The FSRL Program
Faculté des Sciences Réhabilitation d’ Léogâne
Occupational and Physical Therapists from many countries have visited Haiti for decades, bringing the vision and skills that are needed to give people with disabilities new possibilities for their lives. However, there are limits to what any foreign therapist can accomplish during a short visit. Professional education in Haiti for Haitian OTs and PTs has been a distant dream, but that dream is now a reality!
Haitians are now able to receive a four-year professional therapy education without having to leave the country. The Episcopal University of Haiti (UNEPH) has enrolled Occupational and Physical Therapy students in a newly-formed Rehabilitation Department (FSRL), beginning in October of 2015. UNEPH is not a U.S. university: it is a Haitian university, investing in its work of building capacity for and by Haitians.
A four-year degree is required to meet the international standards of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy and the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. One unique feature of the program at the Episcopal University of Haiti is that the students will earn distinct degrees but will also participate in interprofessional education and practice, learning how to collaborate as team members once they enter the field of practice.
This emerging program offers a unique opportunity to support an historic first: the first four-year academic degree programs at one university for Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Physical Therapists (PTs). The first class of therapy students at FSRL will graduate in December 2019!
Clinical training through field work is integral to the FSRL education. This map shows the clinics and hospitals, across Haiti, where our students are active participants in patient care.
A. Myriam Center, Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, Saint-Louis-du-Nord
B. FONHARE, Ouanaminthe
C. Nos Petits Frères et Sœurs, La Plaine Cul-de-Sac
D. Clinique St. Esprit, Croix des Bouquets
E. Foyer St. Camille of St. Charles Borromeo, Tabarre
F. Healing Hands for Haiti, Port au Prince St. Vincent's Centre, Port au Prince
G. Respiré Haiti, Gressier
H. Hôspital Ste. Croix, Léogâne
I. My Life Speaks, Neply
J. Missions of Hope International, Grande Gôave
K. Foundation Tous Ensemble, Les Cayes
L. Centre de Réhabilitation, Port-à-Piment