Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma - Elder Health and Rehabilitation

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma - Elder Health and Rehabilitation

 

 

SIT offers stackable postgraduate modular courses in Elder Health and Rehabilitation with a clinical focus to deepen and broaden the skills of health professionals to apply scientific learning, professional knowledge to the clinical applications of healthcare for elder persons. This is in response to Singapore’s efforts in building a future ready healthcare workforce and an ageing population facing chronic diseases that need rehabilitation services.

 

Arising from this, there is increased demand for postgraduate education and training in Elder Health and Rehabilitation. These postgraduate modular courses are available as independent modules, each carrying 6 credits which can be stacked towards qualifications in Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Elder Health and Rehabilitation.

 

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CGPA – Cumulative Grade Point Average

Postgraduate Certificate in Elder Health and Rehabilitation

 

Awarded to candidates who pass any of the 4 modules (inclusive of 3 compulsory modules), totalling 24 credits, with a CGPA of ≥ 2.5 to be completed within a 3 year period.

Participants will need to take 3 compulsory (in bold) and any 1 additional module.

  • HSC6001 Independent Professional Practice
  • HSC6002 Evidence Based Practice and Ethics
  • HSC6003 Health and Ageing
  • HSC6004 Principles and Practice of Elder Person Rehabilitation
  • HSC6005 Falls, Mobility and Elder Persons
  • HSC6006 Motor Control and Learning
  • HSC6007 Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
  • HSC6008 Neurological Rehabilitation

The Elder Health and Rehabilitation modules currently offered can be taken individually.

SkillsFuture funding applies to modules stacking up to a Postgraduate (PG) Certificate (except HSC6001). 

Postgraduate Diploma in Elder Health and Rehabilitation

 

Awarded to candidates who pass any of the 8 modules (inclusive of 3 compulsory modules), totalling 48 credits,  with a CGPA of ≥ 2.5 to be completed within a 5 year period.

Participants will need to take 3 compulsory (in bold) and 5 additional modules.

  • HSC6001 Independent Professional Practice
  • HSC6002 Evidence Based Practice and Ethics
  • HSC6003 Health and Ageing
  • HSC6004 Principles and Practice of Elder Person Rehabilitation
  • HSC6005 Falls, Mobility and Elder Persons
  • HSC6006 Motor Control and Learning
  • HSC6007 Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
  • HSC6008 Neurological Rehabilitation

The Elder Health and Rehabilitation modules currently offered can be taken individually.

SkillsFuture funding applies to modules stacking up to a Postgraduate (PG) Certificate. Modules taken beyond PG Certificate stacking to a PG Diploma will not be eligible for funding.

Who Should Attend

Any healthcare professionals interested in the health and rehabilitation of elder people.

Prerequisites

  • Related and relevant health-science-related qualifications and working experience.

Assessment and Certificate

An SITLEARN Certificate of Attainment for each module will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of each module, and
  • Participants who pass the Assessment criteria of the respective module will earn 6 credits, which are stackable for Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma qualifications.
  • Candidates who pass 4 modules (totalling 24 credits) with a CGPA of 2.5 or more will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Elder Health and Rehabilitation by Singapore Institute of Technology.
  • Candidates who pass 8 modules (totalling 48 credits) with a CGPA of 2.5 or more will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Elder Health and Rehabilitation by Singapore Institute of Technology.

Date and Venue

Information to be made available in the modules below.

Fees (Individual Module)

  Full Fee After SF Funding  After SF Mid-Career
Enhanced Subsidy 
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) /
Singapore PR
$4,173.00 $1,251.90 Not Eligible
Singapore Citizen (40 & above) $4,173.00 $1,251.90 $471.90
Non Singaporeans $4,173.00 Not Eligible Not Eligible

Note:

  • SkillsFuture funding applies 
  • All figures include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.
  • You can opt for either SF Series Funding or Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. Both cannot be combined.

» Learn more about funding types available


Terms & Conditions:

SkillsFuture Course Funding

To be eligible for the 70% training grant awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:

  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  2. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the course

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

To be eligible for the 90% enhanced subsidy awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:

  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen
  2. Be at least 40 years old
  3. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the course

SIT reserves the right to collect the balance of the course fees (i.e. the potential grant amount) directly from the applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) should the above requirements not be fulfilled.

 

Duration

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Elder Health and Rehabilitation: 1 year
  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Elder Health and Rehabilitation: 2 - 3 years
  • Each module is around 12-14 weeks in duration
  • Candidates are expected to set aside time for self-directed learning for the entire duration of the module

Faculty

 

Associate Professor Amanda Connell

Programme Director, Singapore Institute of Technology

 

Dr Amanda Connell is an Associate Professor in the Health and Social Sciences Cluster at Singapore Institute of Technology. She has over 35 years of experience as a clinician, a physiotherapy service manager and an academic. Her clinical and managerial expertise is in community and primary care services and long term care for people with disability. Dr Amanda has a Masters of Science in Cognitive Neuropsychology and is interested in how these functions inter-relate and impact on motor performance. Her research area focuses on the cognitive and behavioural modelling of human performance after an injury or a disease that affected the brain. She is the former Director of Professional Development at the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and has a strong commitment to lifelong learning and inter-professional collaborative working.


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SIT reserves the right to make changes to published programme information, including dates, times, venues, fees, funding and instructors without prior notice.

