Degree level and field of study

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6), Health and Welfare

Starting group code


Forms of study

Full-time and part-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses (full-time studies)

Individual courses (part-time studies)

Contact information

Hynynen Pirjo

Hynynen Pirjo

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
HYVI Kuntoutus- ja sosiaaliala, Rehabilitation and Social Studies
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
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The profile of the degree programme in Physiotherapy is focused on multidisciplinary rehabilitation, the assessment and promotion of functioning 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 exercise and guidance to promote the health and well-being of families. Physiotherapists have the capabilities for research as well as entrepreneurship and can identify opportunities for physiotherapy in preventive multi-professional activities that utilise digital methods and maintain well-being. 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 and robotics.

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.

Key learning outcomes

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 functioning of the rehabilitation patient in different kinds of operating environments. In addition, the physiotherapists are active in society, promoting health and the well-being.

Professional growth and know-how

During the first year of study, the student will gain basic skills in client work and operating environments as well as promoting the well-being, health and engagement of rehabilitation clients in the field of health care, social and rehabilitation services.

During the second and third year of studies, the competence areas are: Assessment of functioning and the methods of physiotherapy; Promoting functioning by means of physical activity and physiotherapy; as well as Future challenges of technology and an increasingly international operating environment. Furthermore, goals include skills in remote rehabilitation and multidisciplinary team work.

Students can improve their international competence by completing courses or practical training at our partner universities abroad. Part of the studies is also offered in English. The thesis is a long-term research, development or innovation project implemented based on the development needs of working life. The developing expertise of physiotherapists deepens during the final year of the studies along with the optional vocational studies and the advanced training as well as the elective studies.

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 the 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 rehabilitation services, which form a basis for the work, are constructed with the help of team dialogue. After six months, 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. Full-time studies require willingness to take responsibility for your own learning and active participation in the studies.

Part-time studies combine online learning, independent studies, group work and face-to-face learning. Working methods include e.g. learning tasks, lectures, small group work and counselling. The studies require an active approach to studying, motivation and willingness to take responsibility for your own learning, theoretically 40 hours a week on average. 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 face-to-face learning and practical training periods. Part-time studies will suit students who have previous experience in the field or who, due to their life situation, want more flexibility regarding the time or place of completing their studies.

Both forms of study incorporate LAB work which refers to the quick testing of service products created from real working life needs as well as from research, development and innovation projects. Digital learning opportunities, such as electronic materials, network interaction, production of video materials and remote participation, are utilised increasingly in the studies.

Working life cooperation and learning

Practical training is carried out in accordance with the student’s Personal Learning Plan and career plan in various workplaces in the field, such as hospitals, health centres, companies, rehabilitation institutions and/or special schools as well as development projects. Students may complete part of their studies by participating in Future Factory activities dealing with authentic working life projects in a transdisciplinary way. Students will also participate in the Innovation Week organised by JAMK, with assignments from various working life organisations and projects.


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).


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.

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.

Professional profiles of graduates

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

Students may, after graduation and a working career of at least three years, continue their studies on 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 on master’s degree-level programmes. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

A student who completes a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).

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


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.

The central starting points for the curriculum work for JAMK University of Applied Sciences’ Degree Programme in Physiotherapy have been the core competence report prepared by the Finnish Association of Physiotherapists, universities of applied sciences and the University of Jyväskylä (2016), 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).

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