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LM100 - Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

Course Details

Course Code: LM100

Level: NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree NFQ Level 8
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2017: 555*
Course Leader: Dr Karen McCreesh
Phone: 00-353-(0)61-234233
Email: karen.mccreesh@ul.ie

Admissions
Tel: 00 353 202015
Email: www.ul.ie/admissions

*Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places
Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.

About You

If you are the type of person who enjoys working with people and has good communication skills; if you have an interest in working with people who are ill or disabled and would like a practical, hands-on, challenging career, then this programme might suit you.

Why study Physiotherapy at UL?

This programme is designed to prepare graduates who will contribute to the development of Physiotherapy worldwide through their ability to act as competent, reflective and innovative practitioners, and through their expertise in evidence- based practice. During the 4 years, there will be opportunities for you to engage in shared learning with other students at the University of Limerick, and be involved in peer learning and assessment.

What you will study

The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy is a four-year degree programme which includes a total of 31 weeks clinical practice in the last two years of the programme. The first year provides a foundation in Anatomy and Physiology, communication and behaviour, and an Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice. Over the remaining three years you will undertake studies in the various disciplines of physiotherapy including cardiorespiratory care, clinical neurology and musculoskeletal disorders for people across the lifespan. Research and evidence-based practice are core elements underpinning the programme. To find out more, go to www.ul.ie/clinicaltherapies

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy is a four-year degree programme which includes a total of 31 weeks clinical practice in the last two years of the programme. The first year provides a foundation in Anatomy and Physiology, communication and behaviour, and an Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice. Over the remaining three years you will undertake studies in the various disciplines of physiotherapy including cardiorespiratory care, clinical neurology and musculoskeletal disorders for people across the lifespan. Research and evidence-based practice are core elements underpinning the programme.

To find out more, go to www.clinicaltherapies.ul.ie

LM100 BSc Physiotherapy 

Year

Sem 1

Sem 2

1

GM4001

HEALTH INFORMATICS FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

PR4002

ANATOMY 2

PR4001

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE 1

SS4012

EXERCISE AND HEALTH FITNESS FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

PR4010

ANATOMY 1

PR4011

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE 2

SS4202

INTRODUCTION TO MAJOR PHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

Elective - Broadening module, choose one.

2

PR4061

FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY

PR4012

PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY  1

CT4001

ENQUIRY IN HEALTHCARE 1

CT4002

ENQUIRY IN HEALTH CARE 2

PR4051

PHYSIOTHERAPY IN RESPIRATORY CARE

PR4016

CARDIO-RESPIRATORY PHYSIOTHERAPY

PR4041

NEUROLOGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

PR4014

NEUROMUSCULOSKELETAL CASES

3

PR4071

PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE  EDUCATION 1

PR4004

FINAL YEAR PROJECT 1

CT4011

PREPARATION FOR PRACTICE EDUCATION

PR4018

PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY 2

PR4101

CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY STATES

CT4012

INNOVATION IN MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (PPP3)

PR4081

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE EDUCATION 2

4

PR4021

FINAL YEAR PROJECT 2

PR4006

FINAL YEAR PROJECT 3

PR4031

MULTISYSTEM CASES IN PHYSIOTHERAPY

PR4022

PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE EDUCATION 4

PR4091

PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE EDUCATION 3

CT4014

ENGAGING THROUGH COMPLEXITY

Programme Content & Structure

The 4 year programme encourages students to explore the scientific basis of clinical practice and concepts of research and clinical evaluation are discussed at all levels of learning. Students are encouraged to develop independence in learning, problem-solving skills, the ability to engage in critical self-evaluation and personal development in order to meet the needs of patients, and the ability to adapt to changes within health care provision and the profession.

Year 1

Basic biomedical sciences form the major component of the first year of the programme and provide a basis upon which knowledge from other modules and later years are built. The modules studied are: Human Anatomy and Physiology; Health Informatics; Exercise and Health Fitness and Introduction to Physiotherapy Skills.

