Degree in Physiotherapy

3 years degree course taught in English
Study Plan
Admission test
Student Area
Book List
QA System

The Degree Course in Physiotherapy in English language is divided into three years of course for a total of 180 university formative credits. The main objective of the Degree Course in Physiotherapy is to train health professionals who have the competences envisaged by the Ministerial Decree of the Ministry of Health n. 741 of 14 September 14th, 1994 and subsequent amendments and additions. The specific educational objectives of the course are achieved through theoretical and practical education in the disciplines that are fundamental to the international cultural fields related to Physiotherapy and learning of contents in English favors the inclusion of professionals in the international sphere. Said educational fields allow students in Physiotherapy to acquire the skills necessary to identify the preventive and rehabilitative requirements of the patient. The specific practical objectives related to the profession are evaluated through practical tests with real patients or with simulated clinical situations, analysis and discussion of clinical cases and internship in structures specialized in the rehabilitation field. The competence and the relational capacity that are necessary for the physiotherapist, in order to establish an effective relationship with the patient, with caregivers and the professional system, is in fact developed through the teachings of human sciences and educational psychology, aimed at acquiring listening skills and dialogue management with patients and family members. The interpersonal and communication skills are developed through work in small groups, simulations, role playing, training activities and the final exam. The verification of the achievement of the learning results takes place through written, oral and practical tests, as well as through the evaluation of clinical tutors of the profession, following a period of clinical training. The Physiotherapist, at the end of the training course, has acquired knowledge, competence and relational skills, with particular reference to professional responsibility, care and rehabilitation, therapeutic education, prevention, management, training/self-training, effectiveness evidence-based practice (evidence based practice)/research, communication and relationship.

Formal didactics This didactic form includes: – lectures: dealing with one specific topic that is identified by a title and performed by a teacher with the help of computing and/or multimedia supports based on a predefined calendar and given to students enrolled to a specific course year and divided into small groups; – seminars: didactic activities with the same characteristics as lectures but carried out contemporarily by many teachers with different competences and, as such, noted in the lesson registers in each one of them. During the last period of the course, when non Italian students will have acquired sufficient command of the language, some courses may be taught in Italian.

Non formal didactics It deals with interactive didactic activities aimed at small groups of students and coordinated by a tutor whose task is that of facilitating the students in the acquisition of knowledge, abilities and behavioral models. Learning mainly occurs through stimuli deriving from problem solving and the use of methodological skills needed to resolve them and taking decisions as well as through the direct and personal use of actions (gesture and relational) in practical exercises and/or attending clinical departments, surgeries, territorial facilities and research laboratories.

A) Teaching courses. The integrated teaching courses are held by one or more teachers in function to the specific objectives assigned to the course. The specific objectives of the individual courses that are contained in the exam programs and their programming are proposed annually by the course teachers within the start date of the enrolments for the new academic year.

B) Professional activities. During the three year degree course, the student is required to acquire the professional specifications in the nursing field by carrying out internships in facilities identified by the degree course council (CCL) and in the defined periods. The internship can also be done in developing countries.

C) Elective activities. The degree course council organizes the offer of elective didactic activities that are created with lectures, seminars, interactive courses with small groups among which the student is able to exercise their own personal option until achieving an overall number of 6 credits. Each student autonomously chooses the elective activities among the didactics supplied.


The prerequisites needed by students who wish to enroll in the Degree course in Physiotherapy are:

  • Adequate initial preparation according to what is foreseen by the current regulations to enter courses with a nationally limited number of participants
  • Good predisposition to human contact
  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems
  • Ability to autonomously acquire new knowledge and information by evaluating them critically.

Possession of a study title that meets one of the following criteria:

  • a secondary school diploma that gives access to the University, issued by a state or equivalent educational institution of the Italian education system in Italy or abroad;
  • final qualification of secondary education issued by an institution belonging to a foreign school system, located in Italy or abroad, obtained following a course of at least 12 years of schooling;
  • final qualification of secondary education obtained in a school system that includes 10 or 11 years of schooling, supplemented with one or two years of university, provided that all the exams scheduled for those academic years have been passed.

