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What is the Difference between HPAT – Ireland and HPAT – Ulster?

If you plan on pursuing a career in one of the Allied Health Fields offered at the University of Ulster:

  • BSc Hons Dietetics
  • BSc Hons Occupational Therapy
  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy
  • BSc Hons Podiatry
  • BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging
  • BSc Hons Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • BSc Hons Speech & Language Therapy

Don’t get confused and take the wrong exam by taking the HPAT – Ireland.  ACER administers two HPAT exams: the Ireland and the Ulster.  For the courses listed above, you are required to take the HPAT – Ulster.  The HPAT – Ireland exam is taken by candidates who wish attend one of the five Irish Medical Schools.

HPAT – Ulster is an entirely separate exam whose makeup is different from that of the HPAT – Ireland exam.  It consists of three parts: Critical Reasoning, Interpersonal Understanding and Written Communication.  The locations where you can sit the exam are also different from those for HPAT – Ireland.  You can sit the Ulster at the University of Ulster campuses: Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee.

The HPAT – Ulster provides the University a measure of a candidate’s qualifications outside of academic achievements.  It attempts to evaluate a candidate’s ability to reason and communicate, both extremely essential to success in any health care field.  Each of the courses listed above requires the professional to work with people, understanding their concerns and using this information to provide the best care possible.  In being able to assess this in a person, the University is able to identify, along with their academic performance, how well this person will fare in the study program and apply this training in the real world.

February 23, 2017

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