Differentiation themes during your study

Academic year 1 and 2

During the first two years of your training you will work on physiotherapy-specific competences. This creates a robust foundation for the physiotherapist that you want to become. This includes theoretical knowledge, professional skills and the development of a critical, investigative attitude.

Academic year 3 and 4

Your third year is divided into two semesters (periods of half a year). During one of those semesters you will continue to work on your robust foundation by following in-depth courses and doing an internship. You will start the other semester with one of three 'differentiation programs' of your choosing, in which all students, teachers and researchers at the School for Allied Health Professions are involved. These programs consists of a differentiation minor (year 3), internship and graduation project (year 4).

The differentiation minors are in line with the corresponding differentiation themes. Students from different (allied health) study programs follow these minors together for six months.

Fontys School of Allied Health Professions: take a look!

Choosing a minor offers you the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge that match your personal interests and qualities and to differentiate yourself from other professional colleagues in the field. At Fontys’ School for Allied Health Professions we offer you three minors to choose from, each corresponding to a differentiation theme. After following one of these minors you will have an edge when entering the working field. If you want to follow a minor outside the School for Allied Health Professions, you can go to the Fontys-wide minors overview.

In the fourth year you will do an internship to learn to master your profession-specific competencies in practice and during your internship you will work on assignments that are related to the differentiation theme that you have chosen. In addition, during this year you will work on your graduation project, where you will conduct research and innovations within your field, related to your differentiation theme.

Why differentiate during your studies?

Healthcare (and therefore your future profession) is undergoing rapid changes. For instance, healthcare costs are booming, so health professionals must work together more efficiently and intensively. Technological innovations go faster than you can keep up with and your patients want to have more and more grip on their personal treatment process. This means that allied health professionals can no longer simply ‘do their thing' without being confronted with these developments, and so you want to learn to keep up and be involved in innovations during your education. Therefore, Fontys School for Allied Health Professions has developed courses and research programs that allow you to delve into these types of issues. This also gives you the opportunity to partly organize your education yourself and to have it match your personal interests and qualities. We call that differentiating.

Which differentiation themes are there?

Based on analyzes and predictions by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and in collaboration with the professional field and scientific researchers, we have developed three differentiation programs that focus on the most important themes that you will encounter in your profession. These three programs are: • Healthcare Technology • Interprofessional Collaboration • Self-management If you keep up to date with the news about healthcare in the Netherlands, you will no doubt notice these themes and their complexity. Within Fontys School for Allied Health Professions, third-year students have the opportunity to follow a differentiation minor corresponding to these themes. To follow up on this, you will conduct research in your fourth year that contributes to sustainable solutions for practical issues within these same themes. View our differentiation themes to get an idea of ​​the content of the studies that are available to you during your fourth year: