The Department of Physical Therapy offers both undergraduate and postgraduate education in the science of Physical Therapy.
Mission of the Department is to promote, develop and transmit knowledge in technology and science of Physiotherapy, with appropriate theoretical teaching, wider laboratory and practical training and applied research in order to provide students and graduates with the necessary qualifications, ensuring their excellent training for their scientific and professional career and development.
The curriculum covers the science of Physical Therapy on Higher degree (240 ECTS). Τhe graduates acquire the necessary scientific knowledge and clinical skills in order to safely and competently assess, clinically reason and apply Physiotherapeutic methods, techniques and exercise programs, focussing on the prevention, improvement and rehabilitation of congenital and acquired pathology, as well as traumatic injuries causing dysfunction in the skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory and cardiac systems. The curriculum in accordance to the modern trends in the field of Physical Therapy and takes advantage of the digital technology.
Along with the Departments of Speech Therapy and Nursing in the School of Heath & Welfare Professions of the Western Greece University of Applied Sciences run an inter-departmental Master of Science (MSc) degree in “Rehabilitation Sciences”, with the three respective directions. Purpose of this MSc is to offer postgraduate education in health sciences graduates so that they gain a strong scientific background and broaden the experience and expertise in the rehabilitation of patients. The MSc will provide science-based knowledge in the rehabilitation of patients, as well as research on the production and replication of advanced theoretical knowledge, developing innovative methodologies, techniques and clinical applications in the scientific field of Rehabilitation. Emphasis will be given on prevention and recovery from congenital and acquired pathologies and traumatic lesions in humans.
The staff in the Department consists of 5 permanent members and 8 university bursaries to cover the theoretical and laboratory teaching requirements. The Department has two accredited research laboratories the Laboratory of Human Assessment and Rehabilitation and the Laboratory Health Physics & Computational Intelligence.
Main advantages of the Department is the long educational experience of its staff, its involvement in Greek and international scientific committees, its productivity of publications in peer-reviewed journals with high impact factors, the large number of citations and the consistence in organizing scientific conferences as well as introductory lectures on rehabilitation for the community. In addition, international collaborations are strongly encouraged, with the characteristic PhD projects currently running in the Department, by two Indian PhD candidates.