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Learn more about Undergraduate Physiotherapy at RCSI

RCSI's Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physiotherapy degree is a qualification for people who want to practice physiotherapy in Ireland and internationally. Physiotherapists work with patients whose movements may be reduced or undermined by aging, disease, environmental factors, or sporting injuries. They are an integral part of any healthcare team, who, through physiotherapy intervention, provide patients with the opportunity to develop maximum independence in the activities of daily living. This is achieved through training, education and rehabilitation in a variety of clinical settings.

RCSI Physiotherapy graduates obtain work in many areas of practice including, but not limited to, hospital physiotherapy where they can choose to specialise in orthopaedics, paediatrics, cardiorespiratory, care of the elderly, neurology and musculoskeletal, in addition to primary, community and continuing health centre settings, academia and medical research. Physiotherapists can also be employed directly by sporting teams or other performance groups e.g. dance companies to provide physiotherapy services exclusively for these professionals.

The BSc Physiotherapy degree has a strong clinical emphasis with almost one third of the programme undertaken in a variety of clinical placement sites supported by dedicated clinical tutors. Graduates of the RCSI Physiotherapy degree programme are automatically eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) which is required for practice as a Chartered Physiotherapist in the Irish Health Service. The ISCP is a member of the World Conference of Physical Therapists which is the only global organisation representing physical therapists around the world.

While the Physiotherapy degree programme is four years in duration, applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree are usually eligible for an exemption from first year and can complete the programme in three years.