Welcome to the Department of Physiotherapy
Health care appeals to you. You love working with people and you would like to mean something to them. You're a good listener, you find it easy to put yourself in other people's shoes and you have patience. Yet you also deliberately make a stand for yourself. You prefer keeping your options open and creating your own opportunities. Should you feel that all this applies to you, then Physiotherapy might be right up your street.
||With an physiotherapy diploma, the world could be your oyster. In your native country as well as abroad you can start in a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation centre or a medical day nursery. Or of course you could set up your own practice. Internationally, the Dutch training is highly regarded.
Dutch and English
The physiotherapy programme is currently the only Dutch and English taught course in our school. It fits people who want to combine thought and action. Right from the first year, you put the theoretical knowledge you have gathered into practice. In the beginning, you practise your skills on your fellow students, as they of course do on you. You usually work in small groups of about twelve students. Because you cooperate closely, you become very familiar with your fellow students' culture and habits.
In that way, you not only acquire the knowledge and skills you need as a physiotherapist, but you are also aware of how you should communicate with patients, developing a professional attitude.
The human being is the focus
As a physiotherapist you work at the quality of life. A defective locomotor apparatus restricts people in their activities. It affects their freedom. Whether it is an old lady recovering from a hip operation, a construction worker with back complaints or a sportsman with an injury - all of them are hampered in their possibilities. In these cases, pain often plays an important part. As a physiotherapist, you have a number of techniques and instruments at your disposal to help the patients referred to you by their general practitioner and/or specialist. Sometimes you are able to remedy complaints, sometimes you may prevent them and sometimes you can assist people to manage optimally within their limitations. You assess the patients, make the physiotherapeutic diagnoses, draw up plans for treatment, attend to patients and give them information, for instance about exercises and prevention. Everything you do focuses on the human being behind the disorder.
The Physiotherapy programme of Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Hanze UAS), is unique in the way it integrates theory and daily practice from day one. All competencies you need as a future physiotherapist are offered to you in a practical and integrated way. Many of our teachers are also physiotherapists themselves. In this way we bring practice literally into our school.
The Physiotherapy programme is a four-year programme at the level of higher professional education, leading to a Bachelor degree in physiotherapy.
Having completed your Bachelor degree, you can also opt for a Master degree programme. This is a one-year to three-year study programme at a university of applied sciences or a research university. Hanze Hanze UAS offers two master programmes. In the field of physiotherapy this is the Master in Physiotherapy/ Exercisetherapy for People with Chronic Disease. This programme is an extensive practice driven course which widens and deepens your competencies in four professional roles: Specialist Care Provider, Innovator/ Professional Developer, Content-driven Leader and Advisor. The other master programme is the dual Master Physician Assistant. For many of our programmes, Hanze UAS offers a transfer route to enable students to progress without too much difficulty to the highly acclaimed University of Groningen (www.rug.nl), and vice versa. Examples of programmes for physiotherapy graduates are medicine, movement sciences, paediatrics, sports, manual therapy and acupuncture.
You see, everything is possible. Read more about our Physiotherapy programme, our university and living in Groningen in this brochure or check our website www.hanzegroningen.eu/healthcarestudies
The Degree Profile describes what graduates will know, understand and be able to do by the time they have successfully completed their programme. The Profile spells out what can be expected of the graduates in terms of tasks, level of expertise and future responsibilities. Furthermore this Profile can be used as an orientation tool when choosing a study and as a guide in the acquisition of competences. Finally the Degree Profile can also be valuable to institutions seeking collaboration with other institutions.
Click here for the complete Degree Programme Profile Physiotherapy.