Occupational therapy

Why study Occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy aims to promote health and wellbeing among individuals and communities. It enables people to participate in the things they want and need to do such as community and family life, work, school, leisure, artistic and sporting interests, and self-care.

Occupational therapy is founded on a belief that occupations influence our development and our health and wellbeing, and contribute to our quality of life. Our 'occupations' harness our time and interests, and utilise our personal capacities. Our ability to participate can be impacted by individual determinants such as physical, emotional and developmental issues, and social determinants such as barriers within the social and physical environment.

You will develop knowledge and skills to identify the occupational needs of individuals, groups and communities, and develop strategies using occupational and other theories. Our course is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Occupational Therapy at La Trobe

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in a range of contexts including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community health services, mental health agencies, health services for older people and children with special need. Other roles adopted by occupational therapy graduates relate to occupational rehabilitation, government/policy, private practice or case / care coordination. Occupational Therapy is an AHPRA registered profession. In addition, you may apply and register to practice in the United Kingdom, North America, Sweden and other countries (subject to national registration requirements).

Courses

Local students

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Duration :
4.5 years full-time (4 years in an accelerated program)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga N/A
Bendigo N/A
Melbourne 75.3
Mildura N/A
Shepparton N/A
Year
2017
About this course
This combined degree focuses on helping people regain daily life skills. You'll learn how to assess clients and develop intervention plans for individuals, groups and communities of people who experience difficulties doing what they need, want or expect to be able to do.

You'll develop these skills through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, clinical practice, and online learning. 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.

This course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Subject to completion of local requirements, you'll graduate eligible to apply to practice in other countries including the UK, North America and Sweden.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
Our graduates work in mental health, physical rehabilitation, paediatrics, occupational rehabilitation and forensic services, in both inpatient and community settings.
Professional recognition
This course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Subject to completion of local requirements, you'll graduate eligible to apply to practice in other countries including the UK, North America and Sweden.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.


Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online for other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work or community experience or reasons for applying. Applicants must include a statement (in your own words) demonstrating your knowledge of the occupational therapy profession.

Applicants with work experience must include details of how your work experience is relevant to occupational therapy, and length of experience. You may wish to provide other documentation in support of your application.

Applicants are advised to review the inherent requirements for Completion of Entry Level Occupational Therapy courses at La Trobe University.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Health and Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$60 for a uniform and name badge. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these item remains the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website. Please note: students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year (regional students cannot transfer to the Melbourne Campus).

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Melbourne
Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Bendigo
Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Mildura
Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Shepparton
Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Albury-Wodonga

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (083317C/ 044367E)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29 500
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This combined degree focuses on helping people regain daily life skills. You'll learn how to assess clients and develop intervention plans for individuals, groups and communities of people who experience difficulties doing what they need, want or expect to be able to do.

You'll develop these skills through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, clinical practice, and online learning. 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.

This course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Subject to completion of local requirements, you'll graduate eligible to apply to practice in other countries including the UK, North America and Sweden.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B certificate at postgraduate (EFS PG2a (75%)) level conducted by a La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 85 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.

To register with the Australian Health Professions Regulation Agency as a physiotherapist, podiatrist, occupational therapist or registered nurse you are required to demonstrate an overall IELTS score of 7.0, and with no individual band less than 7.0 or an OET score of A or B in every component, achieved at the one sitting. The test must be taken no more than two years prior to applying for registration. Please visit: ahpra.gov.au/National-Boards
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 80 and minimum A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - Melbourne: 83.9, Bendigo: 80.7, Albury-Wogona: N/A, Mildura: 82.65, Shepparton: 80.6
International Baccalaureate - 29
GCE A Levels - 10
HKDSE - 2x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAB
STPM - 10.33
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 75
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.5
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.5
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$60 for a uniform and name badge. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these item remains the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Accelerated study program
Professional recognition
This course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Subject to completion of local requirements, you'll graduate eligible to apply to practice in other countries including the UK, North America and Sweden.

To enable clinical placements, students enrolled in this course will be registered at no cost, as students, with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
Career opportunities
Our graduates work in mental health, physical rehabilitation, paediatrics, occupational rehabilitation and forensic services, in both inpatient and community settings.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. Selection will be done in three rounds. Successful applicants will be notified in June or September or December 2016, depending on when applications are received. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Melbourne
Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Bendigo
Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Mildura
Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Shepparton
Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Albury-Wodonga

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Occupational therapy placements

You will complete at least 1000 hours of professional practice learning. In second year you will undertake part-time 'service learning' in a local school or other agency. The majority of fieldwork sits within the third and fourth year of the course. In third year you will complete a four-week full-time placement. In fourth year you will complete two eight-week full-time placement blocks, and a part-time project-based learning placement over 10 weeks. Our professional practice placements occur in contexts such as mental health services, busy acute hospitals, custodial environments, community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres. You will experience working with people of different ages, recently acquired and long-standing health needs, and interventions that focus on the person, their occupation and the environment.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements for the Completion of Entry Level Occupational Therapy Courses at La Trobe University (PDF)

Regional campus transfers

Students at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to the Bendigo campus for the last three years of the course.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

I always knew I wanted to work in a health field because I love the thought of helping people.

Ms Grace Rodaughan,

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Occupational therapy.