Physiotherapy training or a degree - what is better for me?

The opportunity to study physiotherapy in Germany is still relatively new. If you have the relevant university entrance qualifications (such as Abitur or Fachabitur), doing a degree with us is an inexpensive alternative to professional training. Here are some of the pros and cons:

 Professional TrainingDegree at HFU
1,600 hours of practical trainingyesyes
Cost€300 - 500 per monthfree of charge for EU citizens
University entrance qualificationsnot requiredrequired
Qualification awarded

state-recognized physiotherapist

state-recognized physiotherapist + Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

Duration3 years3.5 years
Internship abroadseldom possible

possible through affiliate partners in France and Switzerland

Current degree programme models in Germany

Bachelor degrees in Physiotherapy currently offered in Germany have one of the following formats:

  1. undergraduate degree which includes a professional qualification and licensing (2 examinations)
  2. vocational training
  3. sandwich courses (work and study)

The Physiotherapy degree offered at Furtwangen University belongs to the first category and is a professional qualification and an undergraduate degree. This means that you have the professional license to practice as a physiotherapist without prior professional training and you have a Bachelor of Science degree. Furtwangen University is responsible for setting up and carrying out the academic programme which is full-time with 1,600 hours of integrated practical training.

Programme objectives and content

Graduates of the Physiotherapy Bachelor programme are not only able to carry out physiotherapeutic treatment using relevant methods, techniques and skills, they are also able to examine and question these from a scientific standpoint.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

Our graduates:

  • have a broad, integrated knowledge of the application and methods of physiotherapy assessment techniques, diagnosis and therapeutic treatments. This includes the fundamentals of physiotherapy and related sciences with its practical application.
  • possess therapeutic skills using clinical reasoning, diagnostic methods and standardized assessment procedures.
  • have the ability to identify and evaluate solutions based on various criteria according to changing demands.
  • have broad, integrated knowledge of planning and organisational skills, for evidence-based practice and goal-orientated physio-therapeutic interventions.
  • have the ability to develop new and qualitative solutions and alternatives after evaluating information according to the demands of a given situation.
  • are knowledgable of the theory and practice of appropriate practical application of therapeutic methods, concept and techniques based on academic research and evidence-based practice.
  • are familiar with and can apply reflective practice.

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Team-working skills: to cooperate in a goal-oriented and far-sighted manner in interprofessional teams, and interact with social groups and organizations, taking full responsibility for planning and leading independently
  • Social skills: to communicate situations, planning steps, resources and tasks to clients and in interprofessional teams, clearly, appropriately, responsibly and professionally, giving appropriate feedback and resolving conflicts
  • Scientific methods: to apply the fundamental techniques of the scientific method including systematic collation, analysis and interpretation of sets of data for the qualitative development of approaches
  • Problem-solving skills: to take decisions in various situations (including interdisciplinary areas), to evaluate their effectiveness and ensure their long-term effect
  • Project management skills: to plan and implement action in a far-sighted and evidence-based manner

Learning outcomes - employability skills

Our graduates:

  • are qualified to immediately begin to practice physiotherapy according to the "Massage and Physiotherapy Law" (MPhG)
  • have developed reflective practice to analyze and justify their own behaviour, as well as to evaluate assessments and work processes critically and implement them appropriately and sustainably
  • have the ability to take responsibility for professional development and adjustment to changing professional demands with the aim of seeing themselves and personal professional development as part of a successful therapeutic process
  • are interested and involved in political aspects of the profession, as well as in current technical and scientific developments with the aim of further developing physiotherapy as a profession