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Course Introduction

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Graduates of the Diploma in Occupational Therapy will be competent professional occupational therapists who are able to assess, treat and assist individuals to perform important daily human activities such as self care, work and leisure by using a range of treatment techniques and approaches. Being client-centred, occupational therapists apply their clinical skills and knowledge to enhance the quality of life of clients in all age groups.


Occupational therapists use activities to facilitate human performance and improve health. They can specialize in varied areas such as in the case of children with learning disabilities, occupational therapists employ activities which develop sensory integration, thinking, writing and social skills so that they can function within the school environment. Conversely, to treat injured workers after hand surgery, splinting and hand therapy techniques are used so that workers may return to gainful employment.


The Occupational Therapy course will suit people who:

  • have a strong interest in the health sciences;

  • like the challenge of being facilitators of positive change in people's lives; and

  • command a passion and desire to help those with physical, psychological and emotional problems.



3 academic years on a full-time basis


Career Prospects

There are many career opportunities available for graduates. Over time, occupational therapists may choose to specialise in the clinical, administrative or academic field. They may become clinical specialists in physical rehabilitation, community healthcare, paediatrics or psychosocial rehabilitation; work in private practice; occupy management positions; or take on a lectureship. There is also a world trend to work in health promotion and wellness programmes.


The Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists conducts continuing educational courses and seminars for members on a regular basis. Post-graduate educational opportunities include degree conversion courses, masters and doctoral programmes, which are available both locally and through overseas universities in Australia or the United Kingdom.


The Occupational Therapy course at Nanyang Polytechnic has achieved accreditation by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists; therefore, graduates are eligible to practise world-wide, subject to local regulations.


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Course Aims

The Graduates will be able to:

  • understand the history, philosophy and practice of the occupational therapy profession;

  • integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice competently as beginner practitioners;

  • plan, implement and evaluate occupational therapy programmes for clients from different healthcare settings;

  • work within a variety of healthcare and social service areas to enhance the functioning of people with physical disabilities and/ or psychosocial dysfunction; and

  • develop skills to foster professional identity and accountability, and become a life-long learner


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Industrial Attachment


In Nanyang Polytechnic, occupational therapy students have to complete a minimum of 1200 clinical education within their 3 year course.  The overall aim of the clinical education is to allow the students to apply theoretical knowledge to practice, as well as build skills to be a competent emerging practitioner in the occupational therapy process of assessment, treatment planning and implementation and re-evaluation. There is also emphasis on therapeutic communication and administrative skills.


The clinical education begins in first year second semester and spans the duration of the 3 year course with period of attachment ranging from one day clinics in first year to eight weeks in third year.  At the end of the course, students would have completed clinical education in acute hospital, community based and mental health settings, treating patients and clients across disability groups and the life span. Some students may have the opportunity to be placed at occupational therapy private practices, non-traditional placement settings or overseas clinical centres.


During clinical placements, students are under the supervision of occupational therapists who have graduated from World Federation of Occupational Therapists accredited programmes, to mentor and guide the students to develop clinical reasoning and practical skills. Students are assessed on professional behaviour; skills in assessment, treatment planning and implementation; therapeutic and professional communication; organisational and administrative skills.


Key Contact

Ms Tan Hwei Lan
Assistant Manager/Occupational Therapy
Tel: 6550 1406


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