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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy
職業治療學(榮譽)理學士學位


Sept 2021 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)

Programme Intake
100
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Programme Leader(s)

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

Remarks
No information is available at present.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme equips 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 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 prepares students to deliver client-centred occupational therapy with a commitment to promoting equal opportunities for all members of the community. It also prepares them for helping careers in which they empower clients to manage their disabilities, educate the public about healthy and meaningful living and pass down 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 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.

 

Placement Opportunities

Clinical education is an important component of professional training and development. It is delivered through clinical placements 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, and long stay care homes. Overseas clinical placements have been organised in partnership with overseas 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 recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners to international standards.

 

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 and Canada.

 

Career Prospects

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).

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. Our programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners to international standards.

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 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 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 and Vocational Rehabilitation. There is also a capstone project and a service-learning subject in the final year.

Clinical education is an important component of the programme. It is delivered through clinical placements 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 & 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

2020-21: 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


The demand for occupational therapists is increasing in the hope of providing a better health care system for the public. PolyU offers professional training in occupational therapy. In my first year, I gained knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, OT theory and processes, psychology and research methods. I acquired fundamental knowledge of OT, especially how to develop a therapeutic relationship with patients. In the functional anatomy lessons, I learned how to palpate important bony landmarks, which is fundamental for treatment.

 

The programme also offers many opportunities, including exchange trips and hospital visits, which helped me to familiarise myself with real clinical settings and occupational therapy programmes in other countries. I observed an occupational therapist's case with the family of a patient, a 5-year-old girl with autism. This gave me a better understanding of the OT process.


Chau Siu Yu



在理工大學就讀職業治療的這一年時間,我不但學到復康科學中的基礎知識,更對職業治療這一專業有了更深理解。我明白到身為一名稱職的治療師,不但需要掌握職業治療中的專業知識和技巧,更要理解、承擔作為醫護應有的道義和責任,而在理工大學的課程中,這些學習的面向亦有好好地涵蓋。在這首年的課程中,學生能夠從中掌握職業治療師的手法、理論以及目標,而為未來在協助病人復康回歸生活上打好重要基礎。我衷心慶幸自己選擇職業治療這一學科,因為這學科不單單包括專業的理論和知識,更令學生有更廣闊的視野,貢獻社會,充實自己和他人的人生。


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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.