- Master Degree in Physical Therapy for Persons with Chronic Pathologies, Aging or Disability
Master Degree in Physical Therapy for Persons with Chronic Pathologies, Aging or Disability
- LanguagesCatalan, Spanish
- Duration1 academic year
- DateSeptember 29, 2022
Blanquerna School of Health Sciences
Who is it for?
The admission profile corresponds to that of a physiotherapist, with an interest in therapeutic exercise and physical activity as a therapeutic tool and with experience in caring for people with chronic illness, disability and/or aging.
Expand your training
The Master Degree in Physical Therapy for Persons with Chronic Pathologies, Aging or Disability, at URL, furthers knowledge of therapeutic exercise as a fundamental intervention of the physiotherapist. Knowledge of the physiological responses to exercise, multidimensional assessment of physical abilities, training methodologies adapted to different situations, are key aspects to taking a comprehensive approach that trains students to design and apply training programs and therapeutic exercise for the sick or elderly.
The program includes external internships in specific sports and health settings that incorporate a physiotherapist specializing in Therapeutic Exercise (TE).
The master degree aims to train physiotherapists in the knowledge and skills needed to plan and develop therapeutic models based on therapeutic physical activity specifically geared towards persons with chronic illnesses, disabilities or health issues relating to the aging process.
- Possess and understand the knowledge that provides a background or opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas, usually in a research context
- The students should know how to apply the knowledge they acquire, and have the capacity to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of study
- The students should be capable of integrating knowledge and tackling the complexity of formulating judgments from incomplete or limited information, including reflections on social and ethical responsibility linked to the application of their knowledge judgments
- The students should be capable of communicating their conclusions and knowledge and the reasons that support them to experts and non-experts clearly and without ambiguity
- The students should possess the learning skills that allow them to pursue self-directed and autonomous learning.
- Analyze, organize, and plan the activities of their professional field.
- Demonstrate ability and flexibility for problem-solving and effective decision-making in their field of work.
- Know how to evaluate, select, and draw conclusions from the scientific literature related to their fields of study.
- Develop self-learning skills and critical thinking in their field of work.
- Demonstrate the ability to work in a team, both at an interdisciplinary level and in an international context, through oral or written communication in different languages.
- Demonstrate skills in interpersonal relationships based on attention to diversity and multiculturalism through ethical commitment in professional practice.
- Demonstrate the ability to generate and lead innovative ideas in their professional environment.
- Demonstrate ability to manage information and communication technologies (ICT) applied to their professional environment.
- Know the basic principles of clinical research methodology, its applicability, interpretation, and management of results for the development of research projects in the field of their professional environment.
- Demonstrate autonomy to formulate, plan, design and develop scientific or technological projects in their professional field for an improvement in their area of specialty.
- Have developed sufficient autonomy to manage and/or develop physical therapy centers or units aimed at persons with chronic illnesses, disabilities or aging and their relationship with other health services.
- Acquire advanced knowledge of the sciences, models, techniques, and instruments on which the therapeutic physical activity is based, articulated, and developed.
- Acquire advanced knowledge to identify and assess the morphology, physiology, pathology, and behavior of persons with chronic illnesses, disabilities or aging.
- Know how to apply and integrate physical therapy methods, procedures, and actions as tools aimed at functional reeducation or recovery, as well as promoting and maintaining health in persons with chronic illnesses, disabilities or aging.
- Know how to apply and integrate knowledge to assess a patient's physical condition, with a fundamental consideration of physical aspects and, within an interdisciplinary framework, nutritional, psychological, and social factors, using internationally-recognized validation tools.
- Have acquired advanced knowledge to design, execute, direct, and coordinate therapeutic physical activity intervention plans based on scientific evidence, in accordance with criteria of adequacy, validity, and efficiency.
- Be able to predict and control the evolution of the results obtained with the treatment in relation to the objectives set.
- Know how to evaluate and select the appropriate scientific theory and precise methodology in the field of physical therapy to formulate judgments based on clinical experience and acquire skills to develop programs adapted to the needs of persons with chronic illnesses, disabilities and/or aging in the areas of health promotion, protection and recovery.
Great areas to grow professionally
Specialized physiotherapist working in healthcare centers and gyms that deal with chronic conditions in their training programs
Freelance physiotherapist in search of new business models based on therapeutic exercise for persons with special needs
Physiotherapist conducting research into health sciences with an interest in therapeutic exercise
If you choose the Blanquerna Master Degree in Physical Therapy for Persons with Chronic Pathologies, Aging or Disability, you are choosing...
- A master degree with excellent professional prospects
- It enables graduates to work at clinics and sports centers
- External internships in specific care settings, hospitals, healthcare centers, residential homes, and sports centers that have a physiotherapist specializing in Therapeutic Exercise (TE) on staff
- This master degree provides a pathway to the PhD.
Specialization and recognition
Blanquerna-URL offers an extensive, widely recognized program of postgraduate courses (university master degrees, Ramon Llull University's own master and post graduate courses, and PhD programs), which guarantee the best specialized training and preparation for research, and respond to the emerging demands of related professional sectors.
