Sept 2022 EntryProgramme code: JS3624
130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)
Prof. Kenneth Fong
PD(OT), PD(OSH), Cert(CMH), BSc(HS), PgD(Biomech), MScHC(OT), PhD(Ed), OTR, HKROT
This programme does not consider second choice applications.
Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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).
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