Occupational Therapy

12/10/2014 Career

As a para-medical science, occupational therapy is a kind of treatment
of individuals having some physical or mental disabilities, for
achieving best level of wellness and independence in all facets of their
lives. Occupational Therapists help persons having physical, mental,
developmental, and emotional disabling conditions. They help patients to
identify imbalances in their lives and suggest activities to deal with
them. This type of therapy is patient specific which may involve
recreational, creative and educational activities.

Course Details
Entry
level course for Occupational Therapists is Bachelor's Degree in
Occupational Therapy (BOT). Basic eligibility for BOT course is 10+2
pass with PCB (physics, chemistry and biology). This is a 4-years course
with 6 months of compulsory internship in various clinical setting.
Most of the institutes conduct entrance exams for admission into these
courses. Further higher studies like masters/doctoral degrees are also
available in occupational therapy. After having a degree/diploma
candidates must pass a national certification exam to get license to
practice.

Career Prospects
Occupational Therapists have
multiple career options in medical and fitness arenas. They can work in
hospitals, private clinics, health centres, polyclinics, rehabilitation
centers and psychiatric institutions. Special schools, community mental
health centers, residential care facilities, adult daycare programs and
sports teams are also preferred places for Occupational Therapists.
NGOs are also a good option for these professionals. Occupational
Therapists have ample opportunities for self-employment. They can work
independently for providing health care facility to household and
schools. They may also be involved in ergonomic consultations in
industries and work places and architectural arenas for greater
accessibility by the disabled.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Several
institutes in India offer courses in occupational therapy. Some
prominent among them are:

Institute of Public Health & Hygiene, New
Delhi;

K.M.C.H. College Of Occupational Therapy, Coimbatore;

All India
Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai;

Christian
Medical College, Vellore;

College of Allied Health Sciences,
Manipal
Academy of Higher Education, Manipal;

Institute Of Physically
Handicapped, New Delhi;

National Institute For the Orthopedically
Handicapped, Kolkata;

Occupation Therapy Training School, Mumbai and

Swami Vivekananda National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and
Research, Cuttack (Orissa).


Remuneration
Occupational
Therapists have very encouraging level of income. Fresh pass-outs can
get a monthly salary of Rs 8,000-10,000. However, in private sector pay
packages are quite higher, which may range from Rs 15,000 to 25,000 per
month depending upon skill and experiences. Occupational Therapists
working independently also can earn handsome amount, which can be
something between 20,000 to 1 lac per month.

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