To prepare graduates who are creative, competent, compassionate and committed to their profession and their country.
BMC highly acclaimed Department of Occupational Therapy’s objectives are to:
Prepare students for the complexity of emerging academic and evidence-based practice of the 21st century.
Help identify the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes that encourage a more competent practice of occupational therapy.
Educate students to practice ethical evidenced-based occupational therapy in a variety of healthcare, community, and educational settings; manage occupational therapy service delivery; and contribute to the profession through service and participation in research.
Provide customized courses of study for students, designed to meet their individual learning needs and to enhance their ability to assume leadership roles in practice, education, research, program development, and program evaluation.
Provide continuing education for practicing therapists to facilitate their continued competence.
Plan and engage in research to advance occupational therapy and rehabilitation practice and education.
Serve our Islamic culture, college, and public and professional communities through participation in college and community service and professional associations.
Provide the Arab region with unique, qualified, and competent therapists who can serve the needs of the population especially in the rural and underserved areas where occupational therapy is much needed.
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About Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy (OT) is a health care profession that focuses on helping people of all ages regain, develop, or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive, and satisfying lives. In its simplest terms, occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Core Values of OT Practice are Altruism, Equality, Freedom, Justice, Dignity, Truth, and Prudence. Students who choose occupational therapy as a career are those who enjoy helping and working with others. Occupational therapy practitioners need to have strong communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills to inspire trust and respect in their clients. Creativity, flexibility and problem-solving skills are assets.
About Occupational Therapy Program
The Department of Occupational Therapy offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Occupational Therapy. Our program vision, mission, and objectives reflect an integration of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) international educational standards and the Batterjee Medical College (BMC) vision and mission. We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society's occupational needs.
The rationale behind establishing the occupational therapy program at BMC is to provide Saudi Arabia and the Arab region with unique, qualified, and competent occupational therapists who can serve the increasing health, psychosocial, developmental, and cultural needs of the community. In addition, we would like to enhance services provided to persons with disabilities, improve satisfaction, and empower their functional performance and everyday living skills in terms of independence, safety, and quality. Furthermore, we established the occupational therapy department to develop a more holistic approach and comprehensive care to clients. The inclusion of occupational therapy professionals to the existing interdisciplinary medical and rehabilitation team would foster collaboration and integrated intervention planning which would have a positive significant impact on clients who are the real motivation behind all of this.
Why choose BMC OT?
What makes us distinctive is that we help shape the future of the OT profession in the region. We are proud to be the first OT program in the Saudi private sector of higher education. In addition, we are the first OT program to be integrated into the rehabilitation higher education curriculum in the Saudi west region (Jeddah and surrounding areas).
All graduated occupational therapy students are expected to have knowledge, skill, and attitudes in the following areas:
Relationship of occupation to health and well-being.
Therapeutic and professional relationships.
The occupational therapy process.
Professional reasoning and behavior.
The local and global contexts of professional practice.
In order to produce graduates with these knowledge, skill, and attitudes, the following five factors of the local context that influence what needs to be taught in occupational therapy educational program and how it is taught were taken into consideration:
The students' ability to complete the program successfully.
Saudi health and social needs.
Saudi health, societal, disability educational and legal systems.
Saudi beliefs, Islamic values, and the meaning of occupations with a strong emphasis on not only international but also local contexts.
Saudi occupational therapy history.
The first year
Students will gain knowledge in the basic sciences including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biostatistics, Biophysics, Biochemistry, English, Medical Terminology, Computer, Medical Ethics, and Study Skills. These topics prepare students and provide a solid scientific and structured background.
The second year
Students will study topics related to anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and neurological physical cases. In addition, they will be introduced to occupational therapy fundamentals, such as foundations of OT, principles, and ethics in OT, functional assessments, OT process, OT theories/approaches, and OT techniques.
The third year
Students will study topics related to human growth and development, pediatric and psychiatric cases. They will also learn occupational therapy applications in neurological and physical conditions, strategies for independent living, assistive technology, upper extremity rehabilitation, hand splinting, occupational performance, wheeled mobility and seating interventions, and environment and disability. In addition, students will experience a part-time clinical fieldwork practice to build up fundamental clinical skills and apply a variety of clinical implications for neurological and physical conditions.
The fourth year
Students will study topics related to research methodology, international trends in disability and rehabilitation, management and leadership, OT and the healthcare system, and special topics in occupational therapy. They will also learn occupational therapy applications in pediatric, psychiatric, geriatrics conditions, therapeutic media in OT, and group therapy. In addition, students will experience a part-time clinical fieldwork practice to build up even more fundamental clinical skills, such as professional documentation for OT practice fieldwork. They will also apply a variety of clinical implications for pediatric and psychiatric conditions and get trained in a community-based rehabilitation clinical setting.
The fifth year
This is the internship year. Following the completion of the undergraduate study program, the students will undergo one-year postgraduate training in a recognized clinical site (i.e., hospital, rehabilitation center).
Career Path / Advice
The job outlook for OT practitioners is bright! OT is a growing healthcare profession, and there is a critical need for more OTs in Saudi Arabia. The employment of OTs is expected to be much faster than the average for all occupations. OTs serve a diverse population and can work in different settings, such as but not limited to:
Children, adolescents, adults, and elderly patients
Neurological and physical
Psychosocial and emotional (mental health)
Psychiatric and mental health hospitals
Learning difficulties centers
Halfway homes and de-addiction
Centers for assistive technology
Academic and research institutions
Some OT practitioners work in specialty areas that require either advanced training or specialty certification. Some examples are hand therapy, driver rehabilitation, low vision rehabilitation, wheelchair seating, assistive technology, and design & accessibility consultation for playgrounds, schools, or businesses. OT continues to branch out into different settings. By the time you graduate, OT practitioners will probably be working in even more places!
