Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
Definitions of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is a client-centred 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, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (WFOT, 2012)
Students will be exposed to introductory subjects that relate to occupational therapy. These subjects include anatomy and physiology, psychology and neuropsychology, introductory pathology, general medicine, orthopaedic and surgical conditions, therapeutic activity and general pharmacology. Compulsory university subjects will be undertaken during the first 2 semesters. In the second semester, students will be sent for clinical placements for 3 weeks of clinical observation.
Students will be exposed to essential practice in occupational therapy, which includes the use of assessments and interventions through the study of neurological and pediatric conditions. Students will be exposed to assessments and interventions in orthotics, pressure garments, prosthetics, kinesiology, and biomechanics. A 4-week placement will also be conducted where students will be exposed to hands-on clinical experiences.
A number of Year 3 subjects are specific to the role of intervention. These include ergonomics, elderly care, sensory integration, and special education for children with disabilities. Through Research Methodology, students will be expected to relate occupational therapy practices to research findings. Management of occupational therapy services will also be one of the subjects taught during this year. The last 4 weeks in the sixth semester will see students placed in clinical settings at psychiatric institution or departments.
In the final year, students will take occupational therapy subjects that are geared towards the preparation for community services. The subjects include community-based rehabilitation, health promotion, work rehabilitation, driving rehabilitation as well as sexuality and disability in the practice of occupational therapy. Students will be able to gain an 8-week clinical experience and at the same time, to carry out their research project.
Clinical placements will be undertaken at various places, including those of government and non-government agencies and institutions. Students will be informed of the venue of their placement prior to each placement.