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Master of Occupational Therapy

MOT(Curtin) - MG-OCCT Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Part-time or full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake January

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

Duration 2.5 years full-time

Occupational therapists work closely with people of all ages to achieve a high quality of life, irrespective of age, disability or illness. Helping people to function in daily living activities and promoting well-being at home, in school, at work, and in leisure are of prime concern to the occupational therapist. Occupational therapists take a holistic approach and are involved in client evaluation and intervention as part of a health care team. They also play a role in wider health issues such as community development, health promotion and policy making.

This graduate entry master course offers you a fast-track option to becoming an occupational therapist. You will develop knowledge of four broad areas:

  • Medical, psychiatric, orthopaedic and neurological conditions which affect the health and well-being of individuals.
  • The theory and practice of occupational therapy including the study of occupation and analysis of the physical, psychological and social requirements of a variety of skills and activities.
  • Human development covering normal growth and development within the life cycle along with problems which occur such as learning disabilities and the effects of ageing.
  • Occupational health and management, including prevention, education and rehabilitation programs for a variety of workplaces.

Your studies will be complemented with extensive clinical fieldwork practice. You will also have the unique opportunity to take part in the Occupational Therapy Abroad program, participating in a fieldwork placement in China, India, South Africa or Ukraine for four weeks.

Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which may require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree or equivalent, preferably in a health-related discipline with a credit (65 per cent) average, however, selection is competitive and this cut-off may be higher. Evidence of studies in the human biosciences (e.g. human biology) and psychology or behavioural science is required. If you do not have this background you may be required to undertake additional bridging units.

To find out more about these bridging units, please refer to the Health Sciences Graduate Entry Foundation Course which allows you to complete the units you require before applying for this course.You only need to complete the prerequisite unit(s) that you do not have, for example, Human Structure and Function 100 and/or Introduction to Psychology 100. These units can be undertaken in the first or second semester to facilitate entry to the next year's intake.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

Additional requirements

You will need to hold a current Essential First Aid Certificate within four weeks of the start of this course.

You must pass all units in the first year before proceeding to the second year.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $31,700*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 225 credits. 525 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

Graduates using the title of registered health practitioner or the title of occupational therapist must be registered with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the National Board). Registration for practice enables graduates, once registered, to practise occupational therapy in all Australian states and territories. Graduates can also choose to be a member of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or Occupational Therapy Australia (WA). The course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates may also apply for registration in most countries although some countries may require sitting a licensing examination.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis. You may apply for CRL on the basis of extensive work experience, clinical specialisation or significant publication and research experience.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

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