An occupational therapist understands the way a person functions, and the interaction between the individual and their environment, assisting patients to regain the ability to continue with their usual daily activities and learn new skills after an accident or illness.
Programme Fact File
Professional Bachelor's Degree in Health Care
The study programme allows students to acquire the basic disciplines of medicine, theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the selected speciality, by obtaining in-depth knowledge on the assessment of environmental accessibility, readjustment thereof, the practical use of technical aids. For better practical readiness for professional work students undergo clinical placement in hospitals and rehabilitation centres in Latvia.
Study environment and methods
Studies take place in a modern and well-equipped environment and are organised in the form of lectures, video lectures, seminars, practical classes and active independent work. Students have the possibility to improve their theoretical and practical knowledge and take their first steps in research by participating in the interdisciplinary health care scientific group, bringing together professionals of the field who share the same views. In addition to compulsory courses, students have access to various elective courses allowing to improve one’s physical condition and acquire an in-depth knowledge of human health.
- 1st study year
In the 1st year students acquire general humanities and social sciences subjects e.g., psychology and medical ethics as well as subjects that develop their social, communicative and organisational skills, and focus on the basics of Occupational Therapy, e.g., basics of OT, assessment methods in OT, knowledge about disability and environmental accessibility, universal design and practical skills in assessment and adjustment of environmental accessibility.
- 2nd study year
In the 2nd year students proceed with general subjects as well as theoretical subjects in OT - paediatric and adult diseases, internal diseases, neurology, traumatology and orthopaedics, psychiatry, first aid, and pharmacology. Additionally second year students master conceptual placement models in OT, OT in paediatrics, including clinical training in paediatrics and creative activities in OT.
- 3rd study year
Students continue professional specialisation courses – OT for adults, ergonomics, general rehabilitation, the turnover system for technical aids, and public and environmental health. Students commence clinical placement.
- 4th study year
Students have clinical placement in hospitals and rehabilitation centres, working with patients who have somatic or psychiatric illnesses or inhibited mental development. Students also acquire elective courses that provide a broader understanding of the health care sector.
- individual classes