Candidates enrolled in the last year of secondary school can also participate in the selections at the state and private school institutions of the Italian education system or at a foreign secondary education institution that allows the achievement of a valid qualification for admission to courses of higher education of the Italian system with the condition, if the test results are positive, to present the diploma or qualification just obtained at the time of the subsequent enrolment to the courses, under penalty of exclusion from the list of admitted candidates. Students already in possession of an academic degree (obtained in Italy or abroad) and those who come from another degree course or university degree are required to observe the same procedures indicated in this call for applications and take part in the admission test.

EU Candidates

Entry to the Master’s Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery and to the other courses of Medical School is regulated by a multiple choice written admission test. UniCamillus admission test consists of a written test in Italian, composed of sixty multiple choice questions of logical reasoning (20), general knowledge (5), biology (10), chemistry (10), physics (10) and mathematics (5), which have five response options, among which the candidate must identify only one, discarding the wrong, arbitrary or less likely conclusions. The test will last 70 minutes. Following the completion of the test, a single ranking list based on the score achieved by each candidate in the admission test will be drawn up. 

Non EU candidates

The entry test for all Degree Courses is the UCAT test. Entry to the Master’s Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery and to the other courses of Medical School is regulated by a multiple choice written admission test and a speaking test. The UCAT is developed and delivered by the UKCAT Consortium. Information regarding test content and how to prepare for the test can be found here ( UCAT is a computer-based test to be taken at certified test centres (see Annex 1) and lasts two hours. The test consists of five separate sections to be passed within a set time and each consists of a series of multiple choice questions. Additional time is granted to candidates with proven disabilities or particular medical conditions.

SectionsNo. of QuestionsPoints (min-max)
Verbal Reasoning Establishes the ability to critically evaluate information presented in written form.44300 – 900
Decision-Making Establishes the ability to make decisions and make correct judgments using complex information.29300 – 900
Quantitative Reasoning Establishes the ability to critically evaluate information presented in numerical form.36300 – 900
Abstract Reasoning Establishes the ability to use convergent and divergent reasoning to infer relationships between different elements and information.55300 – 900
Situational Assessment It measures the ability to understand real situations and identify the critical factors and the most appropriate behavior to face them.69Level 1-4

UCAT test assessment

The overall assessment is obtained by summing the scores of the Verbal Reasoning, Decision-making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning sections. The “Situational Assessment” section is not relevant for the final score. For details on the modalities of the UCAT test, please visit UniCamillus draws up the final ranking based on the results scored in the UCAT test. 

Book List A.Y. 2020/21

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Year III

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Book List A.Y. 2019/20 Year 1 Semester 1

