Occupational therapy

Why study Occupational therapy?

Our postgraduate coursework programs are for:

Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy/ Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy / Postgraduate Certificate of Paediatric Occupational Therapy

  • qualified Occupational Therapists wanting to pursue further studies for professional development to extend their knowledge and skills for advanced level practice. Subjects available in 2014 [DOC 74KB]

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

  • graduates of other disciplines wanting to become qualified occupational therapists through our graduate entry level program.

Career opportunities

Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy /Postgraduate Certificate of Occupational Therapy / Postgraduate Certificate of Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Gaining a post-professional postgraduate qualification in occupational therapy enables Occupational Therapists to demonstrate continuing professional development and to attain advanced knowledge and skills for becoming expert practitioners in their chosen fields of practice. It may also support career advancement, the development of professional leadership, contribution to academic teaching, and entry into higher degrees by research.

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Occupational therapy deals with people's occupational needs and the loss of daily living skills that follow physical, emotional, psychological and social disorders. Occupational therapists use knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment, the therapeutic use of occupations, intervention techniques, the design of equipment and adaptation of environments to enable individuals to maximise personal productivity, wellbeing, and quality of life in their everyday lives.

Graduates new to the discipline with an entry-level Masters qualification in occupational therapy may expect to work in a wide range of practice settings that include general hospitals, rehabilitation, aged and mental health care facilities, as well as community health services for people at home, in schools and workplaces.

Courses

Local students

2014

Graduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy

Duration :
1 year part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This is a nested qualification within the Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy (formerly Master of Occupational Therapy) for graduate occupational therapists. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills in specific occupational therapy practice areas of interest. You will develop skills for critically appraising research and extend your knowledge of evidence-based occupational therapy practice. The Postgraduate Certificate also provides a pathway into continuing study, in the Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy for high-achieving students (with a B grade average (70%+).

Please note: Subject to University approval, students enrolling from 2013 will be enrolled in the Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy and may complete an alternative course structure.
Prerequisite
All applicants are required to hold at least a three-year qualifying degree or diploma in occupational therapy from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists' approved program.

For academic entry requirements and other requirements, see Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy.
Fee amount
Indicative (2013): $8,105 (60 credit points). Please note that fees incurred for study with our Program Partner will be charged at a comparable rate where possible.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Occupational Therapy (Graduate Certificate)Melbourne

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Duration :
1 year part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This is a nested qualification within the Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy (formerly Master of Occupational Therapy) for graduate occupational therapists. You'll gain advanced knowledge and skills in paediatric occupational therapy practice to respond effectively to the needs of children. You'll develop skills for critically appraising research and extend your knowledge of evidence-based paediatric occupational therapy practice. The postgraduate certificate also provides a pathway into continuing study, in the Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy for high-achieving students (with a B grade average (70%+).
Prerequisite
A three-year qualifying degree or diploma in occupational therapy from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists-approved program Prospective applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements should contact the course co-ordinator for information about non-standard (conditional) admission. This may involve satisfactory completion of a negotiated program of postgraduate study prior to enrolment.
Fee amount
Indicative (2013): $8105 (60 credit points). Please note that fees incurred for study with our Program Partner will be charged at a comparable rate where possible.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Paediatric Occupational Therapy (Graduate Certficate)Melbourne

Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy

Duration :
1 year full-time or 2-4 years part-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This course provides graduate occupational therapists with flexible and accessible postgraduate study options. It enables you to extend your knowledge and skills for work with children, adults or older adults in a range of practice contexts; to deepen your understanding of human occupation and theoretical frameworks inform occupational therapy; and to critically examine the evidence base underpinning occupational therapy practices. You may develop your research knowledge and skills by undertaking a supervised research project.

This course comprises a combination of coursework and a 20 000 word thesis. The course aims to enable you to meet the eligibility requiremenst for entry into the Doctor of Clinical Science and Doctor of Philosophy (phD) programs, depending on academic performance.
Prerequisite
All applicants are required to hold at least a three-year qualifying degree or diploma in occupational therapy from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists' approved program.

The admission requirements differ for the two modes of enrolment (i.e. online coursework or a combination of coursework and thesis):

By online coursework: EITHER i) a three-year World Federation of Occupational Therapists' approved qualification with a B average (70% or above) and a minimum of two years' professional practice experience as an occupational therapist with evidence of continuing professional development; OR ii) a four-year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or equivalent graduate entry masters degree from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists' approved program, with a B average (70% or above) and at least one year of professional practice experience post-qualification with evidence of continuing professional development.
On completion of 60 credit points of study with a B average (70% or above), students will be eligible to progress into Year 2 and undertake a further 60 credit points of study towards the Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy. Students who satisfactorily complete 60 credit points of study will be eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy.

By coursework and thesis: a four-year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or equivalent from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists' approved program, with Honours (H2A/75 % +) or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma (H2A/75%+) and evidence of research ability). Evidence of two to three years of professional practice experience in a relevant field of occupational therapy is preferred. Applicants should contact the course coordinator about potential research topics, prior to applying.
Fee amount
Indicative (2013): $16,210 per 120 credit points for Master of Occupational Therapy, or $8,105 (60 credit points) for the Postgraduate Certificate. Please note that fees incurred for study with our Program Partner will be charged at a comparable rate where possible.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
All applicants for MAOT by coursework and thesis must provide a completed Supplementary Form with their application.
Full course details
Advanced Occupational Therapy (Master)Melbourne

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus:
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Occupational therapists help individuals to become more independent and maximise personal productivity, wellbeing and quality of life through occupational performance. You will develop knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment, the therapeutic use of occupations, intervention techniques, the design of equipment and adaptation of environments.

