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Why study physiotherapy at a medical college?

Physiotherapy is a flexible and diverse area of work, focusing on improving patients’ quality of life and getting them back to normal after illness or injury.

Physiotherapists primarily treat patients with physical problems caused by disease, illness, accidents and aging. However, the nature of the job means that you can work across a lot of different types of physiotherapy, from intensive care to working with the elderly.

An important part of a physiotherapist’s armoury is the ability to build trust with patients. Physiotherapists often work with patients over an extended period of time, developing a close relationship.

What will I study on a physiotherapy program?

Most undergraduate physiotherapy courses will focus on providing you with the wide range of skills needed to work in this popular area. You’ll need to be a clinician, be able to educate others, manage your time and evaluate problems – so there’s a lot to study.
Some of the modules you can expect to take on a physiotherapy course at a medical college include health sciences, clinical management, social care and health care innovations.
Many physiotherapy courses will have a strong focus on practical skills, with an even split between classroom based study and practical placements.

Length and structure

The length and structure of your physiotherapy program at a medical college will depend on the country, institution and mode of study you opt for. As a guide, you should expect an undergraduate program to take between 3-5 years to complete.

Graduates with a related medical qualification may be able to opt for a graduate program in physiotherapy. These will normally take between 2-3 years to complete.

How can a physiotherapy program help my career?

Physiotherapy is a diverse sector and many graduates work in different areas throughout their careers. Many physiotherapists choose to specialise in a particular field after completing their studies. These areas include community, sports medicine, orthopaedics, obstetrics and working with the elderly.

Experienced physiotherapists often move into roles in teaching, research and academia.

Entry requirements

A variety of school level qualifications will be accepted for physiotherapy courses. Different medical colleges and countries will have different entry requirements, but as a guide you should expect to have to demonstrate the following:

  • School qualifications in science based subjects or a previous medical-based degree
  • High level of numeracy and literacy
  • Successful interview

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