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 Training||Degree at HFU|
|1,600 hours of practical training||yes||yes|
|Cost||€300 - 500 per month||free of charge for EU citizens|
|University entrance qualifications||not required||required|
state-recognized physiotherapist + Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
|Duration||3 years||3.5 years|
|Internship abroad||seldom possible|
possible through affiliate partners in France and Switzerland
Bachelor degrees in Physiotherapy currently offered in Germany have one of the following formats:
- undergraduate degree which includes a professional qualification and licensing (2 examinations)
- vocational training
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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