You will be eligible for accreditation as an occupational therapist by the end of second year.

The course comprises 80 weeks of coursework (40 weeks per year), including 1000 hours of professional practice. First year includes a four-week full-time professional practice block; second year includes two eight-week full-time professional practice blocks. You will enrol into 120 credit points per year.

For more information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions.
Professional recognition
The course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Prerequisite
Bachelor's degree in health, education, social, psychological or biological sciences (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) is preferred, completed within the last ten years with a grade average of 60 per cent and a minimum grade average of 65% in your final year of studies.

Successful applicants who do not have a background in biological sciences, for example anatomy and physiology, will need to complete a Bridging Course. This will be detailed in a conditional offer.
Fee amount
Indicative (2013): $23 600 per 120 credit points.
Costs
National Police Check ($15.50) and immunisations (A$500). Prices are approximate. Accommodation for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location.
Additional information
This course is Youth Allowance / ABSTUDY approved. Students enrol into 105 credit points in first year and 135 credit points in second year.
How to apply
Apply online
by the end of October 2013.
Please note it is compulsory for applicants without a background in biological sciences (eg anatomy) to take a bridging course as a foundation for further studies; this course provides an understanding of the function and structure of the human body.

Please complete the Occupational Therapy Supplementary Application Form. You will also be required to participate in a phone interview.
Full course details
Occupational Therapy Practice (Master)Melbourne
Occupational Therapy Practice (Master)Bendigo

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2014

Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy (077466G)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
24 370
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This course provides graduate occupational therapists with flexible and accessible postgraduate study options. It enables you to extend your knowledge and skills for work with children, adults or older adults in a range of practice contexts; to deepen your understanding of human occupation and theoretical frameworks inform occupational therapy; and to critically examine the evidence base underpinning occupational therapy practices. You may develop your research knowledge and skills by undertaking a supervised research project.

This course comprises a combination of coursework and a 20 000 word thesis. The course aims to enable you to meet the eligibility requiremenst for entry into the Doctor of Clinical Science and Doctor of Philosophy (phD) programs, depending on academic performance.
English Language Requirements
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;

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.
Academic entry requirements
A four-year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree or equivalent from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists' approved program, with Honours (H2A, 75 per cent or above) or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma (with H2A, 75 per cent or above and evidence of research ability) and evidence of research ability).
Evidence of two to three years of professional practice experience in a relevant field of occupational therapy is preferred. Applicants should contact the course coordinator about potential research topics prior to applying.
Additional information
Applications for this course close on 30 November each year for commencement in the following academic year (February). All applicants must provide a CV, a personal statement and completed Supplementary Application Form with their application.
Full course details
Advanced Occupational Therapy (Master)Melbourne

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (044367E)

Duration :
2 years (2.5 years with Honours)
Semester starts :
Early February 2013
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
25 690
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Occupational therapists help individuals to become more independent and maximise personal productivity, wellbeing and quality of life through occupational performance. You will develop knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment, the therapeutic use of occupations, intervention techniques, the design of equipment and adaptation of environments.

You will be eligible for accreditation as an occupational therapist by the end of second year.

The course comprises 80 weeks of coursework (40 weeks per year), including 1000 hours of professional practice. First year includes a four-week full-time professional practice block; second year includes two eight-week full-time professional practice blocks. You will enrol into 120 credit points per year.

For more information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions.
English Language Requirements
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;
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.


Please note you will be required to achieve an IELTS of 7 in all bands or an OET with minimum B in all components, to be eligible for registration with. Please read the .
Academic entry requirements
You must have a relevant Bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelors degree, completed in the past five years
(or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Relevant studies include health, education, social, psychological or biological sciences. Applicants must also submit a Supplementary Form and will be required to participate in a telephone interview.
Additional costs
National Police Check ($15.50) and immunisations (A$500). Prices are approximate. Accommodation for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location.
Additional information
Successful applicants who do not have a background in biological sciences, for example anatomy and physiology, must undertake a Bridging Course.

You will enrol into 105 credit points in the first year and 135 credit points in second year. The Honours program (CRICOS Code 062794C) is an additional six months of study comprising an additional 45 credit points.
Please note this course commences on 3 February 2014.
To enable clinical placements, students enrolled in this course will be registered as students, at no cost, with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Applicants must also submit a Supplementary Form.
Professional recognition
The Master of Occupational Therapy Practice is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists (AAOT).
Full course details
Occupational Therapy Practice (Master)Melbourne
Occupational Therapy Practice (Master)Bendigo

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.

Inherent Requirements

All applicants must review and be aware of the Inherent Requirements for Occupational Therapy Courses at La Trobe University [PDF].

Your study experience 

Occupational therapy placements

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice students will do 1000 hours of professional practice placements consisting of four weeks in first year and two eight-week blocks and a project placement in second year.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

Katie Beriman

The course gives great career opportunities as it is focused on developing practical skills.

Ms Katie Beriman, Health Sciences

About the academic staff

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