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HSC6001 Independent Professional Practice

The rapid population growth of elderly people in Singapore and the demand for existing health services to evolve affects Industry professionals. Healthcare workers are expected to update and upskill to meet the needs of this emerging healthcare trend. This module will allow healthcare professionals to identify the gaps in their learning to respond to the changing workplace practices and service user requirements. This module presents students with the opportunity to study in depth on a chosen topic related to their practice and complete an agreed assignment. The process will involve regular meetings with a member of the academic staff who will act as a facilitator/supervisor.

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HSC6002 Evidence Based Practice and Ethics

This module explores the application of research evidence in clinical practice. To do so, knowledge and competencies in research design, statistical interpretation and critical appraisal will be developed. Students will engage in the full process of evidence-based practice through identifying a clinical area of interest, critically appraising relevant literature, identifying gaps in evidence, the barriers and facilitators and the evaluation of evidence-based practice approach. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect deeply about their personal and societal values, their professionalism and how both values and professionalism shape their ethical behaviours in clinical practice. Participants also have the opportunity to explore the tension between organizational and societal demands. It is hoped that this module will provide clarity on ethical dilemma for the health professionals in their everyday interaction with patients and clients.

The module uses blended learning pedagogy and flexible scheduling for adult learners. The learning activities and assessment strategies reflect workplace demands, upskill module participants knowledge and practice and enhance service delivery.

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HSC6003 Health and Ageing

This module is designed to enable students to explore and develop knowledge on age-related changes in physiological, physical and mental aspects. Common medical and surgical conditions, lifestyle behaviours and psychosocial factors associated with these changes will also be discussed. The module will be presented by various experts in the field.

The module will be delivered using blended learning pedagogy and flexible scheduling for adult learners. Learning activities and assessment strategies will reflect workplace demands, upskill module participants and enhance service delivery. Keynote lectures, a symposium, community engagement and tutorials will support students’ on-line learning and personal study.

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HSC6004 Principles and Practice of Elder Person Rehabilitation

This module is designed to develop advanced knowledge and competencies in elder care rehabilitation. The International Classification of Disability is used as the foundation for developing an understanding of an insight into rehabilitation approaches to a variety of medical, post-surgical, and biopsychosocial conditions encountered in the elder patients. Rehabilitation strategies emphasize interprofessional practice so critically needed for effective geriatric rehabilitation.

The module will be delivered using blended learning pedagogy and flexible scheduling for adult learners. The learning activities and assessment strategies will reflect workplace demands, upskill module participants and enhance service delivery. Keynote lectures, two symposia (inter-professional rehabilitation and technology), a workshop and tutorials will support students’ on-line learning and personal study. The assessment will be two written submissions: one focused on service implementation and the other on the use of technology to enhance care.

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HSC6005 Falls, Mobility and Elder Persons

Falls in elder adults can be reduced by identifying risk factors for falls early and intervening to improve postural balance. Falls can also be tackled by addressing polypharmacy, poor vision, home environment hazards and more. Healthcare professionals will discuss the epidemiology of falls and other issues such as balance and mobility, polypharmacy, fear avoidance and falls efficacy. Discipline-specific, addressing physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing perspectives and inter-professional approaches on addressing fall prevention, mobility and healthy lifestyle promotion, and enhancing health literacy with regards to healthy ageing will be addressed.

The module will be delivered using blended learning pedagogy and flexible scheduling for adult learners. The learning activities and assessment strategies will reflect workplace demands, upskill module participants and enhance service delivery. Keynote lectures, two symposia (inter-professional rehabilitation and technology), a workshop and tutorials will support students’ on-line learning and personal study. The two part assessment will be a community based intervention and the documented materials to support the intervention.

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HSC6006 Motor Control and Learning

This module is designed to enhance clinicians’ knowledge and skill base in meeting the needs of well elderly and those with chronic conditions affecting their motor performance. Topics include theories of motor control, understanding disability and movement disorders from the perspectives of motor control theories, and motor learning and relearning strategies for a variety of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions, particularly developing balance retraining strategies and control. The impact of declining motor skill on cognitive function and independence will be addressed.

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HSC6007 Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders

Cognitive rehabilitation is an important aspect of the overall management for patients with mild to moderate dementia, e.g. early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This module provides participants an opportunity to adopt an evidence-based approach to manage elder patients with cognitive disorders. The pathophysiology of dementia and the impact on cognitive functions are addressed. The effects of ageing on brain function and the consequent functional, behavioral and psychosocial outcomes are explored. This module uses blended learning pedagogy and flexible scheduling for adult learners. The learning activities and assessment strategies will reflect workplace demands, upskill module participants and enhance service delivery

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HSC6008 Neurological Rehabilitation

Both Stroke and Parkinson’s disease are major causes of disability in elder people. Recent research has shown that neurological rehabilitation is important and effective both in the early stages and for longer term management of consequent physical and psychological well-being. This module surveys the literature on effective rehabilitation approaches and also the wider implications for home and participation in the community. Participants can integrate both research findings with experience and discusses possible factors that could contribute to clinical effectiveness of various rehabilitation approaches and methods. Students will be challenged to think innovatively about service developments to meet the needs of elder people with acquired and progressive neurological conditions.

Offer from Jan 2020*

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