Bachelor of Occupational Therapy


Study our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree and have a career that puts people first!

You'll gain high-quality skills and develop your practice ability through a blend of: 

  • online learning 
  • face-to-face teaching 
  • real-life scenarios 
  • fieldwork placements in a wide range of settings 
  • interactive group and community experiences. 


OT study locations map

Study in Dunedin or Hamilton

We offer this programme at our Dunedin Campus and at Wintec City campus in Hamilton. It is recognised by the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.


Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

  • Dunedin or Hamilton
  • Three years full-time; six years part-time (available after discussion only)
  • Level 7
  • Starts February (full-time) or July (part-time, two Year One courses only)
  • Apply from March for our part-time, July intake

This exciting programme includes fieldwork placements and will lead to registration as an Occupational Therapist in New Zealand. It is also recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Our July intake is part-time only and two courses are available - Building Cultural Competence, and Human Mind and Behaviour. You will then complete the remaining Year One courses from February next year.


Health bridging certificate

Don't meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy?
This programme offers the perfect solution as it will help you to bridge the gap! Gain confidence, study skills and knowledge in a supportive environment with the guidance and advice from experienced teachers, and benefit from the blended, flexible delivery format, allowing you to fit study around other commitments.



Community projects

Let our third-year students provide some extra energy and effort to help your organisation accomplish your community projects.

Want to supervise a student therapist? 

Guide for supervising occupational therapists wanting to make offers for Otago Polytechnic student fieldwork placements.

Blended learning

Blended learning combines online learning with face-to-face learning activities, real-life scenarios, research and community experiences.

Key dates and timetable

The key dates calendar lists important dates for the academic year such as semester dates and public and holidays.

Your time commitment and costs

Get an idea of the time commitment and costs you can expect when you study this programme.