After completing the study programme, the student must be able to work independently and with a critical attitude as a professional practitioner.
They will furthermore demonstrate their capability of working at higher professional education level as a physiotherapist in the following 7 areas, determined by the Royal Dutch Association for Physical Therapy (KNGF, 2014):
The physical therapist uses the methodical approach to provide explicit, conscientious, and judicious assistance to clients with movement problems. His behavior is professional by the standards of the current state of the discipline. He collects and interprets data to enable him to make diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic decisions according to the EBP principles within the boundaries of the physical therapy profession. He provides up-to-date, effective, curative and preventive care in accordance with ethical principles.
The physical therapist ensures high-quality assistance to his clients and aims at a high level of client satisfaction by keeping up an effective relationship with the client and those close to them and/or others involved. The physical therapist clearly, transparently, effectively, and efficiently communicates with the client during the therapy process, both verbally and non-verbally.
Where necessary, the physical therapist collaborates with the relevant professionals, health insurers, and civil society organizations and government bodies. He participates in collaborative networks and makes the best possible use of the available expertise to ensure high-quality care.
The physical therapist works according to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice, contributes to the development of his own and other practitioners’ clinical expertise and contributes to scientific research.
The physical therapist balances the interests of his client against the interests of others seeking assistance and the interests of society. He practices his profession in a socially responsible way, taking account of factors like sustainability, professional ethics, the legal context, and the social and cultural context.
The physical therapist works toward a well-organized practice in order to carry out his profession effectively and efficiently. In a way, the physical therapist acts as a manager for his own professional activities, as well as for the work of other care providers. The physical therapist makes decisions regarding the deployment of resources and staff, goal and priority setting, and policy-making. He organizes his own work, while balancing professional activities and the need to further develop both himself and, where relevant, the care organization for which he works.
The physical therapist provides high-quality care to his clients, with integrity, sincerity, and commitment. He takes responsibility for his actions and carefully balances his personal and professional roles. He is aware of the limits of his competencies, and acts accordingly. His attitude is transparent and he is prepared to accept assessment of this actions. He is aware of ethical dilemmas, is familiar with ethical standards and complies with laws and regulations.
Physiotherapists are employed in hospitals, private practices, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, health centres, and sports teams or associations. Physiotherapists who have been trained in the Netherlands can work in many different places in the world.
All graduates who have obtained the relevant diploma can be included in the RIBIZ-register. RIBIZ is a division of the CIBG, an agency of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. You are then able to use the legally protected professional title in The Netherlands and abroad. This registration is a licence to practice physiotherapy in the Netherlands and enables registration in most countries of the European Union and the rest of the world. Some countries have additional requirements. We can provide you with more details on registration abroad.