The entire programme consists of 240 credits, distributed over several semesters, subjects and courses. In each course, the knowledge, skills and/or attitude goals are connected to the patient cases in order for the student to integrate all aspects into their professional behaviour.
Curriculum fundamentals are International Orientation, Evidence Based Practice, Multi Professional Healthcare and Communication. In the first four semesters, several patient categories will be used as “theme” for that specific semester: Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary, Neurological and Complex patients. All mandatory courses, as listed on the official grade list, are categorized in four different lines:
The aim of the basics line is to provide students with fundamental knowledge and understanding of the human body in various subjects. Anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and neurology are subjects that are needed as a foundation for making appropriate choices as a physiotherapist.
The aim of the skills line is to provide the students with the fundamental skills needed to become a highly educated physiotherapist. The essential subjects in this line are Applied Anatomy and Massage, Assessment, Interventions, Clinimetrics. The skills courses are connected to the semester’s patient categories and will use various teaching methods, such as lectures, working in pairs, group work and self-study.
The aim of the clinical reasoning line is to connect the basics, skills and professional lines with each other. Most important is the integration of knowledge, attitude and skills (competencies) and the translation of these competencies into the clinical setting. In this line there will be time for patient encounters during clinical sessions, discussion of patient cases through methods of theoretical examples and application of clinical reasoning systems, making use of (among others) The International Classification of Functioning (ICF) and the Multi-Dimensional Load and Carriability Model (MDLC).
The aim of the professional line is to help the student develop into a professional. After completing the degree programme, the student must be able to work independently as a professional practitioner and with a critical attitude. The foundation of the curriculum is based on the professional profile (KNGF) and set against an international context. Students will develop their professional competencies through a step-by-step development of knowledge, attitude and skills and make these an integral part of their professional conduct.
For further details of the programme, please refer to the ESP study guide. In this document, all course objectives, teaching and examination methods, contact hours, literature and other relevant info is presented in detail.