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Bachelor in Occupational Therapy

Job profile and educational aims Occupational therapy is primarily concerned with people’s capacity to perform. Occupational therapists advise and support people of all ages whose capacity to perform is limited or under threat. The aim is to retain or facilitate a person’s ability to engage in activities related to self-sufficiency, work and leisure time.
Structure of the course During the 3-year Bachelor’s degree course students acquire knowledge and skills in vocational and inter-professional modules at the ZHAW and external locations. The course consists of 40 percent face-to-face instruction and around 60 percent self-learning. In addition to presentation-based teaching, methods are employed that promote independent and activity-oriented learning.

One 10-week work placement and two 12-week work placements enable students to put into practice what they have learned.
Admission requirements If you wish to complete a regular study program at the ZHAW please submit evidence that you have sufficient knowledge of German (in addition to all standard registration procedures and documents). Please contact the academic office for Health Professions for the precise regulations.
Acceptance process Once the formal admission requirements have been verified, applicants will be asked to take a two-part (written and oral) aptitude test, which is liable to a charge.
Registration and deadline The deadline for registration for the 2014–2015 academic year is January 15, 2014.
Fees Information on course fees and other expenses can be found under fees and costs.
Teaching languages German, English
Place of study Winterthur
Degree Bachelor of Science ZFH (Zurich Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts) in Occupational Therapy


ZHAW School of Health Professions

Institute of Occupational Therapy

Technikumstrasse 71


8401 Winterthur, Switzerland


Phone +41 58 934 63 81
Fax     +41 58 935 63 81
E-mail ier.gesundheit(at)