Program Highlights

Learning takes place in small groups with ample personal attention. Studies combine theory and practical training, with the program featuring simulations with simulated patients.
Clinical training exposes students to the working methods of leading treatment and rehabilitation centers across the country, including institutions in health and education systems.
The program prepares graduates for a career in the field immediately upon graduation with maximum training for field work through many practical exercises.


For occupational therapists, the moment when your patient makes a breakthrough and begins to believe in themselves again is priceless. At Ono Academic College, you can study this unique therapeutic profession and prepare yourself for many such moments. If you have always wanted to join a profession that restores people’s health and capabilities and aids in designing accessible human and physical environments for patients, our unique program will give you the best possible foundation.

Occupational therapy includes working with diverse populations from infancy to old age. A career in this field could see you working within a variety of frameworks such as hospitals, health funds, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Welfare, and the possibility of working in a private clinic.

If you’re committed to helping those who need it most and want a career where you can make a real impact, this is the program for you.

Topics of study include:

  • First-year studies focus on fundamentals such as anatomy, physiology, English, statistics, computers, research methods, and an introduction to psychology. Students are integrated into the Merhav project – social involvement in the community – as a necessary basis for clinical experience in the continuation of the track.
  • Years 2-4 include more advanced studies and various courses such as occupational therapy related to children and mental health, orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, gerontology, upper limb rehabilitation, kinesiology, ergonomics and accessibility, activity analysis, group therapy, diagnosis and treatment of children, diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairments, technology and computers, direction of occupational therapy services, and recovery, rehabilitation and integration in the community.
  • During these later years, academic studies take place alongside intensive clinical training periods, and this combination is the key to acquiring practical tools and developing as a therapist and professional.


Skills you will have upon graduation

  • Work in a multi-professional team
  • Leading diagnostic and evaluation processes
  • Therapeutic work with a variety of populations throughout the life cycle
  • Team-lead capabilities
  • Guidance for family members and the person’s supportive environment
  • Professional training for multidisciplinary teams


Career opportunities in the field

Graduates of the degree work as occupational therapists in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • HMO’s
  • Rehabilitation frameworks
  • Housing frameworks
  • Educational frameworks
  • Accompanying employees in companies and organizations


Among the subjects studied

First Year

  • English for advanced students: A
  • Cell Biology
  • Basics of occupational therapy
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy: A
  • Introduction to histology and general pathology
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Introduction to Exact Sciences A – Chemistry
  • Introduction to Exact Sciences B+C (Physics)
  • Introduction to the health professions
  • Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social involvement
  • Analysis of a scientific article and search in databases
  • Statistics
  • Interview, observation and therapeutic contract
  • Non-verbal communication as a therapeutic tool
  • English for advanced students: B
  • Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system
  • Scientific and professional writing
  • Study with the patient – person, and family
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy: B
  • Introduction to genetics
  • Introduction to General Physiology
  • Introduction to Systems Pathology
  • Environment: Culture and Community
  • Developmental Psychology
  • The sequence of the therapeutic process
  • Research Methods


Second Year

  • Psychiatry – psychopathology
  • Simulation training
  • Occupational therapy exercise in the field of physical disabilities (A)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairments
  • Orthopedics A
  • Gerontology
  • Basics of mental health in occupational therapy
  • Scientific and professional writing
  • Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Neurology
  • Developmental neurology and neonatology
  • Activity analysis
  • Diagnostics course
  • Kinesiology – practical
  • Kinesiology – theoretical
  • Occupational therapy in the field of children – theoretical
  • Occupational therapy in the field of physical disabilities
  • Occupational therapy from theory to practice
  • Administration of health services in Occupational Therapy A (dealing with violence)
  • Orthopedics B
  • Practical orthopedics
  • Medical ethics and therapist-patient relationship
  • CPR and first aid
  • Practical training
  • Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
  • From student to professional A + B
  • Developmental neurology and neonatology
  • Applied Neurology
  • Social psychology
  • Occupational therapy in the field of geriatrics for the healthy elderly
  • Occupational therapy from theory to practice 2
  • Internal medicine


