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4.5- YEAR B. Occupational Therapy

Learn the core skills and knowledge of Occupational Therapy, integrated with inter-professional issues and research, to become a competent occupational therapist equipped for lifelong, safe and effective practice in a variety of health and social care settings.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

American Occupational Therapy Association defines Occupational Therapist as someone who “helps people across the lifespan participation in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, injury rehabilitation and providing support for the senior citizens and experiencing physical and cognitive changes”.

Occupational Therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, though a sequence of actions called the Occupational Therapy Process. There are several versions of this process as described by numerous scholars. All practice frameworks include the component of evaluation (or assessment), intervention and a framework though which occupational therapists assist and contribute to promoting health and ensure structures & consistency among therapist.

CAMPUS RECRUITMENT

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 114,660 occupational therapists employed in 2014 (www.bls.gov). Employment of Occupational Therapists is predicted to rise by 27% between 2014 and 2024.

Bachelors in Occupational Therapy is one of the most promising programs offering job stability, good salary and a bright career, as the demand is this field is rapidly increasing and endless. The program prepares the candidates for professional practice including quality management of services, ethical issues, research and communication skills. After successful completion of the program, graduates can work in the following fields:

  • Pediatric, Psychiatric, Orthopedic or Neurological Rehabilitation Centres
  • Special Schools
  • Industrial Medical Facilities
  • De-addiction Centres
  • Educational Institutions
  • Geriatric Centres
  • Private Practice
Various job profiles that graduates can explore include:
  • OT Technician
  • Consultant
  • Speech & Language Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Lab Technician
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The purpose of the program is to qualify the graduate to independently perform, coordinate and manage Occupational Therapy in order to support the citizens’ and patients’ opportunities of handling problems related to activities in their everyday lives via evidence-based practice. Through the program, the student will achieve both theoretical and clinical competencies in relation to health promotion, illness prevention, rehabilitation, habilitation as well as palliation, and will learn to be reflective and critical.

As a part of the curriculum, students are mandated to assist work with clients on a one-to-one basis and design treatment programs to suit each person’s needs and lifestyle. The work could include programs like teaching an elderly patient recovering from a stroke on how to dress themselves, encouraging someone suffering with depression to take up a hobby or activity which they enjoyed earlier, helping clients adjust to permanent disabilities, etc.

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