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As technology is radically changing physiotherapy and rehabilitation, you've got the option to chose the Technology Track within our bachelor program Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences! Do you want to contribute to the latest technological developments and innovations in physiotherapy? Then this unique track is the right choice for you!
Technology helps physiotherapists more and more to diagnose and to improve and complete therapy and rehabilitation. It even makes it possible to treat people without being physically present. Think of wearables, smart sensors, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, medical apps, e-Health and much more!


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An engineer often fails to comprehend the needs of a regular educated physiotherapist, whereas the physiotherapist lacks the technical knowledge to develop their (product)ideas.

In this unique track you will be trained to fill the gap between the physiotherapist and the engineer. You will learn everything about using and developing technology for diagnostics and treatment. In addition, you will be educated as a full-fledged physiotherapist with a scientific approach.

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In this track you will learn to think as an engineer with a problem-solving mindset while also having the knowledge of a healthcare professional. In diagnostics we use technology to measure. By having clear insights, for example in the range of motion or the lung-heart capacity, physiotherapists can diagnose more effectively or track the effectiveness of a treatment better. On top of that, we see a lot of new technologies entering the market with an opportunity to improve the care given by a physiotherapist. For example, wearables can offer a solution for disabilities or give real-time monitoring and feedback. Furthermore, applying virtual reality in the physiotherapy clinic offers new possibilities for effective treatment.

Who are you?

The ideal student for this undergraduate degree would be a person who: 

  • is curious and always thinks in solutions. 
  • wants to know everything about the human body and how it moves. 
  • is good at math and physics and also wants to work with people. 
  • has an inquiring attitude but also likes to do practical work.
  • is ambitious: someone who doesn't look at study-hours but at the impact she/he can make in other people's lives.

 Student experience

The curriculum

The Technology Track offers a challenging three-year curriculum, consisting of 60 ECTS per year.

Each year consists of four blocks of 8-10 weeks. In each block two modules are taught. One in which you are trained as a physiotherapist, the other module is a technical module.

The track includes several methods/types of work. For example, you will work in project groups, have practicals, do internships, have lectures and so on.

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Throughout every module run vertical trajectories. These trajectories return with every module, and are at the basis of everything you learn. The Technology Track focuses on the following trajectories:

  • Clinical & Reasoning Skills
  • Epidemiology & Statistics
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Academic Skills & reasoning
  • Communication
  • Law & ethics

P = Physiotherapy module
T = Technology module

Two examples of modules

In the module Measurement Movement Domain you will learn everything about the mechanics of the human body. You will also learn to use different technologies to measure position, range of motion, physical activity and speed.

In the module Lung-heart-circulation - Functional Capacity you will learn, among other things, about metabolism, exercise physiology and muscle morphology. You will learn to use technology to measure these values and how to use wearable technology to improve the metabolism and physical activity. At the end of this module you will be able to code in python, do data-analysis and synchronize variables with the help of interfaces.

The third year

You will finish the bachelor program by completing a clinical internship of 10 weeks at a physiotherapists’ office and an internship of 6 weeks at a product development company. Then you will write a thesis about a topic of your choice.

After your bachelor's degree

After successful completion of the 3-year bachelor program, you will receive the BSc Diploma in Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, with the annotation that you completed Technology Track.

Straight to work with your bachelor's degree

With your bachelor's degree, you can immediately start working at companies in the medical technology sector. For example as a researcher or a product developer. You are at your best in multidisciplinary teams. Another possibility is starting your own company, based on your own product idea!

Working as a physiotherapist

To start working as a physiotherapist in the Netherlands with a BIG registration, and to be able to independently examine and treat patients, you need to complete the master's degree in Physiotherapy at Maastricht University. This is a one-year master program in which a ten week internship is included, as well as theoretical and practical education. You complete this degree by writing a master thesis.

Read more about your professional options

After a 3 year bachelor and 1 year master the Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy is obtained. With this degree you can apply for a BIG-registration (a BIG-registration is legally required to work as a physiotherapist in the Netherlands). After this, you can specialize in the direction of Manual Therapy, Sports Physiotherapy, Pelvic Physiotherapy and, for example, Physical Therapy in Geriatrics. 

Continue studying in a master's program

Do you want to do something other than working as a physiotherapist? You can also start a master's degree at a different university, such as human movement sciences or health sciences.




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Practical information

Admission requirements with a Dutch diploma

Students with a Dutch diploma will be admitted to the bachelor program Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences with a vwo-diploma with the profile

  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek, including Biology

For the Technology Track we advise the subjects Mathematics B and Physics.

Admission requirements with an international diploma

A secondary school diploma considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university ‘vwo’ diploma is required. The required subjects are Mathematics and Biology.
For the Technology Track we advise the subject Physics.

Please check the website of Nuffic - The Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, to compare your diploma to a Dutch diploma. If your diploma is not listed here, you can check the website of IDW for an international credential evaluation.

Language requirements for international students

International students must provide a language certificate*

  • Academic IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 80
  • TOEIC: Listening and Reading 670 & Speaking and Writing 290
  • Cambridge Assessment English: First (FCE) – Grade B (scale 173-175), first (FCE) – Grade C (scale 169-172)

*SOMT University of Physiotherapy is allowed to make exemptions compared to above.

Enrolling

Enrolling in the bachelor program Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences is possible via the Sign up here link, until 31 August 2023. After your enrollment we invite you to an interview. In this interview we just want to get to know you, it does not influence your application.

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EU character of the Track

SOMT University of Physiotherapy is a European Chartered Higher Education Institute. New modules being developed for the Technology Track are sponsored by the European Union within the Erasmus+: Knowledge Alliance.
As an ECHE Institute, students are able to receive the Erasmus+ Grant. Erasmus+ students receive an allowance to cover the additional travel and living expenses of their study abroad. For more information on the ECHE-principles, please click here.

Costs & Funding

SOMT University of Physiotherapy is a private school. This means we do not receive funding from the Dutch government. Based on our vision of the physiotherapist of the future we opt for smaller classes, top-notch teachers, personal coaching and excellent facilities. Quality always comes first when it comes to our education. As a Dutch student Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences at SOMT University of Physiotherapy you’re not entitled to a DUO student loan (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs). You can however apply for tuition-specific credit regulations there. For more, please visit duo.nl. 

NOTE: since the tuition fees are higher at SOMT University of Physiotherapist you have the possibility of taking a larger loan at DUO.

Locations

The bachelor program is taught at SOMT University of Physiotherapy in Amersfoort. Certain practicals and training sessions (such as the dissecting room practical) take place in Maastricht. The practicals will be clustered in a short time span, so the trips will be limited. In addition to this, some lectures and practicals take place at the University Medical Centre (UMC) Utrecht or at rehabilitation centers like ‘de Hoogstraat’ in Utrecht.

Contact

If you have questions about the bachelor program, the Technology Track or our (online) open days, please contact us at infobachelor@somt.nl We are happy to help you!

Why study at SOMT University of Physiotherapy?

  • You are educated academically, but there are also plenty of hands-on classes.
  • You are schooled by top-notch teachers who often work in the field as well.
  • Our education is given on a small scale, you will study in small groups of max. 15 students.
  • There is a lot of personal attention.
  • On our campus you have access to the most modern equipment.

International office

For all your questions about visa, living and studying in the Netherlands you can ask our International office Manager: Eelko Barnhoorn