General information


After completing the degree programme in Physiotherapy, the students will be awarded a degree in Social Services, Health and Sports with the degree title of Bachelor of Health Care.

In the degree programme in Physiotherapy, the students gain the capability to work as an expert in mobility, functional capacity and rehabilitation. Physiotherapists promote the health of people of different ages and with different kinds of functional capacity, as well as their mobility and functional capacity in different environments.

Studying is practically-oriented, with almost one-third of studies taking place as practical training. Studies can be completed flexibly by taking advantage of online and project learning. Previous competence may also speed up graduation. The studies enable the creation of an individual career path by focusing on the entrepreneurship and internationalisation capabilities, for example. All students complete a part of their studies in English, and student exchange abroad is also possible.

As a unique centre of sports and health competence, Jyväskylä offers a multifaceted operating environment for developing competence.

​Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code


Degree-related qualifications

Physiotherapists are independently responsible for the planning, implementation, assessment and development of their work, taking account of the ethical and legal points of view as well as the requirements of effectiveness, efficiency and economy. The occupational title of a physiotherapist can only be used and the profession practised by a graduated licensed physiotherapist. The activities are monitored by the Regional State Administrative Agencies as well as Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. The central international starting points for the curriculum work for the JAMK University of Applied Sciences' degree programme in Physiotherapy have been the qualifications in European education of physiotherapists in “The Competence Chart of the European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education” and the recommendations of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy on the competence of a physiotherapist (WCPT Guidelines for Physical Therapist Professional Entry – Level Education).


Targeted competence

Physiotherapists who have graduated from JAMK University of Applied Sciences are able to act as an expert of the field of physiotherapy in different organisations in an increasingly international field of work, as well as in multi-professional teams and cooperation networks. They have adopted a developing, investigative and evidence-based approach to work, with which they aim to develop themselves, the work as well as physiotherapy. They apply the latest knowledge of the effectiveness of physiotherapy in their work and have skills in research, entrepreneurship and team leadership. In particular, they are able to utilise the methods of assessing functional capacity, health-promoting advice, therapeutic training, manual therapy, physical therapy, ergonomics and wellness technology in assessing, training and coaching the mobility and functional capacity of the rehabilitation patient in different kinds of operating environments. In addition, the physiotherapists are active in society, promoting health and the well-being of families.

Degree profile

The profile of the degree programme in Physiotherapy is focused on the assessment and promotion of functional capacity by means of physical activity. The students gain a strong competence in sport and health science and applied sports in order to carry out assessments of functional capacity, therapeutic training and guidance to promote the health and well-being of families. The development of the students' competence is supported by a unique international and local operating environment, which enables entrepreneurship skills and an approach that utilises wellness technology. The operating environment includes, among others, the Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Kilpa- ja huippu-urheilun tutkimuskeskus (a research centre for competitive and world-class sports), Sports Lab Jyväskylä, LIKES – Research Center for Sport and Health Sciences, Keski-Suomen Urheiluakatemia (the sports academy of Central Finland), Spa Hotel and Rehabilitation Center Peurunka, several special schools as well as sports and fitness centres.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses  (full-time studies)

Individual courses (part-time studies)


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and admission

Structure and completion of studies

In the first year of studies, the students acquire basic skills in client work and operating environments as well as promoting well-being and health in the field of health care and social services.

During the second and third year of studies, the competence areas are: Assessment of functional capacity and the methods of physiotherapy; Promoting functional capacity by means of physical activity; Promoting functional capacity and health at the different stages of a person's life; as well as Future challenges of technology and an increasingly international operating environment.

Practical training is carried out in accordance with the student’s Personal Learning Plan and career plan in various practical training places, projects and JAMK’s lab environments. At least 20 cr of the studies are carried out in English. The thesis is a long-term research, development or innovation project implemented based on the development needs of working life.

The expertise of physiotherapists deepens during the final year of the studies along with the optional vocational studies and the advanced training. The competence areas include courses that are described in more detail in the electronic Study Guide.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Assessment and learning guidance

Forms of study

In full-time studies the students form multi-professional teams at the start of their studies. Students from different degree programmes in health care and social services study in your team.  The teams operate independently and responsibly in different kinds of learning situations, such as projects. The students' common basic skills in health care and social services, which form a basis for the work, are constructed with the help of team dialogue. After the first study year, the teamwork continues with students in one's own field.

People in the team learn by doing together, and the importance of dialogue in learning is highlighted. The team's coach supports learning. Team study includes dialogue practice, lectures, learning tasks both together with the team and individually, exams, online studies and practical training that promotes vocational skills, as well as participation in working life projects. The full-time studies require participation in studies on weekdays.

Part-time studies combine online learning, independent studies, group work and classroom learning. Working methods include e.g. learning tasks, lectures, small group work and counselling. The studies require you to have an active approach to studying, motivation, and the desire to take responsibility for your own learning. Online learning requires basic IT skills. During the first year, the students meet on approximately two days per month to study in multidisciplinary teams.  In addition, the studies may include some theme weeks. During the following years, the studies include classroom learning and practical training periods. Part-time studies will suit you if you have previous experience in the field or if you want more flexibility due to your life situation regarding the time or place of completing your studies.


To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Employment and further studies

​Professional profiles of graduates with examples

A physiotherapist works with people of different ages and with different functional capacity, either in the public or private sector or in non-governmental organisations. A physiotherapist can work, for example, at a company, hospital, health centre, sports and rehabilitation centre, research and rehabilitation institution, occupational health care, organisation for sports or for people with disabilities, department of education and sports, retirement home or day-care centre. The physiotherapists who have graduated from JAMK University of Applied Sciences have found employment easily.

Graduates work in positions such as: physiotherapist, charge nurse, entrepreneur, sports physiotherapist, project manager, assistive devices specialist, individual and group sports instructor, sports centre manager, client service manager, or product representative.


Further studies

The students may, after graduation and a work career of at least three years, continue their studies in a Master’s degree programme. A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university Master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad in Master’s degree level programmes.

In addition, the University of Applied Sciences offers continuing education possibilities in specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. A student who completes an upper post-secondary degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). All further studies must be applied for separately.

Studies of physiotherapy as a major subject can be completed in the Faculty of Sport and Health Science of the University of Jyväskylä.

​Other information


The planning of education is based on an extensive literature review and an analysis of the future of the operating environment in health care and social services as well as interviews with experts on future competence.

In addition to the teachers, representatives of the students as well as representatives of the field of health care and social services from public, private and non-governmental organisations have participated in the planning by participating in the events that have been arranged and discussing the common competence in health care and social services and profession-specific competence in the future.

Contact information

Mirja Immonen, Head of Department, +358 405478949
Piippukatu 2
FI-40100 Jyväskylä