School of Occupational Therapy

We are here to guide you in your journey to become or enhance your knowledge as a Occupational Therapist.

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Occupational therapy is a health profession dedicated to helping people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. Occupational therapists work in a wide variety of areas including rehabilitation settings, schools and in the community.

We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate options to help you help people in the way you want.

If you decide to enrol in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, you can choose to study in two centres - Hamilton or Dunedin. Our programme uses blended learning, so it doesn’t matter whether you are in Hamilton or Dunedin - the learning experience will still be the same.

If you need help deciding what’s best for you, talk to us today. For detailed insight into studying Occupational Therapy, download our booklet.

Occupational Therapy Undergraduate

Undergraduate

To become a registered occupational therapist, you need to qualify with the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. When you graduate, you’ll be able to register as an Occupational Therapist in NZ.
Occupational Therapy Postgraduate

Postgraduate

Already an occupational therapist? Extend your skills and knowledge with our flexible, online postgraduate-level programmes.

Blended delivery in Dunedin and Hamilton

You’ll gain high-quality skills through a blend of online learning, face-to-face teaching, real-life scenarios and interactive group/community experiences. You’ll do five fieldwork placements in a wide range of settings so you can develop your practice ability to a high standard by working with people.

Want a student intern?

Want a student intern?

Our students can add value to your organisation through work experience and research.

Research stories to inspire

Research stories to inspire

We encourage applied research to support teaching and community needs, available to all.

Join us as a supervising therapist

Working with people is at the very essence of occupational therapy and a mandatory part of our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy qualification. We are always looking for occupational therapists to join us a supervising therapists.

We understand that having a work placement student on a full-time basis is a significant undertaking for both the supervisor and student. That is why we ensure that the supervising therapists are thoroughly prepared and know exactly what to expect.

For more information, please email our Fieldwork Team OTFieldwork@op.ac.nz or phone 0800 762 786

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If you want to know more about what we offer or you would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.