Physiotherapy for visually-impaired students
The bachelor course at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur takes three years of full-time study plus ten month for the additional module. Depending on the impairment, the student is eligible to apply for an extended study period (up to 20% of the normal study period).
In addition to the formal admission requirements (Federal Vocational Baccalaureate or, Specialised Baccalaureate or a Baccalaureate) the bachelor degree programme in Physiotherapy assumes high social and communication skills, good analytical skills, a strong sense of movement and manual dexterity. Students must demonstrate a quick understanding, a lot of initiative and a certain sensitivity in handling people.
Furthermore, blind and visually-impaired students should have the following indispensable qualities:
- very good computer skills, own notebook computer
- mastering a mobile note-taking system that works for you in classroom teaching and appropriate learning strategies
- high mobility and good spatial orientation, good imaginative power
- reliable and straightforward dealing with own visual impairment
- movement experience and good body sense
- additional module A (preparatory clinical placement of at least 8 weeks); taster day of 8 hours in a medical practice that is run by visually impaired or blind physiotherapy practitioners.
We recommend starting the preparations about one year before the desired entry date.
- Candidates undergo an aptitude test at the Swiss Association for the Visually Impaired (SBHprofessional) in Basel. This assessment allows for a technical performance appraisal and provides information about the further preparatory measures required.
- The subsequent regular selection procedure takes place at ZHAW, taking into account a compensation arrangement for the specific disadvantages.
The dates of the regular information events for the Physiotherapy course can be found in the event notes.
- the deadline for registration at Zurich University of Applied Sciences is mid-January
- the aptitude tests take place in February/March (part 1 mid-February, part 2 beginning of March)
- the submission deadline for the additional module A: end of August
- studies commence in September