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Occupational Therapy: Bachelor of Health Science

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Occupational therapists work with people who (because of illness, injury or circumstance) are limited in their ability to do everyday activities. Examples of a career in occupational therapy include helping clients learn new ways of doing things, supporting people experiencing physical and cognitive changes, helping children with disabilities participate in school and social activities, and developing your clients’ engagement in the community.

AUT’s occupational therapy degree is intensive and involves learning in an interprofessional environment – in the classroom and in the field. Applying the latest research and innovative approaches, you will gain critical knowledge of people, their occupations and the environments in which they live, learn or work to enable people to participate and engage in occupations that may be restricted to them. AUT occupational therapy graduates are eligible to apply to register as an occupational therapist in New Zealand and other countries.

Quick facts

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available for this qualification.

Admission and entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements
  • Police clearance
  • Applicants with two or more years of secondary and/or tertiary education outside New Zealand must meet IELTS requirements – see English language requirements in the Academic Calendar

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants with the highest rank scores and/or accomplishments in the relevant field
  • An interview may be required

Fitness to Practice
AUT has certain obligations in regard to students’ ability to be fit to practise within the industries for which they are training. This may include fitness for practice when working with individuals or groups within schools or organisations as part of their coursework. A registration board, employer or organisation may decline a student or graduate on the grounds of a criminal conviction, a mental or physical illness or past or present disciplinary action taken by a professional body or university. In your own interests, both now and during your course of study, you must disclose any convictions, significant health issues or disciplinary conduct to AUT. If you are concerned or in doubt about any matter, please contact the relevant Head of School.


Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic Calendar .

Year 1

You will focus on understanding occupation, what motivates people and how the body works to enable participation in occupation. You may also have the opportunity to work with an occupational therapist and begin to better understand and apply your knowledge. You do seven papers in your first year, including four common core health science papers.

Year 2

You will develop an understanding of how illness or injury impacts on people performing their occupations and typical occupational therapy intervention. You will consider how the environment affects occupational performance, learn about research and using evidence in practice, develop group work skills, and choose from a range of electives.

Or any other bachelor’s degree papers with the approval of the programme leader.

Year 3

You will learn about working with communities, organisations or groups of people, and how to change systems to enable participation. Decision-making skills around assessment and intervention are developed.

Clinical placement
You will spend a 20-week block placement (either within Auckland or in a region outside of Auckland) in the second half of the year. You will apply your learning in a range of practice settings under the supervision of an OT ahead of completing your occupational therapy degree.

Te Ara Hauora Māori papers

We will support Te Ara Hauora Māori students to form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.

Career opportunities

Occupational therapists work with all age groups and in a wide range of physical, psychosocial and primary health areas such as:

  • Primary Health Organisations (PHOs)
  • Community development
  • Health centres
  • Research
  • Non-governmental organisations and trusts
  • Industry/businesses
  • Schools
  • Residential care facilities
  • Community organisations
  • Hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Rehabilitation advisor
  • ACC

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Last updated: 12-Sep-2016 11.22am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar .

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