Degree programme Physiotherapy - Students do exercises on a massage table

Physiotherapy bachelor degree programme

Would you like to help improve people’s quality of life? Our Physiotherapy bachelor programme provides you with the tools you need.

Physiotherapy is a growing profession – especially in industrialised countries, due to the increasing rate of chronic conditions affecting the cardiovascular system, metabolism and the biliary system, for example. In this three-year, German-language programme, you will acquire the knowledge and skills you need to work as a physiotherapy professional.

The degree programme: Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (BSc)

During your degree you’ll learn about many different clinical fields, with a special focus on internal medicine, neurology, trauma surgery and orthopaedics. You’ll have the opportunity to apply what you learn in the course of practice placements at a variety of locations.

In semesters 5 and 6 you’ll focus on specific patient types, as well as physiotherapy education and research.

The programme will equip you for high-grade physiotherapy positions in the Austrian system or to work as an independent practitioner.

Get the full programme details in German

The physiotherapy profession

What is physiotherapy exactly? Physiotherapists treat functional disorders in the human body. They carry out examinations and diagnoses to plan preventive or therapeutic measures for the musculoskeletal system.

Overview of therapy options

The tools you will learn to use include: exercise therapy, respiratory therapy, massage, manual therapy, lymphatic drainage and electrotherapy.

By optimising physical functions, physiotherapists provide personalised treatment designed to bring about long-term improvements in people’s mobility, degree of independence and quality of life.

Degree programme physiotherapy - students look at a skeleton
Degree programme Physiotherapy - Sitting balance exercise on a ball
Degree programme study program - help with crutches
To provide successful therapy you need to be able to build up a complete picture of the patient’s situation. You’ll work towards this with our help. Our case studies, which simulate treatment situations and develop your skills in a controlled environment, are an extremely valuable part of this.
Programme director Reinhard Beikircher

A formula for success: theoretical knowledge + practical experience

The programme is built on three pillars.


The basics

Semesters 1-3

You will acquire the theoretical foundations required for your practice placements, which take place later in the programme.

Our primary aim is to tie together the contents of the various courses you take. This means that from the very beginning you’ll learn how to adopt a holistic approach to physiotherapy diagnosis – a skill that will enable you to provide your patients with personalised treatment.


Practical experience

Semesters 4-6

In semester 4 you can apply what you’ve learned – at established practice placement providers in Austria and abroad.

During your placements you’ll gain experience in various specialist areas, such as internal medicine, neurology, trauma surgery and sports medicine, and orthopaedics. We provide you with support before and during your practice placements: we help you to select the healthcare institutions where you want gain experience and offer you special coaching sessions. During your placements you’ll attend accompanying seminars where you will complete patient records which you then discuss with your lecturers.


Advanced courses

Semesters 5-6

At the end of the programme, you’ll study familiar topics in more depth and choose specialisms.

Become an expert: specialise in either health promotion or disabled sports. There is also a major focus on interdisciplinary teamwork involving other areas of health science such as occupational therapy, nursing and midwifery, as well as doctors in training.

Our team

Get to know the core team of our bachelor degree programme Physiotherapy.

  • Jessica Janssen, PhD, MSc,BH - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Jessica Janssen, PhD, MSc,BH
    Professor Department of Health Sciences
  • Christian Keip, MSc, PT - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Christian Keip, MSc, PT
    Professor Department of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Andreas Lichtenwörther, BSc, MSc - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Dr. Andreas Lichtenwörther, BSc, MSc
    Professor Department of Health Sciences
  • Christian Paumann, MSPhT - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Christian Paumann, MSPhT
    Professor Department of Health Sciences
  • Elisabeth Rakos, MSc - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Elisabeth Rakos, MSc
    Programme Director Midwifery
  • Agnes Wilhelm, MSc - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Agnes Wilhelm, MSc
    Professor Department of Health Sciences

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