Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy
Sept 2019 EntryProgramme code: JS3624
Duration and Credit Requirement
130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)
Dr Kenneth Fong
PD(OT), PD(OSH), Cert(CMH), BSc(HS), PgD(Biomech), MScHC(OT), PhD(Ed), OTR, HKROT
Aims and Characteristics
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
This programme nurtures students to be forward-looking, competent occupational therapists who can promote health and well-being of people in Hong Kong.
A combination of medical, psychological and social science subjects prepares students to enhance functional performance in the self-care, leisure and work of community-dwelling people with disabilities. Students learn how to minimise disabilities, promote health and improve quality of life of clients and their families.
The programme prepares students to deliver client-centred occupational therapy and to be committed to promoting equal opportunities for all members of the community. It also prepares them for helping careers in which they will empower clients to manage their disabilities, educate the public about healthy and meaningful living and pass down their knowledge to the new generations of therapists.
This programme adopts an outcome-based learning approach and integrates academic and clinical education. We provide numerous excellent learning resources with up-to-date technology such as web-based teaching and self-learning packages.
We also provide global learning experiences in occupational therapy. Fieldwork placements and academic exchange programmes are available in the Chinese mainland and overseas.
Clinical education is an important component of professional training and development. It is delivered through clinical placement in various settings in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. Students have attachments in a range of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, childcare centres, elderly care homes, adult training centres and workshops, or long stay care homes. Overseas clinical placements have been organised in partnership with overseas universities including Curtin University of Technology (Australia), the University of South Australia (Australia), the University of Toronto (Canada), McGill University (Canada), Metropolitan University College (Denmark), JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), the University of Southern California (USA), Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore) and Chang Gung University (Taiwan). Further overseas placements will be arranged for students in the coming years to broaden their global perspectives.
Recognition and Prospects
The programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners of international standard.
Graduates are eligible for registration by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong. They are qualified to sit for the licensure examinations of many countries, including Australia, the UK, Canada and the US.
Graduates are qualified for a wide variety of jobs in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, community agencies, schools, health and welfare settings. They are qualified for the position of Occupational Therapist II in the Hospital Authority, private organisations (private hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes and homes for the elderly), the Department of Health, the Education Bureau (special schools, early education and training centres), subvented non-government organisations and the Social Welfare Department (community centres, sheltered workshops and special childcare centres).
This is a 4-year full-time programme leading to a registrable qualification as required by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong. Our programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners to international standard.
Year One of the programme includes compulsory university subjects such as Freshman Seminar for Broad Discipline in Health Science and fundamental language subjects, and Foundation Subjects such as Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, and Foundation Psychology for Rehabilitation Professionals. The core subject of occupational therapy is introduced in the OT Theory and Process I.
Year Two of the programme includes Foundation Subjects in occupational therapy such as Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Sciences and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The core occupational therapy discipline is introduced in the subjects, such as Human Occupations and OT Foundations in Human Performance and Enabling Occupation in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.
Year Three of the programme emphasises core occupational therapy disciplines: Psychosocial Practice, Medical & Neurorehabilitation, Developmental Conditions, Environmental Issues and Assistive Technology.
Year Four of the programme extends to applied subjects such as Aging and Geriatric Practice, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc. There is also a Group Research Project in the Final Year.
Clinical education is an important component in the programme. It is delivered through clinical placement in various settings in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. Students are required to undertake 1,000 hours of clinical placement throughout the programme in five blocks.
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.rs.polyu.edu.hk.
Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings
Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.
There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):
- Chinese Language
- English Language
- Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
- Combined Science: Biology + Physics
- Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
Admission Score Calculation
Any Best 6 Subjects
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2016-17: 28.5 (Any Best 5 Subjects)
2017-18: 32.8 (4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects)
2018-19: 33.1 (Any Best 6 Subjects)
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Additional Documents Required
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