Information about the Bachelor education in Physiotherapy

Qualification awarded: Yrkeshögskoleexamen inom hälsovård och det sociala området, Fysioterapeut (YH); equivalent to Bachelor of Health Care
Level of qualification: 1st cycle
Scope: 210 ECTS credits
Duration: 3.5 years
Mode of study: full-time
Language of tuition: Swedish
Programme director: Joachim Ring

The purpose of the study programme in physiotherapy is to educate Swedish-speaking physiotherapists with a wide fundamental competence within the various sectors of the field as well as an in-depth knowledge within one of the competence areas of the programme:

  • physiotherapy
  • health assessment
  • motor- and functional ability
  • health promotion activities
  • clinical physiotherapy
  • rehabilitative physiotherapy

The studies focus on methods and strategies used within physiotherapy in order to promote and maintain the functional and working ability of the individual, groups and populations.

The purpose of the education is to support the student in an independent and responsible employeeship and builds on a competence-oriented curriculum. The education provides the prerequisites to develop a constructive leadership where knowledge of communication, learning, leadership and entrepreneurship constitute important components in the subject. The education consists of both theoretical studies and practical vocational training. The studies emphasise the relevance of scientific thinking which in practice provides the conditions for an evidence-based approach within physiotherapy and an ability to develop the profession and personal professional skills.

Research, development and innovation

Research, development and innovation (RDI) is a daily form of operating that is strongly integrated in the education. The RDI-activity is a driving force in all knowledge development within the institution. The education at Arcada is research-based and the institution has a general mission to spread knowledge in society. The students are tied to the RDI-activities e.g. by various tasks in projects that are pursued by the staff. Degree theses and different projects are part of the RDI-activities and the students have an active role in these through e.g. contacts in working life and the collaboration created within the framework of the development of knowledge and competence in working life.

The overall goal of Arcada is to both externally and internally create an environment for internationally acclaimed RDI-activities that are multi professional and focus on different working environments in which the results are then applied.

In the RDI-activities within the department for health and welfare we primarily focus on three areas of knowledge development: health promotion, patient safety and social participation. These profile areas are strongly connected to laboratory environments. In the environments theory and practice are combined to an integrated knowledge and competence.

Within health promotion expert knowledge within the production of health promoting and preventive services and the areas of workplace health promotion, physical activity and health exercise and support of living conditions for elderly in their home environment are developed. The knowledge development concerns the individual’s health and welfare on an individual, group and societal level within varied health promoting arenas within daily and working life. A central development area is concerned with health promoting leadership.

Within the area of social participation one target area for knowledge development is groups with special needs, another is the social capital. To facilitate community, a sense of belonging, active participation and responsibility in the development of the society within vulnerable and exposed target groups such as addicts, lonely elderly and deprived children and youth is a comprehensive focus area. Another challenge is to develop rehabilitation models and –networks that support the physical, psychological and social functional capacity and control for risk groups with functional challenges such as disabilities, mental illness and functional hindrances in the musculoskeletal system.

The area of patient safety focuses on three sections; advanced clinical care, safety in relation to human factors and simulation as a means of pedagogy to increase patient safety. The section dealing with safety in relation to human factors is concerned with how risks can be minimised and a secure and safe and secure care and treatment can be guaranteed by developing processes taking into account leadership, decision making, task management and situation assessment as well as anticipatory reporting.


In addition to a wide academic network within education, research, development and innovation activities and a versatile cooperation with the partner institutions, Arcada has close contacts to working life. In addition to guest lecturers from our partner institutions we also invite representatives for working life and alumni as guest lecturers and inspirers. In order to meet the demands of the future labour market, both representatives for working life and alumni participate in the development of the educational programmes of the institution. Through these networks with institutions of higher education and working life the students at Arcada profit of the latest expertise and valuable work experience already during their studies.