Study the Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) and develop the skills to become an occupational therapist, and promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities.
Occupational therapists help people participate in everyday activities including learning, communication, interpersonal interaction and relationships, mobility, self-care, domestic life, and social life. Occupational therapists can also modify people’s environment – or the activity itself – to help them participate in the activity. The occupational therapy degree is intensive and involves learning in an interprofessional environment, in the classroom and in clinical practice settings.
When you graduate you can apply to register as an occupational therapist in New Zealand and other countries.
Occupational therapists work with all age groups in:
Primary Health Organisations (PHOs)
Health centres and hospitals
Residential care facilities
Rehabilitation and ACC
All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.
Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) including police clearance
Applicants with two or more years of secondary and/or tertiary education outside New Zealand must meet IELTS requirements and will be interviewed.
Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field
English Language Requirements:
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with all bands 6.5 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 100; GIE with A grade; CAE minimum overall score of 185; PTE minimum overall score of 65.