Undergraduate Degrees

Oferta 2021/2022

  • Degree in Physical Therapy

    General Information


    The duration of the Degree in Physical Therapy is of 4 years. The minimum number of credits needed to obtain the degree is 240 ECTS credits.

    Responsible Center:

    Modality: Attendance required

    Teaching Languages: Spanish

    Distribution and Credits:

    • Basic Formation: 60
    • Compulsory Subjects: 105
    • Elective Subjects: 18
    • Compulsory External Internships: 48
    • Undergraduate Thesis: 9

    Registration fees for first-time enrollment in a full course:  975,12 €

    Access and Career Opportunities

    Profile of the New Student
    • Recommended High School modalities with the PAU examination passed: Science and Technology.
    • Higher Grade formative cycle: Field of Healthcare Professions.
    • Access examination for people Older than 25, 40 or 45.
    • University degree.

    New students of the Degree in Physical Therapy should have received a basic formation in Sciences and Health Sciences, and a solid ability of written and oral comprehension and expression. Furthermore, they must show and interest and motivation for looking after people and a disposition towards observation, analysis and reflection. They must be able to adapt to new situations, behave according the norms and show an active attitude towards learning and teamwork.

    Professional Opportunities

    Professional profiles:

    • Public or private healthcare: Physical Therapists are prepared to work in hospitals, health centers, teaching centers, spas, private clinics, beauty centers, mutual insurance companies, sports centers and/or teams, and self-employment, among other options.
    • Teaching in universities and other education centers.
    • Research teams in universities or specific research units.
    • Public administrations.

    Characteristics of the Center

    Premises and services

    Apart from the classrooms and the administrative services, the Faculty is equipped with computer rooms, demonstration rooms, library, laboratories, reading rooms, meeting rooms, lockers, Wi-Fi connection, cafeteria, etc.

    Mobility and international relations

    Currently, there are agreements with universities in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Finland and the United Kingdom for ERASMUS mobility stays. Moreover, there are agreements with the majority of the Spanish universities for SICUE mobility stays.

    Internships, employment and tutorial action plan

    Students of the Degree in Physical Therapy of the University of Oviedo will have external internships at the University Hospital, public hospitals and health centers, sports teams and foundations.

    Further information

    Justification of the Degree

    Previous experiences in the university in the offering of Degrees of similar characteristics

    University studies in Physical Therapy were established for the first in Spain in 1983 at the University of Valencia. The studies of Physical Therapy at the University of Oviedo began during the 1990-1991 academic year with the Diploma in Physical Therapy and, after two successive teaching plans (Plan 1990 and Plan 2000), the 16th class of the Diploma in Physical Therapy graduated in June 2008.

    Data and studies on the potentiality of the Degree and its interest for society

    Demand of access

    Te Degree in Physical Therapy currently in place at the University of Oviedo has a limited offer of 56 places for new students that maybe be expanded should the last place available be contested by different applicants with the same average grade. Since its establishment in the 1990-1991 academic year, there has been characterized by a strong demand of access. Thus, the minimum grades for entry have traditionally been some of the highest one at the University of Oviedo and at a national level, and, sometimes, it has even become the highest average mark of the whole Spanish university system.

    The minimum average grades of the last 3 years have been as following:

    Year University Entrance Exam University Degrees Professional Education Older than 25 Enrollment Reserve
    2005-2006 8,10 2,65 9,90 6,50 62 400
    2006-2007 8,00 2,65 9,10 6,04 60 436
    2007-2008 7,70 2,68 8,80 6,72 61 385

    We should point out that, since its inception, the Degree in Physical Therapy currently offered by the University School of Nursing of the University of Oviedo has attracted students from other university districts (Cantabria, Leon, Galicia and the Basque Country) and, at the same time, during the past few years, in an increasing manner, exchange students both of the national Séneca-Sicue program and the international Erasmus program from Italy, Portugal and Finland, and from the agreement with Brazil. The Erasmus agreement signed with Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, apart from two 4-month stays, additionally allows a Finnish student to spend a whole year in Oviedo, and said place has always been occupied.

