Professional studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

Students gain knowledge about diseases and receiving skills to apply treatment principles for impairments in respiratory and circulatory system

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
- show a deep knowledge in physiology related to the respiratory organ and the blood circulation
- assess, plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy related to common respiratory, heart and peripheral vascular diseases
- appropriately assess the need of, plan, accomplish and evaluate physiotherapy interventions in acute and rehabilitation phases according to the patient´s individual problem and life situation
- show knowledge and be able to adapt methods, models and different forms of movement aiming for health promoting goals for individuals and groups
- choose evidence based physiotherapy methods
- show knowledge and understand ethical principles that comes with the profession, and be able to follow them in practice
- get knowledge about actors in the public, private and third sector

Course contents

Respiratory and circulation:
- Physiotherapy in restrictive and obstructive respiratory diseases
- pre- and postoperative physiotherapy in connection to abdominal and chest surgery
- Physiotherapy and health education in cardiac and vascular problems, and metabolic syndrom
- Physiotherapy in periheral vascular diseases

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Anatomy, physiology and biomechanics
Medicin 1
Physioterapeutic Assessments and Methods 1
Human Movement

Recommended or required reading

Pryor, J.A. & Prasad, S.A. 2002. Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems. ISBN 0-443-07075-X (or a newer version)
Porter, S. ed. 2008. Tidy´s Physiotherapy. ISBN 978-0-443-10392-6 (valda delar)
Svantesson, U., Cider, Å., Jonsdottir, I.H., Stener-Victorin, E., Willén C. 2007. Effekter av fysisk träning vid olika sjukdomstillstånd. Sisu Idrottsböcker. ISBN 91-85433-16-0
Talvitie, U., Karppi, S-L, Mansikkamäki, T. 2006. Fysioterapia. Helsinki: Oy Edita Ab. ISBN 951-37-4367-5

Suomen Fysioterapeutit: Sepelvaltimotautipotilaan liikunnallinen kuntoutus-suositus

Suomen Sydänliitto ry:
- Sepelvaltimotauti ja liikunta (2006)
- Sydänlääkkeet ja liikunta (2006)
- Sydämen vajaatoiminta ja liikunta (2006)
- Sydämen siirto ja liikunta (2006)
- Sydämen rytmihäiriöt ja liikuinta (2007)
- Sydämen läppäviat ja liikunta (2007)
- Synnynnäiset sydänviat ja liikunta (2008)

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Practical exercises - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 60 hours
  • Seminars - 7 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 137 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 137 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the written examinations and group work.
To pass the course the student should attend a minimi of 80% of practical training. If attending less than 60%, it can not be compensated.


  • Ekman Petra
  • Ring Joachim
  • Törnblom Cia


Ring Joachim

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2022-03-31

Assessment methods

  • 2021-12-16 - Exams
  • 2021-12-09 - Reports and productions

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