Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT) is a 2- year long postgraduate program designed to prepare enrolled students in the application of theory, evidence, and critical thinking skills to maintain, evaluate, and improve the practice of occupational therapy. For admission to the program, candidates need to have completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from a recognized institution with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
Top Institutes offering this course are:
The average tuition fee charged for this course in India ranges between INR 1 and 9 Lacs.
Admission to Master in Occupational Therapy course is based on the candidate’s test score, academic profile, and performance in interview. The mode of admission is an entrance examination carried out by different universities.
Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Counsellor, Research Assistant, Academician, Supervisor etc., in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, GP practices (primary care), community health centers, early intervention centers, education establishments, government agencies, mental health services etc.
Average starting salary offered in India to Master in Occupational Therapy professionals ranges between INR 2 and 10 Lacs per year, increasing with experience in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Eligibility||Bachelor in Occupational Therapy (B.O.T)|
|Admission Process||Based on counseling after clearing entrance tests (CET etc.)|
|Course Fee||INR 1 to 9 Lakhs p.a.|
|Average Starting salary||INR 2 to 10 Lakhs p.a.|
|Top recruiting companies||Help Age India, Medybiz Pvt Ltd, Hosmat Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospital etc.|
Occupational Therapy is also known as Physical Therapy, and is the science of cure and rehabilitation of the physically, emotionally, mentally and neurological disabled and challenged people. Occupational therapy focuses on modifying the task, environmental adaptation, education, and subsequent treatment of the client.
Master in Occupational Therapy course offers the following specializations:
Essentially, it is any activity, physical or mental, medically prescribed and professionally guided to aid a patient in recovering from disease or injury through the use of therapeutic methods, assistive technology, orthotics (splint) and environmental modifications.
Occupational therapists work in a vast array of settings, including the following:
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering Master in Occupational Therapy course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Dr. Tamil Nadu MGR University, Chennai||Chennai||INR 20,000 (course)|
|NIMS University||Jaipur||INR 35,000 (course)|
|Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences||Manipal||INR 4.2 Lacs (course)|
|SRM University Chennai||Chennai||INR 80,000 (course)|
Candidates wishing to apply for Master in Occupational Therapy course need to meet a minimum criterion of eligibility which is a 10+2 qualification with a minimum aggregate score of 45- 50%, and graduation (Bachelor in Occupational Therapy/ Physiotherapy), including 6 months of internship.
Eligible candidates are required to qualify a relevant entrance examination followed by a round of group discussion. Subsequently, qualifying candidates are needed to go through additional rounds of a personal interview as the final stage in the process of selection. The main entrance exam held in India for admission to the course is GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering).
General Category: The admissions are on the basis of marks obtained at the qualifying examination and there is no entrance test.
Foreign/NRI Category: Admissions are done on the basis of marks obtained at the qualifying examination.
A year-wise breakup of Master in Occupational Therapy syllabus is tabulated below:
Research Methodology and Biostatistics
Pedagogy in Occupational Therapy Education
Application of Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation
Administration, Management & Ethical Issues
Role of Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunctions
Occupational Therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders – I
Role of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Occupational Therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders – II
Assessment & Management-I
Assessment & Management-II
Professionals involved in occupational therapy employ the following:
Successful postgraduates of Master in Occupational Therapy course interested in higher studies in the discipline may pursue any of M.Phil. and Ph.D. in the subject.
Occupational therapists find employment in the following settings:
Top recruiters of the discipline includeHelp Age India, Medybiz Pvt. Ltd., Hosmat Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Talwalkars Pantaloon Fitness Pvt. Ltd., Intellectual Resource Training Private Limited etc.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Profile||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale|
|Osteopath||These are health professionals who are responsible for helping patients regain their ability to perform daily living and work activities. Their patients have generally lost these abilities because of mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling conditions.||INR 2 to 4 Lacs|
|Occupational therapists (OTs)||They have teaching, service-related, and scholarship responsibilities with primary teaching opportunities in the kinesiology, anatomy, cardiovascular/pulmonary, pediatric areas.||INR 6 to 8 Lacs|
|Researcher||With a thorough knowledge of occupational therapy techniques, materials, and equipment, they include evaluation, treatments, and intervention for individuals with extremity trauma.||INR 4 to 6 Lacs|
|Therapy Manager||They oversee staff and day-to-day operations at their places of work. Depending on the employer, they may also interact with other people, such as hospital staff or representatives from an organization's department of physical therapy.||INR 4 to 6 Lacs|
|Assistant Physiotherapist||These are healthcare workers who help teach clients how to effectively cope with limitations in movement, daily functioning, and activity. A PTA works under the supervision of a licensed Physiotherapist.||INR 2 to 4 Lacs|
|Sports Physio Rehabilitator||Sports Therapists work with sport and exercise participants to help prevent injuries, and recognize, manage and treat them should they occur, and then rehabilitate the participant back to full fitness.||INR 3 to 5 Lacs|