University Master’s Degree in Orthopaedic Manual Physiotherapy (OMPT)
The aim of the University Master’s Degree in Orthopaedic Manual Physiotherapy (OMPT) is to provide the advanced knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to create professionals capable of working as clinicians, scholars and researchers and undertaking specific communication, leadership and health promotion roles as part of an interdisciplinary team.
The curriculum’s main objectives may be summarised as follows:
- To adopt a procedural approach based on patient-centred care, current scientific evidence and measurement results.
- To recognise the risk factors, precautions and contraindications and involve the patient in the assessment and treatment process.
- To determine whether the OMPT treatment is suitable for a particular patient.
- To perform a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s neuro-musculoskeletal system, including functional abilities and conditions.
- To establish a clinical diagnosis and design a comprehensive treatment plan as a main component of a multidisciplinary team within the health system.
- To gain a command of all OMPT therapeutic procedures with a view to alleviating pain and optimising the patient's functional abilities.
- To base clinical practice on advanced clinical reasoning as part of a patient-centred care model.
- To design and actively take part in health management and promotion programmes as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team within the process of providing individual care to a patient/client.
- To critically examine current scientific evidence and integrate this evidence and the patient’s preferences and clinical symptoms into the treatment process.
Holders of a degree in Physiotherapy
According to the definition provided by the IFOMPT and WCPT, Orthopaedic Manual Physiotherapy is a specialised area of physiotherapy for the assessment and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. It is based on clinical reasoning, the available scientific and clinical evidence and the biopsychosocial framework of each individual patient. It uses highly specific assessment and treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises. Orthopaedic Manual Therapy combines the information and experience of Manual Therapy, which has been applied since ancient times, Classic Physiotherapy, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Medicine, Osteopathy and Chiropractic under one common denominator, clinical and scientific evidence. OMPT treatment is based on a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s neuro-musculoskeletal system and functional abilities. The aim of the assessment is to define any conditions present in the patient’s systems (joint, muscular, nervous or any other relevant system) and explain how these conditions are related to any disability or functional limitation, as described by the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Likewise, the OMPT assessment seeks to determine the clinical situations in which the use of OMPT is indicated or contraindicated or requires special precautions, as well as situations in which the anatomical anomalies or pathological processes limit or restrict the use of OMPT procedures. Lastly, throughout the OMPT assessment process, practitioners must determine whether, in light of the patient’s clinical situation, the treatment should be aimed at reducing symptoms or whether it can be used to improve the patient’s functional abilities.
OMPT physiotherapists undertake to provide patient-centred care and use procedures based on evidence and measurement results. They are required to perform a physical clinical diagnosis, decide whether the treatment is suitable for the patient, recognise the risk factors and contraindications and identify any precautions that must be taken. They will also design an overall treatment plan and carry it out integrally or as part of a multidisciplinary team. OMPT physiotherapists are capable of acting as the patient’s primary caregiver or as a member of a multidisciplinary team within a health system.
Advanced clinical reasoning skills are, along with manual abilities and skills, essential to the practice of OMPT. These skills are used in a patient-centred model in which the role of the patient/client in the decision-making process is an intrinsic part of the procedure. To acquire and integrate these abilities and skills, we offer a structured educational model that adapts perfectly to the European curriculum (Bologna Declaration, 1999), in which, over the course of 60 ECTS, OMPT students will develop a professional and research profile that incorporates the seven roles that will confirm them as professionals specialised in Manual Physiotherapy: OMPT physiotherapists as clinical decision-making experts, teachers, communicators, collaborators, administrators, health care advocates and health professionals. Each area of action is perfectly defined and structured based on the relevant competences, knowledge, skills and attitudes that students must acquire by the end of the programme.
Prerequisites & admissions
Students with an official university degree from within the European Union
- An attested original photocopy of their original degree certificate or of the homologation of the same, or an original attested photocopy of the receipt for payment of fees for issuing the degree certificate.
- An attested original photocopy of your academic transcript containing your marks for the university studies you have completed.
*If the documents are in a language other than Spanish, Catalan, English, French or Italian, please submit a sworn Spanish translation of your degree certificate and academic transcript.
Students with an official university degree from outside the European Union
- A legally certified original photocopy of your original degree certificate.
- A legally certified original photocopy of your academic transcripts from past university studies.
* The legal certification of documents should be undertaken submitted legalised in the country of origin, or if applies, by the stamp of the Haya Agreement or the Andrés Bello Agreement.
*If the documents are in a language other than Spanish, please submit a sworn Spanish translation of your degree certificate and academic transcript.
In all cases
- Two passport-sized photos.
- A photocopy of your national ID card (DNI) or passport.
- An up-to-date CV.