Information about the Bachelor education in Occupational Therapy

Qualification awarded: Yrkeshögskoleexamen inom hälsovård och det sociala området, Ergoterapeut (YH); equivalent to Bachelor of Health Care
Level of qualification: 1st cycle
Scope: 210 ECTS credits
Duration: 3.5 years
Mode of study: full-time
Language of tuition: Swedish
Programme director: Annikki Arola

Arcada educates occupational therapists with a wide knowledge within the various areas of the field. The studies provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to work with a client-centred approach to promote, improve and uphold the functional ability of the client and enable participation in different areas of activity that are meaningful for the client. The studies focus on methods and strategies used within occupational therapy to promote, improve and uphold the psychological, physical, and social functional ability of the client as a part in enabling the client to participate in meaningful activities in the environment where the client lives, works, plays and spends their free time.

Focus areas in the field are to be able to support, improve and facilitate the possibilities of children and youth for meaningful activities within play and school, to support and improve the working ability as well as enable adult people of working age who have a reduced functional capacity to work. Another important area is to increase the possibilities of activation for the chronically ill and improve and uphold the functional ability of the ageing population. Occupational therapists Occupational therapists work in different areas of rehabilitation in social and health care. They also work in school settings or as private practitioners. The competence and occupational therapist has will also in the future be needed to promote participation-related aspects on various levels in society, e.g. within universal design and questions concerning the right to activity.

Research, development and innovation

Research, development and innovation (RDI) is strongly integrated in the education and degree theses and different projects connected to working life are part of the RDI-activities. In the RDI-activities within the department for health and welfare we primarily focus on three areas of knowledge development.

Within health promotion expert knowledge within the production of health promoting and preventive services and the areas of workplace health promotion, physical activity and health exercise and support of living conditions for elderly in their home environment are developed. The knowledge development concerns the individual’s health and welfare on an individual, group and societal level within varied health promoting arenas within daily and working life. A central development area is concerned with health promoting leadership.

Within the area of social participation one target area for knowledge development is groups with special needs, another is the social capital. To facilitate community, a sense of belonging, active participation and responsibility in the development of the society within vulnerable and exposed target groups is a comprehensive focus area. Another challenge is to develop rehabilitation models and –networks that support the physical, psychological and social functional capacity and control for risk groups with functional challenges such as mental illness and various functional hindrances.

The area of patient safety focuses on three sections; advanced clinical care, safety in relation to human factors and simulation as a means of pedagogy to increase patient safety. The section dealing with safety in relation to human factors is concerned with how risks can be minimised and a safe and secure care and treatment can be guaranteed by developing processes taking into account leadership, decision making, task management and situation assessment as well as anticipatory reporting.


In addition to a wide academic network within education, research, development and innovation activities and a versatile cooperation with the partner institutions, Arcada has close contacts to working life. In addition to guest lecturers from our partner institutions we also invite representatives for working life and alumni as guest lecturers and inspirers. In order to meet the demands of the future labour market, both representatives for working life and alumni participate in the development of the educational programmes of the institution. Through these networks with institutions of higher education and working life the students at Arcada profit of the latest expertise and valuable work experience already during their studies.