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Occupational therapy is an approach to healthcare that focuses on developing, recovering or maintaining the daily living and work skills of individuals with physical, mental or developmental conditions.
The scope of services covered by occupational therapy include providing support, performing comprehensive assessments and interventions at home, schools, workplaces and/or community settings in order to help clients achieve independence or optimum functions in their daily lives.
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy offered by UKM is a 4-year degree programme.
Students in the first year are introduced to basic medical sciences such as anatomy and physiology as well as to theories and models in occupational therapy before advancing to more specialised topics in subsequent years.
Subjects in Year 2 and 3 focus on occupational therapy in specific contexts such as paediatrics, geriatrics, neuropsychology, orthopaedics and community rehabilitation in addition to having practical sessions and practice placements at various public and community settings such as hospitals, daycare centres and rehabilitation centres. Evidence-based practice related to the interventions practised by occupational therapists in a wide range of health and social care contexts are emphasised throughout classroom and clinical teachings.
Students undergo clinical placement in Year 4 where they apply occupational therapy approaches on a wide range of client groups. In addition, students will also gain valuable scholarly experiences by undertaking research projects in various occupational therapy disciplines.
This course aims to develop students to become occupational therapists who are competent, capable of working independently as well as in a multidisciplinary team.