Hochschule Fresenius

Physiotherapy (B.Sc.)

full-time Bachelor’s degree Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy (B.Sc.)

Modern physiotherapy: Patient-oriented, methodological, academic At Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences, physiotherapy students acquire profound and practical specialist knowledge that they can use to improve their patients’ health, restore their mobility, and thus increase their quality of life.

Short profile

Program duration: 8 semesters
Program start: September
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Language: German
Credits: 240 ECTS credits
Monthly fees: 496 €

The study program is recognized and accredited by the state. (More information)

  • Further qualification prospects
  • Well-founded academic education
  • Practical teaching
  • Integrated research projects
  • Personal learning atmosphere
  • Further qualification prospects
  • Well-founded academic education
  • Practical teaching
  • Integrated research projects
  • Personal learning atmosphere

Degree course content

The School of Therapy & Social Work provides its students with an expert, academic, and international education. Bachelor’s graduates are able to not only apply physiotherapy treatment strategies, techniques, and skills, but also observe and scrutinize them from an academic perspective.


Evidence-based physiotherapeutic treatment

The first two semesters of the program familiarize students with the key basic principles of physiotherapy. Experienced professionals show them how to examine and treat patients and test the results of these activities. They also acquire basic and in-depth knowledge of medicine, the natural sciences, social sciences, and other academic fields.

In addition to their theoretical education, students get to know the relevant physiotherapy treatment options, initially using test persons. 

A total of five internships allow them to apply their new skills to patients. This practical component is provided by Ludwig Fresenius Schulen, a qualified, expert partner of Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences that works with rehab centers, practices, hospitals, and facilities for people with disabilities. 

Two routes, one goal!

Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences aims to provide prospective students with the best possible qualifications for the varied profession of physiotherapy. This also means that the people responsible for planning and designing the study program consider the various needs, skills, and wishes of the young people who have decided to join it. Prospective students can choose between two forms of study at Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences, both of which last for eight semesters (full-time study) and conclude with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). 

Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences offers the primary qualifying study program in Physiotherapy at its locations in Idstein and Frankfurt am Main (state of Hessen). Over eight semesters, students acquire profound specialist knowledge with reference to everyday physiotherapy practice. In addition to key basic principles and a practical approach, the program also focuses on academic discussion of various therapeutic methods and their development. At the end of the program, students complete their state assessment which, if passed, licenses them to practice as physiotherapists. Overall, students spend at least 2,900 hours on the theoretical component of the program and 1,600 hours on the practical component. 

Since the winter semester 2014/15, Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences has offered dual studies in Physiotherapy at its locations in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne, and Munich. The dual study program includes vocational college training in physiotherapy, which means that students attain their professional license after completing their sixth semester and passing the state assessment. The vocational college component is provided by Ludwig Fresenius Schulen, a qualified, expert partner of Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences. Here too, subject-related practical elements are combined with application-oriented, academic approaches from the outset. Obtaining their professional license after the sixth semester allows students to gain initial professional experience during the subsequent “Bachelor’s year”. At locations outside of Hessen, the theoretical component takes up around 3,100 hours, the practical component 1,600 hours. 

Both forms of physiotherapy study lay the foundations for a successful career. Graduates can obtain further qualifications via Master’s study programs. An academic degree also allows them to work in research, go abroad, or take on managerial roles in many fields. 

Career opportunities

Improving health and restoring mobility

Loosely translated, “physiotherapy” means healing with the forces of nature. Two thousand years later, the Greek meaning of the word once again applies to the provision of holistic support with natural forces such as movement, heat, cold, light, and electricity.

In Europe, physiotherapy is seen as a discipline dealing with diagnosis, therapy, rehabilitation, and advice for disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system, the internal organs, coordination, development, and behavior. 

Physiotherapy is a crucial part of therapy concepts for a great many neurological, pediatric, surgical, internal, and orthopedic diseases. In addition to this curative treatment, physiotherapy also encompasses prevention and rehabilitation, and is therefore aimed at both the healthy and sick. 

A physiotherapist’s job is to improve people’s health, restore their mobility, and thus increase their quality of life. 

To achieve this, they work closely with doctors, sports scientists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. 

Physiotherapists work in 

  • Clinics and hospitals
  • Private practices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Facilities for people with physical disabilities
  • Sports associations
  • Schools and kindergartens
  • Municipal facilities 
  • Companies within the healthcare sector and free economy
  • Research and teaching


Physiotherapy: A profession for the future

Demographic change, increasingly sedentary lifestyles, general physical inactivity, and rising life expectancy are just some of the factors changing physiotherapy in the long term. As preventive and health promotion services also grow in importance, the traditional spectrum of clinical applications in physiotherapy is expanding significantly.

In an ever-changing healthcare market, the need for qualified physiotherapy workers is constantly increasing.

Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy fulfill the requirements of the jobs market and boost their career opportunities and prospects. The skills acquired during the Physiotherapy study program enable them to work in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields: 

  • Consulting
  • Support
  • Managerial positions
  • Health management
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy
  • Quality assurance
  • Academia and research

Why study physiotherapy at Hochschule Fresenius?

Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences has been offering academic training in physiotherapy since 1998. It was the first higher education institution in Germany to take this step toward professionalization and therefore toward long-term, high-quality patient care. This pioneering role has played a major part in developing the professional profile of physiotherapists. 

Attempts to reform the healthcare system and increased quality assurance clearly show that physiotherapists must have the skills to provide high-quality services. The intensive focus on applied research methods on the Physiotherapy study program in the Medical School is an essential part of this.

Academically trained physiotherapists will help to modernize, professionalize, and further develop physiotherapy within the German healthcare system. 

Further qualifications

Graduates of the study program in Physiotherapy (B.Sc.) can continue to the interdisciplinary Master’s in Therapeutic Sciences (M.Sc.) or Neurorehabilitation (M.Sc.). You can also deepen your skills in the physiotherapeutic field with the course Manual Therapy (M.Sc.).

Fees and financing options

Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences is a privately run higher education institution whose programs are recognized but not funded by the state. Therefore, we must charge fees for our programs.

  • 496€ monthly tuition fee
  • 200€ one-off registration fee
  • 390€ one-off assessment fee

The fees do not include the social contribution to be paid each semester for the General Students’ Committee (AStA) or the obligatory semester ticket required by some local transportation companies.
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