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    About the Physiotherapy

    Physiotherapy is a science-based profession focused on maintaining or improving mobility, physical abilities, fitness, and quality of life. Physiotherapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to employ movement, exercise therapy, and other physical methods. Some countries refer to physiotherapy as «physical therapy». Physiotherapists work with people of all ages who are affected by injury, illness, or disability. They are a crucial member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team and play an essential role in preventive health and maximizing function.

    The goal of physiotherapist education at the International European University is to ensure the professional development of young and promised specialists in physiotherapy and the continuing development of physiotherapists who are competent and entitled to practice the profession, without limitation, and following the definition of physiotherapist practice within their countries. Physiotherapist education is the integration of theory, evidence, and experiential practice that continues throughout professional life. Physiotherapist education facilitates the continuing intellectual, professional, and personal development of students and qualified physiotherapists, who continuously apply their learning and use it to develop and improve their professional practice through a process of:

    • professional practice at the best hospitals in Poznan where learning is integrated and applied to a dynamic context;
    • application of learning to theoretical, simulated, and training activities and situations;
    • reflect on knowledge, performance, and experiences from studying and practical classes.

    Name of the specialty – Physiotherapy.

    Level of Higher EducationFirst ( Bachelor of Physiotherapy) and Second (Master of Physiotherapy, Doctorate, Clinical Residency) levels.

    Duration of studying 3-5 years of full-time studying for a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and 2-3 years of full-time looking (Master, Doctorate, Clinical Residency).

    Medium of Instruction – English.

    The Educational Process

    The International European University, study program for future Physiotherapists is outcome-based, meeting local and national manpower requirements, personal satisfaction, and career potential for the professionals with supporting pathways in the development of the profession. One of the major changes is the shift from a focus based on traditional theoretical knowledge and skills to competency-based education and training. Optimal education/training requires that the student can integrate knowledge, skills, and attitude to perform a professional act adequately in a given situation.

    The course is designed to study the function of the human body at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and systems levels. The major underlying themes are:

    • the mechanisms for promoting homeostasis, cellular processes of the metabolism, membrane function, and cellular signaling;
    • the mechanisms that match the supply of nutrients to tissue demands at different activity levels;
    • the mechanisms that match the rate of excretion of waste products to their rate of production;
    • the mechanisms that defend the body against injury and promote healing.

    These topics address the consideration of nervous and endocrine regulation of the cardiovascular, hematopoietic, pulmonary, renal, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems including the control of cellular metabolism.

    It applies the mechanical principles to simple types of equipment in the therapeutic gymnasium and familiarizes the candidate with its use and covers the types of human motions as well as planes and relative axes of motion. The Course gives to students an opportunity to understand the inter-relationship among kinematic variables and utilizes this knowledge to describe and analyze motion by covering the classification of the joints and muscles along their distinguishing characteristics and the skill of measurement of its ranges in various planes and axes. This course additionally covers therapeutic principles and skills of application of massage, yoga, aerobic exercise, using of suspension therapy, and also enhances the skill of evaluation of vital parameters and sensory systems.

    After completing the physical therapy curriculum, students will:

    • Integrate concepts from the biological, physical, behavioral, and clinical sciences into physical therapy services;
    • Exhibit professional conduct and behaviors that are consistent with the legal and ethical practice of physical therapy;
    • Demonstrate compassion, caring, integrity, and respect for differences, values, and preferences in all interactions with patients/clients, family members, healthcare providers, students, other consumers, and payers;
    • Demonstrate culturally sensitive verbal, nonverbal, and written communications that are effective, accurate, and timely;
    • Collect and critically evaluate data and published literature to apply in the delivery of care, and practice management, and to examine the theoretical and scientific basis for physical therapy;
    • Screen patients/clients to determine if they are candidates for physical therapy services or if a referral to, or consultation with, another health care professional or agency is warranted;
    • Complete a patient/client examination/reexamination and evaluate and interpret the examination data to determine a physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis;
    • Employ critical thinking, self-reflection, and evidence-based practice to make clinical decisions about physical therapy services;
    • Collaborate with patients/clients, caregivers, and other healthcare providers to develop and implement an evidence-based plan of care that coordinates human and financial resources;
    • Provide services and information related to health promotion, fitness, wellness, health risks, and disease prevention within the scope of physical therapy practice;
    • Advocate for patient/client and profession;
    • Provide consultative services and education to patients/clients, caregivers, health care workers, and the public using culturally sensitive methods that are adapted to the learning needs, content, and context;
    • Employ effective leadership skills in the context of supervising, delegating, and mentoring within the profession.