Our OT program requires the completion of 158 credits. The following is a typical plan of study for students enrolled in Bachelor of Science (BS) Program in Occupational Therapy:
First Year (Preparatory Year)
BIO 101 Human Biology I
BIO 102 Human Biology II
CHM 101 General Chemistry
CHM 102 Introduction to Biochemistry
PHY 101 General Physics
BIOPHY 102 Biophysics
MAT 101 Mathematics
BIOSTAT 102 Biostatistics
ENGFY 101 English I
ENGFY 102 English II
COM 101 Computer I
COM 102 Computer II
IMEFY 101 Islamic Medical Ethics
ARFY 102 Arabic Language
SSK 101 Study Skills I
SSK 102 Study Skills II
MT 101 Medical Terminology I
MT 102 Medical Terminology II
ANTOT 201 Anatomy I
ANTOT 202 Anatomy II & Histology
PHYSOT 201 Physiology I
OT 201 Foundations of OT
OT 202 Principles & Ethics in OT
OT 203 Neuroscience
OT 204 Functional Assessment in OT
OT 205 OT Process
OT 206 Neurological Physical Cases
OT 207 OT Techniques
OT 207 OT Techniques
OT 208 OT Theories/Approaches
OT 209 Pharmacology
OT 301 Human Growth & Development
OT 302 Biomechanics
OT 303 Applied OT for Neurological Physical Conditions
OT 304 Strategies for Independent Living
OT 305 Rehabilitation Psychology
OT 306 Assistive Technology
OT 307 Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
OT 308 Hand Splinting
OT 309 Pediatric Cases
OT 310 Psychiatric Cases
OT 311 Occupational Performance: Adaptation & Analysis
OT 312 Wheeled Mobility & Seating Interventions
OT 313 Environment & Disability
OT 401 Introduction to Research Methodology
OT 402 International Trends in Disability & Rehabilitation
OT 403 Applied OT for Pediatric Conditions
OT 404 Applied OT for Psychiatric Conditions
OT 405 OT & the Healthcare System
OT 406 Therapeutic Media in OT
OT 407 Fundamental Clinical Skills
OT 408 Research Project in OT
OT 409 Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
OT 410 Group Therapy
OT 411 Special Topics in OT
OT 412 Management & Leadership
OT 413 OT for Geriatrics
OT 414 Professional Documentation for OT Practice Fieldwork
Internship Rotation: Fifth Year
OT 501 Neurological Physical Conditions
OT 502 Pediatric Conditions
OT 503 Psychiatric Conditions
OT 504 Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
OT 505 Geriatrics
Elective (Choice of One):
OT 506 Acute Care (ICU, CCU)
OT 507 Inpatient Rehabilitation
OT 508 Outpatient Rehabilitation
OT 509 Hand Rehabilitation
OT 510 Neurological Rehabilitation
OT 511 Orthopedics
OT 512 School-Based Rehabilitation
OT 513 Hospice Care
OT 514 Home Health Care
OT 515 Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation (Addiction)
OT 516 Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
OT 517 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
OT 518 Assistive Technology Rehabilitation
Rules of Registration and Admission
Registration & Admission will be granted on a “First Qualified, first-served” basis.
It is mandatory for all applicants to register online.
Online registration is not the confirmation of admission. Acceptance of admission will be confirmed after passing the personal interview. Applicants failing the interview cannot get admission to BMC.
BMC will not accept any document without online registration. Applicants have to attach all required documents (High school certificate, Diploma certificate, Transcript, copy of Saudi ID /Iqama, copy of passport, pictures, etc) on the online portal.
BMC will not accept medically unfit applicants.
Four types of applicants can apply in BMC:
Saudi high school applicant(s) (Saudi curriculum)
International high school applicant(s) (International curriculum)
Bridging applicant(s)(Diploma applicants)
University/College transfer applicant(s) (Undergraduate applicants)
All applicant(s) will have to go through a personal interview at the BMC campus.
BMC will invite the eligible applicant(s) for a personal interview at any time during the registration period.
BMC will send an email for the interview. If the applicant(s) don't receive any emails within two weeks after online registration then the applicant(s) must visit the college.
The registration fee must be paid before the interview. For refunding registration fees, refer to the “Fee Refund” procedure.
Applicant(s) having an international curriculum will go through the BET (Batterjee Entrance Test) before the interview.
Applicant(s) must bring the registration fee receipt and the “online registration code” at the time of the interview.
Interview result can be notified to the applicant(s) through SMS and/or email on registered contact information.
Applicant(s) should bring their original High school certificate and original Saudi ID/Iqama to show their identity at the time of the interview.
Applicant(s) have to inform BMC in case of their absence from the interview, otherwise, the interview will be canceled.
Upon getting an email of “Acceptance of admission”, the applicant(s) must follow the below rules otherwise the seat will be canceled:
Visit BMC for proper enrollment in the system within the given time period.
Pay the first-semester tuition fee.
Submit original high school certificate/Transcript/ Diploma certificate.
Submit BMC medical report (Registration fee is not refundable for medically unfit students).
Submit a copy of Saudi ID/Iqama and passport.
Submit six passport size pictures.