Introduction

Hacettepe University, Faculty of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation is a nationally and internationally recognized institution preferred by successful students for the undergraduate, master of science and doctorate physiotherapy and rehabilitation education programs, and that’s way our graduates are always in demand by the employer institutions.

The faculty educates physiotherapists acquired with knowledge, skills and attitudes physiotherapy specific evaluations, and treatment program planning and application to reduce or eliminate pain and functional limitations caused by various diseases, trauma, congenital anomalies, war and disasters, and to ensure health promotion in healthy people by preventing possible musculoskeletal injuries and current chronic disease epidemic. The graduates possess generic skills including research, problem-solving, quality assurance, and accountability, adequate communication, internationalization, and lifelong learning in addition to their professional skills.

The department was founded by Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı in 1961 as a department of Ankara University School of Nursing and Health, and become a Faculty in January 2019, and the total number of graduates is 3535.  

The department accepts students through the Higher Education Institutions Examination held by OSYM with the scores of Quantitative (OSYM-SAY) points. The student quota for 2019 is 120. Our department is placed at the top in the physiotherapy and rehabilitation departments in Turkey since our founding. Moreover, our observations show that our department is within the top three preferences of our students. The 542 undergraduate students are currently studying in our department. Duration of education is four years, and the medium of instruction is Turkish.

The aim of the curriculum is that training physiotherapists who have following competences:

  • have the required knowledge, skills and competencies on physiotherapy and rehabilitation in order to identify, prevent, and treat movement and functional disorders and improve health-related quality of life,
  • able to adapt acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes according to the variable needs of society
  • able to provide creative and innovative solutions,
  • able to work in line with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in terms of public health; researcher, capable of lifelong learning and evidence-based practice, open to the use of innovative technology,
  • able to adopt quality assurance behavior, have management skills, and be respectful to the ethical principles,
  • able to take part in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary working models.

Our department has been giving graduate degrees in physiotherapy and rehabilitation programs since 1975. Our Master of Science and Doctorate programs are physical therapy and rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, prosthetic-orthotics and biomechanics, sports physiotherapy, orthopedic physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and neurological physiotherapy programs. As of the academic year 2018-2019, a total of 467 Master of Science and 216 Doctorate students were graduated from the programs.