Gesundheitsberufe Hamburg

Occupational therapist

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3 years

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Type of training/education



Training allowance

No remuneration is paid during the school training course. A funding via BAföG is possible under certain conditions.

What are my activities in this job?

Occupational therapists assist patients as prescribed by a doctor, with deficiencies in motor control, sensory organs or mental and psychological abilities, e.g. after a stroke, in order to support and strengthen patients for everyday life and/or their professional activities. Artistic and artisanal activities are often used (e.g. soapstone carving) in order to stimulate bodily and sensory functions. Occupational therapists also prepare individually customised treatment plans.

Where can I work?

Occupational therapists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, psychiatric facilities, elderly nursing homes, daytime and assisted living facilities for people with disabilities, educational facilities such as special schools and occupational therapy practices.

What requirements must I meet?

  • Secondary school certificate or
  • First general education school leaving certificate and a completed two-year course of training/education or
  • Successful completion of ten years of schooling that extends the first general education school leaving certificate.

How much will the training cost?

In some cases, costs are incurred, such as tuition fees or admission and examination fees.

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