Programme Overview

Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Provider
Singapore Institute of Technology
Duration
3 years, 8 months
Total credits
240
Application period
11 January to 19 March 2021
Next intake
Campus location

The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy is a four-year direct honours programme designed to provide an excellent educational experience in the theory and practice of occupational therapy.

“Occupational therapy involves assessments and interventions to work or school, self-care, leisure or play, physical environments as well as cognitive, mental and physical components of function to enable individuals affected by physical injury or illness, developmental or learning disabilities, psychosocial dysfunctions or the ageing process, to engage in everyday life occupations in order to maximise the independent performance of life roles, prevent disability and maintain health.”

The programme requires successful completion of academic courses and clinical practice education and aims to equip graduates with knowledge, skills and attitudes to support contemporary development and delivery of occupational therapy, meeting the evolving needs of the Singapore population. Graduates who meet the requirements of the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) for registration and practice as an occupational therapist will work in a wide variety of settings. SIT occupational therapy graduates will be competent critical thinkers, occupation-focused, evidence-based, reflective and self-directed practitioners.

Curriculum Structure

The pedagogy is customised to the type of content that needs to be learnt. For example, team-based learning, a form of a flipped classroom, uses structured small-group learning that emphasises student preparation out of class and application of knowledge in class. Problem-based learning will help students integrate knowledge to cases while promoting skills of enquiry and self-directed learning. Lectures, tutorials and practical sessions will be employed as required in various modules. A variety of assessment methods (e.g., group projects, simulated clinical scenarios) will be used to assess higher-order thinking and clinical reasoning skills.

A quality and up-to-date curriculum is ensured through consultations with Industry Advisory Committee, occupational therapists in clinical settings, Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists as well as accreditation and recognition process through the AHPC and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Integrated Work Study Programme

Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) provides students with the opportunity to undertake real work. Held over the span of eight to 12 months, it is designed to be more in-depth than a traditional internship. You will gain real work experience and apply the theories you learn in class with actual practice.

Professional Conversion Programme

PCP helps and supports mid-career Singaporeans in acquiring relevant education to achieve the qualifications to be registered as an Occupational Therapist in Singapore. SIT currently offers the following programme under the PCP for Occupational Therapists:

PCP Degree Programme CANDIDATURE Tuition FEES
Occupational Therapists  BSc Occupational Therapy
(Accelerated)
Full Time - 2 years, 8 months $145,606.00*
BSc Occupational Therapy Full Time – 4 years Subsidised fees for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students are located in Tuition Fees

*Fees are inclusive of 7% GST.


The Professional Conversion Programme for Occupational Therapists (Accelerated) [PCP-OT (Accelerated)] provides those already with degrees in a science-related field to pursue a switch to Occupational Therapy. There will be funding support by Workforce Singapore (WSG), MOH and co-sponsoring healthcare organisations for successful applicants to undergo the two-year eight-month programme at SIT (excluding the attendance of a preparatory programme to transit participants to a full-time student role at SIT).

PCP applicants must apply to both SIT as well as WSG during the application period in order to be considered. For more information on PCP eligibility, process and funding, please visit WSG PCP for Allied Health Professionals.

Career Options

Graduates can be employed as occupational therapists in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Public and Private Hospitals 
  • Community Hospitals 
  • Intermediate and Long-Term Care Organisations including Nursing Homes and Rehabilitation Centres
  • Private Practice 
  • Government Agencies 
  • Polyclinics 
  • Special Schools
  • Preschools

Eligibility and Exemption

SIT selects candidates for this programme using an aptitude-based approach that considers passion and suitability for the profession, academic achievement and co-curricular involvement. Short-listed candidates will be invited for Multiple Mini Interviews, consisting of different stations which assess different important attributes such as communication skills.

Listed below are the relevant admission criteria:
 

Obtained a good pass in two H2 subjects, one of which has to be Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics, and also offered General Paper or Knowledge & Inquiry in the same sitting while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

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Note

  • Diplomas that are not listed may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Module exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Obtained a good pass in two of the following HL subjects, one of which must be Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics; while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

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NUS High School Diploma Prerequisites
Obtained a good pass in two subjects, one of which must be Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

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Mandatory English Requirement
Applicants to the five Allied Health Programmes are required to fulfil ONE of the following English requirements by application closing:

Qualification

English Subject

Minimum Grade Required

GCE O Level

English as First Language

C5

IELTS (Academic Module)

IELTS

7.0 for all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

TOEFL TOEFL At least 250 marks for computer-based test or 600 marks for paper-based test or 100 marks for internet-based test
OET OET Grade B and above

Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)

English Modules

C+

GCE A Level

General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry

D

International Baccalaureate (IB)

SL ‘English A: Language & Literature’ OR

SL ‘Literature & Performance’

4

NUS High School Diploma

EL4101 or higher (EL5101, 6103) modules

C+

Applicants who hold a first degree from Singapore, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States of America will be deemed to have fulfilled the stipulated English Language requirement for the programme.

Please refer to the Mandatory Medical Clearance for additional requirements.

Professional Conversion Programmes
The Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) helps and supports mid-career Singaporeans in acquiring relevant training to be Occupational Therapists. PCP applicants must apply to both SIT as well as WSG during the application period in order to be considered.

For more information on PCP eligibility, process and funding, please visit WSG PCP for Allied Health Professionals

Important to note
Successful applicants who have a Science-related honours degree from a recognised university may be offered a place by SIT in the two-year eight-month accelerated PCP-OT programme.

Examples of Science-related honours degrees include:

  • Exercise and Sports Sciences
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Allied Health
  • Nursing and Medicine
  • Life Sciences / Biomedical Sciences
  • Other Health Sciences

Other degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Fees and Finances

Per Credit
$154.00
Total credit
240
Tuition fees: $36,960.00 for SG Citizens / $145,606.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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Per Credit
$295.00
Total credit
240
Tuition fees: $70,800.00 for Permanent Resident / $145,606.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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Per Credit
$401.25
Total credit
240
Tuition fees: $96,300.00 for International Student / $145,606.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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  • Tuition fees shown is the total cost based on the completion of the study.
  • Occupational Therapy (Accelerated) duration is 2-year 8-month and tuition fees is non-subsidised at $145,606.00.
  • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents fees are exclusive of GST and subsidised by the Ministry of Education.
  • International Students and Non-Subsidised fees are inclusive of 7% GST.

Industry Advisory Committee


The members of the Industry Advisory Committee for this programme are:

Ms Susan Niam (Chairperson)
Chief Allied Health Officer
Ministry of Health
Dr Tyrone Goh
Senior Director 
National Healthcare Group Diagnostics
Ms Chee Thong Gan
Senior Director
Allied Health, Clinical Operations and Community Operations
JurongHealth Campus
Ms Paulin Koh
Chief Nursing Officer
Ministry of Health
Mrs Magdalin Cheong
Head and Deputy Director
Dietetic and Food Services
Changi General Hospital 
Asso Prof Lim Swee Hia
Senior Director
Alice Lee Institute of Advanced Nursing
SingHealth
Dr Effie Chew
Senior Consultant
Rehabilitation Medicine
National University Health Systems 
Mr Abhimanyau Pal
Executive Director
SPD
Ms Melissa Chua
Head and Senior Principal Speech Therapist 
Sengkang General Hospital 
Prof Celia Tan
Group Director
Allied Health 
SingHealth
Mr Anjan Kumar Ghosh
Director
Sector Manpower and Organisation Development 
Dr Sherry Young
Senior Consultant 
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Changi General Hospital 

 

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