Year 2

The assessment, evaluation and management of disability provide the focus for this year of the programme. Physiotherapy modules therefore predominate, as the student is introduced to the management of respiratory musculoskeletal and neurological problems. The student will begin their study of research and evidence ¿based practice in the Enquiry in Healthcare module. In addition students are introduced to the sociological perspectives of health and illness and health promotion in order to reflect and prepare them for contemporary practice.

Year 3

This year contains physiotherapy modules that encourage students to develop their practical, evaluative and interpersonal skills at a higher level and consider the needs of clients with complex problems, reflecting on their clinical practice experience. Research Methodology is studied in preparation for the final year research project.

Year 4

Year four introduces two case-based modules that provide students with the opportunities to engage in discipline specific and inter-professional learning through multi-complex cases scenarios. Independent learning is promoted through the work on a final year project. Students will also undertake their final two Practice Education modules.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition applicants will be required to hold at least an Ordinary Level O3/Higher H7 in the Leaving Certificate in any one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science.

† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.

* Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Applicants are required to undertake the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) test. There is one sitting of the test annually. Further details, including test date and test centres, are available from msap-ie.acer.edu.au

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to ensure I have chosen the right career?
Physiotherapy is a wide ranging and varied profession and you are strongly encouraged to seek some work experience in a hospital to increase your knowledge of the wide spectrum of the profession.

Do you need to be interested in sport to be a physiotherapist?
You do not need to be athletic or involved in sport to be a physiotherapist. Treating sports injuries is only a very small component of physiotherapy and only a small percentage of physiotherapists work in this area.

How intense is the course?
Because the course leads to a professional qualification the level of the work load is high compared to many other courses at UL.

Are some school subjects more useful than others?
Students who have studied Biology often find it an advantage during their first year of study.

How many places are there on the programme?
Currently there are 30 places available, which includes 3 places for mature entry students.


Where do students undertake their clinical placements?
Some, but not all, of the 1000+ hours of clinical placements will take place within the HSE Mid-West region. It is important that students gain a wide range of experience treating different groups of people in different environments and this will be facilitated by undertaking placements outside of this region.

Will I share lectures with other students?
Several of the modules will be shared with other health professionals and sports science students. As all students of UL are taught on the same campus, you will have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of students.

Pre-placement Health Screen and Vaccination check:
On placement you will be considered to be a category A Health Care worker and must therefore fulfil vaccination requirements. The Department strongly recommends all students be fully vaccinated to protect themselves and the public while on placement. All students are required to attend a health screen and vaccination check with an Occupational Health Service [organised by the Department of Clinical Therapies] prior to attending their first placement. Costs for this health screen and vaccination check must be borne by the student.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the programme will be eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and will be equipped to work in clinical practice in Ireland and other countries where their chartered status is recognised. Graduates of the programme work in all areas of clinical practice in HSE, for voluntary bodies and in private practice.

Follow-on study

We have a suite of taught postgraduate certificates for physiotherapy graduates wishing to further their education and specialise in areas such as Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Neurological Rehabilitation, Advanced Clinical Practice and Pain. A new taught Masters of Science in Advanced Healthcare Practice is now available at UL.

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Student Profile

Laura Comber
I was always interested in working with people. Physiotherapy appealed to me as it allowed me to make a difference to peoples lives.

During transition year I spent a week on work experience with the Munster rugby team’s physiotherapist in the UL Sports Arena. I instantly fell in love with the campus. From then on, I knew UL had to be my number one choice. Everything you need is on the university grounds or surrounding area.

Right from the beginning, there was a friendly atmosphere. Lecturers were approachable and the small class size helped us form good friendships. Everyone looked out for each other.

Over the four years I have had six clinical placements. This is my favourite aspect of the course. These placements give you the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills you learn in college. Every placement is in a different setting and each one posed different challenges, making each experience as rewarding as the last.

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