Satakunta University of Applied Sciences offers a bachelor’s degree in Health Care in Physiotherapy, a one-of-kind opportunity in the Nordic countries! Throughout your studies, you will become knowledgeable in movement, functional abilities, and health promotion. The key elements of physiotherapy include guidance, counseling, promoting health, and available capacities… Physiotherapy offers preventive and rehabilitative services both individually and in a group format, either at the clinic, as remote rehabilitation, or as home rehabilitation.

Throughout the studies in the degree program in Social Services, you will receive a multi-disciplinary education and skills to develop yourself and your field of work.

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Degree info

  • Bachelor of Health Care
  • 3,5 academic years / 210 ECTS
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Tuition fee: 9 500 €/ academic year
  • Campus: Pori

Edunation application period

Pathway to Finland program
• Online studies: 31.07.2024
• Study hub in Finland: 20.05.2024

Students will be able to work with patients from all backgrounds and age groups independently and in multidisciplinary teams. Students will learn how to promote welfare, inclusion, and social pluralism.

Teaching within the degree program in Social Services is strongly tied to professional life through tight collaboration with organizations and actors operating in the Metropolitan area.  Teaching methods are varied and range from exploratory and project-based learning to dialogical and collaborative learning. The studies include classroom and distance teaching, independent learning, and group work. During the studies, there is also a chance to participate in various projects that develop careers in the social field together with a team of experts.

Students may acquire the qualifications in Early Childhood Education in Social Services by studying the courses in the early education study path and by successfully completing the course work. When choosing the Early Childhood path, the students complete 20 credits of elective studies according to the study module for early childhood education.

The key focus areas of the study program in physiotherapy are:

  • Communication and interaction skills
  • Requirements and Competencies of the future profession
  • Human functional and movement capacity
  • Evidence-based methods of physiotherapy
  • Practical training
  • Research and development of physiotherapy

In your studies, you will begin with an orientation to studying physiotherapy. Throughout your professionally orientated studies, you will focus on physiotherapy in the rehabilitation field, client-centered physiotherapy, instructing and adapting physical activity, basic knowledge, and skills of physiotherapy, the physiotherapeutic approach to function and physical capacity, chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders, physiotherapy in aging, promotion of well-being and functional capacity in a variety of ages, as well as the development of professionalism in physiotherapy. In addition to these focus areas, students will also learn Finnish and Swedish, which are used in most work placements.

Studies leading to a bachelor’s degree include compulsory clinical practice, which varies depending on the degree program. Clinical training is target-oriented, supervised, and evaluated. Clinical practice introduces the student to practical work tasks that are essential especially to professional skills and to the application of knowledge and skills in professional practice. Clinical practice can be completed in the private or public sector, as an entrepreneur, or in another separately approved setting, fulfilling the set criteria, either in Finland or abroad.

The work placements represent a total of 45 credits out of the 210 credits.

The aim of the thesis is to demonstrate the student’s ability to apply his or her knowledge and skills in a practical professional task. Bachelor’s thesis is a comprehensive process of professional growth, where both professional and generic competencies are developed. The student who has completed the bachelor’s thesis is able to develop his or her own profession and the field of physiotherapy in general on the basis of research results and his or her own critical notions.

You may work within the field of rehabilitation both in the private and public sectors. Your core knowledge is in the assessment and support of movement and function. You can work with people of all ages in hospitals, healthcare centers, private practices, industry, sports clubs, clinics, and non-governmental organizations.

Upon graduation, you may use the following titles:

  • Physiotherapist (AMK)
  • Bachelor of Health Care
  • An Instructor in Adapted Physical Activity

Vaccinations are checked by the Student Health Service at the start of your studies. If you are missing some of the required vaccinations, they can also be administered in Finland. Working in the field of health care requires good mental health and balance; the field is not suitable for people suffering from any type of substance abuse. The UAS may require the applicant to provide information on his/her health during the application process.

Presenting one’s criminal record may be required when you work with underage patients (under 18 years old). The first traineeship with underaged patients will be organized during the second year, so you don’t need to present the record before that. The record cannot be older than 6 months so we recommend that you won’t order the criminal record report before you arrive in Finland.

Our Edunation Pathway Diploma program offers guaranteed access to Satakuna University of Applied Sciences bachelor programs and you can get accepted within 2 days. The admission requirements are:

  • High school diploma / Higher Secondary Education
  • Transcript of records
  • Proof of English language: from IELTS 5.0, TOEFL IBT 35-45, Duolingo 75-80, or equivalent
  • Copy of passport ID page

You can find more information about the English language requirement on our page.

The students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The admission requirements for the program can be found on the university page.

Further information about the tuition fee and available scholarships for the program can be found on the university page.