been designed using descriptions of core competences in physiotherapy prepared in cooperation with the Finnish Association of Physiotherapists, taking into account both national- and international-level research and descriptions of physiotherapists’ work.

After graduating as a physiotherapist, you will be able to work as an expert in the healthcare, social welfare, sports and rehabilitation systems. You can work as a physiotherapist in a health centre, hospital or rehabilitation department, for example, or establish your own physiotherapy business. During your studies, you will learn to conceptualize your professional task areas, along with their scope and associated interfaces. Additionally, you will gain the skills needed to evaluate and develop your own learning and competence.
The goal of your work is to support the customer in maintaining and promoting their mobility and functional capacity, as well as their health and well-being, taking into account the prevailing environmental conditions and situation of society. As part of the physiotherapy process, you know how to examine your customer in a customer-oriented and reliable manner, and are able to make the right decisions based on the results of your examination. You know how to design and implement physiotherapy treatment in cooperation with the customer, their family members and other operators.

During your studies, you will acquire the skills needed to encounter different kinds of people and to guide and train their mobility individually and on a case-by-case basis. Your work is based on your extensive knowledge of physiotherapy, the core of which is made up of physiotherapy science and research. Your work is based on evidence-based practices, in which the best possible available data is connected to practical experience.

As a physiotherapist, you also have the skills needed to develop the field of physiotherapy, which requires the ability to examine and assess physiotherapy critically and apply research data to practical work. You also know how to take into account national and international challenges in your work. Additionally, in your studies you will acquire the skills needed to lead professional groups and projects. Sustainability is an important learning goal. You will be able to take into account sustainable development in it's forms in you work.

Pedagogic approaches

Turku University of Applied Sciences’ pedagogical policy is innovation pedagogy. In innovation pedagogy, learning is built on social-constructive thought in which the learner builds up new information by utilizing their prior skills and teamwork. The goal of innovation pedagogy is to support the student in developing their own way of learning and thinking so that they can acquire methods to develop and innovate working life. The core principles of learning are an orientation towards working life, a multiprofessional and multidisciplinary approach, connecting studies to research and development activities, entrepreneurship and internationality.
Working according to the principles of innovation pedagogy requires the ability to evaluate your own skills realistically. In physiotherapy studies, innovation pedagogy is implemented in many different ways, including case-description work, customer work, panel discussions, different kinds of games, the mentoring model (in which more advanced students support new students’ independent studies) and working with video material, among others methods.

You will first become familiar with customer work in simulated situations using various customer descriptions. Then, as your competence develops, you will work with different kinds of customers in projects and various work communities. Genuine interactions with customers are necessary for the growth of your expertise. The projects can be part of multiprofessional and multidisciplinary research and development activities. Multiprofessional studies support you in conceptualizing your skills and role as a physiotherapist. Working in a project also prepares you for entrepreneurship. You will learn to take responsibility for your own work and to develop it in a systematic and goal-oriented manner. You will learn to design and market service products and processes and to evaluate the risk factors related to them.

Physiotherapy studies require self-direction. Contact studies focus on applying theoretical information to practical situations. This requires you to prepare by familiarizing yourself with the study material in advance, for example online. The different written assignments will teach you to conceptualize physiotherapy as a whole and enable you to practise drawing up physiotherapy documentation. Independent study is not targeted only towards theoretical studies, but also towards developing the skills needed when working as a physiotherapist. In small groups, you can practice guiding the customer’s movements with your hands or measuring muscle strength, for example. In small group teamwork, you will not only learn the core content of the profession but also skills necessary for working life, including teamwork skills and creative thinking.

The teachers will guide your learning and take into account your previously acquired skills. Your study counsellor will work as your teacher tutor’s partner and provide you with advice in questions related to the duration of studies and social student benefits.
In physiotherapy studies, learning takes place in various learning environments utilizing a wide range of pedagogical solutions, which promotes your ability to think critically and creatively and to work in working groups in the physiotherapist’s role.

Assessment

In physiotherapy studies, the most important goal of assessments is to guide and support your learning and to promote your professional growth. The evaluations guide you in acquiring work habits and learning methods that you can use when working in expert tasks as a physiotherapist. The national-level description of core competences in physiotherapy is the basis for the assessment. The description determines what skills are required of physiotherapists who have completed their studies.

In the assessment, you will receive feedback on your skills and progress in relation to the competence goals. The tasks assessed include oral and written tests, multimedia presentations of assignments, reports, learning journals and practical simulation tests, among others. The assessment is pass or fail (1–5). You will receive either verbal or written feedback on your performance. In addition to assessments from teachers and from the supervisor of your practical training in work communities, the student’s self-assessment and classmate’s peer assessment are important parts of the assessment.

Study unit assessment criteria have been recorded in the study unit description and the general assessment instructions of Turku University of Applied Sciences have been utilized in their preparation. The assessment criteria separately depict professional knowledge and information seeking, professional skills and self-evaluation, as well as taking responsibility for learning. Additionally, the level descriptions of the assessment criteria take into account the student’s learning stages (core competence and complementary competence).

In physiotherapy studies, activities are developed by gathering student feedback on the implementation of study units, for instance, during a feedback day and at an academic year -level. Turku University of Applied Sciences implements an annual student satisfaction survey (student barometer). At the end of your studies, you will respond to the AVOP feedback questionnaire.