About this course
Occupational Therapy is a relatively new field in Malaysia, making it a novel and exciting career to consider. This noble profession requires dedicated individuals who are willing to give a helping hand to people from all walks of life.
The occupational therapy program at Perdana University is designed with academic rigor and vigor to produce professionals in the field. Supervision and guidance are provided throughout the entire program. Students are trained by a team of academicians and practitioners with relevant industry experience. The learning process involves an apprenticeship where knowledge and skills are passed from senior practitioners to a new generation of occupational therapists.
There is a global demand for professionally trained occupational therapists. As such, the training provided at Perdana University will ensure that you have the necessary skills to meet this demand. The skills acquired are field-specific and will also include soft skills needed to function well in a professional and social environment. In addition, pastoral care is a crucial feature of the program, ensuring that your development is holistic in nature.
Definitions of Occupational Therapy
“Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (WFOT, 2012)”
Total Course Fees
Malaysian Students: RM80,000
International Students: RM88,000
NOTE: The above tuition fee does not include miscellaneous charges. Kindly contact the University for more details.
There is currently a waiver package available. For more information, please e-mail farah.suhaila@
In the first year, students will be exposed to introductory subjects related to occupational therapy. They will be able to identify, describe and relate the concepts of occupational therapy in everyday living. Other topics include basic anatomy, orthopaedic and surgical conditions, therapeutic activity, and general pharmacology.
In the second year, students will be exposed to the specifics of occupational therapy assessments and interventions. These are learnable via neurological and paediatric conditions, orthotics and prosthetics, pressure garments, kinesiology, and biomechanics in occupational therapy.
In the third year, students will learn several subjects specific to the role of occupational therapists. These include ergonomics, elderly care, sensory integration, and special education for children with disabilities. The research methodology will also be learned, where the students are expected to relate occupational therapy practices and research findings. Management of occupational therapy services will also be part of the subjects during this year
In the final year, students will learn subjects that would be geared towards entry into community services. The topics include community-based rehabilitation, health promotion, work rehabilitation, driving rehabilitation, and sexual and disability.
Entry RequirementsApplicants must have one of the following Entry requirements:
- For entry with STPM
Passed STPM with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 in the following subjects: Biology
Physics / Mathematics
ChemistryFor entry with A Levels
2 (TWO) Grade Cs in the following subjects:
Biology / Physics; and
For entry with Matriculation or Foundation / Pre-University
Passed Matriculation / Foundation / Pre-University with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 in the following subjects:
Biology / Physics; and
For entry with Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
Possess 5Bs, 2 (TWO) of which include Biology / Physics and Chemistry
For entry with International Baccalaureate (IB)
Possess 28 points, with a minimum of 1 (ONE) science subject in either Biology, Physics or Chemistry at higher level
For entry with Diploma / equivalent
Obtained a Diploma in Occupational Therapy (Level 4 / Malaysian Qualifications Framework, MQF) with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 or an equivalent qualification that has been approved by the Senate of Perdana University;
A related diploma from recognised institutions with a CGPA of below than 2.75 and a minimum of 3 years (36 months) working experience in the same field
For entry with others
Other relevant qualification approved by the Senate of Perdana University
International Student Only
MUET (Band 3), IELTS (5.5) / TOEFL (550) Paper based or equivalent.
International students: Please contact Perdana University for more information