Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Choose Occupational Therapy at La Trobe

Study an intensive accelerated program and finish in 3.5 years instead of four.

Career opportunities

According to the Australian Government Job Outlook, employment for Occupational Therapists is expected to grow strongly over the next four years. Past graduates have worked in:

  • private practices, as Occupational Therapists
  • hospital settings, such as the Royal Children’s Hospital and Northern Health
  • injury management consultancies
  • aged care, as Dementia behaviour consultants
  • paediatric roles, such as working with children with Autism
  • occupational therapy roles with non-government organisations, such as MS Australia and Yooralla
  • case management roles
  • in health services, as mental health workers.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • assess clients and identify the occupational needs of individuals, groups and communities
  • develop strategies using occupational and other theories
  • develop intervention plans for people who experience difficulties doing what they need, want or expect to be able to do.

Costs

Students from Australia and New Zealand

AUD$8,917 per year (based on typical first-year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

AUD$29,500 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

Course structure

In first and second year you'll study the fundamentals of anatomy, interprofessional practice, health research and the determinants of health. You will also study two electives in any subject area, from humanities and languages to business and education. In third and fourth year, you'll focus on occupational therapy subjects, in particular the specialised therapy needs of children, youth, adults and older adults.

In third and fourth year, you'll also have the chance to put your knowledge into practice through 1,000 hours of clinical placement. This will give you first-hand experience working in hospitals, community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres, and give you the skills to work with all kinds of people, from children with developmental delay to employees recovering from work-related injuries.

To see the core subjects for each subject area as well as a list of possible electives, check the handbook entry.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

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