Swiss Government approves of Masters in Occupational Therapy16 July 2013 00:00
A milestone for Occupational Therapy: The Swiss Federal Government has approved the European Master of Science (MSc) in Occupational Therapy, in which the ZHAW is taking part. Students who are resident in Switzerland can now study for the standard tuition fees.
Within the healthcare system there is a significant demand for Occupational Therapists with a Masters qualification, according to a study carried out by the BASS (Office for employment and socio-political studies) in 2012. This demand will increase because of sociodemographic ageing and the associated rise in healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation requirements. Approval of the European Master of Science (MSc) programme in Occupational Therapy by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER means that this gap can now be closed. The course is State-financed for students resident in Switzerland.
Tried and tested partnership
The «European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy» was set up in 1999 by four renowned European universities: the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, the University College Sjaelland in Denmark, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. In 2010 the Occupational Therapy Institute of the ZHAW, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, became the fifth partner to participate in the Masters programme.
The tried and tested international partnership provides the basis for a unique international course of studies. In 2004 and 2010 it was awarded the highest marks by the Dutch accreditation institute and enjoys an excellent reputation. Each module of the Englishlanguage Masters course takes place in a different country. Students come from various countries, including some outside Europe. Not only do they gain an insight into different health and social systems but they also gain access to an international network in the field of Occupational Therapy.
New career opportunities
We are seeing a rise in the level of chronic illness and therefore in the demand for scientifically-validated therapeutic measures. The increasing complexity of health and social systems demands a broader perspective – occupational therapeutic practice, teaching and research are no exception. «The European MSc provides students with the ability to evaluate and develop occupational health concepts, methods, assessments and healthcare models in an evidence-based way. They are therefore ideally equipped to take on new roles, for example as therapy experts or professional managers, but also research and teaching functions» says the programme leader, Claudia Galli, of the ZHAW’s School of Health Professions. Successful completion of the MSc opens the way to a doctorate.
Contact for further information
Claudia Galli Hudec
Programme Leader: MSc in Occupational Therapy
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Health Professions
Technikumstrasse 71, 8400 Winterthur
Telephone: 058 934 65 24
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