Facilities & Accommodation

Classrooms and training workshops

TATCOT comprises well-equipped training facilities with sufficient classrooms and training workshops for its programmes. It has access to an extensive and well established Orthopaedic Department within the hospital. This access guarantees a truly practically and clinically oriented training and education for the students enrolled in the different programmes.

TATCOT building outline

The Kibo Wing was opened in 1983. The upper floor houses the administrative and staff offices, the classrooms for the DOT, LLOT and LLPT courses, and a conference room. The lower floor houses the workshops and stores for the DOT, LLOT and LLPT courses.

The Mawenzi Wing was opened in 2002. On the lower floor it houses classrooms, workshops and stores for the WTTC course, a machine room and cast demonstration room for the BSc course, and staff offices. The upper floor contains classrooms for the BSc course and a Resource Centre which includes a library and computing and internet facilities for the students.

The Kibo Wing The Kibo
Hostel AWingWheelchair access at the Mawenzi Wing

The first section of what is now the Meru Wing was opened in 1990 as a component production unit and a first floor extension was built in 2006. The lower floor of the Meru Wing now houses workshops for the BSc course and the upper floor contains a gait laboratory, eLearning facilities and staff offices. The gait laboratory is equipped with 2 force plates, a Vicon camera system and ancillary equipment that were donated, installed and commissioned by the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB). ISB are also supporting the training of TATCOT personnel in the use of the system.

Workshop 2nd year of DOT courseWorkshop 2nd year of the Diploma OT course
Machine Room 1st year of Diploma OT courseMachine Room 1st year of the Diploma OT course
Castroom for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of DOT courseCastroom for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of the Diploma OT course
Castroom for the 1st and 2nd year of the Diploma OT courseCastroom for the 1st and 2nd year of the Diploma OT course, moulded spinal orthoses during the Spinal Othotics course
Machine Room 2nd year of the Diploma OT courseMachine Room 2nd year of the Diploma OT course
Workshop 1st year of the Diploma OT courseWorkshop 1st year of the Diploma OT course


Student accommodation

TATCOT also has one student hostel with sleeping accommodation and toilet facilities for up to 50 students. In addition a number of rented houses are used to accommodate the remainder of the students.

Student accommodation is available both on campus and off campus. The on campus accommodation is for Diploma and Certificate students only. The off campus accommodation is for Degree students only and consists of rented shared private houses outside the campus. Students are strictly forbidden to accommodate their family or friends in student accommodation both on and off campus.

Campus accommodation

Low-cost accommodation is available within the KCMC campus for shared rooms (2 tenants to a room) in hostels A (50 persons). There are shared bathing and toileting amenities with separate facilities for males and females. The cost of student accommodation is paid by the sponsor directly to the school. However, suitable accommodation for married students can be found in private houses off campus. Such students are strongly advised NOT to bring wives/husbands or family with them unless they have secured suitable accommodation.

The hostels are run according to printed Rules and Regulations by a Students' Committee which is also responsible for students' social issues. TATCOT also has a Welfare Officer on its staff who is responsible for student affairs and works closely with the students' Committee.The hostel is situated in a very pleasant environment and provide an atmosphere conducive to student life.

Hostel AHostel - outside view
Hostel AHostel - inside view

Off campus accommodation

Shared accommodation is available for Degree students in private houses situated outside the campus. The school assists the prospective students to secure the accommodation by a prior survey of the house with the owner, assistance in negotiating the cost and providing advice on the issues of security to students' property. Facilities in the houses include single rooms and shared kitchens, sitting rooms and toilets. Furniture and cooking equipment are not normally provided, however, they can be on special request to the landlord.

The cost of sharing rented houses is not expensive and is paid by the students directly to the landlords. Payment of rent may be made for six months, one year or according to particular agreement. The school is also responsible to act as a link between student and landlord in case of any problem that might arise between them.

On arrival in Tanzania for new Degree students temporary accommodation is arranged for two or three days to allow time to finalise the renting of private accommodation.