Through prevention and treatment measures, occupational therapy makes it possible for people of all ages to have a meaningful everyday life. Occupational therapists work, for example, in healthcare services, correctional care, occupational health services, employment services and technical aid companies. The work is very independent. Three years of full-time study lead to the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.
Occupational therapists are experts on how activities influence health and how illness can be affected by activity. The programme initially focuses on the relationship between activity and health, how the environment affects people's everyday activities and public health problems in society.
Occupational therapists see meaningful activities as complex phenomena that require broad knowledge of people as biological, social and psychological beings. Consequently, such subjects as anatomy, physiology and psychology are included in the programme early on.
As early as the first semester, the students do a brief work placement in the healthcare services. They then get the chance to follow the operations up close together with supervisors.
In the second year, courses are held in medical subjects such as psychiatry, geriatrics and orthopaedics. The students also learn how technical aids and changes in the immediate environment can enable activity and participation in society. A significant part of the programme is about how one as an occupational therapist identifies, analyses and assesses activity capacity. The courses also take up how creative processes can be used in rehabilitation and habilitation as methods for solving activity problems.
In the final year of the programme, the students' deepen their knowledge in occupational therapy measures. The prospective occupational therapists also gain an understanding of what it means to work in a team together with other personnel. The students also conduct an independent scientific project in the field of occupational therapy.
The teaching formats vary depending on the contents. Considerable emphasis is placed on pedagogy that activates the students. Courses are examined with an oral or written examination, but in some cases, the students get to demonstrate their knowledge in practice. The programme contains a total of 22 weeks of on-site training throughout the region of Västra Götaland. The on-site training may entail extra travel expenses for the students.
The Occupational Therapy Programme in Gothenburg has 46 places. Admission takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.
General entry requirements are:
If you have an IB degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish and mathematics.
For general admission, you must have:
And specific entry requirements:
Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).