Training in line with your interests and professional future
The program is organized in two semesters keeping in mind that the internships and the Master Degree Thesis are annual.
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Objectives of the internship
The master degree internships are carried out at partnered health centers, care centers or research centers that provide physical therapy specifically for persons with chronic pathologies, disabilities or aging, depending on the interests of the student and the recommendations of their master degree advisor.
The internships are supervised by a specialized physiotherapist who a recognized internship advisor at the center and who, together with the School's master degree advisor, will conduct the student follow-up and assessment. The coordinated work of these two professors is essential to ensure proper performance and the highest quality of practice.
The duration of these internships is one month, broken into blocks of at least one week. Internships are arranged based on the availability of students and centers.
- Assess and select: Know how to evaluate and select the appropriate scientific theory and precise methodology in the field of physical therapy to formulate judgments based on clinical experience and acquire skills to develop programs adapted to the needs of persons with chronic illnesses, disabilities and/or aging in the areas of health promotion, protection and recovery.
- Apply and integrate: Know how to apply and integrate physical therapy methods, procedures, and actions as tools aimed at functional reeducation or recovery, as well as promoting and maintaining health in persons with chronic illnesses, disabilities or aging.
- Develop autonomy: Have developed sufficient autonomy to manage and/or develop physical therapy centers or units aimed at persons with chronic illnesses, disabilities or aging and their relationship with other health services.
- Scientific or technological projects: Demonstrate autonomy to formulate, plan, design and develop scientific or technological projects in their professional field for an improvement in their area of specialty.
Where can you do your internship?
Hospital del Mar, Hospital Clínic, Parc Sanitari Pere Virgili, Institut Diabetis Activa, Fundació Step by Step, Centre Pont - Fundació Isidre Esteve, Centre Claror Marítim, Institut de Salut Cardiovascular: INSCOR, Centre Esportiu, PUTXET, Centre Esportiu DIR, Fisioteràpia a domicili, Fisiogestion, Fundació La Pedrera-Programa REMS, Fundació Salut i Envelliment, UAB, Centre de salut-Cos a Punt
Master degree thesis
The master degree final thesis is an individual assignment that brings together the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the master degree course. Students will be required to design and carry out a research or development project for a service model based on therapeutic physical exercise.
Master degree theses are contextualized based on the lines of work of the research groups, own research or transfer of knowledge from the faculty members (based on their academic, clinical and research training). In the event that the student wishes to develop a new line, the master course director, in agreement with the advisor, will assess the suitability of the project in accordance with the context of the master degree.
The Master Degree Thesis is prepared and presented during the academic year in which the student is enrolled in the Master Degree in Physical Therapy for Persons with Chronic Pathologies, Aging or Disability.
The project will be developed under the supervision of individual tutorials led by an advisor specializing in therapeutic exercise and in settings related to therapeutic exercise.
The master degree thesis advisor will sign off on the viability of the project and the suitability for presentation of the final master degree thesis. This project will be publicly defended before an assessment panel made up of advisors or faculty members from the master degree program.
The student will have fifteen minutes to defend the project. They will have to prioritize the issues they consider most relevant to the work and summarize them in a clear, precise, and complete manner. Once the arguments are presented, the student will have to respond to observations, comments, and questions from the panel. The defense is estimated to last 45 minutes. The assessment criteria for the master degree thesis are concerned with the competences consolidated during the preparation process, the final written document and the defense of the thesis itself. This means that the final grade will be the result of various partial evaluations.
The final grade for the project will be issued by the assessment panel in accordance with the competences specified in the curriculum.
Design and development of exercise programs and therapeutic physical activity.
Specialist in exercise and therapeutic physical activity for the chronically ill, elderly or disabled.
Coordinator of teams specializing in therapeutic exercise.
Design and development of care services based on exercise and therapeutic physical activity.
A direct link to your future career
Our work doesn't finish the moment you graduate. The Alumni department will support you to enable us to achieve an employment rate of 90% of students in the first year after graduation
State-of-the-art equipment at the students' disposal
Spaces equipped to practice physical therapy activity featuring sundry equipment, such as kettlebells, bosu balance trainers, olympic bars, dynamometers, pulse oximeters, etc...
All the services you need throughout university
University master degrees are official degrees awarded by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, in accordance with the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the guidelines set out in the Bologna Declaration. To access the official master degree, you must hold an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country that is part of the European Higher Education Area. Access to master degree studies is regulated by Royal Decree 822/2021, of 28 September.
These studies are also open to students with a degree issued by an education system outside the European Higher Education Area, who do not need to have it approved, provided that the level of training is equivalent to that of an official Spanish degree and that, in the country of origin, the degree gives access to graduate studies. However, admission does not in any case imply the convalidation of the degree or any other type of recognition beyond allowing the student to access master and graduate studies at the University.
The application process consists of two parts:
Students can pre-enroll online (by accessing Pre-enrollment | Blanquerna or the pre-enrollment option for each course). You can also pre-enroll in person at the School. During the process, the candidate must submit the required documentation:
- ID card, passport or NIE residence card.
