Degree title

Bachelor of Health Care

Educational field

Health and welfare

Mode of teaching

Full-time studies

Language of tuition



210 credits

Application period

8 Jan - 22 Jan 2025

Studies begin


Location of studies



3 years 6 months



Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students

9,500 €

Admissions procedure

Online entrance examination


What does your studies involve?

The English Degree Programme in Physiotherapy qualifies you for working with the functional ability of people of all age groups within the field of rehabilitation. SAMK is the only Nordic university of Applied Sciences, which offers a Bachelor-level degree in Physiotherapy in English. Physiotherapy Education at SAMK has been awarded full accreditation by World Physiotherapy.

Why study physiotherapy at SAMK?

1. Practice-based education

2. Internationality – degree programme accredited by World physiotherapy, cooperation and mobility with several partner institutions, cooperation between English speaking and Finniah groups, possibility to network internationally during the studies

3. Diverse educational environment - work life cooperation, Robo-AI lab, simulation learning, pathway to entrepreneurship.

Health requirements

Those applying to study in the field of Health Care and Social Services must have a sufficient good health status and functional capacity to be capable of completing practical assignments and work placement periods as part of the studies. Information about health and vaccination requirements in this field is available on UAS website.

Those applying to the field should bear in mind that:

  • studying and working in a profession of this field require good mental balance;
  • the field is not suitable for illegal drug users or for alcohol or legal drug abusers;
  • conditions such as musculoskeletal diseases, chronic skin diseases, allergies and mental health disorders may lead to health issues during studies or later in working life;
  • several operational units of social and health care treat patients that are exposed to infections, and work in those units requires that the staff’s immunisation is in order.

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences may cancel admission for the following reasons:

  • an applicant fails to submit certificates by the deadline specified by the university of applied sciences
  • an applicant has provided false information about his or her grades
  • it is obvious that the student, in terms of their health status and functional capacity, does not meet the admissions criteria (Polytechnics Act 932/2014)
  • an applicant has concealed the cancellation of their prior study entitlement (Polytechnics Act 932/2014).
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A physiotherapy student and two Senior Lecturers talk about the studies.

Career opportunities

What are your options for specialisation?

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.


Where can you work after graduation?

The degree programme provides a holistic overview of physiotherapy. However, the student can have the focus on their interest in the Bachelor thesis process. The physiotherapy curriculum includes 5 credits complementary studies and 7 credits free elective studies, which the student can complete according to their interest.

Contact Person

Mari Törne

Senior Lecturer
+358 44 710 3881
Faculty of Health and Welfare
Operating unit
Physiotherapy and Management
SAMK Campus Pori

Tuition fees and scholarships

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Maija Kangasperko teaches international physiotherapy students in a casual and friendly environment

Senior Lecturer Maija Kangasperko teaches international physiotherapy students at SAMK together with her team. Her work includes teaching professional subjects and thesis supervision. Kangasperko has extensive international networks, and according to her, they are the university’s most important resource.

Drew Warwick-Smith teaching in the Agora hall.

Students will be employed: Drew Warwick-Smith was recruited as a part-time lecturer at SAMK right after graduating

Drew Warwick-Smith first got interested in physiotherapy while working for the Royal Australian Navy. Now he is a part-time lecturer at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences.

International recognition of Physiotherapy education at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

The World Physiotherapy has awarded the physiotherapist professional entry-level education programmes full accreditation for the term 23 March 2021 to 21 January 2025.

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