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Norsk Fysioterapeutforbund
(Norwegian Physiotherapist Association)
P. O. Box 2704 St. Hanshaugen
NO-0131 OSLO, NORWAY

Phone: +47 22 93 30 50
nff@fysio.no
www.fysio.no

This page includes answers to the following FAQs:

  • How can I obtain an authorization permitting me to practice physical therapy in Norway?
  • How do I obtain membership of the Norwegian Physiotherapist Association?
  • I would like to work as a physiotherapist in Norway. How do I proceed?

The Association
The Norwegian Physiotherapist Association (NPA) has more than 10,000 members. It organizes physiotherapists certified by the competent Norwegian public authority as well as physical therapy students. Members comprise both private practitioners and physiotherapists in an employment relationship. The main task of the NPA is working to improve members' salaries and working conditions as well as stimulating professional development and quality. The association has five regional branches.

NPA is member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). Norway's WCPT entries:

  • WCPT | Norwegian Physioterapist Association
  • ER-WCPT (European Region) | Norwegian Physiotherapist Association
  • ER-WCPT (European Region) | National Migration Procedures for Norway

The NPA arranges on average more than 40 continuing education courses annually and has a formal process of specialization for physiotherapists. In addition, the NPA has a program for systemized CPD. After logging into the NPA website, members can record their learning activities, including formal education, workshops, conferences and workplace-based learning activities.

The association publishes the Norwegian Journal of Physiotherapy (Fysioterapeuten), which has 10 issues a year.

NPA membership
Membership of the Norwegian Physiotherapist Association may be granted to any physiotherapist certified by the Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAK, see below). Membership may also be granted to any student of physical therapy enrolled at an educational institution in Norway or abroad which is recognized by the Norwegian authorities. See NPA membership application form. (The form is in Norwegian only. However, assistance in completing it may be given provided the above membership requirements are met).

Physical therapy in Norway
In Norway, physical therapy is protected by law. Norwegian citizens are entitled to get treatment from a physiotherapist if they need it. Both title and functions are legally defined. The physiotherapist is legally responsible for his or her own professional actions.

Where do Norwegian physiotherapists work?

Physiotherapists are found in all parts of the healthcare sector and in working life in general.

Private practice
There are two types of private practice for physiotherapists in Norway: with or without an agreement with the local council. Physiotherapists working under an agreement with the local council receive an annual contribution. The local social security office also reimburses them. These physiotherapists take fees that are set by the "Price agreement". Another category consists of private practitioners working without an agreement with the local council, who neither receive any contributions from the council nor are reimbursed by the local social security office. They compensate for this by charging their patients higher fees.

Public sector
Many NPA members work in hospitals in different areas, while others are employed by psychiatric institutions or rehabilitation centres. A large number are in the employment of local councils, working in health centres, nursing homes, schools, and the patient's homes. Physiotherapists also work in the fields of education, research and administration.

Physical therapy education in Norway

To become certified as a physiotherapist in Norway, a bachelor's degree in physical therapy (three years) followed by mandatory practice (one year) is required.

There are four centres for educating physiotherapists in Norway:

  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo

www.hioa.no

  • Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim

www.hist.no

  • Bergen University College

www.hib.no

  • University of Tromsø

www.uit.no

Where to take a master's degree in physical therapy in Norway:

- Master's degree in physical therapy under the Master in Health Sciences study programme
- Clinical master's degree in manual therapy for physiotherapists

Master programs in Health Sciences, to obtain:
- master's degree in clinical neurological physical therapy with specialization in children and adults
- master's degree in psychiatric and psychosomatic physical therapy

  • Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslowww.nih.no

- Master's degree in sports physiotherapy

Master program in clinical physical therapy with specialization in
- physical therapy for heart and lung conditions
- physical therapy for reumatic and orthopaedic conditions

Where to obtain post-degree study points (credits) in Norway:

  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo www.hioa.no

- Psychomotorical therapy – 60 study points
- Physical therapy for the elderly – 30 study points
- Physical therapy for children – 30 study points

Working in Norway

Foreign nationals wishing to practice as physiotherapists in Norway must comply with Norwegian rules and regulations relating to immigration and work, recognition of foreign education and certification of health personnel. See related web resources in English:

Immigration and work: Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)
Recognition of foreign education: Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)
Certification of health personnel: Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAK)

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FAQs

How can I obtain an authorization permitting me to practice physical therapy in Norway?

Please apply to the competent authority:

Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel
P.O.Box 8053 Dep.
NO-0031 Oslo, Norway
Phone: (47) 21 52 97 00
Fax: (47) 21 52 97 03
e-mail: post@sak.no
Web-site: www.sak.no

How do I obtain membership of the Norwegian Physiotherapist Association?

Membership of the Norwegian Physiotherapist Association may be granted to any physiotherapist certified by the Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel. Membership may also be granted to any student of physical therapy enrolled at an educational institution in Norway or abroad which is approved by the Norwegian authorities. See NPA membership application form. (The form is in Norwegian only. However, assistance in completing it may be given provided the above membership requirements are met).

I would like to work as a physiotherapist in Norway. How do I proceed?

Foreign nationals wishing to practice as physiotherapists in Norway must comply with Norwegian rules and regulations relating to immigration and work, approval of foreign education and certification of health personnel. See related web resources in English:

Immigration and work: Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) 
Approval of foreign education: Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) 
Certification of health personnel: Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAK)

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