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Master of Occupational Therapy Practice




What will I learn?

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.

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 comprises 70 weeks of coursework (35 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 and a ten-week project based learning placement. You will enrol into 120 credit points per year.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Career outcomes

Occupational therapists work in a wide range of health and welfare systems including general hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community health services, mental health agencies, health services for older people and children with special needs, and support services for intellectually disadvantaged people. They also work as coordinators and consultants in the development and provision of services in areas such as occupational health and safety, and as private practitioners.

Professional recognition

The Master of Occupational Therapy Practice is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates of the 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.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health and Nursing



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$42,200.00 (23,03,493) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

4 March 2024


La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,



3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$42,200.00 (23,03,493) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

4 March 2024


Bendigo Campus

Edwards Road,



3552, BENDIGO, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The satisfactory completion of an Australian Bachelor's degree with at least a Weighted Average Mark of 70 in the relevant discipline

For international students

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

Specialisation - recommended: Health, education, social, psychological or biological sciences, completed within the last ten years.

Subsequent postgraduate study and/or work experience in a relevant area may also be considered.

WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 65%

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 98 with 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 65 with no communicative skill score less than 65.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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