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International Approval for MS in Occupational Therapy

Applicants desirous of pursuing the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) at the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) can now be assured of the credibilityof the programme which recently attained approval from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

--“WFOT Executive Management Team at Council Meeting, Medellin, Colombia, March 2016” (l-r: Sue Baptiste, VP, Marilyn Pattison President, Lesley Garcia, TTOTA Delegate to WFOT, Samantha Shann, VP Finance, Ritchard Ledgerd, Executive Director)

The MSOT at USC meets the “Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists”, (2002).  The WFOT approval which is granted for a period of five years is based on a rigorous review by the WFOT Programme area for education and its review team.  The approval of the USC MSOT was announced at the WFOT Council Meeting in Medellin, Columbia in March 2016.

The existence of an approved education programme in Occupational Therapy in Trinidad and Tobago also made the Trinidad and Tobago Occupational Therapy Association (TTOTA) eligible for Full Member status in the WFOT.  This new status was granted at the same WFOT Council Meeting.  USC congratulates the TTOTA on this new achievement and looks forward to continued collaboration for the advancement of Occupational Therapy regionally.

USC wishes to thank the WFOT for the technical guidance and collaboration in the development of the first Master of Science degree programme in Occupational Therapy in the Caribbean. The MSOT curriculum development process has been ongoing since 2013 as part of the doctoral work of Dr. Lesley Garcia who is both the MSOT Programme Director and TTOTA Delegate to the WFOT. In August 2015, USC was host to a WFOT pilot program “Occupational Therapy Educators Preparation Programme”. This programme was facilitated by Dr. Sue Baptiste, VP WFOT, Dr. Kit Sinclair, Past President, WFOT, Dr. Helene Polatajko distinguished scholar and Dr. Debra Cameron international fieldwork expert. The blended online and face-to-face programme provided continuing education for 11 local and regional occupational therapists in preparation for their roles of clinical and academic Occupational Therapy educators. 

The MSOT programme at USC was also approved by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago in December 2015 and is now accepting applications.  The full-time, 2.5 year graduate programme will commence in September 2016. 

Details about the MSOT programme can be found on the website and Facebook page.

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