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4 years (8 semesters)

Credit points:

240 ECTS


Full-time studies

Teaching language:


Degree conferred:

Bachelor's Degree in Health Care



Course places:



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Start dates:

September, for more see Academic Calendar

Application procedure:

To apply, click here


Faculty of Rehabilitation


Physiotherapists are professionals, who help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercises, as well as manual therapy (electro/thermal/water procedures, massage etc.), education and advice. They help their patients as much as possible to manage pain and prevent diseases, and return back into their daily environment. The study programme "Physiotherapy" at RSU was designed to promote the development of a rehabilitation system that is consistent with the economic and social needs of the society at large.

"RSU teaches you to think, and to be responsible. Our decisions are often the ones that determine how successfully our patients will be able to renew their skills, and return back to society. This requires a lot of input, but it also gives a lot of satisfaction, when you see your patient making their first steps for the second time in their life."


– Jeļizaveta Guserova, alumna of the Physiotherapy programme


Aims & Structure

Aim of the programme

The aim of the programme is to provide a comprehensive education for students seeking to become qualified and competitive physiotherapists, developing professional physiotherapeutic studies, based on the scientific theory of the field, and corresponding to the professional standards of physiotherapy. By implementing the acquisition of extended knowledge in physiotherapy, students are prepared for creative research and educational work.

Course structure

The study programme is comprised of compulsory and elective courses, and over the period of four years students learn theoretical and practical subjects.

In the 1st year students study mostly the basic disciplines of medicine like anatomy, physiology, biology, microbiology, first aid and others, as well as courses like basics of physiotherapy, sports, biomechanics, philosophy and ethics.

In the 2nd and 3rd years students continue with clinical subjects in pathophysiology, propaedeutic of internal diseases, clinical pharmacology, and clinical care. The main focus of the studies is on various courses in physiotherapy, like ergonomics, physical medicine, massage, neurology, orthopaedics, general rehabilitation etc. 

In the 4th year students have to receive a passing grade in clinical placement and defend their bachelor's thesis.

For more information on Latvian Education System, please see the homepage of Academic Information Centre.


Below you can read examples of courses, which you will study over the course of your degree. 

Typical Year One
Compulsory coursesPlus one of the following elective courses
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Emergency
  • Medical Care I
  • Sport Pedagogy
  • Medical Terminology in Foreign Languages
  • Medical Terminology in English
  • Medical Terminology in Latin and Greek
  • Biology and Genetics
  • Basics of Human Movement
  • Motoric Control Biomechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Introduction into Specialty
  • Legal Aspects of Professional Activity
  • Introduction to Speciality
  • History of Medicine
  • Economics and Basics of Management
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Philosophy Ethics
  • Biometry
  • Pedagogy
  • Research Methods I
  • Group Work for Functional Specialists
  • Universal Design
  • Balancing of Activity for Healthy
  • Lifestyle Protocol
  • Nordic Walking
  • Pilates
  • Sports for Health
  • Health Gymnastics
  • Obesity and its Treatment
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Current Issues in Dietotherapy
  • German 
  • Russian 
  • Diversity of Cultures and Religions
  • Psychosocial Factors of Violence
  • Child's Psychosocial Development
  • Nutrition
  • Allergy
  • Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Nutrition for Athletes 
  • Training in Professional Sports
  • Identity Development
  • Personality Theories
  • Social Economics
  • Social Communication
  • Family Paedagogy
  • Preparation of Healthy Food


Typical Year Two
Compulsory coursesPlus one of the following elective courses
  • Basics of Physiotherapy and Treatment Methods
  • Functional Assessment and Treatment in Physiotherapy
  • Massage
  • Clinical Medicine I
  • Propaedeutics of Internal Diseases
  • Medical Technologies (X-Ray Diagnostics)
  • Internal Diseases
  • General Surgery
  • Sport Pedagogy
  • Pathological Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Basics of Psychology
  • Professional Communication
  • Physical Medicine
  • General Physical Medicine
  • Ergonomics
  • Course Paper
  • Assessment and Classification of Functional Ability Limitations
  • Basics of Pharmacology
  • Environment and Health Public
  • Health Environmental Science
  • Obesity and its Treatment
  • Sports for Health
  • Group Work for Functional Specialists
  • Universal Design
  • Balancing of Activity for Healthy Lifestyle
  • Protocol Nordic Walking
  • Pilates
  • Health Gymnastics
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Current Issues in Dietotherapy
  • German
  • Russian
  • Diversity of Cultures and Religions
  • Psychosocial Factors of Violence
  • Child's Psychosocial Development
  • Nutrition
  • Allergy
  • Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Nutrition for Athletes Training in Professional Sports
  • Identity Development
  • Personality Theories
  • Social Economics
  • Social Communication
  • Family Paedagogy
  • Preparation of Healthy Food


