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Physiotherapists are experts of movement and functional capacity during all phases of the lifespan.

Bachelor of Health Care

210 ECTS credits
Intake 20
Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
Campus: Satakunnankatu 23, Pori

Important dates

Application period:  9 – 24 January 2018
Entrance Exam: 19 – 20 April 2018, one day for each applicant
Studies starts: Autumn 2018

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Bachelor of Health Care, Physiotherapy, full-time studies, Pori

General Admission Criteria

GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION: BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Eligibility for Bachelor’s degree programmes

Provisions on eligibility for universities of applied sciences are contained in the Polytechnics Act (932/2014).

You can apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme if you have completed:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish  vocational  upper  secondary  qualification  or  a  further  or  specialist  vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification; or
  • foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question.

As a basic assumption, the qualification requirements listed in this admissions criteria always refer to a Finnish qualification unless otherwise stated.

A higher education degree does not confer eligibility.

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) uses discretionary admission for the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes conducted in English. Applicants who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and who complete an eligible background education during Spring 2017 are considered eligible without presenting a copy of the degree certificate before the entrance examinations. However, if this kind of applicants are accepted as students, they have to present an acceptable certificate about completing an eligible education and a Finnish or English translation if needed, by 31 July 2017. If the required eligibility is not showed by the given time, SAMK will cancel the applicant’s admission.

 

Proving eligibility

Applicants must have completed the qualification used in the application procedure in time for a copy of the certificate to reach the relevant university of applied sciences by the deadline specified in advance following the publication of admission results (see the Schedule Appendix).

Applicants with a Finnish qualification certificate need not submit copies of their certificates, as only the certificates of those admitted as students will be checked. However, this does not apply to applicants who have taken the Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990, as they will need to submit copies of their certificates to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix).

In order to prove their eligibility, applicants with a non-Finnish qualification certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for application by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix) to the admissions office of the university of applied sciences marked as the first choice on their application form, which will then decide on each applicant’s eligibility for all UAS programmes they have selected. However, this does not apply to EU/EEA citizens graduating during the application period, who will need to submit certificate copies by another deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix). In SAMK also the applicants from non-EU/EEA countries who are graduating in Spring 2017 will be considered eligible. Only final qualification certificates can be accepted; no provisional or temporary certificates will be accepted.

In addition, each applicant must submit a copy of his or her qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator if the original document is in none of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator. The translations must be submitted by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix)  to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences.

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his or her qualification, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to sit an entrance examination. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his or her refugee status (a decision to grant asylum or a residence permit issued on the basis of need for protection). The applicant must submit a copy of this decision to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix).

 

Admissions criteria

SAMK uses only student selection method based on entrance examination.

The maximum admission score is as follows:

SELECTION METHOD 1: ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Entrance examination                              40/70/100 points

There are intake quotas for applicant groups with different background education in a degree programme only, if mentioned. Otherwise the applicants are selected solely in the order of points received from the entrance examination.

In cases of equal admission scores under selection method 1, applicants will be ranked on the following grounds:

  1. entrance examination points
  2. applicant’s first-choice programme on the application

If these criteria fail to produce a difference between tied applicants, SAMK admits all of  the equally ranked applicants.

 

Applying through discretionary admission

A university of applied sciences decides on discretionary admissions by programme. Anyone applying through discretionary admission is required to submit copies of the certificates that he or she wishes to use to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix). Discretion only concerns an applicant’s eligibility to apply.

SAMK uses discretionary admission in the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes tuitioned in English. Applicants who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and are finishing an eligible background education in Spring 2017 can be admitted through discretionary admission.

 

English language proficiency in degree programmes provided in English

Excellent skills in English are required for success in degree programmes provided in English. The applicants’ language proficiency is assessed in the entrance examination. For a more detailed description of the examination, see the admissions criteria for specific fields.

When applying to a degree programme provided in English, the applicants need not submit evidence of language proficiency.

 

Accessible student admission – special arrangements for entrance examinations

An applicant may submit a separate application to request the right to special arrangements for taking an entrance examination. The same application form is used by all higher education institutions, and it can be found on the website of each institution. The application should indicate the types of special arrangements being requested and the grounds for the request. The applicant should enclose copies of the certificates to which he or she makes appeal.

Please note: Documents verifying dyslexia must have been issued within the last 5 (five) years. In addition, documents verifying a permanent disability, illness or learning disability must have been issued within the last 5 (five) years. The period of validity of other documents will be decided case-by-case.

