Bulgaria: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Bulgarian Association of Physiotherapists and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For questions or feedback please contact countryprofile@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2019

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Summary report for Bulgaria
Professional name
Official names:
  • Кинезитерапевт  (Protected by law)
  • Кинезитерапевт  (Protected by law)
  • Рехабилитатор  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
250
Female%
60%
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practicing physical therapists
Number of practicing physical therapists:
2,000    (Estimated)
Female%:
65%
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Unknown
Publications
Journals:
Events
CPD Events:
Special interest groups recognised by Bulgaria
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Aquatics
  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Older people
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
2
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
4
 
Entry level programmes
  • Bachelors degree
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 2011 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional programmes
  • Masters degree
  • PhD
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Bulgaria
Recognised specialisation:
  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Intellectual disability
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Older people
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports physical therapy
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
Standards of practice:
Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
Yes
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
No
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
No
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
No
Limitations:
No
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
Yes
CPD* required for re-registration:
No
CPD* required for membership:
Yes
 
The system of regulation in the country/territory:
Registration is required by the Ministry of Health
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2017