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The College of Occupational Therapy/NISH, established in 2020, aims to empower and train occupational therapy students with knowledge and skills for performing appropriate and independent Occupational therapy assessments, required for the analysis of a client’s occupational performance limitations and plan appropriate interventions.

Furthermore, College of Occupational Therapy aims to provide basics of research skills together and critically analyse the research findings to provide clinical services that are evidence-based. The academic services are empowered to provide reflective practice to students which will enable them to progress into postgraduate / doctorate level in Occupational Therapy. 

Objectives of Course

  1. Develop Professional Identity: Understand the role of OT in varied settings, and enabling occupation across the varied diagnoses and across age groups

  2. Develop Clinical Competency: in the aspects of patient care, use of appropriate evidence-based assessments, planning interventions using evidence-based practice and reflexive practice, prioritizing safety, time management and decision-making and critically validating the methods of practice by undertaking research

  3. Demonstrate Professionalism: committed to ethical practice and high personal standards of behaviour

  4. Demonstrate Professional Competency: Improve on effective communicator (engaging in effective dialogue and written documentation) and collaborator (working in teams)

Learning Outcomes of the BOT Course

Upon completion of the Occupational Therapy program, students will be able to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate and understand factors: anatomy, physiology, neuro-muscular mechanism, psychological, environmental, and mechanical factors that enable human movement to accomplish activities of daily living, work, play and leisure.

  2. Demonstrate and understand the use of arts and craft, as a therapeutic media.

  3. Demonstrate a wide knowledge base and ability to apply occupational theory to the practice setting.

  4. Identify physical, psychological, environmental and cultural factors that are facilitators or barriers for independence in participation in various occupations.

  5. Demonstrate wide clinical skills for assessing and planning interventions for clients with varied performance and participation problems resulting from developmental disabilities, neurological, orthopaedic or mental health dysfunctions across age groups.

  6. Develop occupation-centred and client-centred intervention plans for clients in varied practice settings: physical rehabilitation, mental health and paediatrics.

  7. Use problem-solving and critical reasoning skills to plan and deliver evidence-based management programs.

  8. Monitor, review and reflect on the response of the clients to interventions.

  9. Identify areas for continued professional development.

  10. Demonstrate written and verbal communication to inform and promote professional practices.

Course Overview

Programme Code

B.O. T

Programme Name

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy


Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS)

Level of  programme

Under Graduate (UG)


4 Academic years + 6 months Internship

Pattern of programme

Annual (Non-Semester)

Medium of instruction



Candidates belonging to all categories for admission to the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy course should have passed in all the subjects of the qualifying examinations of the Higher Secondary(H.Sc) conducted by Kerala state or equivalent examination (Academic Stream) with the following subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Selection criteria

The selection and admission to the course will be done through LBS only. From the rank list prepared by LBS, 10 candidates will be selected on Merit and another 9 through management Quota and 1 through NRI quota.


Reservation for SC/ST/OBC, PwD and others as per the norms of the Government.


A successful candidate has job opportunities as therapist, teaching faculty, researcher in Government & NGOs, self-employment, consultant/advisor in industrial & educational institutions in India & abroad.

Higher Education


Masters in Occupational Therapy, PhD and

Post-Doctoral and Fellowship Programmes


Kerala        University        of        Health        Sciences (KUHS)

Evaluation pattern

As per the norms of Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS)

Certifying Authority

Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS)



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