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The organization of the Physiotherapy course and its set of curricular units, sequence, as well as, methodology foreseen for lecturing aim to major a graduate, who reveals a minimum profile of skills needed for the exercise of qualified physiotherapy, including those specific to the profession, generic and enabling and those related with the scientific basis of physiotherapy and contexts of health care providing.

The description of the objectives intended for the 1st Cycle of Studies in physiotherapy is centered at a set of knowledge, overall and specific skills to be acquired during that cycle by students of physiotherapy.

The overall skills include objectives connected with: physiotherapy scientific basis; professional responsibility and autonomy; professional relationships; personal and professional competences; professional context and employer; identification and evaluation of needs of social and health care and reflexive and information management competences.

Specific competences of the profession:

  • Capability to apply appropriate techniques of Physiotherapy evaluation;

  • Efficient and safe use of therapeutic exercises, including decision making, objectives definition and design of exercise programs;

  • Efficient and safe use in manual therapy, mobilization application, manipulation, massage and respiratory therapy techniques;

  • Efficient and safe use of electrophysic means, in the selection and application of different modes of therapeutic uses based on electrical, thermal, luminous, sonic and magnetic energy;

  • Efficient and safe use of aquatic environment, in the selection and application of different modes of therapeutic use based on hydrodinamic and therapeutic principles;

  • Basic understanding of the scientific process and its effects on the practice of physiotherapy;

  • Understanding of the physiotherapist role in the prevention of disease and injury and in the promotion of health;

  • Generic and enabling competences;

  • Adequate communication competences to communicate effectively and safely, with other professionals, patients, escorts and colleagues;

  • Adequate evaluation competences to evaluate a patient in a safe and efficient way, bearing in mind the specific physical, psychological and cultural needs of each patient;

  • Capability to gather enough information, based on the process of evaluation, in order to elaborate a specific and effective intervention plan, with the patient, by using competences of problem resolution and clinical reasoning;

  • Sufficiently developed evaluation and investigation process to locate and use available evidence, in order to select and evaluate therapeutic interventions, in an efficient and safe way;

  • Reflection and capability to participate in the learning process, in order to identify personal and professional objectives to be achieved by means of continuous professional development and lifelong learning;

  • Adequate capability to Capacidade suficiente para utilizar competências estatísticas e de tecnologias de informação que permitam apresentar, tratar e analisar dados apropriadamente;

  • Use of Information Technologies and Data Management Systems, in order to maintain patients' registration;

  • Knowledge of work procedures, whether individual or team, in order to allow the exercise of the profession in different contexts.


Nowadays, Physiotherapy is performed in multiple health care contexts. The labor market demands physiotherapists able to work individually or included in teams in different environments, such as:

  • Hospitals, Clinics and Rehabilitation Centers, Health Care Centers, Sports Centers and Clubs, Old People's Homes, Therapeutic Swimming-Pools, Special Education Schools and Institutions, Insurance Companies and Thermal Establishments, amongst others.

Head of Department: Luíd Cavalheiro | luisc@estescoimbra.pt

International Relations: Rui Gonçalves | ruigoncalves@estescoimbra.pt


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