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Qualification awarded (in original language)
Degree in Physiotherapy. Bachelor's degree

Level of qualification
1st Cycle of Studies. EQF level 6. ISCED 2011 level 6.

Admission requirements
Students may apply to this 1st cycle program, through the general regime, if they obtain a minimum classification of 95
points (on a scale of 0 to 200) in one of the following national entrance examinations: Biology and Geology or
Chemistry and Physics and Biology and Geology or Biology and Geology and Mathematics.
Application may also be possible, through special regimes, for:
- students inside the Portuguese educational system who want to re-enroll, change course of studies, or transfer
education institution;
- holders of technological specialization course;
- olders than 23 who have succeed a special exam of assessment of capabilities to access the Higher Education
- holders of middle or high level courses;
- students coming from foreign higher education systems.
According to DL-11/2020, April 2, may apply to this programm:
- the holders of Dual Certification Courses at secondary level and Specialized Artistic Courses.
The access requirements for the 1st cycle of studies of Higher Education appear in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.
The pre-requisites of group A are compulsory.

Recognition of prior learning
Following the implementation of the Bologna Process and the consequent legislation regarding the mobility of students among degrees and higher education institutions, prior learning must be recognized and credited. The prior learning concept comprises all the previous learning/training undertaken in other higher education study cycles in national or international institutions (crediting of certified training), as well as previous professional experience and any post-secondary school training or education. As such, the IPB promotes the crediting of the student’s prior learning when arriving at the institution.
Aiming at a quick and full integration of the student in his/her new education programme, the recognition procedures must be submitted when enrolling at the IPB.
For further enquiries on crediting and recognizing prior learning and training at the IPB (calendars, procedures and assessment criteria), please go to the Applicant Portal at www.ipb.pt/portaldocandidato.

Qualification requirements and regulations
8 Semesters (4 years). 20 Weeks of study, per semester. 3985 total Anual contact hours . 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours.
The conclusion of the study plan of the Physiotherapy degree allows access to the profession of Physiotherapist regulated by the Decree-Law 320/99 of 11 August.

Profile of the programme
The profile of the programme comprises the development of the technical-scientific knowledge and professional skills in the study areas of Physiotherapy, Health Sciences and Social Sciences. Physiotherapy; Health Sciences

Key learning outcomes
The degree is awarded to students who demonstrate:

- Develop human, scientific and technical competences with interdisciplinarity, aggregating the component of fundamental sciences with the applied ones, which will enable physiotherapy students, to build a solid base for evidence-based clinical practice;
- Develop clinical reasoning and skills, following the various stages (examination and assessment, diagnosis and prognosis, planning and implementation of intervention, evaluation of effectiveness, reformulation or conclusion), concerning current clinical practice in the various areas of physiotherapy: musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory, oncological, tegumentary, palliative, mental health, pelvic health, paediatrics and community;
- To integrate knowledge and skills in evidence-based practise through professional practices taking place in various health institutions (hospitals, health centres, specialised care units, private clinics and offices, etc.), state and local government institutions, community support services, companies, among others, sports and educational institutions;
- Widen the knowledge about the specific competences (divided into 7 areas) of a physiotherapist, that is, allow contact not only with the great area that is the Clinician but also with all the others (Communicator, Manager, Collaborator, Promoter and Professionalism, Academic and Leader).

Occupational profiles of graduates
The degree of "licenciado" (bachelor) in Physiotherapy belongs to the education and training area of Health Sciences and Social Protection. Graduates are qualified to develop a professional activity within the profile of the programme.

Access to further studies
The bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy inallows to proceed to post-graduate studies, according to the diagram of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.ipb.pt/sa, and by the School pedagogical regulation, available in www.essa.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.

Mode of study

Programme director

Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Any Scientific AreaQAC6.00.0
Health SciencesCSAU44.00.0
Social SciencesCS4.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Administration and Management in HealthCS4.0
11 Semestral 
Anatomohistophysiology ICSAU6.0
11 Semestral 
Epidemiology and BiostatisticsCSAU4.0
11 Semestral 
Human Movement Study IFT6.0
11 Semestral 
Evidence-informed PhysiotherapyFT6.0
11 Semestral 
Introduction to PhysiotherapyFT4.0
12 Semestral 
Clinical AnatomyFT4.0
12 Semestral 
Anatomohistophysiology IICSAU6.0
12 Semestral 
Human Movement Study IIFT6.0
12 Semestral 
Exercise PhysiologyCSAU4.0
12 Semestral 
Fundamentals of PathologyCSAU4.0
12 Semestral 
Methodologies of Assessment in PhysiotherapyFT6.0
21 Semestral 
Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention of Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal IFT12.0
21 Semestral 
Education and Exercise IFT6.0
21 Semestral 
Ethics and Professional PhychologyCSAU4.0
21 Semestral 
Pathophysiology of Musculoskeletal ConditionsCSAU4.0
21 Semestral 
Relational PsychologyPSIC4.0
22 Semestral 
Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention of Physiotherapy in NeurologyFT12.0
22 Semestral 
Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention of Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal IIFT6.0
22 Semestral 
Pathophysiology of Neurological ConditionsCSAU4.0
22 Semestral 
22 Semestral 
Rehabilitation in functional diversityFT4.0
31 Semestral 
Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention of Physiotherapy in RespiratoryFT12.0
31 Semestral 
Education and Health Promotion in PhysiotherapyFT6.0
31 Semestral 
Pathophysiology of the Respiratory ConditionsCSAU4.0
31 Semestral 
Health Information ManagementCSAU4.0
31 Semestral 
Auxiliary Diagnostic Processes in PhysiotherapyFT4.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Education in Physiotherapy IFT15.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Education in Physiotherapy IIFT15.0
41 Semestral 
Integrated Care in PhysiotherapyFT6.0
41 Semestral 
Education and Exercise IIFT6.0
41 Semestral 
Physiotherapy in Cardiovascular ConditionsFT6.0
41 Semestral 
Physiotherapy in PediatricsFT6.0
41 Semestral 
IPB Free OptionQAC6.0
42 Semestral 
Clinical Education in Physiotherapy IIIFT30.0

Com Acreditação em 2022, Limite de vagas fixado: 25
Processo de acreditação: NCE/21/2100275
Registo inicial DGES:R/A-Cr 145/2022 de 12-07-2022


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