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NEW ACCELERATED PROFESSIONAL CONVERSION PROGRAMME IN PHYSIOTHERAPY

This is in line with the strategies under the Healthcare Industry Transformation Map (ITM), to build a strong local core in healthcare by providing multiple pathways for mid-career Singaporeans to join this growing sector.

3. The Healthcare PCPs are jointly offered by MOH and WSG in partnership with various training partners to provide training pathways for mid-career locals to acquire the relevant training to join the healthcare sector. Healthcare PCPs are available for mid-career locals to be trained in these healthcare professions:

  • Enrolled Nurse (EN);
  • Registered Nurse (RN);
  • Physiotherapist (PT);
  • Occupational Therapist (OT); and
  • Diagnostic Radiographer (DR).

4. Since 2003, close to 1,500 mid-career locals have participated in the Healthcare PCPs, of whom around 1,200 were in Nursing and close to 300 were in Allied Health Professions (AHPs).

5. The new Professional Conversion Programme for Physiotherapists (Accelerated) (PCP-PT (Acc)) is targeted at mid-career locals with a prior degree qualification in a science-related field. It provides this group of individuals with an additional pathway to pursue a mid-career switch into physiotherapy. The accelerated Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physiotherapy programme will be offered by SIT starting from September 2019, which is available to mid-career switchers under the PCP. With a programme duration of less than three years, this allows the trainees to complete their training in a shorter period of time compared to the current four-year PCP-PT which is also offered by SIT. Course fees will be fully sponsored and trainees will receive training allowances throughout the duration of training. This new programme underscores MOH and WSG’s committment to provide additional pathways for mid-careerists hoping to make a switch into a meaningful career in healthcare, which is a growing sector.

6. Speaking at the Career Preview for Allied Health Professions at SIT, Senior Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor said, “The allied health profession is very important to our

healthcare workforce, especially as we face an ageing population and rising incidence of chronic diseases. Physiotherapists play an important role in ensuring care transitions for patients and help patients achieve a better quality of life through rehabilitation. The introduction of the accelerated Professional Conversion Programme for Physiotherapists comes at an opportune time for mid-career Singaporeans to join the healthcare sector. The shorter training duration of less than three years could also make it more attractive for mid-career switchers who are thinking of joining the profession to take up the course.”

7. Mr Tan Choon Shian, WSG’s Chief Executive said, “The launch of the PCP-PT (Acc) today is our latest effort to strengthen our support for more mid-career locals to tap on job opportunities in healthcare and fulfil their career aspirations. We will continue to work with MOH and our training partners to develop and tailor innovative solutions to meet the manpower needs of the healthcare sector."

8. Applications for the PCP for Allied Health Professions is now open until 19 March 2019. Mid-career locals who are keen to join the healthcare sector as allied health professionals can visit WSG’s PCP website at (http://www.wsg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/professional-conversion-programmes/healthcare-physiotherapists-accelerated.html) to find out more or to apply for the programme.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH and WORKFORCE SINGAPORE
9 FEBRUARY 2019

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ANNEX A

NEW PROFESSIONAL CONVERSION PROGRAMME FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS (ACCELERATED)

The Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Physiotherapists (Accelerated) is designed for mid-career individuals who are keen to join the healthcare industry.

I. DETAILS OF PROGRAMME

Start Date of Course 2 September 2019
Qualification Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physiotherapy
Entry Requirement

A Science-related Degree from a recognised university.

Examples of Science-related degrees include:

  • Exercise and Sports Sciences
  • Life Sciences / Biomedical Sciences
  • Other Health Sciences
  • Other degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis
Training Provider Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

II. CURRICULUM DETAILS

Successful candidates admitted to PCP-PT (Acc) will enter as Year 2 students and attend classes with the students from the four-year Physiotherapy programme.

Prior to entry, all students will complete a four-week intensive teaching block from 29 July to 23 August 2019 to prepare them with foundation knowledge in anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, foundation physiotherapy skills, psychology and sociology.

Year Trimester Modules Credits
    Research Methods and Statistics
Health Systems – Singapore’s Perspectives
 
3 1 Advanced Topics in Neurological Physiotherapy
Clinical Decision Making for Patients with Complex Health Issues
Critical Care Physiotherapy
Health Promotion and Population Health
30
2 Chronic Disease and Rehabilitation
Physiotherapy Across Lifespan (Older Adults)
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
Honours Thesis Proposal
30
3 Clinical Practice Education 1
Clinical Exercise Prescription
Honours Thesis
25
4 1 Clinical Practice Education 2 25
2 Creative Thinking and Innovation in Healthcare
Elective Module
Professional and Interprofessional Education
Professionalism, Ethics and Global Health – an IPE Approach
20
3 Overseas Immersion Programme  
Total: 210 credits + 30 credit exemption

Note:
*Up to 30 credits may be exempted for prior learning in their first degree

III. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Candidates must be a Singapore Citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Candidates must have graduated or completed National Service for at least two years
  • Candidates must be able to find two sureties
  • Candidates must have a Science-related Degree with a good honours classification from a recognised university

Candidates need to meet the entry requirement of the accelerated programme to be considered. SIT selects candidates for this programme using a holistic approach that considers passion and suitability for the profession, academic achievement and co-curricular involvement. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for Multiple-Mini Interviews (MMIs), consisting of different stations which assess attributes that are key for work in the industry such as communication skills.

Examples of Science-related degrees include:

  • Exercise and Sports Sciences
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Life Sciences / Biomedical Sciences
  • Other Health Sciences
  • Other degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Applicants are also required to provide details of their Year 12 (Poly Diploma/A Level/IB or equivalent) and Year 10 (O Level/Poly Foundation Programme/Integrated Programme/Nitec and Higher Nitec or equivalent) qualifications in their SIT application.

IV. SPONSORSHIP DEED

Upon acceptance into the Programme, participants are required to sign a sponsorship deed with MOH Holdings. Participants must complete the training satisfactorily and attain the designated qualification, and thereafter be converted to actual employment with the sponsoring company.

Participants are required to fulfil a four-year bond with their sponsoring company upon graduation and conversion to actual employment.

V. APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early to both WSG and SIT by the closing date of application. Only applicants who have applied to both WSG and SIT, and are subsequently offered a place in the course by SIT, will be considered for the PCP. For updates, please visit http://www.wsg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/professional-conversion-programmes/healthcare-physiotherapists-accelerated.html.

IMPORTANT

In SIT’s application portal, all interested applicants are to apply to the four-year Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physiotherapy.

Only applicants who have passed the MMIs will have their applications reviewed by SIT and, if eligible, invited to join the accelerated programme.

Applicants who are shortlisted for MMIs will be contacted by SIT. Successful applicants who have been offered a place by SIT and are eligible for the PCP will be contacted by MOH Holdings to attend an enquiry session and a compulsory one-day clinical observation with a participating healthcare organisation. WSG will inform unsuccessful applicants via email