Occupational therapy

psicologo prende delle note su un foglio
Bachelor
A.Y. 2020/2021
L/SNT2 - Health professions for rehabilitation
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Limited enrollment with admission test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The main educational goal for this degree programme is to build skills in occupational science to promote the health and wellbeing of patients of all ages who have limitations during daily living. At the end of the study period, students must be able to seek out, process, and apply information, possess a high degree of clinical thinking and skills with respect to their patients, and in their group work. Such skills must fall within the following areas:

-the relationship amongst individual-occupation-environment, and its connection to health
-patient and professional relationships
-the occupational-therapy process
-professional conduct and reasoning
-the professional-practice environment

The Bachelor's degree programme strives for a series of specific objectives. We describe these below, in their three-year course sequence.
Occupational therapists work to prevent, treat, and rehabilitate persons afflicted with physical and mental illnesses and disorders, which might be either temporary or permanent. OTs use expressive, manual-representative activities, play therapy, and everyday living situations to treat their patients. Those earning a degree in occupational therapy, in concert with the diagnosis and prescriptions given by the patient's physician, within the scope of their skill set, and in collaboration with other social and healthcare professionals, conduct a functional and physiological assessment of the patient. Based on this assessment, they develop (whether individually or as part of a multi-disciplinary team) a rehabilitation programme for the patient. The goal is to identify and help the disabled person overcome their needs, and to put them on track towards independence, both in terms of daily life as well as integration into the community. OTs treat physical, mental/psychiatric, temporary/permanent conditions in patients of all ages. They use both individual and group therapies, promoting the recovery and optimisation of a person's faculties so that they might reintegrate, adapt, and adjust to their personal environment, whether at home or in the community. They discern a person's potential to adapt, and motivate them towards their goals, within the scope of specific occupational therapy; they take part in choosing and designing braces or orthotics, for use alone or in tandem with assistive devices; they propose (where necessary) modifications to the person's living environment, and provide education to the person in treatment, to families, and to the community at large; they ensure alignment between the rehabilitative strategy chosen, and the patient's functional and psycho-social recovery objectives; they conduct study and research, teaching, and provide support where their specific professional competencies are sought; they contribute to the training and professional development of support staff; they practice in public or private clinics and hospitals, as either employees or independent professionals.
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

Limited enrolment with admission test

For further information on the number of places and the date of the admission test, please visit the website https://accessoprogrammato.miur.it/

English Language

Students are expected to attain level B1 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B1 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December. Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.

International opportunities for students enrolled in bachelor's degree programmes began in 1987, through the efforts of the European Community with the institution of ERASMUS, which stands for "European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students". European university students were given the opportunity to complete a for-credit study-abroad period on an international campus partnering with the student's home campus.
UNIMI's Bachelor's Degree programme in Occupational Therapy, established in 2001, launched an international exchange programme (within the Erasmus framework) with the University of Burgos, Spain, beginning in the 2008/2009 academic year. Since then, about a dozen Spanish students have taken Year III coursework on the Milan campus, with stays ranging from six to nine months. These students have attended lessons and completed practicums.
The European Community's Erasmus+ programme was renewed for the 2014-2020 period, providing students study-abroad and traineeship/internship opportunities for 3-12 months thanks to bilateral agreements between the degree programmes. The Bachelor's degree programme also provides students, on an individual basis, contacts with short-term (from a few weeks to a few months) international-university experiences, in the U.S. in particular. As with other degree programmes where students have studied abroad, we have found students to be very happy with their experience. In many cases they have found inspiration for their thesis, and contacts for work opportunities after graduation.
The Erasmus experience and international exchange are not just a university experience, but an opportunity to learn from, and live with, persons of a different culture and language. It's about more than learning a different language: it's a chance for the student to begin to take on responsibilities, and to begin to feel a part of a professional community that includes students from different countries.

Attendance: Mandatory

Courses list

year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Clinical training, 1st year 16 400 Italian MED/48
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biological and morphological bases of life (biology, anatomy and histology) 6 60 Italian BIO/13 BIO/16 BIO/17
- Anatomy3
- Experimental biology2
- Histology1
Occupational therapy I 7 75 Italian MED/48
Sociological, psychological and pedagogical sciences 6 70 Italian M-PED/01 M-PED/04 SPS/07
- Educational research1
- General sociology3
- Theories and science of education and social education2
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Clinical and developmental psychology 6 65 Italian M-PSI/04 M-PSI/08
- Clinical psychology4
- Developmental and educational psychology2
Occupational therapy II 7 90 Italian MED/48
Physiology and pathology 5 50 Italian BIO/09 MED/04
- Experimental medicine and pathophysiology2
- Physiology3
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Computer Science Course 3 30 Italian INF/01
English assessment B1 (2 ECTS) 2 0 Italian
Study plan rules
Elettivi - Lo studente, al primo anno, deve altresì maturare 2 CFU in attività formative a scelta.
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Clinical training, 2nd year 20 500 Italian MED/48
Internal medicine (oncology, geriatrics, nursing, neurology) 7 70 Italian MED/06 MED/09 MED/26 MED/45
- Internal medicine2
- Medical oncology1
- Neurology3
- Nursing sciences: general, clinical and paediatric1
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Occupational therapy III 6 75 Italian MED/48
Pediatrics and neuropsychiatry 4 45 Italian MED/38 MED/39 MED/48
- Child neuropsychiatry1
- General and subspecialty paediatrics1
- Occupational therapy2
Psychiatry and clinical psychology 4 45 Italian M-PSI/08 MED/25
- Clinical psychology2
- Psychiatry2
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Locomotor pathology; Physical and rehabilitation medicine 6 70 Italian MED/16 MED/19 MED/33 MED/34
- Musculoskeletal system diseases2
- Physical and rehabilitation medicine2
- Plastic surgery1
- Rheumatology1
Occupational therapy IV 6 87 Italian MED/48
Study plan rules
Elettivi - Lo studente, al secondo anno, deve altresì maturare 2 CFU in attività formative a scelta.
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Clinical training, 3rd year 24 600 Italian MED/48
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Evidence-based research methods and practise 4 40 Italian M-PSI/08 MED/01 MED/48
- Clinical psychology1
- Medical statistics1
- Research methods1
- Research methods for occupational therapy1
Health science and services 5 50 Italian IUS/07 MED/36 MED/42 MED/44 SECS-P/10
- Diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy1
- Hygiene and public health1
- Labour law1
- Occupational medicine1
- Organization studies1
Occupational therapy V 6 75 Italian MED/48
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Latest developments in advanced assistive technology and environmental design 4 45 Italian ICAR/13 ING-INF/06
- Electronic and informatics bioengineering3
- Industrial design1
Occupational therapy VI 7 95 Italian MED/48
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final examination 7 0 Italian
Study plan rules
Elettivi - Lo studente, al terzo anno, deve altresì maturare 2 CFU in attività formative a scelta.
Altre attività - Lo studente deve altresì maturare ulteriori 3 CFU in Altre attività.
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Professional laboratories 3 45 Italian
Location
Milano

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