A specialist in search for his patient’s comfort.

Programs emphasize a wide preparation, contact with reality and constant improvement.

The physiotherapist’s goal is to ensure quality of life. He/she is a professional in the health area with a humanist perspective, capable of working not only in the prevention but also in rehabilitation of physical capability and functionality of people. The profession was regularized in Brazil in 1969 and has experienced an accelerated growth since the 1980s.
The majored professional, registered in the regional councils of physiotherapy, can work as a physiotherapist, consultant, teacher, health institution’s manager and researcher. The areas of work include clinics, offices, first aid posts, rehabilitation centers, long permanence institutions for the elderly, sport clubs, general hospitals and ICUs, basic and specialized health units, companies, homes and universities. As the therapeutical resources constantly evolve, the continued education is fundamental for the physiotherapist.
UNESP offers the major in Physiotherapy in the campuses of Presidente Prudente (School of Sciences and Technology – FCT) and Marília (School of Philosophy and Sciences – FFC). In both of them, the focus has been the general and wide formation, with emphasis in practical activities under supervision performed since the program’s first year. The programs encourage scientific initiation, participation in the community through extension projects and the continuation of studies in graduation.
The major in Presidente Prudente exists since 1980. In this unit, the student performs internship since the first year, in a spacious clinic projected and equipped for diverse areas of Physiotherapy. In addition to that, he/she participates in internships out of UNESP, in general hospitals and collective health institutions. The students see the patient as a whole and have the opportunity to experience more than a year of professional practice in diverse work areas of physiotherapy, always accompanied by teacher supervision. In 2007, the unit started a master’s level graduation program in physiotherapy; in 2008 started the Physiotherapy Specialization Program and in 2013 started the first class on the Program of Residency in Physiotherapy, specialized in physical rehabilitation.
The undergraduate program in Marília was created in 2003 and had its curricular structure updated in 2010. The contact with the health care industry’s reality and the experience in physiotherapeutic practice are gradual and start on the first year already. The internships are supervised by physiotherapy teachers and happen in hospitals, care homes, basic health units and inside the university, in the Education and Health Studies Center, maintained by the FFC.
The programs of both majors have content distributed between the areas of biology and humanities, in addition to specific knowledge essential to the profession. The formation is divided in six areas: biological and health sciences; social and human sciences, biotechnological knowledge; physiotherapeutical knowledge; supervised professional internships and scientific initiation.
One concern shared by both bachelor programs is to include in the formation of future professionals the search for better social conditions for people with disabilities. Events and projects show to the students how the physiotherapist’s intervention can improve the well-being of these patients. Another highlighted theme is ergonomy, which is the way how individuals interact with daily equipment, rooms and furniture.

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Marília Full-time 40 4 years
Presidente Prudente Full-time 45 4 years


Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências - FFC
Address: Av. Hygino Muzzi Filho, 737, Mirante
17.525-000 - Marília, SP
Phone: (14) 3402-1300


Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - FCT

Address: Rua Roberto Simonsen, 305
19060-900 - P. Prudente, SP
Phone: (18) 3229-5388
Fax: (18) 3221-4391

Translation: Caio Rolim