Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy

Head of the Master’s Degree Track: Prof. Tamar Jacob

Goals of Master’s Degree Studies in Physiotherapy

The goal of the Master’s Degree Program is to train physiotherapists to engage in research and to fulfill key roles in physiotherapy and health positions in academic and clinical fields.

Targets:

  1. Development and reinforcement of the physiotherapist’s professional values.
  2. Imparting tools for deepening knowledge in the realm of research in general, and physiotherapy in particular.
  3. Expansion of the theoretical and research knowledge bases, which will contribute to professional independence, leadership and managerial roles.
  4. Deepening the knowledge, skills and scientific basis required for proficiency in Physiotherapy.
  5. Extending the knowledge and involvement of physiotherapists in clinical fields that have not been sufficiently developed academically and for which the demand in the clinical field has been increasing in recent years.
  6. Training physiotherapists for managerial roles in Physiotherapy and in the Health, Education and Welfare System.
  7. Imparting epidemiological tools for performing community diagnosis and planning intervention programs for prevention and treatment in the multi-cultural population in Israel.
  8. Deepening and extending the theoretical and practical knowledge of physiotherapists in diagnosis, evaluation, as well as traditional and innovative methods of treatment and rehabilitation.

Format of Studies for the Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy

The Master’s Degree Studies Program offers the choice of two study tracks:

Research Track with a Thesis – Duration of studies is two years. 50 credits.

At the conclusion of the first semester the student will be required to choose an adviser to accompany his research work and to submit the research proposal for the approval of the Master’s Degree Committee, by the end of the first year. The thesis shall be submitted no later than the conclusion of the second year of studies.

Track with a Final Paper (Without a Thesis) – Duration of studies is two years. 50 credits.

The student studying in this track is required to submit a proposal of a subject for his Final Paper, which shall be submitted for the approval of the Master’s Degree Committee by the end of the first year. Furthermore the student is required to complete all his degree obligations and to submit the Final Paper by the conclusion of the second year of studies.

Most of the courses on both tracks for the Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy will be concentrated on one day of studies.

Remark: Students choosing elective courses from the field of Administration will select the courses from the Master’s Degree Programs in other departments at the University. In this case it is possible that the studies will extend over two days.

Specification of the hours: The concentrated day of studies will take place on Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 and 21:00.

The Master’s Degree Curriculum in Physiotherapy

The Master’s Degree Curriculum in Physiotherapy at Ariel University offers the student knowledge enrichment and the possibility to conduct research work in three primary areas:

  1. Health Promotion in the Healthy Populations and Populations with Functional Disabilities – The sedentary Western lifestyle that characterizes our times and the increase in life expectancy have led physiotherapists to integrate and adapt physical activity to various population groups as part of their professional treatment tools.
  2. Advanced Theoretical and Clinical Aspects of Physiotherapy – Deeper understanding of diverse clinical fields, such as musculoskeletal disorders, neurological rehabilitation, advanced rehabilitation technologies, clinical utilization of electrotherapy, treating patients with developmental disabilities.
  3. Administration – Numerous physiotherapists currently fulfill managerial roles at various levels, from Directors of the Physiotherapy Services at small institutes and large institutes, regional directors, national service directors and multidisciplinary systems directors. The curriculum enables current and future directors to expand and firmly establish their knowledge in this field.

The courses in administration are taught in the framework of Master’s Degree studies through the Departments of Health System Management and Economics and Business Administration at Ariel University. Students can conduct their research work in the fields of Administration, under joint guidance of a faculty member from the department in which the course is taught and a faculty member from the Physiotherapy Department.

* Students may combine elective courses from each of the three study clusters.

List of Master’s Degree courses

Study Requirements for the Master’s Degree from the Physiotherapy Department

  Track with a Thesis Track with a Final Paper (Without a Thesis)
Mandatory courses 6 courses (16 semester hours) 5 courses (14 semester hours)
Elective courses 5 – 7 courses (14 semester hours) 10 – 12 courses (26 semester hours)
Summarizing work Thesis (20 semester hours) Final Paper (10 semester hours)
Additional requirements Academic exemption from English in the Bachelor’s Degree

Passing an examination in English for a Master’s Degree or an advanced course in English for those who did not receive an exemption in the examination

Academic exemption from English in the Bachelor’s Degree

Passing an examination in English for a Master’s Degree or an advanced course in English for those who did not receive an exemption in the examination

Total semester hours 50 semester hours 50 semester hours

 

Requirements for promotion from year to year

A grade average of 80 for first year courses is required to continue second year courses.

Requirements for completion of studies

Fulfillment of all theoretical study obligations with an average grade of at least 75 and submission of a thesis or final paper, depending on the study track

Determining the final grade for the degree

Research track with a thesis: Course grades will constitute 60% of the overall grade, which is comprised of the grade for the two seminar works ,“Seminar on Outcome Measures” and “Seminar on Research Methods” (15%), and the grades for other courses (45%). The thesis grade will constitute 40% of the general grade.

Track with a final paper (without a thesis):  Course grades will constitute 80% of the general grade, which will be comprised of the grade for the two seminar works, “Seminar on Outcome Measures” and “Seminar on Research Methods”(15%), and the grades for other courses (65%). The grade for the final paper will constitute 20% of the general grade.

To qualify for a degree in both tracks, students must attain a weighted final grade of at least 75.