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University expert certificate in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

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  • Modality
    Hybrid learning format
  • Languages
  • Duration
    1 academic year
  • Credits
  • Date
    September 2023
  • Location

    Blanquerna-URL - Carrer Padilla, 326-332. 08025 Barcelona

  • Faculty

    Blanquerna School of Health Sciences

Who is it for?

Physiotherapy graduates.

Improve your qualifications

Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy is a specific field of physiotherapy specializing in the treatment of adult patients with cardiorespiratory impairment. As a result of scientific advances in recent years, there is growing demand in the health sector for professionals specializing in this field.

The general objective of the course is to train physiotherapy professionals in the treatment of adults with cardiorespiratory disorders, adopting a practical approach based on the latest scientific advances.

With this training, the physiotherapist will be fully qualified to evaluate and interpret tests, to identify the best therapeutic option based on the pathophysiology of the disease and the stage it has reached, and to adapt treatment to patients individually according to their clinical condition (chronic, critical or acute).

The course focuses on cardiorespiratory pathologies in adult patients (chronic, critical and acute), combining classes and online activities with 7 practical face-to-face modules. It incorporates an innovative method with specialized features, unlike other courses currently offered.

Great scope for professional growth

Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.

Therapeutic physical exercise.

Intensive Care Unit.


The University expert certificate in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy program incorporates an innovative method, which differentiates it from other courses currently offered. Training is divided into three major methodological blocks and can be undertaken individually or collectively, according to the recommendations of the faculty: supervised work online, independent work and face-to-face work in small groups guided by an advisor.

The course is taught in hybrid format and focuses on addressing cardiorespiratory pathologies in adult patients (chronic, critical and acute), combining classes and online activities with 7 practical face-to-face modules.

The February 2025 seminar will be held at the University of Deusto (travel and accommodation expenses are responsibility of the students).

Academic information

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Module 1 - Cardiorespiratory system. Basic subjects (5 ECTS).

- Anatomy (1 ECTS)

- Physiology and Pathophysiology (4 ECTS)

Module 2 - Cardiorespiratory system. Cross-curricular subjects (6 ECTS).

- Assessment and diagnosis (6 ECTS)

Module 3 - Respiratory therapy 1 (3 ECTS)

- Surgical treatment and pharmacology

- Oxygen therapy

- Aerosol therapy

- Humidification

Module 4 - Respiratory therapy 2 (7 ECTS)

- Mechanical ventilation (2 ECTS)

- Drainage of secretions (2.5 ECTS)

- Therapeutic exercise (2.5 ECTS)

Module 5 - Applied therapy (8 ECTS)

- Critical patients

- Acute patients

- Chronic patients

- Co-working

Career opportunities

  • Hospitals: pulmonology units, intensive care units, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation units.
  • Community health centers.
  • Home care.
  • Primary care centers.
  • Centers specializing in care for patients with respiratory pathologies associated with neuromuscular or neurological disorders.
  • Independent professional practice.
Alumnes a la Graduació Blanquerna 2019

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 facilities at the student's disposal

All the services you need while you are at the School


Ane Arbillaga, PT, PhD (University of Deusto, Donostia-San Sebastián).

Ana Balañá, PT, PhD (Hospital del Mar, Barcelona).

Beatriz Herrero, PT, PhD (Universidad San Jorge, Zaragoza).

Conxita Mestres, PhD, (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona).

Dani Martí, PT, PhD (Hospital Clínic, Barcelona).

Diego Rodríguez, MD, PhD (Hospital del Mar, Barcelona).

Elena Gimeno, PT, PhD (Hospital Clínic, Barcelona).

George Ntoumenopoulos, PT, PhD (St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney).

Gustavo Plotnikow, PT, MSc (Sanatorio Anchorena, Buenos Aires).

Jordi Vilaró, PT, PhD (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona).

Nicolas Roux, PT, MSc (Italian Hospital, Buenos Aires).

Marian Ramon, PT, PhD (Vall d'Hebron Hospital, Barcelona).

Marta San Miguel, PT, PhD (Universidad San Jorge, Zaragoza).

Rodrigo Torres, PT, MSc (University of Chile, Santiago de Chile).

Victoria Alcaraz, PT, MSc (Hospital Clínic, Barcelona).


Application process

To access the master degree and/or university specialization diplomas, you must hold an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country in the European Higher Education Area. 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.

Furthermore, these courses are open to people who do not have a degree but who, due to their professional or personal background, are considered qualified to take them. In these cases, the degree they will obtain will be a university extension.

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). It can also be done in person at the School.

During the process, the candidate must submit the requested 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.
  • 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 in terms of pre-registration fee. The amount of the application will only be returned in case of cancellation of the course by the center. The amount will be returned during the course in which pre-registration has been made, upon presentation of the corresponding receipt. Payment is by credit or debit card using a secure and confidential process.

Once pre-enrollment is complete, the documentation will be assessed, and the student will be informed of the result and how to enroll, if applicable.


Enrollment is the final step in the procedure to access the master degree or graduate studies. Each student will be informed in the letter of admission of his/her enrollment date. When enrollment is complete, with payment of the corresponding fee, the student will have definitively secured a place. If the student leaves the course, the enrollment fee will not be refunded in any case. The School reserves the right to cancel any courses for which the required minimum number of enrolled students has not been reached. In this case, the amount paid for enrollment will be refunded in full.

Documentation to be provided:

  • Certified photocopy of the degree certificate or certified photocopy of the university studies completed.
  • Official academic certification (list of subjects studied with their grade).
  • Current account number for direct debit in case of payment by installments.

When students enroll, they will have two business days to pay the total cost of enrollment, by bank transfer, credit card or barcode. Studies can be paid in full or in installments, without any interest, by bank transfer.

If payment by installment is selected, students will have two business days following completion of enrollment to pay 33.3% of the total cost of the enrolled credits, using their chosen form of payment; this payment cannot be made by direct debit. The remaining 66.4% is split into two monthly installments, in January and March, payable by direct debit using the bank account number provided upon enrollment.

School alumni are given a 15% discount on the enrollment fee (non-cumulative discount). Distinctions obtained in the fourth academic year of the bachelor degree are not eligible for a discount in own master degrees and graduate studies. Prices are updated each academic year. Once enrollment is complete, the amount paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.​

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.

Foreign students

The School reserves the right to ask candidates with qualifications outside the EES for a letter from their university, embassy or consulate to certify that their studies enable 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 fees.

Contact us

For more information, please contact the prospective students department.
[email protected]

Easy terms for you to access the course

2024-2025 academic year

Admissions application: €100 pre-enrollment fee. If you are not admitted or the graduate course is cancelled by the Blanquerna School of Health Sciences, the amount will be refunded during the academic year in which you pre-enrolled, subject to the presentation of the corresponding receipt.

Tuition fee per credit
Total tuition for the course

Payment method

Fees are payable in three installments:

Initial payment: 34% at the time of enrollment.

January: 33%

March: 33%

Facultat de Ciències de la Salut FCS

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10% - Descompte a institucions universitàries

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