Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences - Occupational Therapy
康復治療科學(榮譽)理學士組合課程 - 職業治療學(榮譽)理學士


Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3624

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)

Scheme/Programme Intake
100 (The quota is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation)
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Kenneth Fong
PD(OT), PD(OSH), Cert(CMH), BSc(HS), PgD(Biomech), MScHC(OT), PhD(Ed), OTR, HKROT

Remarks

Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:

  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy 

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme aims to equip students to become forward-looking, competent occupational therapists who can promote the health and well-being of people in Hong Kong.

 

A combination of medical, psychological and social science subjects prepares students to enhance the functional performance of community-dwelling people with disabilities, in terms of their self-care, leisure and work. Students learn how to minimise the effects of disabilities, promote health, and improve the quality of life of clients and their families.

 

The programme also prepares students to deliver client-centred occupational therapy with a commitment to promoting equal opportunities for all members of the community. Furthermore, it prepares them for helping careers in which they empower clients to manage their disabilities, educate the public about healthy and meaningful living, and pass on their knowledge to new generations of therapists.

 

Programme Characteristics

This programme adopts an outcome-based learning approach and integrates academic and clinical education. We provide numerous excellent learning resources with up-to-date technological tools, 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.

 

Placement Opportunities

Clinical education is an important component of professional training and development, and it is delivered through clinical placements in various settings in Hong Kong, in the Chinese mainland, and overseas. Students pursue attachments in a range of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, childcare centres, elderly care homes, adult training centres and workshops, and long-stay care homes. Overseas clinical placements have been organised in partnership with various universities, such as 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 & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited as World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Approved Entry Level Education Programme for Occupational Therapists.

 

Graduates are eligible for registration as a registered Occupational Therapist (Part II) by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong [under Section 12(1)(a) of the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance, Chapter 359, Laws of Hong Kong, 1981].

 

Career Prospects

Graduates can take up a wide variety of jobs in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, community agencies, schools, and health and welfare settings. They are also 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).

Curriculum

Curriculum

This is a 4-year full-time programme leading to a registrable qualification, as required by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong. The programme is also recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners to international standards.

 

Year 1 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 OT Theory and Process I.

 

Year 2 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 subjects such as Human Occupations and OT Foundations in Human Performance and Enabling Occupation in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.

 

Year 3 of the programme emphasises core occupational therapy disciplines: Psychosocial Practice, Medical & Neurorehabilitation, Developmental Conditions, Environmental Issues and Assistive Technology.

 

Year 4 of the programme extends to applied subjects, such as Aging and Geriatric Practice and Vocational Rehabilitation. There is also a Capstone Project and a Service-Learning subject in this final year.

 

Clinical education is an important component of the programme. It is delivered through clinical placements in various settings in Hong Kong, in 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.

Secondary Major Details

Secondary Major Details

No Secondary Major on offer.

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

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
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 6 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2021/22: 37.8 (Any Best 6 Subjects)


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Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:
the General Office (tel.: 2766 6719/2766 5399; email: rsdept@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


Occupational Therapy (OT) is an art and a medical science, and over the years PolyU has nurtured competent occupational therapists to support patients and enhance healthcare in Hong Kong.

 

The curriculum begins with foundational knowledge (e.g., anatomy, psychology and physiology) and OT theories to prepare students for more advanced years of study. As students progress to Years 3 and 4, PolyU gives them exposure to numerous clinical and practical skills sessions, as clinical training is an indispensable part of fostering healthcare professionals. This clinical training was an excellent opportunity for me to integrate my knowledge into real-life practice and polish my therapeutic skills with different patient groups.

 

Over the 4 years of the course, we had numerous chances to engage in community services and participate in overseas education programmes. I was fortunate enough to go on a student exchange to the University of Southern California and join service trips to Yunnan, China. The diversity of outlooks and knowledge I gained from these learning experiences has helped me to fulfil my passion for serving the public with empathy and global mindedness.

 

PolyU Occupational Therapy is where I equipped myself to be a qualified occupational therapist ready to serve the community.


Fan Chai Yin Charlie

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required


No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement


Date: After the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview and discussion
Aims:

To evaluate applicants’ potential for the programme and the profession and to assess their language and interpersonal skills.

Medium:English
Duration:

1.5 hours

Remark:

Only Band A applicants will be shortlisted and invited for interview.