Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy commonly known as BOT. It is a job oriented undergraduate course in the fields of medicine. Occupational therapy (OT) is a treatment focuses on helping people with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability in being as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy trains students and helps them become skilled professional occupational therapists, capable of undertaking independent/supervised practice.
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

 About the Course.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is a undergraduate course. BOT medical course is based on the field of Occupational Therapy. The course duration is 4½ years and on completion, leads to a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. A number of institutions in India as well as overseas offer students with the graduate level course in Occupational Therapy. A student needs to have patience, understanding and empathic ability. The colleges offer the following courses:-

  • Diploma courses
  • UG degree courses
  • PG degree courses
  • PG diploma courses

Eligibility Criteria.

To seek admission in BOT course candidate must have completed the 17 years of age. Should have physics, chemistry and biology in 10+2 standard and must have passed the 10+2 examination with at least 50% marks. Candidate must have a good score in the entrance test to take admission in universities and colleges.

Admission Procedure.

Students can opt for this course after the completing 10+2 level examination from the science stream. The selection of candidates is done on basis of their performance in this examination. A few institutions may take admission test for admission to this course. Some of the exams are – All India Entrance Exams, CMC Vellore Entrance Exam, SVNIRTAR NIOH Common Entrance Test. Based on these marks, a merit list is made. Seats will be allotted to deserving students based on the merit list.
Course Curriculum.

I Year:

  • Anatomy ( Theory/ Practical)
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology-1
  • Occupational Therapy-1 (Theory / Practical)


II Year:

  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology  and Pathology
  • Biostatistics and Research Methodology
  • Psychology-2 ( developmental and Organizational Psychology)
  • Occupational Therapy-2 (Theory / Practical)
III Year:

  • Clinical Orthopedic & Rheumatology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Bioengineering
  • Occupational Therapy in Orthopedics (Theory / Practical)
  • Occupational Therapy in Neurology (Theory / Practical)
  • Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation (Theory / Practical)
IV Year:

  • Clinical  Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Community Medicine and Sociology
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Occupational Therapy in Mental Health (Theory / Practical)
  • Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics  and Developmental Disabilities (Theory / Practical)

Career Growth

Graduates of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy have good career opportunities within and outside the country. After getting the practice license from the institution, one may start working at Government or Private hospitals/clinics/community health centers. Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

BOT graduates can work for the following posts-Occupational Therapist, OT Nurse, Instructor/Teacher, Social Worker, Marketer (supporting equipment/devices), Rehabilitation Specialist, OT Consultant

BOT graduates may find job in the following areas-

  • Government Hospitals
  • Private Hospitals
  • International Welfare Bodies
  • OT Colleges/Training Institutes
  • Special Schools
  • Supporting equipment/devices manufacturing companies
  • Mental Hospitals
  • De-Addiction centres
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • NGOs

List of   Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Colleges

Sl. No Name of the college Location
1. All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai, Maharashtra
2. Chakradhara Institute of Rehabilitation Science, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa
3. Christian Medical College, Vellore
4. Institute of Physically Handicapped, New Delhi, Delhi
5. College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal
6. K.M.C.H. College of Occupational Therapy, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
7. G.S. Seth Medical College, Mumbai
8. Govt. Medical College, Chennai
9. Patna Medical College and Hospital,

Patna, Bihar
10. NIMS University, Jaipur
11. National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped, Kolkata, West Bengal
12. Occupation Therapy Training School, Mumbai
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