Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
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.
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
English language requirement
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
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
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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
Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
CRICOS code: 083317C/044367E