Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Occupational Therapy

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Entry requirements

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 7.0, with no band score less than 6.5.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates of this programme will be able to practice occupational therapy in alignment with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists definition of occupational therapy practice:
Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. (WFOT 2012)
Graduates will be able to confidently implement and articulate how occupational therapy positively influences the health and wellbeing of people and communities through engagement in everyday occupations.
Graduates will have a comprehensive knowledge of people as occupational social beings, who engage in occupations within complex environments.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Rehabilitation Therapies at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Ian Campbell Scholarship

Provided by:

Wellington Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust - Secretary



Determined annually by the Trustees

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Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust

Provided by:

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust - Secretary



Previous awards have generally been given in the region of $3,000 - $5,000 (per award).

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

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Phone: (03) 477 3014
Fax: (03) 471 6870

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