Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT)

As a healthcare profession, occupational therapy promotes health and well-being. It is the art and science of facilitating participation through occupations.

What does the programme entail?

The Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pretoria embraces transformation and
diversity, and aims to be an outstanding internationally-respected department committed to excellence in research, social responsiveness and innovative teaching and learning. As a healthcare profession, occupational therapy promotes health and well-being. It is the art and science of facilitating participation through occupations.
Occupational therapists enable people of all ages with physical and mental impairment to lead meaningful and independent lives. Individuals with physical and mental health conditions  and/or disabilities are treated to function independently/optimally in their occupations and specific contexts. People with loss of function due to disability and societal barriers are assisted by modifying their occupations or the environment to maintain their independence.

What makes this programme unique?

Occupational therapy is an exciting career that offers numerous opportunities. It requires an  adaptable, and practical person with good problem-solving skills. A successful occupational therapist has good interpersonal skills and can approach diverse situations in a resourceful and creative manner. 


Career opportunities: Occupational therapists can work in the following areas

  • Special schools for children with physical, mental health, and learning disabilities
  • Universities training occupational therapists and conducting research on relevant issues
  • Government and private hospitals
  • Institutions for people with disabilities (adults and children)
  • Legal settings: Assessing the impact of disability for insurance purposes
  • Urban and rural community health structures and clinics Private nursing homes and homes for the elderly
  • Homes for the elderly Industrial settings, rehabilitating workers who are
  • Disabled and advising on methods of preventing occupational injury
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