Physiotherapy | RSU Skip to main content

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_061AnatomySilvija Umbraško6 / 9
REK_075Assessment and classification of Functional capacity limitSigne Tomsone2 / 3
VPUPK_116Basic PsychologyJeļena Ļubenko2 / 3
PMUPK_010Basics in PsychotherapyGunta Ancāne2 / 3
FLK_014Basics of PharmacologyLīga Henke2 / 3
BUMK_026Biology and GeneticsAgnese Zariņa2 / 3
FK_002BiomechanicsImants Kalniņš1 / 1.5
SUUK_032Cardiac Fitness and Strength Training EquipmentVoldemārs Arnis2 / 3
KPUMTK_010Civil and Environmental Defense, First AidOļegs Sabeļņikovs2 / 3
REK_085Clinical physical medicineDaiga Pulmane1 / 1.5
REK_087Clinical PlacementIndra Straumēna19 / 28.5
LUSDK_052Cultural and Religious DiversityIngrīda Bolgzda2 / 3
IUDK_002DermatovenerologyIngmārs Mikažāns1 / 1.5
REK_024Development of Bachelor’s Thesis and DefenceInāra Kalniņa10 / 15
SVUEK_046Economic andBasics of BusinessAnita Kokarēviča2 / 3
AURK_003Emergency Care IIBaiba Arkliņa1 / 1.5
VC_039English in RehabilitationSvetlana Muhejeva2 / 3
AUVMK_035Environmental Science and Basics of Civil Protection Sabīne Grīnberga1 / 1.5
REK_046Ergonomics, Course WorkDaina Šmite4 / 6
SUUK_018Exercises of Fitness Various MethodsAnita Gauruča2 / 3
REK_194Functional Assessment and Treatment in Physiotherapy IDaina Šmite5 / 7.5
REK_195Functional Assessment and Treatment in Physiotherapy IIMāra Kuļša5 / 7.5
REK_034General physical medicineDaiga Pulmane2 / 3
REK_032General RehabilitationAnita Vētra3 / 6
KK_007General SurgeryArtūrs Ozoliņš1 / 1.5
VC_041German in RehabilitationLudmila Jermakoviča2 / 3
REK_078Group work for functional specialistsInāra Kalniņa2 / 3
REK_029Health promotion and prevention of physiotherapyMāra Kuļša2 / 3
MVI_002History of MedicineInstitute of the History of MedicineMaija Pozemkovska1 / 1.5
REK_079HydrotherapySabīne Grīnberga1 / 1.5
IUDK_004Infectious Diseases and TuberculosisLudmila Vīksna1 / 1.5
ISK_193Internal DiseasesJuris Karpovs2 / 3
ISK_017Internal Diseases PropedeuticsJuris Karpovs1 / 1.5
REK_083KinesiologyEvita Legzdiņa3 / 4.5
SVUEK_077Legal Aspects of Professional Activity1 / 1.5
REK_104MassageVelga Gaļanska2 / 3
RAK_002Medical technologies (radiation diagnostics)Gaida Krūmiņa1 / 1.5
VC_007Medical Terminology in Latin & GreekAija Zilvestre1 / 1.5
REK_129Methods of Research ILolita Cibule2 / 3
REK_130Methods of Research IILolita Cibule2 / 3
REK_112Motor controlIndra Straumēna3 / 4.5
NUNK_014Neurology and NeurosurgeryElīna Pūcīte2 / 3
SUUK_049Nordic WalkingIrēna Upeniece2 / 3
SUUK_102Nutritional educationLolita Vija Neimane2 / 3
SUUK_004Obesity and its TreatmentLolita Vija Neimane2 / 3
ORTK_003OrthopaedicsAndris Jumtiņš2 / 3
PEK_035PaediatricsIveta Dzīvīte-Krišāne1 / 1.5
PAK_038Pathological physiologyAndrejs Ancāns2 / 3
VPUPK_088PedagogyAira Aija Krūmiņa2 / 3
VPUPK_168Pedagogy in Heath CareAira Aija Krūmiņa2 / 3
VPUPK_169Personality and HealthJana Duhovska2 / 3
LUSDK_211Philosophy and EthicsOlafs Brūvers2 / 3
CFUBK_050PhysiologyMaija Rumaka4 / 6
REK_057Physiotherapy in gynecology and obstetricsAilī Horna-Butkeviča1 / 1.5
REK_060Physiotherapy in Internal Medicine, GeriantryIngrīda Tambora4 / 6
REK_062Physiotherapy in Neurology; Course WorkDace Driba8 / 12
REK_063Physiotherapy in orthopedics: course workDace Stirāne5 / 7.5
REK_064Physiotherapy in PediatricsIlze Tāse2 / 3
SUUK_128PilatesAnita Gauruča2 / 3
VPUPK_175Professional CommunicationAelita Vagale1 / 1.5
PUNK_006Psychiatry and Mental Health CareBiruta Kupča2 / 3
REK_011Public HealthZane Liepiņa1 / 1.5
VC_040Russian in RehabilitationLudmila Jermakoviča2 / 3
VPUPK_166Self-Efficacy and Self-RegulationJeļena Koļesņikova2 / 3
SUUK_156Sport for Health IIndra Vīnberga6 / 9
SUUK_084Sports and GamesIndra Vīnberga2 / 3
REK_168Sports MedicineMāra Kuļša2 / 3
REK_023State ExaminationInāra Kalniņa2 / 3
LUSDK_016Violence, psychosocial factorsIlvija Razgale2 / 0
DUGK_010Women's healthDace 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):

Head of Programme

Contact Information