Educational System of Physiotherapy in Portugal
In Portugal, the curriculum of the different schools is different. The following information presents the common links between schools.
What is the level of education (State exam, BA, Master, Special National Diploma, or other degree)?
After you finish your course, the level of education of a Physiotherapist is a Bachelors.
What is the entry level for working as a physiotherapist in your country?
You have to have a recognized in Portugal Bachelors.
Where is it educated (college, university of applied sciences, university, private institute)?
It is taught in Polytechnic Schools, although some of these schools are integrated in Universities.
How long is the duration of the studies?
In almost in all the faculties, the study program has a length of 8 semesters – 240 ECTs
How many schools/universities do you have?
Currently, there are 18 active schools. Here you can see their names and contacts http://www.apfisio.pt/Ficheiros/Escolas.pdf
Communication about ECPTS within your country:
Until now, there wasn’t any association or entity responsible for spreading the communication about ECPTS besides some individual efforts.
Do you offer English-speaking courses or summer schools for PTs/ PT-students?
The schools are all taught in Portuguese, although some private formation is taught in English (mostly when the trainers aren’t Portuguese).
The average school/university fee:
The average public school fees are around 1000€. But the private schools, that count up to more than 50% of the schools in Portugal, can have fees of 4x that value or more.
Evidence base practice?
A current topic in most schools, although not an 100% truth on the field. Nevertheless, every Physio connected to an Uni in any way (as teachers or supervisors) promote a evidence based practice.
Do they work with ICF (International classification of functioning)?
The ICF is taught and used as a reasoning module
Needed licensing renewal, needed credit points in specialisation,...?
No, after graduating, there is no compulsory extra education path.