The Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Prešov is an institution whose main task is to educate students in accredited non-medical study programmes at the level of contemporary knowledge, scientific and research results.

The graduate of the 1st degree of the study programme in physiotherapy is a qualified university health worker with a broad professional profile. He/she is proficient in basic examination and treatment procedures and methods in physiotherapy, balneology and medical rehabilitation. He/she is prepared to independently perform activities requiring professional erudition, independence in work, decision-making, personal responsibility in medical rehabilitation, primary, secondary and follow-up health care, preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, counselling and educational activities. Indicates, plans and performs basic techniques, methodologies, physiotherapy procedures and performances, basic physiotherapy and balneology methods, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, electrotherapy, kinesiotherapy. The graduate will be employed in hospital and polyclinic facilities, spa treatment facilities, in professional treatment and rehabilitation institutes, other facilities that provide preventive and curative health care, or health protection and promotion. The graduate has the prerequisites for further university, specialisation and continuing education.

Prospects of graduates

Definition of core knowledge for the specialty of physiotherapy (1st level)

The core topics of the core of knowledge of the 1st degree are primarily related to the theory and practice of physiotherapy.

Characteristics of the field of study

Physiotherapy is a field of study from the system of fields of study administered by the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic, as a field of knowledge (par. 50 (1) of Act No. 131/2002) in which the graduate of the study programme (par. 51 (1) of Act No. 131/2002) acquires the professional competence to perform his/her original profession, or prepares to continue in further higher education.

Scope of the field of study

Core units:
Physiotherapy disciplines:

  • rehabilitation propedeutics, rehabilitation nursing, human needs and the nursing process, general physiotherapy and physical therapy, nursing practice, continuous professional and vacation practice (1st year)

  • special physiotherapy, health physical education, basics of palpation and therapeutic massage, prosthetics and orthotics, reconditioning and relaxation programmes, clinical professional practice, continuous professional and holiday practice (2nd year)

  • applied physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social and occupational rehabilitation, TV and sport for the disabled, kinesiology, basics of physiotherapy and balneology, rehabilitation engineering, physical education medicine, clinical professional practice, continuous professional and holiday practice (3rd year)

Other topics of the core knowledge of the field of study (1st degree)

  • biomedical sciences: anatomy and physiology, biology and biochemistry, biophysics and biomechanics, clinical physiology and pathophysiology, internal medicine and geriatrics, selected surgical disciplines, gynaecology and obstetrics, neurology, paediatrics, pharmacology, clinical neurophysiology, microbiology, epidemiology and hygiene, psychiatry, nutritional sciences, radiodiagnostics

  • humanitarian and behavioural sciences: foundations of philosophy and ethics, psychology and pedagogy, clinical psychology and psychotherapy, theory and didactics of physical education, law, legislation and economics in professional activity, research in physiotherapy

  • language and information technology: information and communication technology, Latin language, foreign language.

It is recommended that this knowledge constitutes 3/5 ECTS credits of the study programme.

Definition of the graduate profile - general characteristics

General characteristics of the graduate profile:

A physiotherapist is a qualified health professional who has the professional competence to carry out preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic methods and procedures of physiotherapy. He/she is competent to work as part of a healthcare team or independently in planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating the physiotherapy process in primary, secondary and follow-up healthcare.
In addition to in-depth theoretical training with an emphasis on kinesiological and neurophysiological issues, the graduate will acquire the necessary practical skills in a wide range of kinesiotherapy and physical therapy methods and procedures, and the ability to think and act in a complex professional manner, including the assessment of the effect of therapy in the physiotherapy process.

A physiotherapist is competent to practise primarily by:

  • is proficient in professional physiotherapy activities in primary, secondary and follow-up health care,
  • plans, implements and delivers a comprehensive physiotherapy process,
  • uses methods focusing on the maintenance, consolidation and restoration of health,
  • contributes creatively to the development of physiotherapy,
  • works creatively in a team and manages a physiotherapy team,
  • participates in solving research problems in physiotherapy.