    Study of the employability and satisfaction of the graduates in Physical Therapy of the U.S. of Nursing and Physical Therapy of the University of Oviedo (2008)

    This study was conducted due to a proposal by the Committees of Internal Evaluation (2004) and External Evaluation of the Degree in Physical Therapy (2004), that the direction of the U.S. of Nursing and Physical Therapy of the University of Oviedo included in its schedule of priorities. For a university center, the employability of its graduates in a job related to their Degree constitutes a priority objetive. Furthermore, knowing the results of the formative program and the insertion of students in the labor market are cuantitative markers of quality that must be known.

    This research had the precedent of the report titled "Employability of the graduates of the University of Oviedo", coordinated by Tenured Professor of Economics of the University of Oviedo Joaquín Lorences and published in 2005 by the Government of the Principality of Asturias. This report on the employability of the graduates of all the Degrees of the University of Oviedo during the 2000-2001 academic year included 49 graduates in Physical Therapy.

    The goal of this study was to gather information about the labor situation of the three last classes of graduates in Physical Therapy of the U.S. of Nursing and Physical Therapy of the University of Oviedo (classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007) and see their level of satisfaction with the education received for their careers, so as to contribute to the knowledge of the results of the educational process of the Physical Therapists, in order to get to know the employability of these graduates and to make this information useful for any update of the teaching plan of Physical Therapy.

    The methodology employed was based in the gathering of the descriptive values through a phone survey to a total of 90 graduates during the period comprised between September to October in 2008. To achieve this, a modification of the model of data gathering used by ANECA in its study of employability was used. The survey included different questions easy to answer (n=11) and it was structured into 5 parts.

    The results obtained show that it took less than a year to start working as a physical therapist for the majority of the graduates surveyed who are currently being, or have in the past been, employed in a job related to their Degree after graduating, either in self-employment or wroking for an enterprise. The data shows that the levels of satisfaction of the graduates of this school are very high. Most of them would study Physical Theraphy again if given the choice, and would also choose this center again. A small number of them, though constantly growing, coordinates their studies with a job.

    Relation of the proposal with the social and economic characteristics of the area of influence of the Degree

    The Degree in Physical Therapy of the University of Oviedo is embedded in the social and economic framework of the Principality of Asturias, whose population is characterized by a slow decrease and a clear aging. In this sense, the mining areas have suffered a significant depopulation. The economy of the Principality of Asturias has a primary sector in decrease, while the tertiary sector is on the rise. The population is centered on the urban areas and tourism has gained much relevance during the past few year. Despite the decrease in the primary sector, especially in coal mining, and the industrial relocalization of past decades, the average income of its population has grown above the national avarage, reaching €19.868 in 2006.

    This Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy is offered in a social environment that has emerging public and private initiatives that require university graduates in this speciality to work in fields such as assistence, teaching, management and administration and researcher in hospitals, health centers, sports societies, insurance companies, private clinics, spas or specialized centers of rehabilitation. Apart from the sphere of the public administration and the enterprise, the Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy contemplates self-employment.

    Thus, the characteristics and social, economic and cultural dynamism in which these graduates would eventually be employed are a clear example of the justification of the existance of this Degree.

    Justification of the existence of the national and international referents that validate the proposal

    The Degree in Physical Therapy is currently offered by 37 Spanish universities since its establishment in Spain 25 years ago by the University of Valencia. The studies of Physical Therapy are present in the majority of European countries and are part of the Higher Education Systems through the universities or non-university centers of Higher Education, according the different references cited by the White Book of the Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy (ANECA, April 2004), such as the Summary of Political Declarations of the Permanent Link Committee of European Physical Therapists (1996) and the reports "Rehabilitation in the Netherlands" (February 1996) and "Studies of Physical Therapy in Europe". The latter was composed by the Permanent Link Committee of European Physical Therapists in 1990. This Degree, framed in the field of healthcare, is characterized by a professionalizing formative profile, as acknowledged by the European Physiotherapy Benchmark Statement (http://www.physio-europe.org/pdf/Benchmark.pdf), created by the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.

    According to the data gathered by the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, in 2003, 28 European countries offered studies in Physical Therapy under a very diverse naming conventions, for the different official studies (Diploma, Bachelor's Degree, Undergraduate Degree, Laurea, etc.), and in 18 of them the Degree enabled graduates to access a Master's Degree, after which they could access a PhD Program.

