Content + Structure
The bachelor’s degree programme in Physiotherapy at BFH offers the ideal blend of theoretical content and practical experience to equip you with the critical knowledge and tools you need to launch your career in physiotherapy.
The bachelor’s degree programme in Physiotherapy at BFH prepares you to manage the many responsibilities of this demanding career. Physiotherapy is both a profession and a scientific discipline. A career in physiotherapy requires extensive knowledge as well as expert theoretical and practical skills. This profile cannot be achieved by either hands-on experience or book learning alone, which is why our programme is built around integrating theory and practice.
This combination of practical and theoretical learning prepares you to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a professional qualification.
To achieve this professional qualification, you will need to demonstrate the utmost integrity, honesty and respect for others. You will be able to reflect upon your emotional experiences and actions. You will take ethical, medical, legal and professional values and guidelines into consideration in practising physiotherapy. You will be versed in the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and deliberately apply this classification to your own clinical reasoning process.
By the end of your studies, you will possess the following skills:
- You will have thorough biomedical knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurology and pathology of the musculoskeletal system. This will prepare you to recognise, analyse and assess your patients’ motor control and neurological condition. You will test patients’ joint mobility, muscle strength and coordination of the sensorimotor system to gain a holistic understanding of their physical functioning. This assessment will be carried out in accordance with the ICF and guidelines for clinical reasoning processes.
- You will be familiar with the foundations of physiotherapy treatment as well as preventive care and health promotion in general. This includes the key components of motor skills: power, stamina, mobility, speed and coordination. Taking the resilience of various tissue types into consideration, you will introduce the appropriate and necessary physical measures for improving patients’ mobility.
- You will be able to understand and contextualise each patient’s medical history: you will be familiar with the goals, content and structure of medical records and apply various lines of questioning in full awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of each. You will be comfortable using a range of communication strategies in dialogue with your patients (taking into consideration their social background), team and other colleagues in medicine. Your conversations will be professional and tailored to the needs and circumstances of whoever you are addressing.
- You will examine patients for simple disorders and impaired functioning of the lungs, heart, vascular and lymphatic systems. You will interpret your findings in accordance with the ICF and guidelines for clinical reasoning processes. You will also know how to respond appropriately to more complex disorders and physical impairments, including in emergency situations. You will design, discuss and implement individualised treatment plans based on your patients’ needs, then evaluate and document the ensuing process.
- Whether working autonomously or in a group, you will be skilled in identifying, analysing and solving problems, then evaluating both the process and outcome. To solve problems within interprofessional teams, you will assume the role appropriate to your area of expertise. You will be familiar with the role other medical professionals play and cooperate with these colleagues to reach effective, sustainable solutions.
- You will be practised in constructing appropriate, scientific lines of questioning within the field of physiotherapy. You will take a systematic, evidence-based approach to answering such questions, turning to the relevant literature for insights. You will be comfortable preparing, presenting and publishing your findings in a manner tailored to your audience. You will actively contribute to developing new and furthering established examination and treatment methods in physiotherapy as well as encouraging general health promotion.
Mode of study + Duration
Full-time study (6 semesters), followed by a 10-month internship module.
Curriculum + Modules
You will complete about two thirds of your Bachelor's degree at the BFH. In the remaining third you will do practical work during your studies.