Physiotherapy assistants work in the public and private sector under the supervision of a qualified physiotherapist. They support physiotherapy practices by providing their secretarial skills as well as their scientific and practical knowledge so that patients' movement and function is restored.
RegistrationGraduates of secondary education schools, such as Vocational high schools, Technical high schools, General high schools and Multidisciplinary high schools, are allowed to enroll, according to m.d. 5954.
On completion of their training, graduates receive a Vocational Training Certificate. On the condition that they pass the examination organised by EOPPEP, they receive a level-5 Certificate in Vocational Training in their field.
Duration of studies
IEK studies include 5 terms (semesters). Four of these terms, that is 1,200 hours, are theoretical and laboratory classes, whereas in the 5th term students become interns and apprentices for 960 hours (Training Practice).
Physiotherapy assistants can be employed in physiotherapy practices, rehabilitation centres, spas, hospitals, clinics and sport centres, as they assist physiotherapists. Their work aims at relieving pain when muscles are strained or injured, using equipment and massage. Being supportive and understanding and at the same time skilled is essential.