Typical Year Three
Compulsory coursesPlus one of the following elective courses
  • Physical Medicine
  • Clinical PhysicalMedicine
  • Clinical Medicine II
  • Dermatoveneorology
  • Infectious Diseases and Tuberculosis
  • Sports Medicine
  • Neurology, Neurosurgery and Physiotherapy
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Physiotherapy in Neurology (course paper)
  • Paediatrics and Physiotherapy
  • Paediatrics
  • Physiotherapy in Paediatrics
  • Orthopaedics and Physiotherapy
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physiotherapy in Orthopaedics (course paper)
  • Health Promotion and Prevention in Physiotherapy
  • General Rehabilitation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Women's Health and Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy in Gynaecology and Obstetrics  
  • Women's Health
  • Emergency
  • Medical Care II
  • Physiotherapy in Internal Diseases, Rheumatology, Geriatrics
  • Research Methods II


Typical Year Four
Compulsory coursesPlus one of the following elective courses
  • Clinical Placement
  • Physiotherapy I
  • Physiotherapy II
  • Defence of Bachelor's Thesis
  • State Examination
  • Basics of Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry and Narcology


Upon graduation

Upon the successful completion of the four year programme, you will be conferred the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Science,* with the qualification Physiotherapist, which will allow you to start practicing in your chosen field of physiotherapy, as well as continue your education in post-graduate study programmes like Physiotherapy, Social Work, and Nutrition.

* Diploma is a document that attests that you have fulfilled all the requirements of the programme, and it is issued along with Diploma Supplement, which includes information on the content of your studies as well as your academic performance. You can see Diploma Supplement sample here.

Additional information on accreditation

There is no centralised EU accreditation for Universities in Europe. Universities, including Rīga Stradiņš University, are accredited locally by the Ministry of Education and Science with international experts present. RSU study programmes receive official accreditation every 6 years. In addition, all RSU study programmes in regulated professions, including Physiotherapy, are developed according to EU directives on regulated professions.

Secondly, given that Latvia has been an EU member state since 2004, The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, usually referred to as the Lisbon Convention, applies also to Latvian universities, including RSU. Besides many others, the main point of the Lisbon Convention is as follows: holders of qualifications issued in one EU member state shall have adequate access to an assessment of these qualifications in another EU member state. 

In short, the Lisbon Convention, and the fact that RSU is an officially accredited state University, ensures that qualifications obtained at Rīga Stradiņš University are recognised in all EU and EEA member states. 

Entry criteria

1. Completed secondary education

To apply, you must have completed secondary education (secondary/high-school diploma). This usually grants university entrance qualification, which qualifies you for university study - this basically means that you have acquired a secondary-school certificate that makes you eligible to continue your studies at a university in your home country or abroad.

We require that you have studied at least two semesters, and acquired a passing grade in Biology. Please note that we accept both - exam grades or final semester grades.

Please see minimum requirements for secondary education (pages 22-26).

2. English language requirements

All applicants, except native English speakers, must demonstrate their English language proficiency by submitting documents that testify their knowledge of English. Preferably you should submit one of the following certificates with a minimum score of:

GCSE (or GCE) C level
Cambridge First Certificate in English Level B2 (CEFR)

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

Level B2 (CEFR)

NB! International English proficiency certificates and corresponding test results are valid for 2 years.

If none of the above applies, you may submit a substitute certificate or other proof of English language proficiency; e.g., if you have studied English at Secondary School, the grade from the Secondary School Official Transcript may also be accepted, provided that the grade received is very good or excellent; however, in case of any doubts, RSU reserves the rights to ask for an official language certificate as listed above.

3. Age restriction

There is no age restriction to apply for studies at RSU. However, please note medical studies in general, and at RSU in particular, are very demanding and rigorous. The study process will require your full attention at all times, individual studies on everyday basis, excellent memory and determination.

If during the RSU application period and before coming to Riga to start your studies you are under age (you have not turned 18 yet), in accordance with Latvian law you need a legal guardian in Latvia until you come of age, i.e., turn 18.

The guardian can be:

  • a citizen of the Republic of Latvia, who is at least 18 years old,
  • a citizen of an EU/EEA state that can legally reside in Latvia, and who is at least 18 years old,
  • other residents of Latvia with a permanent residence permit or a temporary residence permit that covers full duration of your planned stay in Latvia, and are at least 18 years old.

Your parents need to sign a document prepared and issued by a notary which states that your parents authorise (full name, personal code, passport No. or your guardian’s residence card number and validity period) a certain person to be your legal guardian in Latvia until you come of age. For further details please contact the notary offices of your country.