Degree in Physiotherapy

240 credits - Faculty of Nursing and Physiotherapy

Implementation year of this curriculum version

Physiotherapy is the study and application of physical methods and agents aimed at promoting and maintaining health, preventing and treating illness, and recovery and rehabilitation of people throughout their lives. This requires expert attention be provided to those who are healthy as well as those suffering from some type of abnormality, deficiency, functional limitation, disability, handicap, or other physical or health affliction via specific methods, procedures, techniques, and instruments.

Physiotherapy, as a profession, has deep roots in European countries; it is a closed regulated health profession that works within its own sphere, as defined by the healthcare standards law.

This physiotherapy deree complies with Order CIN/2135/2008 of 3 July, BOE (Official State Gazette) of 19 July 2008.

Credit Summary

Core Training Mandatory Elective Subjects External Practicum Final Degree Project Total
  60   105   24   45   6 240

Subject list by year and semester


First Year

First Semester

General Health Procedures*
Anatomy of the Neuromuscular-skeletal System*
General Anatomy*
Applied Physics in Health Sciences*
Human Physiology*

Second Semester

Medical-Surgical Complaints*
Psychosocial Sciences Applied to Physiotherapy*
Palpation Anatomy and Image Diagnosis*
Physiotherapy of Movement*
Foundations of Applied Statistics in Health Sciences*

Second Year

First Semester

Sources of Information in Health Sciences
Fundamentals of Physiotherapy
Public Health
General Procedures in Physiotherapy I
Physiotherapy Assessment

Second Semester

General Procedures in Physiotherapy II
Neurological Physiotherapy I
Physiotherapy in Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Rheumatology I
Physiotherapy in Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Rheumatology II
Community Physiotherapy
Health Legislation

Third Year

First Semester

Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy in Urogynaecology
Physiotherapy in Gerontology
Ethics in Health Sciences
Neurological Physiotherapy II
Physiotherapy in Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Rheumatology III

Second Semester

Bases in Research Methodology
Neurological Physiotherapy III
Physiotherapy in Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Rheumatology IV
Placement I

Fourth Year

First Semester

Placement II


* Core Training

Second Semester

Placement III
Final Degree Project



Specific Skills

  1. Knowing and understanding the morphology, physiology, pathology, and behaviour of both ill and healthy people in natural and social settings.
  2. Knowing and understanding the sciences, models, techniques, and instruments on which physiotherapy is based, articulated, and developed.
  3. Knowing and understanding the methods, procedures, and activities in physiotherapy aimed at therapy itself, which is applied in clinics for physical rehabilitation or recovery, and at undertaking activities that promote and maintain health.
  4. Acquiring the proper clinical experience that provides intellectual, technical, and manual skills, promoting the inclusion of ethical and professional values, and developing the ability to integrate acquired knowledge so that at the end of the degree programme, students know how to apply them to both specific clinical cases in hospitals and out-patients' departments and to interventions in primary and community healthcare.
  5. Assessing the functional condition of patients, taking into account physical, psychological, and social aspects.
  6. Making a diagnosis for physiotherapy treatment according to internationally recognised validation standards and tools.
  7. Designing physiotherapy intervention plans according to appropriateness, validity, and effectiveness.
  8. Performing, supervising, and coordinating the physiotherapy treatment plan, using the correct therapeutic tools in line with users' individual requirements.
  9. Assessing the evolution of the results obtained from treatment and linking them to the objectives set.
  10. Producing the physiotherapy treatment release report once the proposed goals are met.
  11. Providing effective physiotherapy treatment and comprehensive care for patients.
  12. Playing a role in areas of health promotion, prevention, protection, and recovery.
  13. Knowing how to work in a professional team as a core unit where professionals and other staff from healthcare bodies work in a single-, multi-, or inter-disciplinary way.
  14. Incorporating the profession's ethical and legal principles into professional practice, as well as integrating social and community aspects into decision-making.
  15. Taking part in the production of evidence-based physiotherapy care protocols, promoting professional activities that invigorate physiotherapy research.
  16. Carrying out physiotherapy interventions based on comprehensive healthcare that includes multi-professional cooperation, the integration of processes, and ongoing healthcare.
  17. Understanding the importance of keeping up-to-date knowledge, skills, and attitudes that make up the set of professional skills for physiotherapy specialists.
  18. Acquiring clinical management skills that include the efficient use of health resources and the ability to carry out planning, management, and control activities in healthcare units where physiotherapy is offered and its relationship to other healthcare services.
  19. Effectively and clearly communicating, orally and in writing, with healthcare system users, as well as with other professionals.

General Skills

  1. The ability to analyse and synthesise.
  2. The ability to organise and plan.
  3. Oral and written communication in your mother tongue.
  4. Knowledge of English.
  5. Knowledge of IT in the area of study.
  6. The ability to manage information.
  7. Problem-solving.
  8. Decision-making.
  9. Teamwork.
  10. Inter-disciplinary teamwork.
  11. Working in an international setting.
  12. Skills in interpersonal relationships.
  13. Acknowledging diversity and multiculturalism.
  14. Critical reasoning.
  15. Ethical commitment.
  16. Independent learning.
  17. Adapting to new situations.
  18. Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit.
  19. Motivation for quality.
  20. Awareness of environmental issues.