Rehabilitation Therapy Technology

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Programme Description

 

The Rehabilitation Therapy Technology (RTT) programme is two years of full time training, which provides students with an introduction to three (3) specialties in rehabilitation therapy, i.e., Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy/Audiology and Physical Therapy.

 

Occupational Therapy is a paramedical profession which    enables people to enhance daily functional skills in areas of self-care, work and leisure; teach coping skills; improve social skills and self-esteem; modify environments to maximise function and aid with symptom management.   

 

Speech Therapy involves the treatment of speech, language, communication and swallowing problems in people of all ages. Audiology is the science which deals with hearing loss and the rehabilitation of clients with related disorders.

 

Physiotherapy is a profession which promotes human function and movement potential. It focuses on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of a wide range of problem, after illness, disease, injury or disability.

 

Admission Requirements

 

The minimum requirements for entry into this programme are: 

  • Pre-Health Sciences Certificate
  • Four (4) passes at CSEC General Proficiency Level with Grade 1, 2, or 3 (from June 1998 only)

OR

  • GCE Ordinary Level with Grades A, B or C.

 

NB: Subjects must include English Language, Biology and one other Science                            

OR

  • Any qualification considered by the College to be equivalent to the abovementioned.

 

Qualified applicants are invited to attend an interview.

 

Student Profile

 

Students entering the programme should be 18 years by December 31st of the year of entry. The student should be mature, responsible, self-motivated and express a genuine desire to work with individuals in need of rehabilitation therapy.

 

Division of Health Sciences requires all students to wear a uniform with the designated colours assigned to each Programme.

 

Job Functions of a Rehabilitation Therapy Technician

 

Students in the RTT programme are taught and exposed to the clinical management of diverse conditions treated by the Rehab Team.  Some of these conditions include: respiratory illnesses, stroke, head injuries, mental health problems, amputee rehabilitation, geriatrics, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, orthopaedic (back pain, fracture, sprains, strains and other muscular skeletal disorders), cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, spina bifida, dyslexia, cleft palate, eating and swallowing disorders, hearing loss and deafness.

 

Prospective Career Paths

 

The Associate Degree in Applied Sciences – Rehabilitation Therapy Technology will qualify the individual to work as a technician or an assistant under the guidance of an Occupational Therapist, a Speech and Language Therapist, an Audiologist or a Physical Therapist.

 

Graduates of the Rehabilitation therapies are will be able to seek employment in a range of settings, including: 

  • Hospitals, health centres/polyclinics, private clinics, homes, workplaces, schools, day care centres, children’s homes, housing facilities for seniors and vocational training institutions across the Caribbean.
  • Persons who completed this programme have further their studies at Universities in the UK and the USA and are now employed as Occupational Therapists.
  • Others pursued programmes at the UWI Cave Hill and subsequently the BSc. programme in Physical Therapy at UWI, Mona. 

 

During the two years of study, students will: 

  • Develop specific skills and patient management techniques including interviewing, observations, manual techniques and the correct application of several modalities.
  • Develop professional attitudes through exposure to the roles, functions, concepts, moral and ethical considerations of the members of the Rehabilitation Team.      
  • Develop work habits such as effective time management, team work and safe practices.                                   

 

Application Deadline for the Academic Year 2019-2020 

Early Application
Date: 14 January, 2019 – March 27, 2019
Fees: Bds$10.00 - Non-refundable

Late Application
Date: April 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019
Fees: Bds$60.00 – Non-refundable

 

Forms should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. only.

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