Titolo del TestoAutore del TestoInsegnamentoEditore, città, anno. Se possibile ISBNDocente
PHYSICS: Principles with ApplicationsDouglas C. GiancoliApplied PhysicsPearson Education.7th edition ISBN-13: 9780321625922Iole Indovina
 Understanding Computers:                    Today and Tomorrow Deborah Morley and Charles S. ParkerInformatics 16th – Cengage LearningAndrea D’Ambrogio 
 Statistics for Bio-medical disciplines Stanton A. GlantMedical Statistics McGraw-Hill ISBN  ISBN-13: 978-0071781503 Luca Weltert
 Non parametric statisticsSidney Siegel, N. John Castellan JrMedical Statistics ed. McGraw-Hill ISBN-13: 978-0070573574Luca Weltert
Lehningher principles of biochemistryD. L. Nelson, M.M. Cox Biochemistry (2017) W.H. Freeman & Co. ISBN 9781319108243 1319108245 9781464126116 1464126119Giampiero Mei
1° Elementi di Biologia e Genetica                                        Students will be provided with additional teaching material in EnglishSadava, Hillis, Heller, HackerApplied BiologyISBN 978-88-08-82065-5 Zanichelli editore, V edizione . Anno 2019Roberta Nardacci
2° Elementi di Biologia e Genetica       Students will be provided with additional teaching material in English                                       Raven,Johnson, Mason, Losos, SingerApplied BiologyISBN: 978-88-299-2950-4   Piccin editore. Edizione II ed. Anno 2018Roberta Nardacci
Medical Genetics Lynn Jorde John Carey Michael BamshadGenetics Elsevier 6th/ ISBN 9780323596534Cinzia Ciccacci
Foundamental of Anatomy & PhysiologyMartini NathHuman AnatomyED 2018 PearsonMarco Barchi/ Giuseppe Sciamanna
Human AnatomyMartini, Timmons, TallitschHuman AnatomyED 2015 Pearson/ ISBN-13:9780321883322Marco Barchi/ Giuseppe Sciamanna
Principles of anatomy and physiology TortoraHuman AnatomyJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc./                                    ISBN 978-1-118-34500-9Marco Barchi/ Giuseppe Sciamanna
Bloom and Fawcett’s Concise HistologyDon W. Fawcett, Ronald P. Jensh, William BloomHistology 2nd Edition – Hodder Arnold.ISBN13 9780340806777Massimiani Micol
Textbook of Medical PhysiologyGuyton, HallPhisiologySaunders, 2015, 1455770051Gabriele Pallone
Human PhysiologySherwoodPhisiologyBrooks Cole, 2015, 1285866932Gabriele Pallone
Berne & Levy PhysiologyKoeppen MD PhD, Bruce M, Stanton PhD, Bruce APhisiologyElsevier, 2016, 0323393942Gabriele Pallone

Book List A.Y. 2019/20 Year 1 Semester 2

Titolo del TestoAutore del TestoInsegnamentoEditore, città, anno. Se possibile ISBNDocente
The basics of MicrobiologyRichard A. Harvey, Pamela C. Champe Bruce D. FisherMicrobiology and Clinical MicrobiologyPhiladelphia : Lippincott Williams &​ Wilkins, c2007/ ISBN 0781782155 (pbk.)
Daniele Armenia
 Pathologic basis of diseaseKumar, Abbas and Aster – Robbins and Cotran General PathologyElsevier.Cardillo 
Pathology and General Physiopathology for the Degree courses in Health Professions G.M. PontieriGeneral PathologyPiccin Edizioni Cardillo 
Work psychology. Understanding human behaviour in the workplaceJohn Arnold John & Ray Randall et al.Work and Organizational psychologyHarlow, United Kingdom : Pearson Education Limited, 2016. ISBN 9781292063409
Sondra Badolamenti
Physical rehabilitation’s. Role in disability management : Unique perspective for successD.W. CliftonGENERAL PSYCHOLOGY Elsevier Saunders Inc., Saint Louis, 2005 ed./ ISBN: 0-7216-8474-2Sondra Badolamenti
Cultures and Societies in a Changing WorldWendy Griswold Sociology of cultural and communicative processesSAGE Publications, Inc; 4 edizione                                                                            ISBN-13: 978-0803990180Serenella Stasi
Muscolo-skeletal Assessment                                     Joint Motion and Muscle Testing Hazel M. Clarkson, M.A.Rehabilitation MethodologyB.P.T. 2013 LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS ISBN 978-1-60913-816-5G.Galeoto A.Servadio L.Gigli
Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain: Testing and Function with Posture and Pain, (ENGLISH EDITION)  Florence P. Kendall, Elizabeth Kendall McCreary  Patricia G. Provance Mary Rodgers William RomaniRehabilitation MethodologyLIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS                                       ISBN 0-7817-4780-5G.Galeoto A.Servadio L.Gigli
Longman Pronunciation DictionaryWellsScientific EnglishLongman, 2008,  1405881186Alessandro Rotatori

