The well-being and health needs of our society have continued to evolve over the years: an aging population, increased socio-cultural, professional and daily activities...
In keeping with the university’s core values, the Department of Physical Therapy aims to prepare professionals who are able to meet the ever-demanding health needs in our local community and beyond. The program is based on a client-centered approach that promotes first and foremost the individual’s ability to make the discoveries and decisions needed for recovery. Faculty members are experts in providing evidence-based knowledge, disseminating the practices of professional discipline, and designing field training and scholarly activities that enhance critical thinking skills needed for reasoning and clinical decision making.
Our department’s intended goal is in line with the principles outlined by the World Health Organization’s statement: “Physiotherapists assess, plan and implement rehabilitative programs that improve or restore human motor functions, maximize movement ability, relieve pain syndromes, and treat or prevent physical challenges associated with injuries, diseases and other impairments. They apply a broad range of physical therapies and techniques such as movement, ultrasound, heating, laser and other techniques. They may develop and implement programmes for screening and prevention of common physical ailments and disorders (WHO).”
The mission of the Physical Therapy Department in The American University of Europe, AUE is to promote and maintain the highest level of achievement through continuous learning, research quality, and community services in the field of physical therapy. The Department offers a comprehensive liberal educational program through varieties of teaching methodology, laboratory, clinical experiences and field training which are culturally and ethically sensitive. Graduates of the Department will be able to function in a constant changing and diversifying health care settings. The Department provides evidence-based practice according to the highest professional standards by the incorporation of recent research findings into professional practice.
To achieve its mission, the department relies on highly specialized and dedicated staff members worldwide as demand.
Upon completion of our undergraduate Physical Therapy program, students will demonstrate a working ability to:
This curriculum is expected to prepare students to thrive and to lead. It also prepares them to achieve AUE Educational Program Objectives:
In short, the future physiotherapist will be able to:
The program aims to enable students to:
Physical Therapy graduates can give home-care services or work in private clinics, rehabilitation centers, hospitals inpatient rehabilitation facilities, elderly care centers, industrial workplaces or other occupational environments, sports, fitness and wellness centers.
They can also teach in schools and universities, hold administrative positions, or conduct research studies.
Workplaces are public or private institutions, such as:
At the end of this program, the graduate is able to:
Teaching in the department is mainly based on the following methods and principles:
The course is student centered
Clinical teaching: demonstrations and practical applications.
Optimizing learning by helping teachers and students better manage available time.
Stressing on the critical thinking and mindfulness.
Delivery through differentiated instructions.
This Physical Therapy program is always actualized and is a present-day system. Attendance to all theoretical sessions, practical work and internships is therefore mandatory. However, from a tolerated absence threshold, the student is allowed a 30% absences from regular sessions before the system automatically withdraw him (AW). Note also that the participation is graded. To obtain a BSc Degree in Physical Therapy, students must successfully complete a total of 132 credits . The standard duration of study is 8 semesters.
The competency assessment for a teaching unit is carried out during the semester of study, through:
Individual examinations in two phases, including a partial mid-semester exam and a final exam at the end of the semester. Learning activities, evaluated during course sessions (TP, Project, Quiz, etc.)
The evaluation of clinical internships is carried out through:
An evaluation carried out by the instructor of the place of internship.
A teaching unit is considered passed, when the calculated final score is above or equal to the required average as follows: 60 % (D) taking into consideration the cumulative GPA.