Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.
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.
Subject to completion of local requirements, graduates may be 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.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.
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
Non-Year 12 selection: Consideration will be given to the entire educational history, which may include ATAR/ENTER, GPA/WAM, STAT Multiple Choice and VTAC Personal Statement. All applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work experience or reason for applying. Applications may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Applicants are advised to review the inherent requirements for Completion of Entry Level Occupational Therapy courses at La Trobe University.
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.
*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.
Our graduates work in mental health, physical rehabilitation, paediatrics, occupational rehabilitation and forensic services, in both inpatient and community settings.
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand).
Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Fees and costs
Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.
Find out more about undergraduate course fees.
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.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website. You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
Advanced Standing (credit)If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out more
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