About Bachelor of Occupational Therapy [BOT]

  • Bachelor of occupational therapy is an undergraduate program in occupational therapy.

  • The Duration of the course is of 4 years of study and 1 year of practice, but in some colleges, it is 4 ½ years of study and 6 months of practice.

  • The BOT syllabus explores areas like Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Orthopedics, etc.

  • In India, this course has gotten recognition from the All India Occupational Therapists Association (AIOTA) also the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT).

  • The BOT job scope after graduating with a practice license, one may start working at Government or Private hospitals/clinics/community health centre’s.

  • Pursuing a PG course is also recommended, After completing, one may work as a Lecturer at Government or Private OT Colleges/Institutes.

What is Bachelor of Occupational Therapy [BOT]?
  • Bachelor of occupational therapy is an undergraduate program in occupational therapy, where one does not directly treats a personal injury but aids the patient.

  • Generally, The Duration of the course is of 4 years of study and 1 year of practice.

  • The course dives deep into Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, Psychology, Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy.

  • The course essentially covers the following major components of study:

    • Anatomy

    • Biochemistry

    • Physiology

    • Orthopaedics

    • Surgery

    • Medicine Psychiatry

  • Also, specializations like Pediatrics, Adult rehabilitations, Hand therapy, Vision rehabilitation, Community consultation, Assisted living, etc can be pursued to learn more in-depth aspects of the field.

Why Choose Bachelor of Occupational Therapy [BOT]?
  • The demand for OT professionals is on the rising. This trend has been the result of a modern lifestyle.

  • The course trains patients to be able to use assistive equipment and also modify the home/work environment to accomplish daily activities without any reliance on others.

  • The course focuses on adapting the environment according to the patient, teaching and educating them in the necessary skills needed in performing daily activities.

  • Rehabilitation clinics are also known to recruit BOT graduates as a rehabilitation specialist at such clinics, where It is the task of the Occupational Therapist to analyze the condition, evaluate possibilities, create a treatment plan and provide the best available treatment and support to the patient.

  • International welfare associations, as well as NGOs, are also known to hire Occupational Therapists to help out needy people.

Top Colleges for Bachelor of Occupational Therapy [BOT]:

Sl. No.

Name of the College


Bihar College of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Patna


Christian Medical College, Vellore


Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi


Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi


Manipal University, Manipal


Swami Vivekananda National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research, Cuttack


Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Physically Handicapped, Delhi


Rajiv Gandhi Paramedical Institute, Delhi

Eligibility for Bachelor of Occupational Therapy [BOT]:
  • Must have completed 10+2 level education, from a recognized educational Board.

  • Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Mathematics should have been studied as the main subjects at the 10+2 level, with maintaining a minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the level of graduation.

  • Candidates appearing for their final 10+2 examination are also eligible to apply for the course on a provisional basis.

Admission Procedure for Bachelor of Occupational Therapy [BOT]:
  • A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s score at the 10+2 level.

  • Admission for students is based on their performance in a relevant entrance test, followed by a subsequent round of counselling.

  • The round of counselling consists of two additional rounds of group discussion followed by a personal interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined.

  • Some institutes conduct their own private entrance tests for offering admission, the process generally varies across colleges.

  • Mentioned below are some of the major common entrance examinations conducted for admission to the course:

    • All India Entrance Exam

    • CMC Vellore Entrance Exam

    • SVNIRTAR NIOH Common Entrance Test

    • Manipal University Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Entrance Exam