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​​Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

  • For three years full-time or part-time equivalent
  • Domestic Student fees are $7,411 (First Year)
  • International Student fees are $23,090  (First Year)
  • Study full-time or part-time
  • Hamilton City Campus

Apply by 30 June, 2017 (for semester two, 2017 intake). Applications for 2018 will open from 1 July, 2017 - please apply by 20 October 2017

You can now study for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in the Waikato with Wintec and Otago Polytechnic. The programme will be delivered at Wintec, on the ​Hamilton City Campuses, by Otago Polytechnic tutors. This collaborative approach means you can work towards your Occupational Therapy degree closer to home.

Programme Content

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is designed to prepare occupational therapists for practice in the 21st Century New Zealand context.

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.

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.