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Universitaire Bachelor Fysiotherapie SOMT topopleiding Keuzegids 2020
Would you like to apply to an undergraduate physiotherapy program? Are you a senior with Biology and Math A and/or B in your high school profile? We can offer you a challenging program with top professors and personal attention to you as a student. A unique mix of scientific and practical training. This fulltime undergraduate program will allow you to start a career in both Physiotherapy and Science.

Connection to Medicine

The Physiotherapy undergraduate program has many similarities to the study of Medicine, and is therefore an excellent alternative to students who didn’t get selected in the Medicine decentralized selection procedure. To offer more possibilities to those students, SOMT University of Physiotherapy has been working on creating the option of a post-graduate Medicine program.

 SOMT University of Physiotherapy has come to an agreement with the LUMC, VUMC and VUB to offer students the possibility to take a few extracurricular modules that levels the Physiotherapy undergraduate program to an undergraduate in Medicine. The modules are:

  • Medical genetics at the LUMC
  • Immunology at the VUMC
  • Extensive Anatomy Internal Organs/Embryology at the VUB
  • Internal Metabolism at SOMT University of Physiotherapy

The first students to have taken these modules started in May 2019, which means there is no precedent yet for a Medicine MSc continuation. Whether or not this switch is possible is still being reviewed by the Exam Committee of said institutes. However, students are able to say they have undergraduate degree equal to a bachelors in Medicine.

  • Workfield
  • Post-graduate
  • Program Structure & Practical Matters
  • Admission
  • Program Content

Workfield: The academic physiotherapist

 With an increase in ageing population, who could have multiple health issues at once, as well as an increase in immigrants with specific health issues, giving the right care grows ever more complex. This asks for a high-level of expertise.

 University-level trained physiotherapists are capable of facing this challenge, and finding the best treatment for patients with complex health issues. Furthermore, physiotherapists are given increasingly bigger roles in the prevention and screening of conditions, diagnostics and treatment of patients with multiple (chronic) complaints, within a team.

 The Physiotherapy undergraduate program prepares students for the changing field, with attention to the scientific basis of the profession, and a deepening of the basic subjects (anatomy, physiology, research and treatment, academic competencies). We offer a program that challenges you, and adheres to the current and expected changes in health care. As an academically trained physiotherapist, you are able to deliver scientifically justified care, are an equal interlocutor to similarly schooled general practitioners and specialists, and you can contribute to the basis and development of the field through scientific research.

The complete program is equal to physiotherapy programs from universities in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Nordics.

 Post-Graduate: Working as a physiotherapist

 The Physiotherapy undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physiotherapy degree, after three years of study.

To be able to work as a physiotherapist, you will have to continue with the Masters in Physiotherapy at the Maastricht University (med. 2018). This is a one-year graduate program, which includes a 10-week internship besides theoretical and practical education, and which is concluded by writing a master thesis.

After the three-year undergraduate and one-year graduate program, you receive the title of Master of Science (MSc) in Physiotherapy, which will allow you to apply for a BIG registration (which is mandatory in order to work as a physiotherapist).

 Subsequently, you can specialize in the fields of Manual Therapy, Sports Physiotherapy, Pelvic Physiotherapy and Geriatric Physiotherapy, for example. If working as a practitioner doesn’t appeal to you, you could continue with your studies in physiotherapeutic sciences, movement sciences or health sciences.


As a post-graduate, you could work as:

  • an independent physiotherapist
  • a physiotherapist/researcher
  • a doctorate
  • a manager of a physiotherapy department in a hospital or (rehabilitation) institute
  • a professor in physiotherapy
  • a consultant to a health insurer
  • an official in (European) health care
  • a consultant in health care


Program Structure & Practical Matters

The Physiotherapy undergraduate program consist of twelve ten-week periods, which are 15 ECTS each.

 SOMT University of Physiotherapy believes that the process of careful clinical reasoning undoubtedly benefits all health care. Our programs are therefore built on a scientific basis, whilst simultaneously focusing on acquiring practical skills. 50% of the program is therefore focused on practical education.

 Every ten-week period consists of courses that have been created around a central theme, such as backpain or neurology. This three-year program has been divided in 25% theory, 25% practice and 50% self-study, which approximately translates to 16 contact hours per week. Every course is concluded with an exam.

 The program includes multiple methods/types of work, such as work groups, practicals, internships and seminars.

Class days & ECTS

The Physiotherapy undergraduate program comes down to a total of 180 ECTS. One ECTS amounts to 28 hours of study (both in-class and self-study).

