The aim of the course in physiotherapy is to qualify students who complete it satisfactorily to work independently as physiotherapists, including working in interdisciplinary teams. The course must train students to plan, execute, evaluate and document physiotherapeutic work within the areas of promotion of good health, prevention of illness, treatment, habilitation, rehabilitation, and development of the profession, so that students acquire professional competence in the field of physiotherapy.
On the physiotherapy course, acquiring professional competence means that the student must be able to:
A) contribute to developing, supporting, maintaining and restoring people’s optimal movement and functional abilities, with the aim of promoting good health and quality of life and preventing restrictions and loss of functionality in individuals
B) direct physiotherapeutic intervention towards individuals and groups of all ages in interaction with their environment, with a focus on leisure activities and the environment, including the work environment and taking into account ergonomic factors
C) work in cooperation with patients and their relatives, colleagues, and professionals from other disciplines, irrespective of their cultural and linguistic backgrounds
D) initiate and participate in professionally-related research and development work
E) take further courses in theory and clinical practice after completing the basic education, including diploma, master’s degree and special postgraduate degree courses.
2. The course in Physiotherapy has approximately 350 students, 12 lecturers in the permanent staff and approximately 20 in temporary employments.
It is intended that the Esbjerg course in Physiotherapy should actively develop physiotherapy as a discipline through co-operation with other commercial and educational institutions, and should thus also promote motivation and commitment in the students to participate in the development of the subject.
The course prioritises a committed and development-oriented work and study environment, and it is believed that one way of creating such an environment is to enrol students from a wide range of nationalities and cultures.
There is emphasis on close cooperation between teachers, students and administrative staff.
The aim is to maintain a broad disciplinary profile through the choice of teachers and the clinical practice institutions. The School strives to maintain and extend the high level of the qualifications of the teachers through further courses and through cooperation with practising institutions and other institutions of education.
It is the aim of the institution to maintain and improve the facilities and opportunities provided for students to ensure that these meet the requirements of the course of study. In this context, the following are particularly important: study guidance, sports facilities, a modern and efficient library, up-to-date information technology, and canteen and other recreational facilities. It is also the aim of the School to further develop the facilities that give students the opportunity for practice.
It is also expected that students will participate actively on the course and will work cooperatively to create a stimulating study environment for themselves and others. This will take place in part in formal cooperative work forums.
It is also expected that students will regard their studies as independent work, they themselves having the primary responsibility for their studies.
It is a goal of the School to prioritise further development in the provision of further and higher education for qualified physiotherapists and to encourage their participation in research and development activities.
3. The aim of the course
The overall aim of the course is that students should acquire physiotherapeutic, general professional and personal competencies, on the basis that physiotherapy is a health profession focusing on human movement.
Students must learn to analyse, evaluate and influence movement as experience, awareness, intention and function within the areas of promotion of good health, prevention of illness, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation, on the basis of scientific methods.
Foreign students are mostly offered periods of practical training (internships) in different institutions in Esbjerg or near to Esbjerg. You have to count on to be able to pay for your transportation by bus or train to some of the internships.
4. The course in physiotherapy is divided into semesters.
The 210 ECTS points which make up the course are divided into a theoretical teaching part worth 168 ECTS points and a clinical training part worth 42 ECTS points. The course includes elective elements worth 26 ECTS points, of which 20 ECTS points are allocated to the Bachelor project. Interdisciplinary elements are worth a minimum of 8 ECTS points.
The course is structured with regard to the main areas in the field of physiotherapy within the work of promotion of good health, prevention of illness, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation for individuals and various target groups of various ages.
The disposition, scope and content of each individual subject is prioritised in relation to physiotherapy; that is to say, that the main discipline, physiotherapy theories and methods, has a decisive role in relation to other subjects on the course. To the extent that it is relevant for each subject area, the teaching considers environmental issues and interrelationships between different cultures. For a plan of the disposition of the various subjects by semester, see pages 9-10.
An effort is made to structure the course so that the forms of teaching and the learning environment will promote the development of the competencies named in section 1.3 on the aims of the course. This means that the course is structured so that it increases in levels of difficulty and complexity throughout its duration. This is manifest in, for example, the way that projects make increasing demands on students’ ability to work independently in problem formulation and choice of method.
Similarly, increasing demands are made throughout the course on students’ assumption of responsibility in relation to participation in the structuring of the teaching.
In order that students can have an influence on the structure of the course, regular group meetings and study meetings are held.
5. As most present teaching is in danish language.
We normally have foreign students in internships and as a part of these some weeks at the school with limited participation in special subjects. It might be for example subjects as "Back problems" or "Sports Injuries".
Physiotherapy, Campus Esbjerg and Haderslev: Susanne Grann, firstname.lastname@example.org