Occupational Therapists assist people of all ages improve their ability to perform tasks at home, school or work. They help to develop, improve, sustain, or restore independence to someone with an injury, illness, disability or psychological dysfunction.Find out more
Study world ready
As an undergraduate student, you'll waste no time getting into the practical side of this field. In fact, you'll eventually complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice education/fieldwork to meet the requirements of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
"I chose to study OT at ECU because of the practical components offered from the beginning of the course"
I have been fortunate to have taken part in several placements relating to OT, beginning just a few weeks into starting my course. These placements involved observing practitioners in their specialised fields, which was very beneficial as it gave me a feel for what I'd be doing in the future, and provided learning that can't be taught in the classroom.
I also felt that the small cohort of students in the course would be very beneficial as it allows us to get to know everyone in the course and increases the opportunities that we have to communicate face-to-face with lecturers and tutors. The OT staff at ECU are also working in the field, and they're able to provide students with real-life learning, which is fantastic.
"ECU offers the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning"
I chose ECU because of the practical components the course offered and also because of the small cohort.
ECU offers occupational therapy (OT) students with the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning, which gave us the beneficial component of having hands-on experience.
These placements really provided us with the opportunity to experience what occupational therapy was all about and prepared us for the real world.
The staff within the OT department at ECU have experience working in the field, so when we had any questions the answers were just that much more relevant.
Prior to commencing my studies at ECU, I always believed that OT was disability focused, but through the practical experiences it provided me with the opportunity to really get a feel for the different fields within the OT profession.