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About Bachelor Occupational Therapy (BOT)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy or BPT is a 4-year undergraduate program which deals with the science of physical movement and channelising it to prevent disability and diseases of movement.. The course also highlights the importance of six months of mandatory clinical internship. Physiotherapy or physical therapy is an allied health profession that helps people increase, maintain or restore their physical mobility, function, and strength. This science makes use of electrotherapy, evidence-based kinesiology, exercise prescription and shockwave mobility to treat chronic conditions of the bones and soft tissues.
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT) is a 4-5 year long undergraduate course designed to produce efficient Occupational Therapists that can help the physically or mentally challenged people enjoy their life without any hindrance. Occupational Therapy is the branch of science that deals with curing and rehabilitating the physically, emotionally and mentally disabled and challenged people. It focuses on adapting the environment according to the patient, and teaching and educating them in the necessary skills needed in performing daily activities.
COURSE DURATION- 4years
BPT Eligibility Criteria
- Students who have completed their 10 +2 education with science as their major subject are eligible to apply for a Bachelor of Physiotherapy course.
- The candidate should have pursued the Science stream with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as their main subjects.
- A Minimum aggregate score of 60% or equivalent at 10+2 level is mandatory for admission.
- BPT Admission is generally done on the basis of entrance examinations conducted at national and state level
The program is designed to help a student understand the abilities and knowledge required to assess, diagnose and cure patients. Thus, rather than specializing in one area, Bachelor of Physiotherapy sheds light on all aspects of physiotherapy.
Students who are planning to specialize in a particular area are advised to further pursue a Master of Physiotherapy or MPT course. Some of the most-preferred specializations in Physiotherapy
- MPT in Neurology
- MPT in Sports Physiotherapy
- MPT in Pediatrics
- MPT in Cardio-Pulmonary Sciences
Bachelor Occupational Therapy (BOT)
COURSE DURATION- 4years
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is a 4-5 year long undergraduate course designed to produce efficient Occupational Therapists that can help the physically or mentally challenged people enjoy their life without any hindrance. Occupational Therapy is the branch of science that deals with curing and rehabilitating the physically, emotionally and mentally disabled and challenged people. It focuses on adapting the environment according to the patient, and teaching and educating them in the necessary skills needed in performing daily activities. This was also known as ‘Moral Treatment’ in the past. The rise of occupational therapy happened around 100 BC, with a Greek physician by the name ‘Asclepiads. He treated the mentally impaired with the help of music, massage, exercise, and therapeutic bath. Since the onset of the 18th and 19th century, Occupational Therapy has been widely used in a number of countries as a measure of assessing and treating the mentally challenged. The 20th century experts formally named it as ‘Occupational Therapy’.
About Bachelors of Occupational Therapy (BOT)
Bachelors of Occupational Therapy, also known as BOT, is a bachelor’s degree programme in the field of medicine. The course has been structured to focus on practices of prevention and cure along with rehabilitation. It teaches the students to tackle the physical, emotional as well as mental problems of students and provide a universal cure for the problem or disease. In these programmes, students learn about means to cure patients by modifying the environment of the patient, educating them, and teaching them how to lead a regular life. Occupational Therapy also focuses on ergo-medicine to promote alternative medicine methods. BOT course has various specialisations to choose from such as Pediatrics, Hand Therapy Adult Rehabilitation, Vision Rehabilitation, Community Consultation, Assisted Living, etc.
BOT trains students to become skilled professional occupational therapists, capable of undertaking independent/supervised practice. Key skills drilled into students during the BOT course are- observation, clinical reasoning, treatment planning, and implementation of the same. Therapists are professionals who:
- Deal with physically, mentally, morally, and mentally challenged people.
- Manage the dysfunctions caused due to social, biological, and economic reasons.
- There are around 25 institutes in India that offer the course. In India, this program is recognized by the All India Occupational Therapists Association (AIOTA) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT).
- Upon successful completion of the course, graduates apply for the National Certification Examination to get the license to practice Occupational Therapy officially.
Bachelors of Occupational Therapy (BOT) Career Options and Job Prospects
With the rapid urbanization and development of India, the stress level in the lives of citizens have also increased. People working in private sectors and corporate world constantly seek counselling and advice in order to lead a better life. Therefore, a BOT degree can help you become part of this quality life supply chain where you can medically, emotionally and mentally help students to do better. There is a lot of scope for people who seek a career as a private practitioner. Various corporate firms also hire therapists to maintain healthy standards within the organization. Following are some popular job profiles that you can seek after pursuing BOT:
- OT Technician
- OT Nurse
- Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant
- Private Practitioner
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Lab Technician
- Service Delivery Manager
- Medical Record Technician
- OT In-charge
- National Sales Manager
- Critical Care Nursing In-charge
Trainee therapists can start with salary packages of Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 per annum after their graduation. Experience is of utmost importance in this field. Highly skilled therapists also charge Rs. 1500 to Rs. 3000 per session i.e. Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000 per month. A master degree in the field is also a good investment in order to secure good salaries.