Occupational Therapy (Bachelor)

Helping people help themselves

Living your life independently is central to Occupational Therapy. Whether due to illness, injury, or disability – people are often no longer able to carry out daily activities on their own. As an occupational therapist, you help these people to live independently again. With only 20 places every three years, our Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences offers a particularly individual training program in this valuable area of knowledge.

Study: Full-time
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (BSc)
Duration: 6 semesters
Study places per year: 20 - starts two years in a row, then one year break
Study starts in the following years: 2023/24; 2025/26; 2026/27
Location: Salzburg Campus (University Hospital LKH) Urstein Campus
Language of instruction: German
Internship: 1,167.5 hours alongside studies
Tuition: Tuition fee € 363,- per semester + Euro 24.70 student union fee per semester
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Why study Occupational Therapy at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences?

In order to work as an occupational therapist in either your own practice or in a hospital, you need a legal professional qualification according to Austria's MTD-Gesetz. You will become professionally qualified as part of your six-semester Occupational Therapy Bachelor's degree at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

During your course, you will gain the methodical and strategical scientific skills to help people of all ages on their journey back to independent living. The occupational therapeutic process, which runs through the entire course of studies as a training topic, is focused on the pillars of self-sufficiency, productivity, and leisure activities.

In addition to providing professional skills, social and communicative skills are also two of the main focuses of your Occupational Therapy degree.

Important aspects of our Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy

Study content and focus areas

In order to complement the theoretical part of our Bachelor's degree program, our Occupational Therapy training includes an intensive practical part. Vocational training takes place at Salzburg University Hospital (SALK) as well as through internship positions in Austria and neighbouring countries.

The practical part covers the following areas:

  • Selected fields of Occupational Therapy
  • Paediatrics
  • Hand rehabilitation/Orthopaedics
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry/occupational integration or health promotion/prevention and research
  • Geriatrics

Practical training: In order to link education and training even more closely, two projects will take place during the course of your studies with specialised partners. For example, in the second semester, you will work with real clients as part of our workshop called “Activation and Participation”. Even during our prevention project that takes place in the fifth semester, real cases are at the forefront of your training – be it through “back care” for primary schools or “comfort break” for employees of a retirement home.

Good to know: In the sixth semester you also have the opportunity to further your knowledge in selected Occupational Therapy procedures. You will deal with future occupational therapy fields such as socio-political or local occupational therapy, or through working with traumatised people.

Professional internships and study abroad

Practical experiences

The Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy comprises an intensive practical part. You can also gain experience abroad by doing an internship abroad.

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Job prospects and careers

Varied career paths

Be it in a hospital, rehabilitation centre, retirement home, social pedagogical association, or company: occupational therapists are sought after and benefit from a number of different career options.

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