    Compulsory Subjects

    ​​Our Physiotherapy program at the International European University provides an innovative, student-centered, and employability-focused curriculum. Students gain knowledge of the most up-to-date forms of manual therapy, neurodevelopmental techniques, physical medicine, functional diagnosis, and rehabilitation programming. Graduates are prepared for work in scientific research institutions or the best hospitals in Poznan and are eligible to apply for a professional specialty in physiotherapy. Apart from the compulsory study program, students have the opportunity to attend voluntary supplemental certified courses.

    • Philosophy;
    • Psychology;
    • Pedagogy;
    • Sport Activities;
    • Anatomy;
    • Medical Biology;
    • Physiology;
    • Biochemistry;
    • Biophysics;
    • Kinesiology;
    • General Pathology;
    • Motor Skills Teaching Methodology and Motor Education;
    • Introduction to Physiotherapy;
    • Foundations of Diagnostic Radiology;
    • Pharmacology in Physiotherapy;
    • First Aid;
    • Clinical Biomechanics;
    • Motor Skills Teaching Methodology and Motor Education;
    • Introduction to Physiotherapy;
    • Kinesiotherapy;
    • Physical Medicine;
    • Nutrition in Sport;
    • Foundations of Care for the Disabled;
    • Active Forms of Relaxation;
    • Didactics of Physiotherapy;
    • Public Health;
    • Demography and Epidemiology;
    • Economics and Health Systems;
    • History of Rehabilitation;
    • Special Methods in Physiotherapy;
    • Functional Diagnostics and Rehabilitation;
    • Programming in Dysfunctions of the Locomotor System;
    • Functional Diagnostics and Rehabilitation;
    • Programming in Internal Medicine;
    • Neurodevelopmental technique;
    • Methodology of Scientific Research and Statistics;
    • Management and Marketing;
    • Genetics;
    • Special Methods in Physiotherapy.

    Career Perspectives

    Physical therapists are an integral part of the healthcare team, restoring or optimizing movement and function after injury or disease. These hands-on healthcare professionals evaluate movement dysfunction, develop care plans, use therapeutic exercises, facilitate neuromuscular control of movement and manage pain as part of treatment for their patients. Physical therapists use these skills across a wide range of patients and all practice settings. Therefore career perspectives are excellent and most physiotherapists have a secure job even before they graduate.

    • Acupuncturist;
    • Chiropractor;
    • Dance movement psychotherapist;
    • Exercise physiologist;
    • Health Service Manager;
    • Health Improvement Practitioner;
    • Osteopath;
    • Personal Trainer;
    • Animal Physiotherapist;
    • Higher Education Lecturer;
    • Physiotherapist;
    • Sports Therapist;
    • Orthopedic Physiotherapy;
    • Neurological Physiotherapy;
    • Pediatrics Physiotherapy;
    • Geriatrics Physiotherapy;
    • Consultant Physiotherapist in Multi-Specialty Hospitals, Health Care Centers;
    • Corporate Physiotherapists in MNCs;
    • Health Care Physiotherapy Instructor in Modern Gymnasiums;
    • Ergonomic Care Advisor;
    • Physiotherapist in Special Schools for Physically Challenged Children;
    • Physiotherapist in Old Age Residential Homes;
    • Entrepreneurs in Rehabilitation Centers/ Organizations;
    • Private Practitioners running Private Physiotherapy Practices;
    • Lecturer;
    • Clinical Researcher.

    It`s also useful to gain additional work experience in supportive roles within the private, voluntary, or local authority sectors to broaden your key skills and career opportunities. You can find work experience opportunities in hospitals, physiotherapy practices, sports clinics, football clubs, special schools, and nursing homes. The voluntary sector also offers good options for gaining experience, for example with the British Red Cross, St. John Ambulance Service, and various healthcare charities.

    Paid opportunities that involve helping others, for example, care assistant work in hospitals and clients’ homes, can also help you develop key skills and evidence core values of physiotherapy.

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