Occupational therapists are physiotherapists who help people, especially children with cognitive, physical, sensory, or motor disability enjoy their lives without difficulty. It’s a very ancient science dating back to 100 BC, during the time of Greek physician Asclepiads, who is believed to have used music, massage, and exercise to treat someone with a cognitive disability.
Besides dealing with people’s health, occupational therapists also take care of psychological, social, and environmental factors.
It’s a separate science altogether today and one that is growing across the board. Its practitioners have monetarily rewarding and professionally satisfying practice.
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT)
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or BOT as it’s known is a 4.5 years undergraduate programme. This includes eight semesters of academic preparations and six months of internship.
Admissions are based on the marks scored in pre-university/+12 or equivalent in science. The students must have studied and passed physics, chemistry, biology as subjects and English as one of the languages. Those that have passed B.Sc. with either of these two subjects- physics, chemistry, biology (Botany, Zoology) too can study BOT.
As of now, there’s no qualifying exam for admission to BOT programme at any of RGUHS affiliated medical colleges in Bangalore, however that might change in the future. Please check our website for updated information on the qualifying exam for BOT.
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Master of occupational Therapy is a two-year higher postgraduate degree in occupational therapy. The eligibility is 50% or higher in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from a RGUHS recognised university. It has about seven specialisations.
Master of Occupational Therapy in Cardiopulmonary Science
Master of Occupational Therapy in Cardiopulmonary Science is a two-year postgraduate programme that deals with improving the endurance of the cardiovascular system of people recovering from illness or surgery.
Master of Occupational Therapy in Hand Rehabilitation
Master of Occupational Therapy in Hand Rehabilitation is a two-year postgraduate programme that deals with restoring the functionality of the hand affected by illness or accidents.
Master of Occupational Therapy in Orthopaedics
Master of Occupational Therapy in Orthopaedics is a two-year postgraduate programme that provides advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of patients with orthopaedic conditions, either from birth or caused by accident or illness.
Master of Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry
Master of Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry is a two-year postgraduate programme that deals with diagnosing and treating mental health issues that affect a person’s occupational performance.
Master of Occupational Therapy in Community Rehabilitation
Master of Occupational Therapy in Community Rehabilitation is a two-year postgraduate non-clinical programme. The specialists learn to help the community to engage in an occupation for gainful lives.
Master of Occupational Therapy in Neurology
Master of Occupational Therapy in Neurology is a two-year postgraduate programme designed to deepen the knowledge and skills of students in neurological occupational therapy practice.
Master of Occupational Therapy in Paediatrics
Master of Occupational Therapy in Paediatrics specialists help children with impairments caused by congenital, neurological, or chronic degenerative illnesses helping them develop these abilities.
|Stream||Eligibility||Exam Name||Exam Date||Application Form Available||Apply Through|
|BOT||10+2 or equivalent in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|MOT||Pass in BOT||NA||NA||NA||NA|
Placement And Career
Occupational therapy as a career comes with substantial work role at all levels of the population -- from paediatric to geriatric. They promote healthy living and better lifestyle and that’s where the fun element of the job lies. The education for occupational therapy doesn’t restrict one to just practising therapy but encompasses a wide job option.
- Ergonomist: This specialist role involves ensuring that chairs are comfortable and easy to sit. They also ensure that equipment and products are safe. They are employed with industries and can also work as independent consultants.
- Sports Therapist: Sports therapists work with sportspeople and athletes helping them recover from injuries. They are mostly hired by teams, stadiums, governments or private firms.
- Hospital Therapist: As a hospital therapist, you will work with hospitals and help patients regain their ability to move their body and resume professional or occupational life.
- Teaching: You can become an occupational therapy professor at colleges to teach future generations of therapists. This way you get to practise occupational therapy as well as teach students.
- Policy Makers: Policymakers work with academia, government or industry to formulate plans for better healthcare delivery to the public at large.
Government and private hospitals, community health centres, rehab centres, special schools, private companies, psychiatric counselling centres, sports teams, research centres, old-age homes, and schools for disabled children.
Researchers: Occupational therapy specialists can work as researchers with research firms, college/university or hospitals. The role involves gathering data.
Cardiorespiratory Therapist: Cardiorespiratory Therapists work with patients suffering or recovering from cardiorespiratory ailments. They assess the breathing in patients, conduct tests, and help with treatment like using oxygen and inhalants to improve lung function