 You’ll have classes and workgroups approximately three days a week in the first and second year, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Every ten-week period also includes a four-day clinical internship.

The third year consist of two fulltime clinical internships of ten weeks each. The third year is concluded with a bachelor thesis.


The program is in Dutch and/or English. Internships in the Netherlands are in Dutch, internships abroad are conducted in English. Written exams will be taken in English, oral exams are in Dutch or English.


The Physiotherapy undergraduate program is a private program, which means it is not funded by the government. Taking our vision for the future physiotherapist into account, we have chosen for smaller classes, top professors, personal attention and excellent facilities. Quality will always be the highest of our priorities.

Student Loans

As a SOMT University of Physiotherapy student, you have the right to a DUO student loan (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs). You can also apply for tuition-specific credit regulations there.

DON’T FORGET: As the tuition for SOMT University of Physiotherapy is higher than others, you have the possibility of taking a larger loan as well!


The undergraduate program is offered at SOMT University of Physiotherapy in Amersfoort. Certain practicals and training (such as the dissecting room practical) take place in Maastricht. These will be clustered within a short time span, so as to avoid frequent travel to Maastricht. Any lay-overs for specific practicals and training in Maastricht have been included in the tuition. There are also a few seminars and practicals at the UMC (Utrecht University Medical Center), as well as rehabilitation centers such as ‘de Hoogstraat’ in Utrecht. The Physiotherapy graduate program is conducted in Maastricht, at Maastricht University.


The admission requirement for this Physiotherapy undergraduate program is a VWO (university-preparatory high school education) diploma including Biology and Math A and/or B, preferably including Physics as well.

The admission process is preceded by an interview to see if the physiotherapy program is the right fit for you, and you for us.

We only have 60 places available for 2019-2020 so be sure to apply soon! Applications are accepted until August 31st latest, depending on availability.

 Admission concerning other diplomas / missing subjects

If you have a different high school diploma and/or subject profile, and you don’t meet the requirements, you will need to take additional exams. These exams are organized by the CCVX. The exams are in Dutch except for Math, which can be taken in both English and Dutch.

 Admission candidates decentralized selection procedure

If you are applying to an undergraduate in Medicine through the decentralized selection procedure, it is possible to list the Physiotherapy undergraduate program as your second choice. Applications are accepted until August 31st. Apply through the website, and make sure to mention your participation in the decentralized selection procedure for Medicine. After your interview, if the admission criteria and matching profile are met, you are ensured of a spot at the Physiotherapy undergraduate program.

 Program Content

 The content is competency-focused, divided into physiotherapeutic competencies, scientific competencies and competencies in relation to the role of a physiotherapist within social health care, as described in the professional competency profile.

Within the Physiotherapy undergraduate program, education is often centralized around a clinical problem. Students will be working in groups to find a solution to a problem, such as what is the most probable diagnose? What is the most optimal treatment? What are the patient’s prospects? In solving these problems, we provide the students with supportive workgroups, practical classes and theoretical seminars. Additionally, there are classes on the methodology of scientific research, statistics, ethics, science philosophy and sociology. Lastly, special attention is given to academic writing and presenting.

 The first year

The first year is divided in four central themes:

  • The first ten weeks focus on a general introduction to the subject of physiotherapy and the Dutch health care system.
  • The second period continues with diagnostics and treatment of leg problems.
  • The third period is centralized around cardio, vascular and long issues.
  • Finally, the year is concluded with exercise physiology and training

 During all four periods, you will take practical classes that correspond to the respective themes. In addition to these classes, there are internships and classes in methodology, statistics and academic training.

 University-level Physiotherapy: the difference between Applied Sciences 

The most important distinctions between university-level education (BSc and MSc) and an education in Applied Sciences (professional bachelor) are:

  • A scientific program trains its students as scientists, and its subjects focus on science and academic competencies.
  • In a scientific program that educates students in their role as a specialized profession (such as physiotherapist or doctor), the center of gravity is a combination of professional and science-based competencies. You have to be able to give care to patients, as well as conduct scientific research. Universities of Applied Sciences tend to focus less on this double role as physiotherapist/researcher, and mainly focus on training their students as health care professionals.
  • A university-level program is fast-paced, as the abovementioned double role calls for an increasing amount of more complex subject matter.
  • As an academically trained physiotherapist, you are a full-fledged participant in multidisciplinary teams in first and second degree care, with other similarly-schooled general practitioners and specialists.
  • Through your university-level education, you will be the specialist-clinician in movement-related issues within the Dutch health care field. You will have full responsibility of your patient’s functional health.