    On an European level, the profession of the Physical Therapist presents a strong implementation and in the majority of Europe it is a regulated and registered profession, an aspect with a great deal of importance, since, on the one hand, it is vital for the professionals of Physical Therapy, since it shows that it is a clearly defined profession, with specific competences and general principles in the cross-curricular teams established. On the other hand, it is also very important on a social level, as it provides a guarantee to the citizens that the physical therapist is qualified to perform their assitance tasks and has the pertinent knowledge. This knowledge will have to be updated through continuing education and periodical evalution. All of this will enable physical therapists to demonstrate the quality of the services they offer, at the same time they provide society with a guarantee of being both educated and competent in their field of action.

    In Spain, since it is a registered profession, the Colleges and Professional Associations self-regulate the profession and guarantee the establishment of regulations for procedures, guidelines for professional practice, values, ethical codes and professional conduct, that certify the quality of the services that the professionals of Physical Therapy lend to society.

    In Spain, the professional labor of a Physical Therapist is officially regulated by:

    • Law 2/1974, dated February 13, on the creation of Professional Colleges.
    • Law 21/1998, dated July 1, on the creation of the General Council of Colleges of Physical Therapists.
    • Law 44/2003, dated November 21, on the Organization of the Healthcare Professions.

    Academic, scientific and professional interest of the Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy

    In academic terms, the Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy improves the formative profile of the physical therapist with an increase in the number of credits, promoting the acquisiton of cross-curricular instrumental, personal and systemic competences, as well as specific disciplinary, professional and attitude competences. Moreover, through the clinical practicum there will be an increase in the number of hours of clinical formation for the students of Physical Therapy. Thus, the clinical formation of the Spanish physical therapists will be on par with that of the European standards. At the same time, the Degree in Physical Therapy will bring closer Spanish and European physical therapy, facilitating the mobility of students and graduates.

    In scientific terms, the Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy incorporates a research dimension that is not found in the current studies of Physical Theraphy, and which allows the physical therapist to approach, deepen and put into practice the methodology of research. This is the scientific base upon which the new perspective of intervention in physical therapy must be built, so that they provide scientific results that can be applied to the professional practice. As page 22 of the White Book of the Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy mentions, and with the hope of offering a personalized quality care, "the physical therapist must be able to interpret the scientific contributions that generate new perspectives of intervention and research, and apply the different scientific methodologies in the construction of knowledge. On the other hand, there is a growing social demand for efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare: therapists have to take upon themselves the responsibility of actively and efficiently acting in the different stages of the process of scientific research. Education, as a consequence, is also directed at the development of scientific research and the importance of experience.

    With regards to the professional interest of the Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy, the adaptation to the European Higher Education Area of the Spanish university system through the application of the Royal Decree 1393/2007 of October 29, that establishes the organization of the official university Degrees, makes it possible that the Undegraduate Degree in Physical Therapy allows graduates and physical therapists to access both a professionalizing Master's Degree and a Master's Degree in research, and a PhD Program, promoting this way the interest of Physical Therapy for specialized formation and the subsequent benefit for assistance practice. In the same way, the defense of a PhD Thesis, which was not available in the Diploma in Physical Therapy, will bring closer the Spanish and European physical therapies, which since in 2003, and according to data provided by the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, in 18 of the 28 European countries that offer a Degree in Physical Therapy it was possible for graduates in Physical Therapy to access a Master's Degree and, once it is finished, a PhD Program. Royal Decree 1393/2007, of October 29, puts the Spanish Degree in Physical Therapy at the same level as its European counterparts.

    In the Official Journal of the State numer 174 of July 19, 2008, the Order CIN/2135/2008, dated July 3, is published, establishing the requirements for the verification of the official university Degrees that lead to the profession of Physical Therapist.

    The current legislation makes Physical Theraphy a regulated profession that requires, according what article 12.9 of the Royal Decree 1393/2007 establishes, being in possession of the official Degree, obtained by meeting the criteria established by the Government in the Agreement of the Council of Ministers of February 8, 2008, published by the BOE of February 27, 2008.

    Termination of the Curriculum

    Adaptation to the Undergraduate Degree

    During the time when the characteristics of the regulations that, in general terms, will be created by the University of Oviedo are not yet know, and always seeking to avoid that the students may be negatively affected by this process, a procedure for the adaptation to the Degree has been designed, as detailed in the following table:

    Bachelor's Degrees that are supressed by the establishment of the proposed Undegraduate Degree:

    The establishment of the Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy of the University of Oviedo means the conclusion of the current studies of the Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy (Resolution of November 30, 2000, BOE 28-12-2000).