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Programme Fact File

Study direction:
Health Care
Bachelor’s study programme
accredited until
Degree conferred:
Professional Bachelor's Degree in Health Care
Language: English
Credit points/ECTS: 160/240
Study location: Rīga
Full time on-site
4 years
10 paid

Study environment and methods

Study environment

The study programme aims to ensure a comprehensive study process and research possibilities: comfortable and well-equipped classrooms and laboratories, e.g. Gait Laboratory, Rehabilitation Research Laboratory offering extensive research possibilities, IT infrastructure, a modern library enabling direct access to global databases and a contemporary Medical Education Technology Centre, other RSU structural units and cooperation partners.

Full-time studies involving multiple teaching methods: lectures, practical classes, workshops, discussions and independent work (group and individual projects and research project presentations). RSU has introduced an up-to-date e-study platform constantly offering new study opportunities.

The major part of the study programme consists of practical classes intended for the acquisition of professional competences. The practical part is implemented by working in small groups, thus ensuring an individual approach to all students. If necessary, individual consultations are provided and the recommendations and proposals of students are heard and taken into account. Students may use physiotherapy classrooms for independent practical training and this is a highly valued and option that students frequently make use of.

1st study year

Students master the basic disciplines of medicine – anatomy, physiology, biology and microbiology, as well as special subjects – basics of physiotherapy, sports pedagogy, biomechanics, first aid, medical terminology in foreign languages, philosophy and ethics, research methods, biometry, basics of economics and business, etc.

2nd study year

Students acquire the basics in clinical subjects – pathological physiology, propaedeutics of internal diseases, clinical pharmacology, clinical care, internal diseases, general surgery, and technologies of medicine. Special subjects include basic physiotherapy study courses – ergonomics, physical medicine, massage, sports pedagogy, assessment of functional ability limitations, general and communication psychology, environmental health, public health, etc.

3rd study year

Students master clinical disciplines – neurology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, infectious diseases. Special subjects include physiotherapy in orthopaedics, internal diseases and geriatrics, neurology and paediatrics, general rehabilitation, basics of research methodology, sports medicine, health promotion and prevention in physiotherapy.

4th study year

Students undergo clinical placement and prepare to write a research (Bachelor’s) thesis. The aim of the clinical placement is to strengthen the knowledge acquired during studies, to develop and improve practical skills in dealing with patients of different age groups and pathologies in preventing or reducing functional movement disorders and to acquire the competence in the selected profession that complies with the professional standards of proficiency for physiotherapists.

Placement locations:
  • Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital Riga
  • East Clinical University Hospital

Students may also complete part of their placement, worth 5 CP, at a medical institution of their choice, provided it meets the requirements of the Placement Regulations, in this way, for example ensuring more placement opportunities in regional areas and the possibility of getting a job there in the future. Each student must undergo placement in 5 different fields which allows them to strengthen proficiency in work with children, adults and elderly people having various diseases: orthopaedic, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary and surgical and to work with post-trauma patients.

Students may also opt to complete part of the placement in another EU Member State within the framework of the ERASMUS+ mobility programme. ERASMUS+ is a student exchange programme via which students from other countries may arrange placement at medical institutions in Latvia as well. This allows students to meet their future colleagues from all over Europe during their studies.

  • Children’s Clinical University Hospital
  • Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopaedics
  • Riga 2nd Hospital
  • National Rehabilitation Centre "Vaivari",
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Centre "Mēs esam līdzās",
  • Rehabilitation Centres "Baltezers", "Sanare",
  • Health Resort-Rehabilitation Centre "Jaunķemeri",
  • Riga Health Centre.

Study methods

At the initial stage of the study process emphasis is on learning the basic disciplines of medicine, nevertheless, the students also start learning professional subjects already during 1st semester and these will proportionally increase in the 2nd and 3rd study years. Additionally the students master general and elective courses and undergo a 26 week placement in the 4th study year. Placement is one of the most important parts of the study programme, followed by work on and defense of the Bachelor thesis. To obtain the professional qualification, students have to pass the state examination.

The study programme corresponds to the requirements of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations of the Republic of Latvia No.512 “On the State Standard of the Second Level Professional Higher Education” and other applicable laws and regulations. The contents of the study programme have been improved on the basis of recommendations of professional associations (WCPT, WCPT ER, LFA) and ENPHE (European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education) which RSU is an active member of.


