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 profession of Physical Therapy utilizes physical therapeutic measures as opposed to medicine, surgery or radiation. The nature of the profession is to work with people and populations to maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the life span. Duration of Training Three (3) academic years – full time. (six semesters)
Applicants for admission to Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy will be required to satisfy the following matriculation requirements: Holders of Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Examination, General Certificate of Examination or approved equivalent with passes in FIVE subjects plus TWO Advanced Level (A’ Level) or equivalent. Passes at the CXC examination must be at the General Proficiency Level grades I, II, or since 1998, Grade III. In addition to English Language, and Mathematics, applicants will be required to have a GCE (or equivalent) A’ Level pass in TWO of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology.
Applicants are further required to:
1. Be at least 18 years old at the time of admission to the programme.
2. Complete, at the time of admission to the programme, sixty (60) volunteer hours in a Physical Therapy department. At least thirty (30) of these hours must be spent in an acute general Hospital. Candidates must make their own arrangements for doing volunteer hours.
3. Submit to a personal interview
4. Sit the UWI English Proficiency Test.
Certain characteristics are extremely important in the individual who chooses Physical Therapy as a career. It is important that you consider these also in assessing your suitability for the profession.
These characteristics include:
1. Integrity and honesty
2. Ability to instruct, motivate and be patient with other people.
3. Ability to express warmth and understanding through a helping, caring relationship
4. Ability to assume responsibility and use initiative
5. Willingness to accept direction and instruction and assume responsibility for own actions
6. Ability to express self adequately, orally and in writing.
7. Firm commitment to the successful study of Physical Therapy.