Bachelor of Occupational Therapy - Dunedin Campus

Otago Polytechnic
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
3 years
February July
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 13,557
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 44,184

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 M¯aori (5 credits in reading and 5 in writing)
    • 10 credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics/p¯angarau 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.

English Language Requirement

  • IELTS: overall band score of 7.0 (with no band score less than 6.5


Year 1:

  • Person, Occupation, Environment and the Therapist's Toolkit (POETT)
  • Professional Practice 1 (Fieldwork 1)
  • Human Occupation (Fieldwork 2)
  • Psychology and Inquiry for Occupational Therapy
  • Kinesiology and Ergonomics for Occupational Therapy 
  • Social Anthropology for Occupational Therapy

Year 2:

  • Occupational Science
  • Integration of Practice
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Disability, Function and Occupation
  • Fieldwork 3

Year 3:

  • Professional Practice 3
  • Perspectives on Evidence in Practice
  • Fieldwork 4
  • Community Practice (Fieldwork 5)
  • Transition to Practice (Fieldwork 6)

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