Physical Therapy is a health profession, concerned with health promotion, prevention of physical disabilities and the rehabilitation of persons disabled by pain, disease or injury. The School was founded in 1972 as a three (3) year professional programme, awarding a diploma upon completion of the programme. It was modeled after the early British programmes in England, consisting of three (3) years professional studies in hospitals with no direct affiliation with a college or university, as is required in the United States.
The School undertook an upgrading process to the Baccalaureate level, through the University of the West Indies and began taking students to commence the B.Sc. in Physical Therapy (PT) in September 2001. The programme was assisted by a development grant from McGill University (Canada) and the Canadian International Development Agency (C.I.D.A.). This grant assisted in training of faculty members and curriculum development, as well as other transitional elements for a smooth transition to a degree.
In August 2006 the School was fully incorporated into the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI and became the fifth section within the Department of Basic Medical Sciences. The School of Physical Therapy was relocated to the 3rd floor of the FMS Teaching and Research Complex, 2 West Road, on the Mona Campus, January 2013.
Most of the schools’ graduates are Jamaicans, although students from as far in the north as the Bahamas to as far south as Guyana have also been among our graduates.
Applicants for the admission to the Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy will be required to satisfy the following requirements:
Also, Applicants are further required to:
There are certain personal characteristics that are required to be admitted into the programme as certain characteristics are EXTREMELY important in the individual who chooses Physical Therapy as a career. These characteristics include:
Applicants for the admission to the Master of Science, Physical Therapy should have an honors BSc Physical Therapy degree. Candidates with a diploma will be admitted once they have completed 3 qualifying courses from the BSc programme.
The undergraduate programme duration is three academic years (full time) which is nine (9) semesters.
The postgraduate program duration is four semesters including 1 summer semester in which students can register full time or part time and the scheduling of classes will allow persons to continue working while they pursue the degree.
Opportunities for employment exist in both private and public sectors, in the area of general acute and rehabilitation hospitals, long term care facilities, home care, sports medicine and ambulatory care clinics.
Students who are awarded the BSc Physical Therapy degree are required to complete an internship period of (1) year in an acute or rehabilitation hospital in order to register to practice in Jamaica. Upon the successful completion of the internship period, they become eligible for registration with the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine, Kingston, Jamaica. Registration with the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine is a legal requirement for the practice of Physical Therapy in Jamaica, West Indies.
In addition to being fully incooperated into the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI and becoming the fifth section within the Department of Basic Medical Sciences ,there was the introduction of a Physical Therapy clinic on the 3rd floor of the faculty building, in 2015.
Head of Section: Dr. Carron Gordon, PhD, MSc, BSc, Dip. PT, RPT, CUTL
Lecturers: Dr. Sonja Williams, DPT (Hons), MPH, Dip PT, RPT
Miss Gail Nelson, MSc, RPT
Miss Gillian Hudson, BSc, MSc, RPT
Assistant Lecturer: Mrs. Kathryn Satchell, MSc, BSc, RPT
Administrative Secretary: Mrs. Jenilee Sydial-Henry, BSc, MSc
Secretary III: Mrs. Shakera Sharpe- Beezer, B.A, Post grad, Dip.Ed.
Library Assistant I: Miss Shanique Robertson, Dip.GS, BSc
Senior Office Attendant: Mrs. Marjorie Edwards Merchant
Office Attendant I: Miss Sandra Campbell
Driver III: Mr. Joseph Dudley