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Degree courses in physio, occupational therapy in S'pore

Published on Oct 29, 2012 9:37 PM
Students and staff from Singapore Institute of Technology's inagural Physiotherapy degree course demonstrates a mock teaching seassion during a media tour before the signing of memoradum between Singapore Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin for their first degrees in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at Nanyang Polytechnic on Oct 29, 2012. (From left: Azeni Ajum, 44, technical officer (seated). Sharlene Teo, 23, Chan Jing Cheng, 26 (in red) and Ivan Lee, 28). -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LUI

FOR the first time, full-time degree courses in physiotherapy and occupational therapy are being offered in Singapore, in a tripartite partnership of the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).

Started in September, the two one-year degree courses offered to diploma holders are conducted at NYP, the only local institution offering diploma courses in physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Previously, students who had completed their diploma courses in these fields and wanted to further their studies would have to go abroad.

The launch of the two degree programmes comes at a time when the healthcare sector is facing a shortage in allied health professions, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

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