General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 8

Teaching staff: 

Anabel Casanovas Alvarez
Marc Terradellas Fernández 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English


Basic skills
  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy


Specific skills
  • E4_To acquire the appropriate clinical experience that provides intellectual abilities and technical and manual skills, that facilitates the incorporation of ethical and professional values, and that develops the capacity of integration of the acquired knowledge, so that, at the end of the studies , students know how to apply both to specific clinical cases in the hospital and outpatient setting, as well as actions in primary and community care


  • E8_Execute, direct and coordinate the physiotherapy intervention plan, using its own therapeutic tools and taking into account the individuality of the user


  • E9_Assess the evolution of the results obtained with the treatment in relation to the objectives set


  • E10_Prepare the discharge report for physiotherapy care once the proposed objectives have been met


  • E13_Ability to work in professional teams as a basic unit in which professionals and other staff of healthcare organizations are structured in a unified or multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way


  • E16_Ability to carry out physiotherapeutic interventions based on comprehensive health care that involves multiprofessional cooperation, integration of processes and continuity of care


  • E17_Understand the importance of updating the knowledge, skills and abilities and attitudes that make up the professional competencies of the physiotherapist


  • E18_Acquire clinical management skills that include the efficient use of health resources and develop activities of planning, management and control of care units where care is given in physiotherapy and its relationship with other health services


  • E19_Know how to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing, with users of the healthcare system, as well as with other professionals


Transversal competences
  • T1_Acquire the ability to communicate in a foreign language and work in an international context


  • T2_Demonstrate ability to organize and plan


  • T3_The student must be able to develop skills in interpersonal relationships and be able to work within an intra and interdisciplinary team



The different subjects that make up the Practicum, guarantee the credits and clinical training hours as set out in Directive 2013 / 55EU of 20 November 2013. It includes all those activities within the teaching-learning process aimed at acquiring skills in the environment professional practice care. During its development, the student participates in clinical practice, as well as in group tutorials that guide him to reflect on clinical practice.

To be able to do the Practicum I it is necessary to have passed the following subjects: Fundamentals of Physiotherapy, Semiology and Technology for the evaluation and Musculoskeletal Pathology.

Practicum I is made up of a practical block of external internships in physiotherapy centers arranged with private mutual societies, and another block for the elaboration of work related to internships.  

The clinical tutor will be from the collaborating entity where the student will carry out the internship and its main function will be to ensure the good development of the same respecting its formative purpose. This figure is presented as an indispensable tool in the student's learning during this period. Advice, support and tutoring ensures quality in the process of obtaining theoretical and practical knowledge of the student, in an area of ​​transcendent importance, such as external internships.

The academic tutor will be a university professor who guides the student's learning process always from a teaching perspective and in contact with the clinical tutor.

Both tutors have the function of guaranteeing both the development of the competencies acquired by the students and their evaluation. This is a continuous and formative assessment, where both generic and specific competencies of each of the Internships are assessed.

In this subject, students put into practice the knowledge obtained during the theoretical learning of the degree and articulate the theory with practice by developing the critical capacity necessary for the training of professional questions.  

The main objective of the Practicum I course is direct contact with patients and the multidisciplinary team in different private mutual societies, where patients with different acute, subacute and chronic injuries of different levels of complexity are treated in order to favor the learning in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of the different pathological processes in which the Physiotherapist acts.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. This will facilitate the achievement of the knowledge and skills specified in this teaching plan. However, in relation to those practical contents of the subject in which the acquisition of procedural and attitudinal skills by students is essential, the partial and temporary suspension can be considered, if the health situation requires it. of this with the consequent postponement in its continuity until the health situation allows it.

Learning outcomes

- Assess the patient's physical and mental state. Determine the level of individual and social dysfunctions, disabilities and limitations.

- Analyze the patient's expectations regarding their evolution, demands and needs. Establish the intervention protocol through the practice of physical activity based on the joint negotiation between physiotherapist and patient.

- Apply technologies for the evolution of the patient. Incorporate new instruments of measures that facilitate the objectification of interventions. Participate in the validation of assessment tools for incorporation into clinical practice.

- Carry out the diagnosis of physiotherapy to determine the dysfunctions and disabilities that will require specific physiotherapy intervention.

- Evaluate benefits and risks by establishing an intervention criterion based on the priorities and effects pursued.

- Apply the appropriate therapies in each situation in order to obtain the highest benefit and the greatest effectiveness.

- Analyze the effects produced by the interventions. Evaluation of results and adverse effects.

- Interact with other health and physical activity professionals to base an intervention plan based on the specific clinical diagnoses of each of the professions. Establish joint intervention objectives.