Book List A.Y. 2019/20 Year 2 Semester 1

Titolo del TestoAutore del TestoInsegnamentoEditore, città, anno. Se possibile ISBNDocente
 Principles of Neurology Allan Ropper, Martin Samuels, Joshua Klein, Sashank PrasadNeurologyMcGraw-Hill Medical 11th edition  ISBN  9780071842617 Doriana Landi
Principles of Neural ScienceKandel ER, Schwartz JH, Jessell TM 2012, Siegelbaum SA, Hudspeth AJ. Neurology5th ed. McGraw-Hill ISBN 9780071810012Doriana Landi
Neurological Examination Made Easy Fuller G.Neurology Ed. Churchill Livingstone ISBN  9780702076275Doriana Landi
Neurosurgery fundamentals Rohan AgarwalNeurosurgery Ed. Nitin Agarwal. New York: Thieme, 2019. ISBN: 9781626238251Stefano Signoretti
 The Pharmacological Basis of TherapeuticsGoodman & Gilman’s PharmacologyMcGraw-Hill Education ISBN 9781259584732Emanuele Nicastri
Essentials of Mental Health NursingKaren Wright,  Mick McKeownPsychiatrySAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (6 Mar. 2018) ISBN-10: 1526447169
ISBN-13: 978-1526447166
Armando Piccinni
Miller’s Review of OrthopaedicsMark D. Miller  Stephen R. ThompsonLocomotive System Deseases Elsevier 7th Edition  ISBN  9780323355179Edoardo Franceschetti
The Washington Manual of Pediatrics Andrew J WhiteGeneral and Specialized PediatricsLippincott Manual, ed.2016 ISBN  9781496328953 Giovanna Maragliano
Manual of Neonatal Care Anne R. Hansen, Eric C. Eichenwald, Ann R. Stark , Camilia R. MartinGeneral and Specialized Pediatrics Lippincott Manual,   2016 ISBN-10: 9781496343611Giovanna Maragliano
Pediatric Neurology Rob Forsyth Child Neurology Ed. Oxford University. Oxford: 2017. ISBN: 978019960363-3Andrea Romigi
Fenichel’s Clinical Pediatric Neurology  J. Eric Piña-Garza, Kaitlin C. JamesChild Neurology 8th Edition 2019  Ed. Elsevier. ISBN 9780323496858Andrea Romigi
 Fundamentals of NursingPotter, Perry, Stockert, Hall. Technical Medical Applied  Sciences(9th edition). Elsevier 2017 ISBN 9780323327404Antonella Pallombo
Reading materials will be provided by the teacher ( articles, slide) Reading materials will be provided by the teacher ( articles, slide) Eye DiseasesReading materials will be provided by the teacher ( articles, slide) Vincenzo Petitti
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy SecretsJeffrey Placzek David BoyceLocomotive System Deseases Elsevier  E-Book version  3rd Edition   ISBN: 9780323286831 Luca Labianca
Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Kevin E. Wilk; S. Brent BrotzmanPhysical and Rehabilitation Medicine Elsevier  eBook ISBN: 9780323327633Giovanni Morone
Diagnostic Imaging for Physical TherapistsJames Swain, Kenneth W. BushDiagnostic Imaging and Radiotheraphy Elsevier  Hardcover ISBN: 9781416029038
eBook ISBN: 9781455777006
eBook ISBN: 9781455757398
eBook ISBN: 9781416069508
Mariano Scaglione
Vertigo and Dizziness Common Complaints Dieterich, StruppOtolaryngologySpringer London – ISBN 978-0-85729-591-0Francesco Ronchetti
Dysphagia diagnosis and Treatment Olle Ekberg Otolaryngology Springer London ISBN 978-3-319-68572-4Francesco Ronchetti

