Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy)

Study the Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) and develop the skills to become an occupational therapist, and promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities.

Occupational therapists help people participate in everyday activities including learning, communication, interpersonal interaction and relationships, mobility, self-care, domestic life, and social life. Occupational therapists can also modify people’s environment – or the activity itself – to help them participate in the activity. The occupational therapy degree is intensive and involves learning in an interprofessional environment, in the classroom and in clinical practice settings.

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) including police clearance
  • Applicants with two or more years of secondary and/or tertiary education outside New Zealand must meet IELTS requirements and may be interviewed

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with all bands 6.5 or higher

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Semester 2 papers

You may also have the opportunity to work with an occupational therapist and begin to better understand and apply your knowledge.

Year 2

You explore how illness or injury impacts on people performing their occupations and typical occupational therapy intervention. You can experience practice education in both semesters. Throughout the year students will need to complete fieldwork hours, alongside coursework, in community settings.

Complete the following papers

And choose one of

Or any other bachelor's degree papers with the approval of the programme leader.

Year 3

You learn about working with communities, organisations or groups of people, and how to change systems to enable participation. You also develop decision-making skills around assessment and intervention.

Complete the following papers

Practice education (workplace experience)

Throughout your study you complete block placements (at least 1,000 hours) in a number of practice settings to prepare you for professional registration.

In your final year, you spend a 15-week block placement (either within Auckland or in a region outside of Auckland) in the second half of the year. You apply your learning in a range of practice settings under the supervision of an occupational therapist ahead of completing your degree.

During your programme you’ll be required to travel both within and outside the Auckland region for clinical/practical experience. Please note that travel, accommodation and other expenses will be an additional cost to you.

Recent placements included:

  • Spectrum Care
  • QRS
  • Mahi Tahi

Te Ara Hauora Māori papers

If you're interested in a career with a Māori development perspective select the following papers as electives or as an alternative course of study

We will help you form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.

When you graduate you can apply to register as an occupational therapist in New Zealand and other countries.

Occupational therapists work with all age groups in:

  • Primary Health Organisations (PHOs)
  • Community development
  • Health centres and hospitals
  • Research
  • Schools
  • Residential care facilities
  • Private practice
  • Rehabilitation and ACC

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Occupational Therapy Careers

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3410
Level:
7
Points:
360
Duration:
3 years full-time
Campus:
North Campus
Starts:

25 Feb 2019

  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.