- Design and apply prevention programs through physical activity for subjects with risk factors or chronic pathology.

- Participate in health policies based on the practice of physical activity for the prevention of diseases.

- Develop business projects focused on treatment and prevention through the practice of physical activity for people with risk factors or chronic pathology.

Working methodology

- Internships outside healthcare centers during the period established in the academic calendar and according to the schedule agreed between the center and the Practicum Manager.

- Presentation of cases by the students: realization of the individual works during the period of external practices.

- Individual and / or group face-to-face seminars with the academic tutor.

- Non-contact tutorials for which the student will have telematic resources such as the e-mail of his / her academic tutor and the UPF intranet.

- Non-contact activities dedicated to the resolution of practical exercises based on data provided by the teacher of the subject to complete the specific training of the Practicum.


The supervised external internships aim for the student to develop and integrate, in a continuous and progressive way, the skills necessary to apply in a real professional context the knowledge acquired in the different subjects that make up the curriculum.

Practicum I integrates all the knowledge, abilities, skills, attitudes and values ​​acquired in all the subjects of the Degree in Physiotherapy and is carried out under the tutelage of qualified physiotherapists with extensive professional experience.

During the external internships, all those professional competencies will be developed that will enable the student to provide an effective physiotherapeutic treatment and a comprehensive assistance to the patient / user.

The contents that will be worked on in Practicum I are related to learning the practical model of physiotherapy intervention in the different specialties of the profession, such as prevention, evaluation, specific diagnosis, design of different intervention protocols and plans. custom performance.

Learning activities

The aim of these activities is for students to develop an active role in their learning process by encouraging collaborative learning as well as critical thinking in the face of situations common to the clinical practice of physiotherapy professionals. 

Students, under the supervision of specialist physiotherapists, will carry out external internships in healthcare centers.

There will be tutorials and seminars in groups for advice on carrying out individual work.

The individual works of the Practicum I consist of the elaboration of a Clinical Case and report of practices of a process of attention of physiotherapy in a real patient of the practices realized, chosen by the own student with the advice of his tutor / the clinician.

The delivery of the works will realize through the ecampus and of the virtual classroom taking into account the dates of delivery specified in the chronogram of the asignatura.

Evaluation system

The evaluation of the Practicum is based on the assessment of the competencies achieved by the students. It will be carried out continuously by the clinical tutor and a close follow-up of the academic tutor. This assessment is based on the basic and specific competencies of the Practicum.

The evaluating agents of the Practicum are the Academic Tutors and the Clinical Tutors:

  • The Academic Tutor will evaluate the oral presentation and the development of the clinical case by means of an evaluation rubric.
  • The Clinical Tutor will evaluate the attendance and the development of the practices through a rubric of assessment of the competences acquired.

The final evaluation of the subject Practicum is established through the result of the evaluation of the clinical tutor on the practices carried out in the care centers and of the individual works supervised by the academic tutor.

Attendance at the entire Practicum in the established periods and times is an essential requirement to be able to be evaluated and pass the subject.

Only the absence of 3 days of justified absence per Practicum period will be allowed.

In case the justified absences exceed the allowed days the student will suspend the Practicum period and will have to recover it in its entirety, in order to achieve the corresponding competencies.

Therefore, the final grade of the course will consist of three blocks with the following weighting.

External practices

External internship report




Individual work: clinical case      


To pass the course you will need:

  • Pass each of the parts that make up the subject with a minimum grade of 5.
  • Obtain an overall grade for the subject equal to or greater than 5.

In the case of suspending any part, the grade of the parts approved for recovery is saved (in the same academic year) and only the suspended part will have to be evaluated.

A “non-evaluable” student is considered to be a student who does not take the assessment tests or scheduled seminars or any of the training activities that are considered compulsory.

La full or partial copy in any of the learning activities it will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

The works submitted out of time they will be evaluated with the minimum grade of suspense, without feedback from the academic tutor. In these cases the student will be able to present the work in recovery period.

External internships not passed are recoverable within the period established in the months of June and July of the corresponding academic year.

According to UPF regulations, students will have the option of retrieving subjects that have obtained the qualification of 'suspended', which are the only ones that can be modified in the recovery process.

In exceptional cases of serious breaches of the rules of external internships, the subject Practicum will be suspended, without the right to recovery, and the Degree Board and the Practicum team, reserves the right without prejudice to process the opening of a record for this reason.

A quantitative (from 0 to 10) and qualitative rating system (suspended, approved, excellent, honors registration) will be used according to RD 1125/2003. 

It is recommended to Practicum students that consult and read carefully the Regulations for External Internships of the ESCST and the Dossier of Practicum Students in Physiotherapy which can be accessed through the virtual classroom of each Practicum subject.