Course codeStudy course titleOffered byCourse leaderCredit points/ETCS
MK_001AnatomijaMorfoloģijas katedraLudmila Gavričenkova4 / 6
REK_075Funkcionālo spēju ierobežojumu novērtēšana un klasifikācijaRehabilitācijas katedraSigne Tomsone2 / 3
VPUPK_116Psiholoģijas pamatiVeselības psiholoģijas un pedagoģijas katedraJeļena Ļubenko2 / 3
PMUPK_010Psihoterapijas pamatiPsihosomatiskās medicīnas un psihoterapijas katedraGunta Ancāne2 / 3
FLK_014Farmakoloģijas pamatiFarmakoloģijas katedraLīga Henke2 / 3
BUMK_026Bioloģija un ģenētikaBioloģijas un mikrobioloģijas katedraAgnese Zariņa2 / 3
FK_002BiomehānikaFizikas katedraImants Kalniņš1 / 1.5
FK_061BiometrijaFizikas katedraJevgenijs Proskurins2 / 3
SUUK_032Kardiotrenažieri un spēka trenažieriSporta un uztura katedraVoldemārs Arnis2 / 3
REK_085Klīniskā fizikālā medicīnaRehabilitācijas katedraDaiga Pulmane1 / 1.5
REK_087Klīniskā prakseRehabilitācijas katedraIndra Straumēna19 / 28.5
LUSDK_052Kultūru un reliģiju dažādībaLabklājības un sociālā darba katedraIngrīda Bolgzda2 / 3
IUDK_002DermatoveneroloģijaInfektoloģijas un dermatoloģijas katedraIngmārs Mikažāns1 / 1.5
REK_024Bakalaura darba izstrāde un aizstāvēšanaRehabilitācijas katedraInāra Kalniņa10 / 15
SVUEK_046Ekonomika un uzņēmējdarbības pamatiSabiedrības veselības un epidemioloģijas katedraAnita Kokarēviča2 / 3
AURK_021Neatliekamā medicīniskā palīdzība IAnestezioloģijas un reanimatoloģijas katedraIndulis Vanags1 / 1.5
AURK_003Neatliekamā medicīniskā palīdzība IIAnestezioloģijas un reanimatoloģijas katedraBaiba Arkliņa1 / 1.5
VC_039Angļu valoda rehabilitācijāValodu centrsSvetlana Muhejeva2 / 3
AUVMK_027Vides zinībasAroda un vides medicīnas katedraSabīne Grīnberga1 / 1.5
REK_046Ergonomika, kursa darbsRehabilitācijas katedraDaina Šmite4 / 6
LUSDK_034ĒtikaLabklājības un sociālā darba katedraOlafs Brūvers1 / 1.5
SUUK_018Dažādi fitnesa nodarbību veidiSporta un uztura katedraAnita Gauruča2 / 3
REK_194Funkcionālā novērtēšana un ārstēšana fizioterapijā IRehabilitācijas katedraDaina Šmite5 / 7.5
REK_195Funkcionālā novērtēšana un ārstēšana fizioterapijā IIRehabilitācijas katedraMāra Kuļša5 / 7.5
REK_034Vispārīgā fizikālā medicīnaRehabilitācijas katedraDaiga Pulmane2 / 3
REK_032Vispārējā rehabilitācijaRehabilitācijas katedraAnita Vētra3 / 6
KK_007Vispārīgā ķirurģijaĶirurģijas katedraArtūrs Ozoliņš1 / 1.5
VC_041Vācu valoda rehabilitācijāValodu centrsLudmila Jermakoviča2 / 3
REK_078Grupu darbs funkcionālajiem speciālistiemRehabilitācijas katedraInāra Kalniņa2 / 3
REK_029Veselības veicināšana un profilakse fizioterapijāRehabilitācijas katedraMāra Kuļša2 / 3
MVI_002Medicīnas vēstureMedicīnas vēstures institūtsMaija Pozemkovska1 / 1.5
REK_079HidroterapijaRehabilitācijas katedraSabīne Grīnberga1 / 1.5
IUDK_004Infekciju slimības un tuberkulozeInfektoloģijas un dermatoloģijas katedraLudmila Vīksna1 / 1.5
ISK_193Iekšķīgās slimībasIekšķīgo slimību katedraJuris Karpovs2 / 3
ISK_017Iekšķīgo slimību propedeitikaIekšķīgo slimību katedraJuris Karpovs1 / 1.5
REK_081Ievads specialitātēRehabilitācijas katedraAivars Vētra1 / 1.5
REK_083KinezioloģijaRehabilitācijas katedraEvita Legzdiņa3 / 4.5
SVUEK_077Profesionālās darbības tiesiskie aspektiSabiedrības veselības un epidemioloģijas katedraJānis Bernāts1 / 0
REK_104MasāžaRehabilitācijas katedraVelga Gaļanska2 / 3
RAK_002Medicīnas tehnoloģijas (staru diagnostika)Radioloģijas katedraGaida Krūmiņa1 / 1.5
VC_007Medicīnas terminoloģija latīņu un grieķu valodāValodu centrsAija Zilvestre1 / 1.5
REK_129Pētniecības metodes IRehabilitācijas katedraLolita Cibule2 / 3
REK_130Pētniecības metodes IIRehabilitācijas katedraLolita Cibule2 / 3
REK_112Motorā kontroleRehabilitācijas katedraIndra Straumēna3 / 4.5
NUNK_014Neiroloģija un neiroķirurģijaNeiroloģijas un neiroķirurģijas katedraElīna Pūcīte2 / 3
SUUK_049NūjošanaSporta un uztura katedraIrēna Upeniece2 / 3
SUUK_102UzturmācībaSporta un uztura katedraLolita Vija Neimane2 / 3
SUUK_004Aptaukošanās un tās ārstēšanaSporta un uztura katedraLolita Vija Neimane2 / 3
ORTK_003OrtopēdijaOrtopēdijas katedraAndris Jumtiņš2 / 3
PEK_035PediatrijaPediatrijas katedraIveta Dzīvīte-Krišāne1 / 1.5
PAK_038Patoloģiskā fizioloģijaPatoloģijas katedraAndrejs Ancāns2 / 3
VPUPK_088PedagoģijaVeselības psiholoģijas un pedagoģijas katedraAira Aija Krūmiņa2 / 3
VPUPK_168Pedagoģija veselības aprūpēVeselības psiholoģijas un pedagoģijas katedraAira Aija Krūmiņa2 / 3
VPUPK_169Personība un veselībaVeselības psiholoģijas un pedagoģijas katedraJana Duhovska2 / 3
LUSDK_035FilozofijaLabklājības un sociālā darba katedraLolita Vilka1 / 1.5
CFUBK_050FizioloģijaCilvēka fizioloģijas un bioķīmijas katedraMaija Rumaka4 / 6
REK_057Fizioterapija ginekoloģijā un dzemdniecībāRehabilitācijas katedraAilī Horna-Butkeviča1 / 1.5
REK_060Fizioterapija iekšķīgajās slimībās, reimatoloģijā, geriatrijāRehabilitācijas katedraIngrīda Tambora4 / 6
REK_062Fizioterapija neiroloģijā; kursa darbsRehabilitācijas katedraDace Driba8 / 12
REK_063Fizioterapija ortopēdijā: kursa darbsRehabilitācijas katedraDace Stirāne5 / 7.5
REK_064Fizioterapija pediatrijāRehabilitācijas katedraIlze Tāse2 / 3
SUUK_128PilatesSporta un uztura katedraAnita Gauruča2 / 3
VPUPK_175Profesionālā komunikācijaVeselības psiholoģijas un pedagoģijas katedraAelita Vagale1 / 1.5
PUNK_006Psihiatrija un narkoloģijaPsihiatrijas un narkoloģijas katedraBiruta Kupča2 / 3
REK_011Sabiedrības veselībaRehabilitācijas katedraZane Liepiņa1 / 1.5
VC_040Krievu valoda rehabilitācijāValodu centrsLudmila Jermakoviča2 / 3
VPUPK_166Pašefektivitāte un pašregulācijaVeselības psiholoģijas un pedagoģijas katedraJeļena Koļesņikova2 / 3
SUUK_156Sports veselībai ISporta un uztura katedraIndra Vīnberga6 / 9
SUUK_084Sporta spēlesSporta un uztura katedraIndra Vīnberga2 / 3
REK_168Sporta medicīnaRehabilitācijas katedraMāra Kuļša2 / 3
REK_023Valsts eksāmensRehabilitācijas katedraInāra Kalniņa2 / 3
LUSDK_016Vardarbības psihosociālie faktoriLabklājības un sociālā darba katedraIlvija Razgale2 / 0
DUGK_010Sievietes veselībaDzemdniecības un ginekoloģijas katedraDace Rezeberga1 / 1.5

