Occupational Therapy graduates are responsible for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals suffering from illnesses, physical and psychic conditions, with both permanent and temporary disabilities, through the use of expressive, manual-representative, and recreational activities from everyday life.
On the basis of a doctor's diagnosis and prescription, and working within their own sphere of competence in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, graduates can carry out a functional and psychological evaluation of the patient and then proceed to create, sometimes in interdisciplinary teams, a rehabilitative programme directed at identifying and meeting the needs of the disabled patient and fostering their personal autonomy in everyday life and within the community.
Graduates treat physical, psychic and psychiatric conditions, both temporary and permanent, in patients of all ages. They use individual and group activities to promote the recovery and optimal use of functions so as to encourage the re-integration, adaptation and integration of the individual into his or her personal, domestic and social environment. They identify and stress motivational considerations and the individual’s capacity to adapt, in line with the specificities of occupational therapy.
Occupational therapists work in hospitals, day centres, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes, institutions for chronic diseases, and rest homes. They operate both in public and private healthcare facilities, in a freelance or employed capacity.
- partake in the selection and planning of orthotics together with, or in place of, specific aids;
- propose, where necessary, changes to living arrangements and encourage educational initiatives geared at the patient, family and community;
- check that the rehabilitative methods used correspond to the functional and psychosocial recovery objectives;
- carry out research, study, educational and support activities in all areas which require their specific professional skills;
- assist in the training of support staff, and directly contribute to the continuous updating of their professional profile.
The degree in Occupational Therapy released by the University of Milan is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).
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Admission: Limited enrolment with admission test.
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.
The European Union Erasmus+ programme, which has been renewed for the period 2014-2020, provides you with the opportunity to study or do an internship abroad for 3 to 12 months under bilateral agreements between universities.
The Degree Programme also makes available to some students, on an individual basis, contacts with foreign universities (particularly in the United States) where they can spend a few weeks or several months. As with other degree programmes involved in mobility projects, students appear to be satisfied with their experience, since they have often found ideas for their thesis and created long-lasting contacts, also in terms of employment opportunities after graduation.
The Erasmus experience is not just a part of your university education, but also a chance to live in a different culture and learn its language, to take responsibilities and develop a sense of belonging to a profession shared by students from different countries.
For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:
- the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students
- the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’- that is variable.
Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:
- lowering for students who meet high merit requirements
- fixed amounts calculated on the basis of the student's citizenship group for those with income/property abroad
- support for students who have political refugee status.
More info at: Fees - current academic year
Scholarships and benefits
L’Ateneo fornisce inoltre una serie di agevolazioni economiche a favore dei propri studenti con requisiti particolari (merito, condizioni economiche o personali, studenti internazionali) come:
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