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What will I learn?

Occupational therapists help individuals and communities to maximize 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. 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

CRICOS

062795B

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,000.00 (22,21,018) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected November 2021

More details

Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

Bendigo Campus

Edwards Road,

BENDIGO,

Victoria,

3552, BENDIGO, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,000.00 (22,21,018) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected November 2021

More details

Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an Australian Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent.If you have Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, you may be considered in some instances. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 575 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Academic level

Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent)

Required grade average

A Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65% or above.

Postgraduate study/Work experience

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

Specialisations (Recommended)

Health, education, social, psychological or biological sciences, completed within the last ten years.

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 94 with 19 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 24 in Writing.

La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): N/A

La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): completion of Foundation studies with 80% in English (Academic Communication).

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 65 with no communicative skill score less than 58.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 185 with no less than 176 in any component.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 with no less than 176 in any component.

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

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