Book List A.Y. 2019/20 Year 2 Semester 2

Titolo del TestoAutore del TestoInsegnamentoEditore, città, anno. Se possibile ISBNDocente
Physiotherapy in Orthopaedics – A Problem-Solving ApproachKaren Atkinson Fiona Coutts Anne-Marie HassenkampRehabilitation Methodology 2 Nursing and neuropsychiatric and rehabilitative techniquesElsevier Paperback ISBN: 9780443074066
eBook ISBN: 9780702060489
eBook ISBN: 9780702037818
Annamaria Servadio                 Giovanni Galeoto
Treatment of cerebral palsy and motor delayLevitt, S., & Addison, A.Rehabilitation Methodology 2 Nursing and neuropsychiatric and rehabilitative techniques Wiley-Blackwell. 6th edition 2018 ISBN: 978-1-119-37359-9Marco Tofani
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center Child and Adolescent Development  University of PittsburghRehabilitation Methodology 2 Nursing and neuropsychiatric and rehabilitative techniquesResource Book. University of Pittsburgh 2005Marco Tofani
Motor Control : Translating Research into Clinical PracticeAnne Shumway-Cook By (author)  Marjorie H. WoollacottRehabilitation Methodology 2 Nursing and neuropsychiatric and rehabilitative techniquesLippincott Williams & Wilkins; Edition 4th ISBN-13: 978-1608310180Elisa Pelosin
 Manual of Medicine, (Harrison’s Manual of Medicine)Kaspi, Haucer, Fauci, Longo, Jameson, Lo ScalzoInternal Medicine19th Edition
Available also the Pocket Manual
McGraw-Hill Education / Medical; 19th Edition (2016)
ISBN 978-0-07-182852-9
Filomena Pietrantonio
 Practical Guide to the care of the Medical PatientFred F. FerriInternal MedicineMosby Elsevier (9th Edition) 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4557-4459-6
Filomena Pietrantonio
Rheumatology, Evidence-Based Practice for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists Dziedzic & HammondRheumatology Elsevier – Churchill Livingstone, 2010 Paperback ISBN: 9780443069345
eBook ISBN: 9780702050657
eBook ISBN: 9780702043673
Carlo Perricone
Evidence-Based Physical Therapy for the Pelvic Floor. Kari Bo Bary Berghmans Siv Morkved Marijke Van KampenUrology2nd edition Elsevier Churchill Livingstone eBook ISBN: 9780702060731
eBook ISBN: 9780702060748
Hardcover ISBN: 9780702044434
Francesco Pinto
Netter’s OrthopaedicsGreene Walter Locomotive System Deseases Elsevier Health Sciences Division, (2006)
ISBN 10: 1929007027  ISBN 13: 9781929007028
Roberto Padua
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Ian Loftus & Robert HinchliffeVascular Surgery Elsevier 6th ED. ISBN: 9780702072536 Alessandro Bellisario

Book List A.Y. 2018/19 Year 1 Semester 1

Physics:Principles with Applications,7th ed.Douglas C.GiancoliApplied PhysicsPearson EducationI.Indovina
Understanding Computers:Today and Tomorrow 16th ed.Deborah Morley and Charles S. ParkerInformation TechniqueCengage Learning – Pentalibro a RomaA.D’Ambrogio
Priemer of Biostatistics, 7th ed.Stanton A. GlantzMedical StatisticsMcGraw-HillP.Weltert
Understanding Computers:Today and Tomorrow 16th ed.Deborah Morley and Charles S. ParkerData Processing SystemCengage Learning – Pentalibro a RomaA.D’Ambrogio
BiochemistryD.R. FerrierBiochemistryWolters KluwerG.Mei
Lehningher principles of biochemistry, 2017D. L. Nelson, M.M. CoxBiochemistryW.H. Freeman & Co.G. Mei
Essential Cell Biology, 4edAlbertsApplied BiologyGarland Science/Taylor and Francis GroupS. Galardi
Medical GeneticsJorde, CareyMedical GeneticsBamshad/ElsevierC. Ciccacci
Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, 11edMartini NathHuman AnatomyPearsonG. Sciamanna, M. Barchi
Human AnatomyMartini, Timmons, TallitschHuman AnatomyPearsonG. Sciamanna, M. Barchi
Principles of Human Anatomy/Tortora’s Principles etcTortoraHuman AnatomyWileyG. Sciamanna, M. Barchi
Gray’s Basic AnatomyRichard Drake, A. Wayne, Vogl Adam MitchellHuman AnatomyElsevierG. Sciamanna, M. Barchi
Concise Histology, 1edLeslie Gartner, James HiattHistologyElsevierV. Rossi
Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, 11edMartini NathHistologyPearsonV. Rossi
Berne & Levy Physiology, 6 updated editionBruce Koeppen, Bruce StantonPhysiologyElsevierG. Pallone
Human Physiology: from Cells to Systems, 9edLauralee SheerwoodPhysiologyCengage Learning – Pentalibro a RomaG. Pallone
Guyton-Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 13edJohn HallPhysiologyElsevier (+ Saunders)G. Pallone

