Who is a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists offer services for individuals to improve, maintain, and recover their mobility and function. Physiotherapists may help individuals at any stage of life when their mobility and function are threatened by old age, injuries, diseases, disorders, or environmental factors.

Why be a physiotherapist?

Make a Difference. As a physiotherapist, you will work with your patients individually, witness their progress, and see the difference that you have made in their lives.

Master the Moves. Physiotherapists are well-trained experts in the functions, mobility and mechanics of the human body. Rehabilitative exercises, functional training and manual treatment are the cornerstones of physiotherapy.

Love Your Job. Giving back the ability to continue their daily lives and to walk to individuals is what matters to a clinical physiotherapist, and similarly, a sports physiotherapist reaches self-satisfaction when their team wins, and when their athlete returns to sports.

Choose a Location. Physiotherapists may work with any healthy or diseased individual in Turkey, or anywhere else in the world, from all ages. As a physiotherapist, you may choose among many locations and work environments, such as walk-in clinics, residential care services, schools, fitness centers, sports clubs, retirement homes, and universities. Physiotherapy as a profession makes global rankings in the top 10 almost every year. Physiotherapy is a prestigious profession in many developed countries such as the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, or Germany. Therefore, a physiotherapist wishing to work in these countries may easily find employment, due to a high demand. Our professional education is in English, to give our graduates an edge in their quest after graduation.

What makes your department stand out among other Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation departments?

Founded in 2017, our Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation aims to welcome eligible students with our modern infrastructure, our contemporary education and research environment, and our active and dynamic academic staff, continuously engaged in research activities, and regularly renew themselves while contributing to science at a universal level.

Our dynamic academic staff members make use of interactive methods, building a strong communication with their students, and with the help of updated books and publications, within the framework of our multi-faceted programs. This helps our students gain functional harmony, and reinforces our aim to train highly motivated individuals, who possess the discipline to work on their own, who are able to take the initiative and lead, who are innovative, who regard humane values and responsibility, who respect human rights and freedoms, and who are successful and pursue knowledge while they integrate into society, in addition to possessing a questioning mind. Providing expertise in its field, our multi-faceted undergraduate program includes a wide array of electives to support professional, social, and individual growth of our students, in addition to the mandatory courses. In addition, our current collaboration agreements with various universities in countries such as Italy, or Spain, offer our students a chance to pursue education abroad.

How would you describe the physical features of your department?

Our Department has a Neuromusculoskeletal Measurement, Assessment, and Treatment Laboratory, an Electrophysical Agents Laboratory, a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Exercise Test Laboratory, and an Anatomy Laboratory, all furnished with state-of-the-art technology, for our field-related practice sessions. In addition, we also have theaters and classrooms for our courses to progress comfortably.

How do you provide English education?

Before a student may start the program, they may be subjected to a two-semester Preparatory English course set. Our curriculum also includes a mandatory Academic English course for 6 semesters for our students not to encounter any problems after graduation. In addition, students who wish to learn a different language may take elective courses in German, French, Spanish, among many other foreign language courses, all opened by our university.

Why teach physiotherapy completely in English?

Academic physiotherapists are in demand not only in Turkey, but also globally. In this regard, offering our program in English will turn highly beneficial in adding to the number of physiotherapists who have the necessary background to follow scientific arguments closely.

English-speaking physiotherapists are becoming on demand with the boom in medical tourism in the recent years. In addition, many training sessions for post-graduate physiotherapy studies will be in English, with instructors mostly from abroad. Therefore, English is a must for physiotherapists wishing to grow professionally. Physiotherapists wishing to work in sports clubs and with professional athletes should also speak English. In this regard, more English-speaking physiotherapists are required. Our program in English will also provide students receiving high-school education in English with a chance, and our graduates will be able to find employment at relevant institutions in Turkey, or abroad.

Our department is the only one in Ankara, and one of the five in Turkey, to offer education completely in English.

Where may graduates find employment?

Our graduates may work at public or private institutions, specialized clinics, special education and rehabilitation centers, sports clubs and sports centers, retirement homes, alternative medicine centers, healthy living centers, special exercise consulting centers, or in academic fields, at positions such as educators or researchers.

Could physiotherapists open centers?

Physiotherapists may open healthy living centers, or exercise consulting centers on their own. In addition, they may open specialized Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation clinics with a Physiotherapy doctor. In addition, they may open special Education and Rehabilitation Centers.

What are the numbers in terms of your academic staff, and their status as part-time, or full-time instructors?

From 2019, our department has six full-time faculty members. Two of these are Professors, with another two as associate professors, and the other two as research assistants.

What are the scholarship options and student quotas?

In the Year of 2019-2020, 40 undergraduate students are to be admitted, through the central placement system. Among them, 5 students will be granted a 100% scholarship, whereas 50% and 25% scholarships will be granted to, respectively, 15 and 10 students. 10 students may be admitted without a scholarship.

What are the internship opportunities?

Our university is affiliated with Medicana International Ankara Hospital, which offers internship opportunities.

To be eligible for graduation, students are required to complete three mandatory internship studies. These are:
Internship I: Summer-term internship studies at public or private hospitals, to last 20 working days at the end of Year 2.
Internship II: Summer-term internship studies at public or private hospitals, to last 20 working days at the end of Year 3.
Internship III: The clinical practice internship throughout Year 4.