Graduate Knowledge Range

  • master the anatomy and physiology of the individual systems of the human body with emphasis on the locomotor system,
  • know kinesiology (kinanthropomotorics), biomechanics, biochemistry and biophysics in relation to motor expression,
  • have adequate knowledge of medical disciplines and of the basic pathomorphological and pathophysiological manifestations of disease processes and conditions in the human body and their therapy,
  • have a profound knowledge of physical culture and physical education,
  • master the procedures, standards and principles of comprehensive physiotherapeutic care,
  • control the correct movement lifestyle and be able to guide their future patients through appropriate pedagogical action in order to ensure the prevention or therapy of secondary changes caused by functional and structural disorders of the musculoskeletal system,
  • plan, implement and provide a comprehensive physiotherapy process,
  • to master a broad system of methods and techniques of functional diagnosis of the locomotor system and internal systems, to be able to analyze and synthesize in the kinesiological analysis and evaluation of the neuromuscular system,
  • master a wide system of methods of kinesiotherapy and manual therapy techniques and be able to apply them in the process of physiotherapeutic care in individual medical disciplines, in the prevention of functional disorders of the musculoskeletal system, in physical education and sports,
  • to master the applications of electro-, photo-, thermo-, balneo-, climatic- and hydrotherapy,
  • know how to assess the significance of his/her therapeutic procedure, to be able to correct and update it.

Additional knowledge, skills and abilities of the graduate:

  • possess basic and specific information and knowledge of the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to physical therapy,
  • educate patients in the promotion, protection, and restoration of health,
  • know foreign languages,
  • master professionally effective communication and professional behaviour and conduct,
  • master basic nursing techniques, be able to provide qualified first aid for injuries, life and health threatening conditions, mass casualties and weapons of mass destruction,
  • be able to think and act consistently in a preventive manner in health matters,
  • master the management of physiotherapy,
  • master the use of information technology, in professional activities,
    • to acquire a deeply moral-ethical and humane approach to people, especially to the sick, physically, mentally handicapped and handicapped,
    • the ability to empathize, to show love and respect for people, to understand their problems, to provide comfort and emotional support, to take into account their personality,
    • the ability to think independently, to react promptly, to act purposefully, deliberately and decisively,
    • the ability to apply and use the knowledge and skills acquired in professional practice,
    • be able to make changes, take risks and take responsibility,
    • solve professional tasks independently, creatively and conceptually, work creatively in a team and manage a physiotherapy team,
    • communicate at a professional level,
    • shape one's own personality and continuously educate oneself, acquire information, work with it and creatively transform it,
    • shape and educate others, know how to motivate and win them for active cooperation in strengthening health,
    • to take an interest in the development of his/her field, to study the literature and contribute to it in a creative way, to participate in the solution of research problems in physiotherapy.

Definition of the graduate's areas of application

The graduate of the field of study acquires the basic qualification for the exercise of the profession of physiotherapist. He/she will be employed as a physiotherapist in hospital and outpatient facilities, in health resorts, in specialist hospitals and rehabilitation institutes, or in other facilities providing preventive and curative health care, health protection and health promotion. Furthermore, it can be applied in professional management, research and in education and training of physiotherapists.

A graduate of the bachelor's degree in physiotherapy, after a defined professional practice, can specialize in the specialization fields specified in the Slovak Government Regulation No.213 of 2004 on further education of health care workers.
He/she shall obtain a complete first-level university education in physiotherapy with an orientation towards health care provision.

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Conditions of admission

1. completed secondary education with matriculation
2. The admission procedure consists of two parts:

Part 1: written test in human biology within the scope of the grammar school curriculum (min. 60% pass rate) or SCIO test of the General Studies Prerequisites (GSP) in the framework of the National Comparative Examinations (NPS) provided by Scio.

Part 2: movement aptitude test(compulsory for all candidates) (see description of the movement aptitude test at the end of the chapter)

3. applicants who have an academic average of up to 1.50 - without passing the written test(applicants shall provide school-confirmed end-of-year report cards for grades 1-3 and mid-year report cards for grade 4 or grade 5 of secondary school with the application form. If the school does not certify the benefits, applicants must provide officially certified report cards.

!!! If the applicant fails to complete the above mentioned requirements, he/she will have to take a written test in human biology - point 2).

4. meeting the criteria of medical fitness for the profession according to the Decree of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic No.364/2009, which establishes the criteria of medical fitness for applicants for medical study fields (applicants shall submit to the application form a recommendation of a general practitioner for study in the given field)

Additional information

Detailed information about the movement ability test is published on the website of the Faculty of Health Professions of PU :

SCIO's General Studies Aptitude Test (GSAT) under the National Comparative Examinations (NCE), is being conducted by SCIO on six dates (prior to the faculty admission date) during the academic year 2021/2022 and in several cities in the country. It is possible to take the NTS test more than once, and applicants will always be credited with the best result (minimum pass mark is 50th percentile).

