Occupational therapy

Why study Occupational therapy?

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.

Our postgraduate coursework programs are for:

  • qualified Occupational Therapists looking to extend their knowledge and skills for advanced level practice
  • graduates of other disciplines who want to become qualified Occupational Therapists through our graduate entry level program.

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Career opportunities

A postgraduate Occupational Therapy qualification will give you the advanced knowledge and skills to become an expert practitioner in your chosen field. It may also support career advancement, professional leadership development, contribution to academic teaching, and entry into higher degrees by research.

You may expect to work in a wide range of practice settings including general hospitals, rehabilitation, aged and mental health care facilities, as well as community health services for people at home, in schools and workplaces.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Courses

Local students

2017

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
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Campus:
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Occupational therapists help individuals and communities to maximise productivity, wellbeing and quality of life through occupational participation. You will develop knowledge and skills in assessment and intervention, the therapeutic use of occupation and the 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 an overall grade average of 65% and a minimum grade average of 70% in your final year of studies.

Successful applicants without prior study in anatomy and physiology at an appropriate level must successfully complete a La Trobe University-approved anatomy and physiology bridging course.

A Working With Children check is also required.

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.
Fee amount
$31,000 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Annual National Police Check ($15.90) and immunisations (A$500). Prices are approximate. Accommodation costs for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location.
Additional information
Course commences Summer 3 (February).

La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017. You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 724KB] with your application.

Applications close 31 October, 2016.

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Please note it is compulsory for applicants without a background in biological sciences (e.g. anatomy) to take a bridging course as a foundation for further studies. Applicants may be required to participate in a phone interview.
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.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.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students

2017

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (044367E)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
See additional information
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
32 000
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Occupational therapists help individuals and communities to maximise productivity, wellbeing and quality of life through occupational participation. You will develop knowledge and skills in assessment and intervention, the therapeutic use of occupation and the 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;

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

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.

Please note the Occupational Therapy Board of Australias Standard for English Language proficiency to register as an Occupational Therapist in Australia is an IELTS of 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) or a minimum OET score of A or B in every component, achieved at the one sitting. The test must be taken no longer than 2 years prior to applying for registration. Please read the .
Academic entry requirements
You must have a relevant Bachelors 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 may be required to participate in a telephone interview.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements 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.
Additional costs
Annual National Police Check ($15.90) and immunisations (A$500). Prices are approximate. Accommodation costs for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location.
Additional information
Course commences Summer 3 (February).

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.

To enable clinical placements, students enrolled in this course will be registered as students, at no cost, with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
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).
How to apply
Application closing date: Friday 9 September 2016. Note: Late applications will only be considered from applicants who are awaiting results for Undergraduate degree. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after closing date. Applicants must also submit a Occupational Therapy Supplementary Application Form [PDF 408KB] Occupational Therapy Supplementary Application Form.

You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
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.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

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.