In cases where an issue entitling an applicant to special arrangements already exists during the application period, an application for special arrangements for entrance examinations must be submitted by the common deadline decided by the universities of applied sciences (see the Schedule Appendix). The applicant must submit a separate application to each university of applied sciences to which he or she has submitted an application. A university of applied sciences may provide additional instructions, for example related to two-stage admissions. The application should be submitted to the admissions offices of the relevant higher education institutions. The applications addressed to SAMK should be delivered to:

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
Admissions Office
Tiedepuisto 3
FI-28600 PORI

If an issue entitling an applicant to special arrangements emerges or is identified between the end of the application period and the entrance examination date, the applicant must submit an application for special arrangements to the admissions offices of each university of applied sciences arranging the entrance examinations that he or she intends to take without delay. A university of applied sciences may deny an applicant the right to special arrangements if such arrangements are impossible to implement, for example because of schedule-related reasons.

Decisions on special arrangements for entrance examinations are specific to each programme choice and a decision is only valid on a specific examination date. Procedures indicated by good governance must be followed when making the decisions. Any attachments to applications for special arrangements shall be secret.

Entrance Exam 2018

Entrance examination will be arranged on 19–20 Apr 2018 and it is an one-day entrance examination. Registration 7.30-8.00. Entrance examination begins at 8.00.

Entrance examination will be arranged only in Finland, Pori.

Entrance examination includes following parts:

— written part (TORTORA & DERRICKSON: PRINCIPLES OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 14th EDITION WILEY: THE SKELETAL SYSTEM: BONE TISSUE pp 169 – 187)  

               - both multiple choice questions and a short essay

—  a teacher’s interview

—  a motor ability test. The following things are tested (in a gym): working in a small group, coordination, body awareness and co-operative skills. Suitable clothing is needed.

—  a language proficiency test for all applicants

The applicant is required to get at least 30 points from the examination to be eligible for student selection.

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The experts of movement and functional capacity

A physiotherapist is able to draw up a high-quality, evidence-based physiotherapy plan together with a client and base the plan on assessment, the client’s needs and clinical reasoning. The Degree Programme in Physiotherapy opens opportunities to work within field of rehabilitation both in the private and public sector. After graduation you are entitled to use the occupational title physiotherapist as laid down in a decree.

SAMK students will be employed

You may work within the field of rehabilitation both in the private and public sector. Your core knowledge is in the field of assessment and support of movement and function. You can work with people of all ages in hospitals, health care centres, private practices, industry, sport clubs, clinics and non-governmental organizations.

  • Physiotherapist (AMK)
  • Bachelor of Health Care
  • An Instructor in Adapted Physical Activity

You can start your studies at the new campus in autumn 2018.

Modern and Versatile Campus

The new SAMK-campus is located in the city centre of Pori and it is future’s learning environment.

  • Over 4000 students
  • Diversified: business, health care and social services, technology, tourism
  • Around 600 degrees per year
  • Good traffic connections: located next to the Travelling Centre of Pori. It is easy to arrive by a local or long-distance bus and within walking distance from the airport.

Content

  • Communication and interaction skills
  • Requirements and competences of the future profession
  • Human functional and movement capacity
  • Evidence-based methods of physiotherapy
  • Practical training
  • Research and development of physiotherapy

A physiotherapist is able to draw up a high-quality, evidence-based physiotherapy plan together with a client and base the plan on assessment, the client’s needs and clinical reasoning. The physiotherapist takes into consideration the ethical guidelines, legislation and effectiveness in his or her work. He or she has good intercultural, interactive and educational skills and is able to participate in projects involving multidisciplinary cooperation.

Internationality

Internationality is integrated as a natural part of the degree programme. Internationality competence manifests itself as language skills, interactive skills and cultural competence. The student operates in groups and networks with people from different cultural backgrounds developing intercultural communication skills. The student also has the possibility of completing studies or practical training periods abroad.

After graduation you are entitled to use the occupational title physiotherapist as laid down in a decree. Further information.

The National Authority for Medico legal Affairs (TEO) and the state provincial office supervise physiotherapy practice which is regulated by effective legislation, values, professional ethics and practices in physiotherapy settings. Further information.

 

Practical Training and Thesis

The practical training introduces the student to practical work tasks that are essential especially to the professional skills and to the application of knowledge and skills in professional work. The practical training can be completed in the private or public sector, as an entrepreneur or in another separately approved working environment, fulfilling the set criteria, either in Finland or abroad.

In thesis you demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in practical expert duties related to the professional studies.

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Further Information

Admissions office:

+358 2 623 4801
admissions@samk.fi

Further information on degree program:

Maija Kangasperko, Senior Lecturer
+358 44 710 3466
firstname.lastname@samk.fi

Your Campus

SAMK-campus Pori
Satakunnankatu 25
28100 Pori

Ask more about the programme from our admissions office