Programme Overview

Qualification
BSc (Hons)
Provider
Singapore Institute of Technology
Duration
4 years
Total credits
240
Application period
10 January to 19 March 2023
Next intake
Campus location
SIT@Dover

The Bachelor of Science with Honours 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.

Clinical Practice Education

All Occupational Therapy students need to undergo around 1200 hours of clinical practice education (CPE) across various clinical settings. Such clinical placements prepare students for the real-world clinical practice. Therefore, students get to apply theoretical and clinical knowledge and build up their confidence in clinical skills. Students need to pass all clinical placements to graduate from the programme and to be registered under the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC).

Career Conversion Programme

(formerly known as Professional Conversion Programme)

The Career Conversion Programme (CCP) 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 CCP for Occupational Therapists:

CCP Degree Programme CANDIDATURE Tuition FEES
Occupational Therapists  BSc Occupational Therapy Full Time – 4 years Subsidised fees for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students are located in Tuition Fees

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

Programme Structure (AY2022/23)*

Module Title Credits
Anatomy and Physiology 1 6
Health Systems - Singapore’s Perspectives 6
Psychological and Sociological Perspectives for Health Sciences 6
Occupational Therapy Theory and Study of Occupation 6
Anatomy and Physiology 2 6
Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan 6
Occupational Therapy Process and Skills 12
Leisure and Community Participation 6
Occupational Therapy Group Interventions 6
Neuroscience for Occupational Therapists 6
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 6
Application of Psychopathology in Occupational Therapy 6
Daily Living Skills 12
Occupational Therapy Intervention and Reasoning 6
Health Research Methods 6
Occupational Therapy Practice Skills 6
Work and Productivity 12
Play, School and Transition 12
Occupational Therapy and Chronic Disease Management with Older Adults 12
Honours Thesis Proposal 2
Professionalism, Ethics and the Law 6
Occupational Therapy Entrustable Professional Activities 6
Occupational Justice and Disability Studies 6
Global Health 3
Occupational Therapy: Consolidating Theory and Practice 6
Clinical Practice Education 1 6
Clinical Practice Education 2 6
Clinical Practice Education 3a 6
Clinical Practice Education 3b 6
Clinical Practice Education 4 6
Honours Thesis 16

Students are required to choose 1 out of 6 elective modules.

Module Title Credits
Patient and Client Education 6
Leading and Managing in Health Professions 6
Anatomical Dissection of Musculoskeletal System 6
Engineering and Technology for Healthcare Solutions 6
Multidimensional Nature of Pain 6
Exercise and Sports Nutrition 6
Module Title Credits
Digital Competency Essentials 2
Critical Thinking and Communicating 4
Introduction to Design Innovation 2
Interdisciplinary Design Innovation 4
Social Innovation Project 3

* The programme structure is subject to change without prior notice. SIT regularly reviews its curriculum to ensure that it remains industry-relevant and prepares our students for the evolving needs of industry.

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 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+

    The Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) mandates the minimum English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for the Allied Health programmes to enable our graduates to practise in the respective Allied Health professions.

    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.

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

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

    Degree Conversion

    Applicants with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from Nanyang Polytechnic accepted in the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme will be offered a degree conversion route after matriculation. 
     
    The final intake of the degree conversion route will be in Academic Year 2026. 

    Fees and Finances

      Subsidised fees per credit
      $155.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $37,200.00 for SG Citizens / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $295.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $70,800.00 for Permanent Resident / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $401.25
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $96,300.00 for International Student / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      • Tuition fees shown are the total cost for completion of studies, based on the minimum credits required to graduate.
      • 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:

      Chairman
      Ms Susan Niam
      Chief Allied Health Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Dr Effie Chew
      Senior Consultant, Division of Neurology, National University Health System
      Member
      Mr Anjan Kumar Ghosh
      Director, Sector Manpower - Strategy & Leadership, National Council of Social Service
      Member
      Ms Paulin Koh
      Chief Nursing Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Ms Melissa Chua
      Head & Senior Principal Speech Therapist, Sengkang General Hospital
      Member
      Mr Michael Ong
      Group Director, Allied Health, National University Health System
      Member
      Ms Frances Hew Wee Kee
      Deputy Director, Head, Clinical Support
      Member
      Dr Lim Yen Peng
      Head and Senior Principal Dietitian, Nutrition and Dietetics Department Tan Tock Seng Hospital
      Member
      Assoc Prof Yong Keng Kwang
      Group Chief Nurse, National Healthcare Group
      Member
      Assoc Prof Lita Chew Sui Tjien
      Group Director, Group Allied Health, SingHealth
      Member
      Assoc Prof Ng Yee Sien
      Senior Consultant, SingHealth
      Member
      Mr Eric Ho Chun Keong
      Director (Acting), Allied Health. Deputy Director, Regional Health Office, Woodlands Health
      Member
      Ms Jessica Hooi
      Vice Principal, St. Andrew’s Autism School
      Member
      Mr Abhimanyau Pal
      Chief Executive Officer, SPD
      Ex-Officio
      Assoc Prof Tan Bhing Leet
      Director of Programmes, Health and Social Sciences, Singapore Institute of Technology