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​​Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

  • Three years
  • Start date: Feb 2018, July 2018
  • Study full-time or part-time
  • Hamilton City Campus

Applications for 2018 - please apply by 20 October 2017. Apply by June, 2018 (for semester two, 2018 intake).

If you want to become an occupational therapist who assesses and treats people who, because of illness, injury or circumstance, are limited in their ability to undertake daily activities, then this programme is right for you. Every day you’ll help people to enhance their quality of life.

You will study occupational therapy theory on campus, with the practice components of the programme being applied during field work placements, which are incorporated throughout the three years of the programme.

The programme is delivered at Wintec, on the ​Hamilton City Campus, by Otago Polytechnic tutors.

Career Opportunities

This qualification leads to registration to practise as an occupational therapist in New Zealand, and is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Entry Criteria

  • Any Level 4 qualification equalling at least 60 credits completed in one year OR successful completion of university courses/units equalling at least 50 per cent of a first-year student workload completed in one year OR NCEA credits, including
    • 60 credits at Level 3 or higher, including a minimum of 14 credits in each of three approved subjects (as determined in the NZQA list of approved subjects)
    • 10 credits at Level 2 or higher in English and/or te reo Maori (5 credits in reading and 5 in writing)
    • 10 credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics/pangarau OR equivalent
    • OR equivalent relevant qualifications and experience.
  • You must demonstrate an elementary understanding of occupational therapy practice in New Zealand.
  • You must provide a First Aid Certificate and a health declaration.
  • You must submit recommendations of suitability from two referees who are not family members or friends.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.5.

    ​Please note: an application pack will be sent to you. 

Additional Information

A satisfactory level of physical and emotional health as certified by a general practitioner. Recommendations for suitability from two nominated referees (confidential) are required. A current First Aid Certificate.

To Enrol

To apply you will need to compl​ete an Otago Application form. This can be located by visiting the Otago Polytechnic website OR email our Hamilton School Administrator to request an enrolment pack.