Third Year

  • Simulation training
  • Diagnosis and treatment in occupational therapy in the field of children: B
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational therapy Approaches and Models in Mental Health
  • Surgery of the hand
  • Communication skills
  • Health Services Administration A (educational frameworks)
  • Health Services Administration B (educational frameworks) – health professions in the Ministry of Education
  • Upper limb rehabilitation workshop (practical)
  • Research seminar
  • Occupation and participation during life
  • Psychiatry of the adolescent child
  • Friending – introduction to sign language – elective course
  • Friending – therapeutic assistance with the help of animals elective course
  • Occupational therapy in the geriatric field – nursing elderly (B+C)
  • Occupational therapy in the field of physical disabilities (B)
  • Occupational therapy going out into the community – elective course
  • Occupational therapy from theory to practice
  • Theoretical upper body rehabilitation
  • Group processes
  • Diagnosis and treatment in occupational therapy in the field of children
  • Applied mental health
  • Practical training third year
  • Group therapy in occupational therapy
  • From student to professional B
  • Workshop – remote treatment
  • Workshop on housing adaptation
  • Research seminar
  • Occupational therapy in the field of physical disabilities
  • Occupational therapy from theory to practice


Fourth Year

  • Functional assessment
  • Patient’s social involvement and advocacy – people and frameworks
  • Health Services Administration C – (occupational orientation)
  • Sexuality as an area of intervention in occupational therapy
  • From student to professional C
  • Research seminar
  • Current trends in occupational therapy


*Example curriculum and is subject to change

I Believe
Maya Camille Bavli Graduate
Occupational therapy studies at the Ono Academic College have included many practical experiences including field training that have contributed to theoretical and practical understanding. During my studies, the personal attitude and professionalism on the part of the academic staff was felt, which contributed to my sense of connection to the profession and the feeling of being able to do something professional.
I Believe
Dr. Naomi Ferziger Head of Program
As occupational therapists we believe that every person, with or without limitation, from infancy to old age, has the desire and right to be involved in meaningful occupations. The studies in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Ono are fascinating and rich in knowledge from various fields. Human functioning is a complex thing, so in order to improve human abilities, students learn to analyze the various functioning systems - motor skills, feeling, cognition, emotion and to integrate between these systems. Our students learn from innovative and applied teaching methods. I am proud of the success of our graduates in integrating into diverse work frameworks, with different populations and pursuing graduate degrees in Israel and around the world.

Our Program Graduates Speak

"I had many significant experiences learning at Ono from people who really love what they do. They dare to think differently. It's contagious, and it has stayed with me."
Vered Goldman-Gerber
Occupational Therapist at Hadassah Hospital, Mount Scopus
"Ono is home. The best lecturers there are. I got the best tools to deal as an occupational therapist, a perfect combination of professional academia with preparation for field work."
Dovrat Cohen
Occupational Therapist at Geha Hospital and Gil Nursing Home
"The program provided a robust connection between the rich theory and diverse experiences in the field. There is a professional infrastructure that helps me grow every day and use the important tools I have gained, which include love for the profession and patients, curiosity for knowledge, mental flexibility, and creativity."
Ophir Luz Dekel
Occupational Therapist at Ofek School and Southern Sharon Region MATYA (Local/Regional Support Center)

Study Days and Placement

More About the Program

  • The Ono Academic College is proud to be the first private academic institution to receive certification from Israel’s Council of Higher Education to award a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (B.O.T).
  • Occupational therapy studies last about three and a half years (including practical training). Upon completion, graduates must pass certification exams from the Ministry of Health to obtain a professional certificate in occupational therapy.
  • A sought-after profession that provides an occupational horizon
  • Learn about disability alongside people with disabilities: Students and lecturers with different disabilities take part in the degree
  • Joint activity with professional frameworks such as the Ministry of Education and the HMOs, which include meeting and getting to know the needs of different populations and sectors
  • Learning in professional skills courses in small groups
  • 100% success rate among degree graduates in the government licensing exams
  • Hundreds of graduates have already integrated successfully into the field

Video Journey: Occupational Therapy