If a student succeeds on the SCIO test, i.e. achieves a 50th percentile or higher,he or she no longer takes the faculty's written test in biology, but the faculty will give full credit for the admissions process.

If a student fail the SCIO test, the student has the option of taking the faculty written test in biology on the given admission date, and the faculty will not consider the SCIO test score.

Testing dates, sample tests, and the requirements for signing up for testing are posted at Signing up for the SCIO test and paying the associated costs is the responsibility of each applicant.

The Faculty does not organise these tests and does not register or invite candidates to take them. A candidate who duly applies for the examination will receive an invitation to the examination approximately 10 days before the examination by email from SCIO. The candidate does not submit his/her result to the faculty. The candidate's result is handed over to the faculty exclusively by SCIO. However, each candidate must give his/her consent to SCIO to hand over his/her results (he/she will do so as part of the application form for the HE examination)


SCIO tests are optional and are not a condition for admission, the applicant does not have to take them !!!

Conditions for international students

foreign students must pass the admission procedure,

Part 1: written test in human biology within the scope of the gymnasium curriculum (in Slovak

Part 2:movement aptitude test

Foreign students shall also provide proof of recognition of completed education with the application form. The decision on recognition of education from a foreign secondary school shall be issued by the Regional Education Office in the Slovak Republic.

The following documents shall be submitted with the application: certificate of medical fitness, curriculum vitae, high school diploma, curriculum vitae and proof of payment of the admission fee.

General information on the admission exam


1/ Application for Undergraduate Studies:

a) Paper application form (admission fee 35 EUR): applicants shall purchase the university application form intended for undergraduate studies at the form shops, fill in all parts of it thoroughly, attach other required documents and send it to the address of the Faculty of Health Professions of PU

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b) Electronic form of application (admission fee 30 EUR) Applicants fill in and submit the electronic application form on the website of the University of Presov Subsequently, it is necessary to print out the submitted electronic application form, attach all other required documents and send it by post to the address of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the PU. Without receiving the printed electronic application form together with the additional documents, the electronic application form is invalid and the applicant will not be included in the admission procedure.

2/ Candidates applying for full-time admission must fill in the application form and provide evidence of their high school grades for each year. The end-of-year report cards for grades 1-3 and the mid-year report for grade 4must be filled in the application form. This benefit must be confirmed by the secondary school on page 3. If the secondary school does not certify the benefit, the applicant must submit notarised report cards for each year with the application form. After the matriculation examination, applicants shall submit a notarised matriculation certificate with their application form.

3/ The following must be provided with the application form:

  • original receipt of payment of the admission fee or proof of bank transfer
  • certified copy of the matriculation certificate (if you are graduating in the current school year, you will submit the MV as soon as you have passed the matriculation exams),
  • recommendation from a medical practitioner for studies in the given field
  • structured curriculum vitae
  • application form must be signed in the applicant's own handwriting (page 3)

4/ In case the applicant wants to apply for more study programmes at the Faculty of Physical Education PU in Prešov, he/she must submit a separate application for each study programme separately and pay the application fee for each application separately.

5/Only the applicant who submits a duly completed application form, encloses all required attachments and pays the admission fee within the set deadline will be invited to the admission examinations.

6/ The admission fee will not be refunded by the faculty.

7/ Please send the application form by 31.03.2023 to the following address:

University of Prešov

Faculty of Health Professions

Partizánska 1

080 01 Prešov


Form of entrance exam

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Anticipated number of applicants to be accepted

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  • medical certificate (paper form)
  • CV (paper form)
  • doklad o zaplatení poplatku za prijímacie konanie (paper form)

Annual tuition fees
Standard length of study: cost free
Study longer than the standard length of study program, parallel studies: 1000 €

The fee for admission procedure
application form: 35 €
E-application form: 30 €

Billing information

account number IBAN: SK 11 8180 0000 0070 0008 2677


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Money institution: Štátna pokladnica Radlinského 32 810 05 Bratislava

Address for sending the application form:

University of Prešov

Faculty of Health Sciences

Partizánska 1

08001 Prešov

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Detail of the study program

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