Course presentation

The Degree Course in Physiotherapy (qualifying for the health profession of Physiotherapist L/SNT2 Rehabilitation Health Professions) aims to train health professionals who, pursuant to Article 2 of Law 10 August 2000, no. 251 of 10 August 2000, carry out activities aimed at prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and functional assessment procedures with professional authority and autonomy, in relation to individuals and the community, in order to carry out the competences envisaged by the relative professional profile (Ministerial Decree of the Ministry of Health no. 741 of 14 September 1994 and subsequent supplements and amendments).
The course prepares students for the profession of (ISTAT coding) Physiotherapist - (
The course is spread over a three-year period and involves the acquisition of theoretical knowledge about basic and clinical medical disciplines and a large component of practical training; attendance is compulsory.
Admission is governed by a scheduled number defined by the ministry on the basis of regional employment needs. This requirement guarantees a very high employment rate of graduates within a short timeframe.

The physiotherapist

Pursuant to DECREE no. 741 of 14 September 1994, Regulation concerning the identification of the figure and relative professional profile of the physiotherapist


A physiotherapist is a health professional with a qualifying university degree who performs, independently or in cooperation with other health professionals, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation interventions in the areas of motor, upper cortical and visceral functions resulting from pathological events of various aetiologies, whether congenital or acquired.
With reference to the doctor's diagnosis and prescriptions, within the scope of his/her competences, the physiotherapist:

a) draws up, also in a multidisciplinary team, the definition of the rehabilitation programme aimed at identifying and overcoming the health needs of the disabled person;

b) autonomously practices therapeutic activities for the functional re-education of motor, psychomotor and cognitive disabilities, using physical, manual, massage and occupational therapies;

c) proposes the adoption of prostheses and aids, trains in their use and verifies their effectiveness;

d) verifies the correspondence of the rehabilitation methodology implemented to the functional recovery objectives.

He/she carries out study, teaching and professional consultancy activities, in health services and in those where his/her professional skills are required;

The physiotherapist carries out his/her professional activity in public or private health facilities, on an employed or freelance basis.

  • QTI - Quadro dei Titoli Italiani (Framework of Italian Qualifications) - Physiotherapist
  • Regulated professions database - Physiotherapist


DM 14 September 1994, no. 741 "Regulation on the identification of the figure and the professional profile of the physiotherapist" 

Law 26 February 1999, no. 42 "Provisions concerning health professions"

DM 27 July 2000 "Equivalence of diplomas and attestations to the university diploma of physiotherapist for the purposes of professional practice and access to post-basic training"

Law 10 August 2000, no. 251 "Discipline of nursing, technical, rehabilitation, prevention and obstetrical care professions"

D.M. 29 March 2001 "Definition of the professional figures referred to in article 6, paragraph 3, of legislative decree no. 502 of 30 December 1992, and subsequent amendments, to be included in the cases provided for by articles 1, 2, 3 and 4, of the law of 10 August

Law no. 1 of 8 January 2002 "Conversion into law, with amendments, of decree-law no. 402 of 12 November 2001, containing urgent provisions on the subject of healthcare personnel"

Law no. 43 "Provisions on nursing, midwifery, rehabilitation, technical and prevention health professions and delegation to the Government for the establishment of the relative professional orders"

Interministerial Decree of 19 February 2009
Determination of the classes of degrees of the health professions

art. 4 LAW no. 3 of 11 January 2018 Delegation to the Government on the subject of clinical trials of medicinal products as well as provisions for the reorganisation of the health professions and for the health management of the Ministry of Health

LAW no. 24 of 8 March 2017 Provisions on the safety of care and the assisted person, as well as on the professional liability of health professions practitioners

Ministry of Health Decree 02/08/2017 List of scientific societies and technical-scientific associations of the health professions

D.M. 13 March 2018 Establishment of the Register of Technical, Rehabilitation and Preventive Health Professions.