Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy or B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy is a 3-year undergraduate course divided into six semesters. Also the course is provided by various Colleges and Institutes throughout the country, where time duration can vary between 3 years to 4.5 years.
Candidates need to have passed 10+2 from a recognized board to fulfil the minimum eligibility criterion. Admission to occupational therapy courses is entrance exam based followed by a round of counselling. Some of the top colleges which provide admission to the program are:
B.Sc. in occupational therapy deals with improving the life and condition of handicapped and limited people through different modes of treatments. It can be said that this course is similar to rehabilitation of patient.
The average annual fees charged for the course ranges anywhere between INR 3 lacs to 6 lacs, depending upon the institute or college/university providing education in the respective course.
At a fresher level, a graduate in this field can earn anywhere between 2 lacs to 15 Lacs which can vary according to candidate’s expertise in the field and the respective University. Various job profiles offered in the field are Occupational Therapist, Consultant, OT Nurses and Technicians, Cardiac OT Nurse and many more.
Mentioned below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 or equivalent|
|Admission Process||Counselling after Entrance Test|
|Course Fee||2 Lacs to 10 Lacs INR|
|Average Starting Salary||3 Lacs to 15 Lacs INR|
|Top Recruiting Fields/Areas||Nursing homes, Charities, Private and Government Hospitals and many more.|
B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy deals with patients having physical, emotional, metal and neurological limitations. The course/field aims at improving the life, condition and rehabilitation of such limited and handicapped people through various modes of treatments such as- exercises, functional training, aiding devices and equipment, ergonomic training and environmental adaptation and restructuring.
Some of the top colleges offering graduation in this course are mentioned below.
|College Name||City||Average Annual Course Fee|
|Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal University||Manipal||INR 1,00,000|
|Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medial College||Mumbai||INR 1,40,000|
|Christian Medical College||Vellore (Tamil Nadu)||INR 1,62,000|
|Pt. Deen Dayal Institute for Physically Handicapped||New Delhi||INR 2,24,000|
|All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Handicapped||Mumbai||Not Mentioned|
Candidates who are interested in pursuing Occupational Therapy course should have passed 10th and 12th or equivalent examination with a minimum of 50% for general and 45% for SC/ST from a recognized board.
Students who have passed 10+2 with Science stream, having subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology at intermediate level are only eligible for the respective course.
Admission to Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is done through an entrance examination. Marks obtained by the student in state level/all India level examination and 10th and 12th, are taken into consideration by the University.
Based on these factors, a merit list is made and the seats are allocated to deserving students according to this list.
Many Institutes have their own entrance examination and some colleges also offer admissions solely on the basis of marks obtained in 10+2.
Semester wise break-up of the course’s syllabus has been mentioned below.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Anatomy Practical||Phycology 1|
|Physiology||Occupational Therapy 1 (Theory/Practical)|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Pharmacology||Phycology 2 (Development and Organizational Phycology)|
|Microbiology and Pathology||Occupational Therapy 2|
|Biostatistics and Research Methodology||-|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Clinical Orthopedic & Rheumatology||Occupational Therapy in Orthopedics (Theory/Practical)|
|Clinical Neurology||Occupational Therapy in Neurology (Theory/Practical)|
|Bio Engineering||Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation (Theory/Practical)|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|General Surgery||Community Medicine and Sociology|
|General Medicine||Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics & Developmental Disabilities (Theory/Practical)|
|Clinical Phycology Psychiatry||Occupational Therapy in Mental Health (Theory/Practical)|
Students who are interested in developing the knowledge and skills to work in any of the diverse areas/fields of practice including mental health, physical rehabilitation, acute care, community health and working with children and older people are best suited for the course.
Candidates who wish to opt for the course must have a liking for machines and equipment and having a scientific bent of mind is required. Interested candidates must have good communication skills, team work spirit and ability to build connection with patients and ward workers.
They should also possess skills like quick problem solving, good interpersonal and organizational interaction and ability to work with little supervision.
B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy is one of the most promising courses offering job stability, good salary and a bright career, as the demand is this field is rapidly increasing and endless.
The course prepares the candidates for professional practice including quality management of services, ethical issues and research and communication skills.
After successful completion of the course, candidates can work in a school where they have to evaluate children’s abilities, recommend and provide therapy, and in general, help children participate as fully as possible in school activities and programs.
They can also get a job in residential areas, where they can help elderly citizens to lead more active, productive and independent lives, through a variety of methods.
Occupational therapists also find jobs in Hospitals, Private Clinics and Health Centre, Rehabilitation Centre and NGOs. Also more than one-third of occupational therapists work part time.
Various job profiles offered in this field are given as follows,
|Job Profile||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|OT Technician||They provide a high standard of care in OT during anesthesia for patients following trusted guidelines and OT standards.||3,50,000|
|Consultant||They understand each person’s requirements and lifestyle and create the best treatment plan for them.||8,80,000|
|Speech and Language Therapist||They prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.||4,00,000|
|Occupational Therapist||They treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities and help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.||6,00,000 to 7,00,000|
|Lab Technician||They work under the supervision of clinical lab technologists, clinical lab technicians prepare specimens, follow detailed manual tests, and oversee automated analysis tests. Depending on the lab, clinical lab||10,00,000 to 15,00,000|