- Certified photocopy of the qualification that gives the student access to the course or documentary proof that the relevant document has been requested.
- Copy of the official academic transcript with grades for the courses taken and the average mark of the qualification justifying admission.
- Letter of intent.
- Students with studies qualifying them for access completed outside Spain: certificate issued by the relevant body (university, embassy, consulate) confirming that the studies qualify the student to undertake master degree or graduate studies in the country of issue. Students who come from a foreign university must provide details of the grading system used at their university, as well as the aforementioned documentation, which must comply with the requirements for translation and legalization established in current regulations.
Payment of €100 pre-enrollment fee. If you are not admitted to any of the options requested or if the course is cancelled by the School of Health Sciences-Blanquerna, the amount will be refunded during the academic year in which you pre-enrolled, subject to presentation of the corresponding receipt. Payment is by credit or debit card using a secure, confidential process.
When pre-enrollment has been completed, the candidate will be offered a date for an interview with the director and/or coordinator of the master degree, who will assess their suitability and resolve any doubts they may have about the course for which they are enrolling. For the selection of candidates the following will be taken into account:
- Personal interview
- Professional experience
Once the assessment is complete, the student will be informed of the result of the interview and how to enroll, if admitted.
Students who are admitted can choose between two options, depending on whether or not they already qualify for university admission:
- Conditional enrollment: This option is available to students who have not yet obtained a bachelor degree and who want to study a master degree at the same time. For conditional enrollment, students need to be enrolled for the pending credits in their bachelor's degree. This is subject to a maximum of 21 credits including the bachelor degree thesis. The master degree thesis cannot be graded, and the master degree cannot, therefore, be awarded, until the student has completed the bachelor degree. The student must sign an application accepting the terms of conditional enrollment. An Official Academic Certificate (CAO) cannot be issued to students who are enrolled conditionally.
- Definitive enrollment
Enrollment is considered definitive when the student already meets the requirements for admission.
Enrollment is the final step in the procedure to access the master degree. Students will be informed individually of the enrollment date. When enrollment is complete, and the corresponding fee has been paid, the student will have secured a place. Course fees are paid in installments without any interest. When students enrol, they will have two business days to pay 50% of the total cost of the credits for which they have enrolled, by bank transfer or using a barcode at the bank; the remaining 50% is split into nine monthly installments, from October to June, payable by direct debit using the bank account indicated at the time of enrollment.
School alumni are given a 15% discount on the enrollment fee (non-cumulative discount). This discount will only apply to students who enroll full-time for all the credits required in the course. Prices are updated each academic year. Once enrollment is complete, the amount paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.
Students must bring the following documentation with them when they enroll:
- Certified photocopy of the qualification that gives them access to the course or documentary proof that the relevant document has been requested.
- Original official academic certificate or certified copy of the bachelor degree transcript.
- Current account number for direct debit (if payment is to be by installments).
When a student enrolls, a contract for the provision of teaching services is formalized between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation, which is legally binding from the time of payment. Payment includes the corresponding insurance and, for students under the age of twenty-eight, compulsory academic insurance. If a student declines to take up a place, he/she will lose in full any amount he/she has paid.
The student accepts the rules for the use of computer services established by the Blanquerna Foundation. The student's personal data will be included in an automated file under the responsibility of the Blanquerna Foundation, so that this contract can be maintained and fulfilled. Students should note that their data may also be used to inform them about the future activities of the Foundation, or for the institution to send them publications.
In accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999 on the protection of personal data, students have the right to access their data to update, rectify or cancel them, or object to their use, by sending a letter, indicating which right they want to exercise.
This section is a summary of the general conditions for enrollment. It is only for guidance and therefore has no contractual value. In the event of any discrepancy, the provisions of the general conditions for enrollment specified in the receipt generated at the time of enrollment will prevail; this receipt formalizes the contract between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation; students can consult it on the intranet whenever they wish.
The School reserves the right to ask candidates with qualifications obtained outside the EHEA for a letter from their university, embassy or consulate to certify that their studies qualify them to pursue a master degree or graduate studies.
Students are responsible for having all the official documentation necessary for their stay in Spain while studying at the School. Applicants can ask for a pre-acceptance document attached to the pre-enrollment receipt to initiate applications for visas or scholarships or carry out any other administrative procedure. Under no circumstances does this document guarantee a place if all the access and admission requirements are not met.
Once applicants have been accepted and enrollment is complete, they can request a letter of admission from the Academic Secretary, if required, by paying the corresponding fee.
Specific documentation for this master degree
Copy of the accreditation of English level B1 or higher. Upon completion of Bachelor degree studies at the FCSB, the student attains a level equivalent to B2 in English, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Candidates who do not have accreditation will have to apply to sit an English language test to prove they are sufficiently proficient in oral comprehension.
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- Graduate satisfaction survey
- Satisfaction survey with admission and public information
- Service satisfaction survey
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- 2018-2019 academic year teaching assessment
- 2019-2020 academic year teaching assessment
- 2020-2021 academic year course teaching assessment
- General thesis results
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