Book List A.Y. 2018/19 Year 1 Semester 2

The basics of MicrobiologyRichard A. Harvey, Pamela C. Champe Bruce D. FisherMicrobiology and Clinical MicrobiologyZanichelliD. Armenia
Pathology for the health professionI.DamjanovGeneral PathologyElsevierR.Bei
Physical rehabilitation. Role in disability management 2005 edD.W. CliftonGeneral PsychologyElsevier SaundersS.Badolamenti
Work psychology.Understanding human behaviour in the workplaceArnold J. & Randall RWork and Organizational PsychologyPearson Education Limited edit.S.Badolamenti
Culteres and Societies in Changing World 1994 (1ST ED)Wendy GriswoldSociology of Culture and CommunicationPine Forge PressS.Stasi
Examples from empirical studies 2016Fraire M., Spagnuolo S., Stasi S.Sociology of Culture and CommunicationarticoliS. Stasi
Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and PainFlorence P. Kendall, Elizabeth Kendall McCreary , Patricia G. Provance, Mary Mc Intyre Rodgers, William Anthony RomaniNursing Sciences and Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation TechniquesLipincott William & WilkinsG.Galeoto, A. Servadio, M. Tramontano
Musculoskeletal Assessment: Joint Motion and Muscle Testing Spiral-bound – 17 Jan 2012Hazel M. Clarkson,Nursing Sciences and Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation TechniquesLipincott William & WilkinsG.Galeoto, A. Servadio, M. Tramontano
Physiology of the Joints 6th ed 2nd vol the lower limbA.I.KapandjiNursing Sciences and Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation TechniquesElsevier/Churchill LivingstoneG.Galeoto, A. Servadio, M. Tramontano
Health Care Professionals Speaking: Conversazioni in ambito sanitario per i professionisti della salute 2015Rotatori, A.English LanguageEdiSESA. Rotatori
L’inglese medico-scientifico: pronuncia e comprensione all’ascolto 2014Rotatori, A.English LanguageEdiSESA. Rotatori
Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd edition) 2008Wells JEnglish LanguageLongmanA. Rotatori
President of the Teaching Committee: Luca Paolo Weltert
Didactic Director: prof. Alessandra Carlizza

Actors of the Quality Assurance process
The Quality Assurance Group (QA) is chaired by the Director of the Degree Course or by the President, who is the Responsible for the Quality of the Course; it ensures the proper and regular performance of the activities, in coordination with the Academic Quality Assurance and with the QA referents of the University.

The QA contributes to the design, implementation and verification of the activities of the Degree Course

The Review Group performs the following functions:
a) identifying the improvements, reporting the person in charge and specifying the deadlines and the indicators that allow verifying the degree of implementation;
b) verifying the achievement of the objectives pursued or identifying any reasons for a failure or partial achievement;
c) drafting the Annual Monitoring Report (AMR), which is sent to the Evaluation Unit and the Academic Quality Assurance through the University Quality Office.

During the statutory transitional phase, in order to facilitate the start-up phase of the QA System, UniCamillus considered it functional to choose the appointment at the level of each Degree Course of the only Quality Assurance Group, which is also called to perform the functions of the Review Group.
The QA has the task of monitoring the progress of the Degree Course management and of drafting the Annual Monitoring Report and the cyclical review report (RCC) in collaboration with the President of the Teaching Committee.

Quality Assurance Group of Physiotherapy Degree Course

  • Professor Iole INDOVINA
  • Professor Annamaria SERVADIO
  • Prof. Luca Paolo Weltert