Admissions requirements

Study bases


Job Opportunities after Studies

Graduates of our programme work at clinics, hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation and health centres, in private practice, social care institutions, schools, kindergartens, sports schools etc. They carry out preventive and educational work and help patients recover lost functions after illnesses or injuries or to mitigate the consequences. The number of physiotherapists working in the area of health promotion and prevention may significantly increase in the future, as it is one of the fields of activity that is included in the Physiotherapist’s profession standard.


The ratio of physiotherapists to the total population of Latvia is relatively low as compared to the more developed EU countries; an uneven distribution of specialists can be noted in different regions, therefore this field certainly has high potential and will be in high demand in the future.

The results of the latest employers’ survey show that almost all employers surveyed are looking forward to increasing the number of physiotherapists in their medical facilities, both public and private. It should be noted that currently the private sector in physiotherapy is experiencing rapid growth which is also confirmed by data from the register of the Latvian Association of Physiotherapists.



Our university teaches you to think and to be responsible. The decisions we make often define whether a person will be able to successfully restore his capabilities and return to society. It requires a tremendous amount of effort, but it also gives huge satisfaction when you see your patient taking his first steps for the second time in his life.

Jeļizaveta Lieldidža-Kolbina, physiotherapist, Salaspils Medical Centre

Further studies

Studies may be continued in the following RSU Master's programmes (only Public Health, Health Management, Rehabilitation, Social Work with Children and Youth are offered in English):

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