Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaHealth
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


A rise in chronic disease due to aging population, an increase in life-span in patients suffering from severe head injuries, greater survivability in premature infants and a higher incidence of muscular-skeletal diseases, represent some of the high priority healthcare situations requiring physiotherapy. There is also a growing demand for physiotherapists in sports medicine and treatment of chronic pathologies and in prevention of injuries in the workplace (for example in factories where the lack of ergonomic criteria could compromise the physical well-being of workers). The integration of disabled patients in the community relies on physiotherapists taking the necessary actions to enable patients to overcome physical challenges, break down architectural barriers and gain mobility, both inside and outside the house. We are working to standardize European education programs so that this degree will be recognized on a European level and graduates will be eligible to work within the EU.

Course content

The 3-year degree program is organized into semesters. In the first year, students will take core as well as specialized courses, and participate in tutorials and internships. In the second and third year, the study of clinical, medical and physiotherapeutic subjects and further internship will ensure the acquisition of the following competencies: - understanding alterations of basic functions; - identifying physical, psychological and social needs for rehabilitating patients of all ages; - planning rehabilitation programs with appropriate therapeutic strategies; - acting in accordance with ethical, deontological, and disciplinary principles of the profession of physiotherapy; - establishing and maintaining supportive relationships with the patient, family, and community; - promoting strategies to overcome disabilities, break down architectural barriers and increase mobility; - understanding the principles of Evidence Based Practice, recognise and implement it and obtain a critical attitude in their own practice; - acquiring essential skills to carry out and interpret computerized gait analysis. The degree program also offers Erasmus exchanges with other European universities.

Career options

The responsibilities of physiotherapists are dictated by their specific professional profile and by the major health issues of a population. Graduates will become healthcare professionals in the field of rehabilitation and will work autonomously, or in collaboration with other health professionals in activities such as prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of mobility. They also deal with upper-brain stem and visceral disorders due to pathological, congenital or acquired events, in all age groups. Depending on the specific area of expertise and based on medical diagnoses and physician prescriptions, physiotherapists design rehabilitation programs aimed at assessing and overcoming patient disabilities. They also perform therapeutic activities for functional rehabilitation of motor, psychomotor and cognitive disabilities, through physical, manual, and occupational therapy. Physiotherapists also recommend orthoses and assistive devices, train patients on their use, assess their effectiveness, and also ensure that physiotherapy meets the objectives of functional rehabilitation. Physiotherapists work in public or private healthcare institutions either as employees or self-employed practitioners.

More information

Course Director
prof. Enrico Clini
Dott.ssa Stefania Costi

The course is managed by the Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences