Fisioterapia VA

 

About the program/cycle of studies

The Bachelor's Degree in Physiotherapy is structured according to the Bologna process and has a duration of 4 academic years (8 semesters), corresponding to a total of 240 ECTS, in accordance with the Order of 30 July 2008, by the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES).

According to Notice no. 9363/2012, of 2 July, published in the 2nd series of the Diário da República no. 131, of 9 July, the study plan for this course is organized in order to convey knowledge and skills based on scientific evidence that are necessary to carrying out the relevant functions with professionalism, autonomy and responsibility, respecting the legal and ethical principles inherent to the profession. The specific goals of the 1st cycle of studies in Physiotherapy are divided into three major areas:

  1. Regarding cognitive impairment, to demonstrate understanding of the structure and functioning of the human body in its normal biopsychosocial context, and to be able to identify the pathology from the perspective of Physiotherapy, as well as to know the procedures for recovery.
  2. Concerning the psychomotor domain, to demonstrate the ability to perform a set of techniques for assessing, diagnosing, and intervening in regards to the structures, functions and movement affected.
  3. Within the affective domain, to develop a set of behaviours consistent with a system of moral, ethical and legal values as well as a set of professional attitudes compatible with ongoing professional development.

Course accredited by A3ES 02-03-2011 (CEF).

 

Academic Degree

Polytechnic Education, Bachelor's Degree, 1st cycle of studies leading to a Bachelor's degree, ISCED Level 5.

 

Type of recognition

Physiotherapy graduates may practice physiotherapy, which is regulated by the Decree-Laws no. 320, of 11 August 1999, and no. 564, of 21 December 1999, within the professional framework regarding diagnostic and therapeutic specialists. The independent practice of physiotherapy requires the registration of the establishment at the Health Regulation Authority.

 

Entry requirements

International applicants for admission and enrolment in the Bachelor's degree and Integrated Masters, must:

  • hold a qualification granting them access to higher education, such as a diploma or certificate issued by a competent authority which attests to the successful completion of an educational programme and authorises them to apply for and enrol in higher education in the country where it was conferred; or
  • hold a secondary education degree legally equivalent to the Portuguese secondary education.

Under the regulations for international students, candidates must take an exam at CESPU. (Decree-Law no. 36/2014)

 

Official languages

English (minimum 20 students for the first year and in exceptional cases may extend to the second year)
French (minimum 20 students for the first year and in exceptional cases may extend to the second year)
Portuguese

 

Course duration

4 years - 8 semesters - 240 ECTS

 

Coordinator

João Paulo Ferreira de Sousa Venâncio

 

Legislation

D.R. Notice no. 9363/2012, of 9 July

 

Main scientific areas

Areas

No. Compulsory
 
Credits

Physical Therapy

192

Biology

35

Psychology

9

Statistics

4

 

 

FIRST CYCLE DEGREE IN PHYSIOTHERAPY   |   1st YEAR

CURRICULAR UNITS

SCIENTIFIC AREA

DURATION

WORKING TIME (Hours)

ECTS

TOTAL

CONTACT

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

Human Anatomy I

BBIO

semester

121,5

T:20; PL:26

4,5

Human Physiology I

BBIO

semester

121,5

T:26; PL:20

4,5

General Biochemistry

BBIO

semester

162

T:20; TP:26; PL:26

6

Health Psychology

PSI

semester

81

T:20

3

Studies of Human Movement I

FST

semester

135

T:26; TP:26

5

Research in Physiotherapy I

FST

semester

81

TP:26

3

Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy I

FST

semester

162

T:6; PL:59

6

Human Anatomy II

BBIO

semester

121,5

T:20; PL:26

4,5

Human Physiology II

BBIO

semester

121,5

T:26; PL:20

4,5

Education and Communication

PSI

semester

81

T:20

3

Biopathology

BBIO

semester

81

T:20

3

Introduction to the Profession

FST

semester

25

T:13

1

Studies of Human Movement I

FST

semester

135

T:26; PL:26

5

Research in Physiotherapy I

FST

semester

25

TP:13

1

Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy II

FST

semester

162

T:3; PL:88

6

 

 

 

1616

628

60

 

FIRST CYCLE DEGREE IN PHYSIOTHERAPY   |   2nd YEAR

CURRICULAR UNITS

SCIENTIFIC AREA

DURATION

WORKING TIME (Hours)

ECTS

TOTAL

CONTACT

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutic

BBIO

semester

81

T:20; TP:13

3

Psychopathology

PSI

semester

81

T:20; TP:13

3

Research in Physiotherapy III

FST

semester

25

TP:13

1

Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy III

FST

semester

189

T:23; PL:60; OT:8

7

Physiotherapy in Neurology I

FST

semester

162

T:26; PL:39; OT:13

6

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy I

FST

semester

135

T:13; TP:13; PL:39

5

Physiology of Pain

BBIO

semester

54

T:26

2

Clinical Teaching I

FST

semester

81

E:25

3

Research in Physiotherapy IV

EST

semester

54

T:6; TP:26

2

Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy IV

FST

semester

216

T:23; PL:75; OT:6

8

Physiotherapy in Neurology II

FST

semester

162

T:26; PL:39; OT:13

6

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy II

FST

semester

216

T:13; TP:26; PL:39

8

Clinical Teaching I

FST

semester

81

E:25

3

Exercise Physiology

BBIO

semester

81

T:26; TP:26

3

 

 

 

1618

733

60

 

FIRST CYCLE DEGREE IN PHYSIOTHERAPY   |   3rd YEAR

CURRICULAR UNITS

SCIENTIFIC AREA

DURATION

WORKING TIME (Hours)

ECTS

TOTAL

CONTACT

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

Research in Physiotherapy V

FST

semester

54

T:11; TP:22

2

Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy V

FST

semester

162

T:16; PL:53; OT:8

6

Physiotherapy in Neurology III

FST

semester

243

T:22; PL:57; OT:20

9

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy III

FST

semester

135

T:11; TP:22; PL:22

5

Physiotherapy in the Community

FST

semester

162

T:23; TP:21; PL:33

6

Clinical Teaching III

FST

semester

135

E:50

5

Research in Physiotherapy VI

EST

semester

54

T:11; PL:22

2

Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy VI

FST

semester

243

T:27; PL:64; OT:8

9

Physiotherapy in Neurology IV

FST

semester

162

T:16; TP:15; PL:23; OT:12

6

Physiotherapy in Pediatrics

FST

semester

135

T:13; TP:6; PL:26; OT:10

5

Clinical Teaching IV

FST

semester

135

E:50

5

 

 

 

1620

694

60

 

FIRST CYCLE DEGREE IN PHYSIOTHERAPY   |   4th YEAR

CURRICULAR UNITS

SCIENTIFIC AREA

DURATION

WORKING TIME (Hours)

ECTS

 

TOTAL

CONTACT

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

Graduation Thesis

FST

annual

378

OT:195

14

Seminars

FST

semester

54

T:13; TP:13

2

Clinical Teaching V

FST

annual

1188

OT:42; E:720

44

 

 

 

1620

983

60

T – Theoretical

TP – Theoretical and Practical

PL – Practical and Laboratorial

OT – Tutorial Orientation

S - Seminars

E – Clinical Stage/teaching