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Still Rare in Indonesia, Take a Peek at the Department of Physiotherapy

Many people may have never heard of the Physiotherapist profession or the Physiotherapy major. In fact, many still associate this profession and major with massage therapists.

The Physiotherapist profession comes from graduates majoring in Physiotherapy. The Department of Physiotherapy studies how to develop, maintain, and restore various functions of the human body, starting from the shape of joints, muscles and bones.

Joerg Teichmann

"Each body is different therefore each rehabilitation must be different."

For those who are interested in deeply studying the anatomy of the human body, this course will be very suitable. Launching from the Ruangguru page, here

Complete information about the Department of Physiotherapy:

Definition of Physiotherapy Department

The Indonesian Ministry of Health said that Physiotherapy is a health service aimed at individuals and/or groups. This is done in an effort to develop, maintain, and restore movement and function throughout the life cycle using physical modalities, physical agents, mechanics, motion, and communication.

Not only that, the Physiotherapy major will learn many things related to human anatomy and its terminology. This includes bones, muscles, and joints which, once mastered, will be able to make predictions about injuries.

Skills graduate of the Department of Physiotherapy

  1. Able to apply the science of physiotherapy

  2. Able to carry out physiotherapy services in the community

  3. Able to carry out the physiotherapy process

  4. Able to perform physiotherapy services

  5. Able to carry out professional ethics

  6. Able to apply information technology

  7. Can provide manuals, education, movement exercises and advice to patients

  8. having good interpersonal ability

  9. Educational Level and Degree Majoring in Physiotherapy

The level of education provided by the Physiotherapy major consists of S1, D4, or D3. The significant difference is that the S1 program focuses more on theory while D3 and D4 focus on practice.

S1 graduates majoring in Physiotherapy will get an S.Ft (Bachelor of Physiotherapy) degree. Meanwhile, D3 graduates will have the title A.Md.Ft (Intermediate Expert in Physiotherapy) and D4 graduates will receive an S.Tr.Ft (Bachelor of Applied Physiotherapy) degree.

A physiotherapist usually has to follow a professional program and take a competency exam in order to practice. After passing the competency exam, the physiotherapist can practice by pocketing a Registration Letter (STR).

Physiotherapy Courses

Because it deals with human anatomy and injury management, the Department of Physiotherapy studies a lot of methods for healing human body parts, from accidents to minor injuries. Therefore, mastery of the science of human body functions will be very important. The following courses are studied:

  1. Introduction to health science

  2. Chemistry and Energy

  3. Medical Biology

  4. Medical Physics

  5. Physiology

  6. Basic Exercise Therapy

  7. Pathology and Pathophysiology of Disability

  8. Manipulation Therapy

  9. Basics of Clinical Medical Rehabilitation

  10. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

  11. Neuromuscular Physiotherapy

  12. Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy graduate job prospects

There are actually many prospects for a Physiotherapy major, such as working in a Medical Rehabilitation Unit at a Hospital or Clinic or even becoming a physiotherapist in a national sports team or athlete. This number of prospects is due to the increasing need for physiotherapists, so there is a lot of interest in the Physiotherapy department.

Physiotherapy Specialties

Although Indonesia does not yet have many physiotherapy graduates, good job prospects make Physiotherapy specialization must also be considered. The following areas of specialization can be studied:

  1. Neuromuscular (nervous system)

  2. Musculoskeletal (muscle and bone)

  3. Cardiopulmonary and Cardiovascular (respiratory and circulatory system)

  4. Pediatrics (infants, children, adolescents)

  5. Geriatrics (elderly)

  6. Sport and Wellness (sports and fitness)

  7. Women's Health

Campuses with Majors in Physiotherapy

Many campuses in Indonesia have actually opened a Physiotherapy department. However, this again depends on the level of education to be taken. The following campuses offer D3, D4, or S1 programs:

  1. D3: University of Indonesia, Airlangga University, Akademi Fisioterapi YAB

  2. D4: Poltekkes Kemenkes Makassar STIKes ‘Aisyiyah Surakarta

  3. S1: Esa Unggul University, University of Muhammadiyah Malang.

Here are the important things to know about majoring in Physiotherapy. In choosing a major, it would be better to know the subjects studied and future job prospects so as not to take the wrong step. (Gabriella Carissa Maharani Prahyta)


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